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School district picks North Minneapolis site for HQ, More to taste at Taste of Minnesota (more to pay, too), Charities Review Council launches new standards, and Delta raises $1M for breast cancer research.

School district picks North Minneapolis site for HQ: The Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education voted on Tuesday to move forward with a proposal to develop a new administrative headquarters at 1250 West Broadway in North Minneapolis. The plan, which was approved 5-2 by the board, calls for Golden Valley-based Mortenson Construction to build a new headquarters that would open in September 2012. Read full story

More to taste at Taste of Minnesota, but more to pay, too: Twice as many restaurants will participate in the Taste of Minnesota festival. But it will also cost people to go to the annual event, to be held July 2-5 on St. Paul’s Harriet Island. The festival is also getting more recently successful musical acts, including Counting Crows, NeedToBreathe, Gin Blossoms and The Offspring. Those who go to the festival, though, will have to buy tickets: $20 in advance, $20 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and $30 from 4 p.m. until the festival closes at 11 p.m. Read full story

Charities Review Council launches new standards: The St. Paul-based Charities Review Council today announced the launch of revised accountability standards that the group says will better “balance donor expectations with nonprofit operational realities.” The revised standards include allowing for greater infrastructure expenses as a necessary investment for nonprofits, and what the council described as a more-accurate analysis of a charity’s financial health. Read full story

Delta raises $1M for breast cancer research: Delta Air Lines Inc. customers and employees raised $1 million for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in 2009. Delta, the largest carrier at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said the donation was about double what it raised the year prior, in part because its customer and employee base grew after its 2008 merger with Northwest Airlines. Atlanta-based Delta has raised $2.5 million since 2005 for BCRF. Read full story