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Tuesday P.M. Report

Zayo expanding Minnesota network, independent booksellers closing in Dinkytown and Anoka, and Medtronic snaps up 4,500 iPads.

Zayo expanding Minnesota network: Zayo Group, a telecom and bandwidth-services provider that’s grown rapidly through acquisitions in recent years, is expanding its Minnesota network. The Louisville, Colo.-based firm entered the Minnesota market in 2007 getting control of a network serving Minneapolis/St. Paul, Duluth, Moorhead, Rochester and St. Cloud. More recently, Zayo bought American Fiber Systems Holding Corp. Zayo will now grow its fiber network to 1,700 square miles. Read full story

Independent booksellers closing in Dinkytown, Anoka: Two independently owned book stores — Cummings Books in the Dinkytown neighborhood in Minneapolis and J. O’Donoghue Books in Anoka — are going out of business. Jim Cummings, owner of Cummings Books, told the Pioneer Press that business has been declining because of the bad economy and competition for readers’ time. J. O’Donoghue Books will close Jan. 1, citing  competition from a nearby Half Price Books. Read full story

Medtronic snaps up 4,500 iPads: Medtronic Inc. has embraced Apple’s iPad in a big way, buying 4,500 of the devices for its employees. The purchase possibly makes the medical device company one of the “earliest and biggest corporate buyers” of the tablet computer. The Fridley-based company bought the products to help employees better share information with customers, physicians and one another. Read full story