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Gold Country adds 2 Mall of America stores, Best Buy HQ gets LEED Gold status, Two indicted in alleged $2.5 million mortgage fraud scheme, and PETA ranks Target Field among top vegetarian parks in MLB.

Gold Country adds 2 Mall of America stores: Local sports apparel retailer Gold Country Inc. has opened two new stores at the Mall of America, the company announced today. The new stores are called Batter Up and Hockey Minnesota. Gold Country also operates a Goldy’s Locker Room store at the mall. Batter Up, located on the third level on Mall of America’s north side, features Minnesota Twins, University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, St. Paul Saints and various Major League Baseball apparel and souvenirs. Hockey Minnesota, on the first level of the mall’s east side, sells Minnesota Wild and Minnesota North Stars apparel, as well as other professional and collegiate clothing and souvenirs. Read more

Best Buy HQ gets LEED Gold status: Best Buy Co. Inc. announced that its corporate headquarters campus in Richfield has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Best Buy headquarters is the fourth — and largest — U.S. corporate campus or commercial office facility to attain LEED Gold status, according to the company. The 1.6 million-square-foot campus was built in 2004. Read more

Two indicted in alleged $2.5 million mortgage fraud scheme: A Twin Cities mortgage broker and real estate agent have been indicted on charges that they defrauded mortgage lenders of $2.5 million, the Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office said today. Fawaz Mahmoud Wazwaz, 33, and Genevieve Marie McCullough, 32, were each charged in St. Paul’s U.S. District Court with one count of conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud and seven counts of mortgage fraud. Prosecutors allege that the pair found straw buyers (a straw buyer is someone who pretends to be a legitimate buyer) for 19 Twin Cities homes at inflated prices between 2004 and 2006. Read more

PETA ranks Target Field among top vegetarian parks in MLB: The Minnesota Twins’ Target Field is the 10th most vegetarian-friendly ballpark in Major League Baseball, according to a new ranking by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released today. PETA said the stadium earned the honor with its wide selection of vegetarian offerings, including meat-free hot dogs, burgers, burritos, tacos and kabobs. “With vegan pitcher Pat Neshek on the road back to Minneapolis, Kirby the Kestrel [a wild falcon that has hunted moths during games] on the foul pole, and great vegetarian fare on the menu, the new Target Field is quite the animal-friendly place,” said PETA Director Dan Shannon in a release. Read more