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Friday P.M. Report

Minnesota Nurses Association sets July 6 strike date: About 12,000 Minnesota Nurses Association members will be out on strike, effective July 6, if they haven’t reached an agreement on labor contracts. The labor union, which is in a contract dispute with six Twin Cities health systems, said it was filing a 10-day strike notice Friday. The Minnesota Nurses Association held a one-day strike on June 10. This time, the strike is open-ended. Read full story

Gander Mountain sues card issuer over blocking good-credit customers: Gander Mountain is suing to keep its store-brand credit card provider from systematically denying customers with good credit. The St. Paul-based outdoors retailer has asked a federal court to head off the new policy, proposed by its credit card issuer, World Financial Network National Bank. The suit claims World Financial is threatening to automatically deny new credit-card applications to customers with the best credit scores because they lose money for the bank. Read full story

Chipotle to use Gold’n Plump in Minnesota: Chipotle Mexican Grill is going to Gold’n Plump for the chicken it uses in Minnesota, according to a published report. The St. Cloud Times reports that Denver-based Chipotle will exclusively use Gold’n Plump Poultry’s Just Bare naturally raised chicken line for all of its Minnesota stores. The decision is part of the burrito chain’s “Food with Integrity” promise that involves using locally raised products in its stores. Read full story

Woodbury Lakes’ buyer may be its co-developer, RED Development: RED Development, the Kansas City, Mo.-based shopping center developer that partnered with Opus Northwest to build Woodbury Lakes, is working on a deal to buy back the struggling retail center, according to sources familiar with the situation who declined to be named to protect business relationships. Opus and RED built Woodbury Lakes for roughly $70 million in 2005 and then sold it to Hartford, Conn.-based Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors for $99 million in early 2006. The recession and vacancies pummeled the property, and in September it went back to the lenders. Read full story

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