A little background on the UMN regent Sviggum case

What's at issue here?

After University of Minnesota regent Steve Sviggum resigned over concerns that he suffered a conflict of interest by holding his GOP Senate caucus staff job, MinnPost put up a background piece to answer a reader’s question:

Just who are the regents and why do we have them? Who picks them? Is it true their ranks have suddenly been invaded by partisans?

Also, were those tears real, or crocodile?

You can read its answer here.