The week that was

WASTE WATER City officials in Portland, Ore., said last week they will drain 38 million gallons of treated water into its sewage system after a teen was caught urinating in the reservoir. Officials said the water was ready to be distributed into the city’s drinking water system when the incident happened. While acknowledging that the urine poses no real health threat, Portland Water Bureau administrator David Shaff said customers expect clean water and that’s exactly what the city intends to deliver. The 38 million gallons of water will be drained into the sewage system instead, and replaced with new treated water. Shaff said the city has plenty of water, and replacing the 38 million gallons will be easy. It’s the second time in recent years that the city has done it. In 2011, the city drained 7.5 million gallons after a similar incident. It’s a tremendous waste of a precious natural resource, even though replacing the water won’t be difficult in Oregon. It’s too bad the city couldn’t have found some productive use for the water, perhaps for crop irrigation or something similar, rather than simply draining it into the sewage system.

WHIRLWIND WEEK Could the whole situation involving former Minot State University football coach Todd Hoffner get any stranger? Hoffner, you may recall, opted to return to his previous job as head football coach at Minnesota State-Mankato after an arbitrator ruled that he was wrongly fired by Mankato. On Wednesday, Hoffner’s first day back with the team at Mankato, the entire football team welcomed him back by refusing to practice, saying they wanted Aaron Keen to remain as their head coach. On Thursday, after a meeting between the team, Hoffner and the coaching staff, the Mankato players announced they are now united behind Hoffner as their coach. Whew, what a whirlwind week for Hoffner and for Minot State. Minot named an interim coach after being jilted by Hoffner, who, on Tuesday, informed Minot State Athletic Director Rick Hedberg by email of his decision to leave Minot shortly before making the decision public at a press conference in Minnesota. Hedberg said the university hopes to hire a new head coach in the next couple of weeks. Perhaps it’s best for everyone involved that Hoffner returned to Mankato, but it’s unfortunate and unnecessary that his short tenure in Minot ended in such a messy fashion.