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Business MBAs believe there’s no place like home for job hunting; also, Coke’s hybrid delivery trucks, General Mills exceeding estimates, Northwest, Delta pilots compromise, and Carlson cutbacks

MBAs at the Carlson School of Management have their sights set not on landing jobs in New York but in places like Fridley, Wayzata and Maplewood. Andrea Wagenknecht of Twin Cities Business notes a new survey that shows six of the top 10 most-desired companies by Carlson students are hometown firms. 3M ranked second only to McKinsey. Others on the list are Cargill, Target, Medtronic, Best Buy and the Mayo Clinic.

Midwest Coca-Cola Bottling in Eagan rolled out 10 hybrid delivery trucks Tuesday with a photo op featuring loads of confetti and the governor as a passenger. (Photos here.) The vehicles cost about $85,000 each, spew out 37 percent fewer emissions and burn up 32 percent less fuel than conventional delivery trucks. Will this satisfy bottled water critics, now that Coke has a greener way to deliver bottled tap water to your local convenience store?

The rising cost of ingredients for cereals like Lucky Charms led to a smaller pot of gold this spring for General Mills. But the Golden Valley cereal-maker is raking in more revenue than Wall Street analysts expected, and it forecast that profits and revenue would grow in 2009 despite increasing commodity costs, reports MarketWatch and Associated Press.

After a week of negotiating, Northwest and Delta pilots have a tentative compromise with Delta Air Lines, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press report. The pilots have been in talks with Delta management for months, trying to work out issues of how pay, benefits and seniority would be structured under a merged airline. Details weren’t released Tuesday, but a union official said the industry’s recent struggles were a factor in taking what they could get now.

About 200 employees at Carlson Cos. will get an all-expense-paid trip out the door by the end of the year, the Star Tribune’s David Phelps reports. The Minnetonka-based travel firm blames the layoffs on the weak economy. The job cuts will mostly come in the Twin Cities and primarily affect its corporate headquarters and hotel and marketing divisions. One commenter writes: “Tomorrow will be a fun day at work!!!”

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