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DIANE BOYER, Dir of PR for the Univ. of MN Women's Athletic Department is leaving to join the PR firm of Shandwick USA (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/16)....Former NFL linebacker DREW MAHALIC was named Exec Dir of the Portland Metropolitan Sports Authority. Mahalic had been working for Portland State University on the Endangered Youth Urban Project (Portland OREGONIAN, 2/15)....Arnold Palmer Golf has named CLAIRE BRADFORD as VP/Sales and Staff Services and ROBERT WINSKOWICZ as VP/Sales and Marketing (GOLF WORLD, 2/9 issue)....St. Paul-based Ecolab Inc., a supplier of cleaning and sanitation services, announced they will form a joint venture with OSCAR ROBERTSON to bid on assets of Orchem Inc., a Cincinnati specialty chemical company that recently filed for bankruptcy. Robertson was CEO and majority owner of Orchem, but resigned after to "avoid a potential conflict of interest" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/16).
Kings Owner PHILIP ANSCHUTZ is profiled in this week's FORBES magazine. The piece focuses on his telecom ventures, but notes Anschutz plans to build a "destination entertainment complex" for the team (FORBES, 2/26 issue).