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Medtronic CEO: Ireland deal makes two companies winners
CEO Omar Ishrak said Wednesday that by acquiring Ireland-based Coviden and putting both companies' headquarters in Ireland, Medtronic stands to gain on several fronts. ...
MnSCU audit lays out Metro State payroll SNAFU
You may remember Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system Chancellor Steven Rosenstone calling for an audit two years ago of Metropolitan State University’s payroll operations, whose SNAFUs had been overpaying some faculty while underpaying others. All in all, the university ma ...
Climate Cast: Stronger blizzards in a warmer world?
The water cooler talk this week is all about the massive Blizzard of 2015. ...
EPA reaches air quality agreement with taconite facilities
Two taconite producers, considered by environmentalists as major contributors to low air quality in the Iron Range, have reached a settlement that will allow them time to develop and install new technology to reduce pollutants. ...
Loft Literary Center director to depart
Jocelyn Hale, who led the Loft Literary Center through a period of growth and success, will leave in August as the center celebrates its 40th anniversary. ...
DNR: Resorts, lawmakers blocking new invasive species rules
A Department of Natural Resources official says he's surprised by opposition to a plan requiring boaters take online invasive species training but confident a compromise can be found. ...
Klobuchar, Franken raise pet issues at Lynch hearing
The state's Democratic senators show support for Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee to serve as the next Attorney General. ...
Carnegie Hall calls again for Minnesota Orchestra
The cancellation of Carnegie appearances during the 16 month musicians lockout led to the 2013 resignation of Music Director Osmo Vanska. The orchestra is back on Carnegie's card for 2016. ...
Do the downsides of the ‘sharing economy’ outweigh the benefits?
It’s true that, in many ways, sharing-economy jobs can offer more autonomy than traditional employer-employee relationships. But there’s a dark side to these work arrangements that gets considerably less press: the shifting of risk off corporate balance sheets and onto the shoulders of individual Am ...
What free college tuition could look like in MN
In today’s article about free tuition, I made reference to a program that gives us a better idea of what a free-tuition program could look like here in Minnesota, and what kind of results it could achieve. Since 2006, the “Power of You” program has covered tuition and fees for selected students atte ...
Human Services cutting jobs
Officials with the Minnesota Department of Human Services are eliminating 43 jobs, as they try to correct on ongoing shortfall in their budget. ...
Twitter talks mental illness. Who’s listening?
A Canadian corporation is holding an online promotion to get people talking about mental illness and eliminate what the company says is a stigma against it by virtue of the thought that mental illness is a character flaw, a weakness, if you will. ...
Minneapolis school to reopen Thursday after bomb threat
The Minneapolis Police Department did a sweep of the building this morning, and found no "unsafe material." ...
After actual bombings, just about any threat could be credible
Back in the day, it was relatively easy to find out who made bomb threats in our high school. Authorities would start by finding out which teachers were giving major tests or had big assignments due that day, and then pick up the usual suspects in each class until one of them confessed ...
Sheriff: New Hope shooter wasn't supposed to possess gun
Raymond Kmetz was prohibited by state law from possessing the shotgun used in the shooting, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said Wednesday. Kmetz bought ammo the day of the shooting. ...
You can watch James Patterson's book explode for $294,038
Publishing powerhouse James Patterson calls in the bomb squad for his new stunt. ...
Judge throws out Friendship Nine's civil rights-era conviction
The nine men integrated a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, S.C., in 1961 and refused to pay a fine. Their "jail, no bail" strategy became a rallying cry against Jim Crow. ...
Super Bowl, beer, and lost dogs
We've reached the part of the Super Bowl season when companies release their ads, garnering more attention than a TV ad probably should. And we're pretty OK with that. ...
Girl spends birthday money for fire department equipment
For a week, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports, Jadalynn Haugen debated whether to spent her $20 of birthday money on candy, or donate it to the Plainview Fire Department to help buy equipment that can resuscitate pets caught in a fire? ...
After you shovel, how long do ‘dibs’ last?
The big storm in Massachusetts has rekindled an old debate. ...
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