Wednesday P.M. Report

UnitedHealth gives $17.5 million to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota: UnitedHealth Group has donated $17.5 million to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s foundation, a gift meant to help fund the creation of a Level 1 pediatric trauma center on the health provider’s Minneapolis campus.The gift, which UnitedHealth and Children’s announced today, will also fund a significant portion of the newly expanded  United Healthcare Pediatric Emergency Department at Children’s in Minneapolis. Read full story

Delta July traffic up a bit: For the third month in a row, Delta Air Lines in July generated a gain in traffic. The Atlanta-based airline, the dominant carrier serving the Twin Cities, said Tuesday its system traffic in July was up 0.5 percent on a 0.3 percent increase in capacity. Load factor, or how full its planes were, went up 0.7 points to 88.3 percent. Domestic traffic decreased 2.1 percent year over year on a 1.7 percent decrease in capacity. Read full story

Cold Spring Brewery discontinuing Gluek: Cold Spring Brewery, the largest beer maker in Minnesota, is discontinuing its oldest brand, Gluek, according to a radio report. The Cold Spring-based brewery will phase out Gluek by September and will sell a similar beer called Northern in its place, Doug Degeest, the brewery’s vice president and general manager, told AM1240-WJON.  Read full story

ATK adds Shell exec and former ambassador to board: Alliant Techsystem’s shareholders have elected two new directors to the company’s board. The Eden Prairie-based company, which manufactures weapons and aerospace systems, said Roxanne Decyk and April Foley will join its board as independent directors. Decyk is executive vice president of global government affairs for Royal Dutch Shell. Foley was an ambassador to Hungary from 2006 through 2009. Read full story

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