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Minnesota bank group seeks damages over Target data breach

MinnPost photo by Rita Kovtun

Et tu, Minnesota? Jennifer Bjorhus of the Strib writes: “A group of First Farmers & Merchants banks in southern Minnesota have sued Target Corp. over alleged damages from the retailer’s data breach late last year. While a number of financial institutions from around the country have sued the company since news of the data heist broke, the First Farmer & Merchants lawsuit is believed to be the first by a financial institution on Target’s home turf in Minnesota.”

Expensive cop … Brandt Williams of MPR writes: “Two police brutality lawsuits involving a Minneapolis police officer have resulted in $265,000 in payouts. Last Friday, the Minneapolis City Council approved a $140,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by Ibrahim Regai, who claimed officer Michael Griffin punched him in the face and knocked him unconscious outside a downtown nightclub in 2010. Late last year, a federal court jury awarded Jeremy Axel $125,000 after it found the same officer, Michael Griffin, used excessive force against Axel in a incident that happened in 2011.”

We’re … only … No. 10! The Strib’s Janet Moore says: “It seems like every new commercial building is LEED-certified these days, and a new ranking released last week by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) confirms it. Minnesota ranked 10th in the nation for LEED-certified buildings.”

I’m still waiting for a convincing explanation of the benefit to the public. Brett Neely of MPR reports: “Too big. Too powerful. Out of touch. Sen. Al Franken took to CNN recently to rail on an American institution. But it wasn’t Congress. It was cable TV. ‘We need more competition, not less,’ said Franken, who began raising questions about cable giant Comcast’s plan to buy its largest competitor, Time Warner, hours after the deal was announced. ‘This is going exactly in the wrong direction. Consumers, I am very concerned, are going to pay higher bills and get even worse service and less choice.’ ” But, Senator, think of Comcast’s shareholders …

It may not be over yet for GOP Rep. David FitzSimmons. Says Baird Helgeson of the Strib: “FitzSimmons said Monday he would not completely rule out running in a primary election … The Albertville Republican said he has no intention of running, but added ‘at this point,’ giving himself ample wiggle room after being voted out by local activists upset at his support for same-sex marriage. … Critics also questioned his romantic relationship with Sarah Walker, a Capitol lobbyist who was on the board of the group that worked to legalize same-sex marriage. ‘The attacks that I have suffered over the last nine months, and character assassinations and half-truths and fabrications, continued right through the convention,’ FitzSimmons said.” Is he saying he can’t imagine such tactics?

Good commentary in the Strib by exhausted hockey parent Dale Vaillancourt: “[A]t the youth levels, the ‘State of Hockey’ is a really, really sick state indeed. … my son was into Scouts, band and downhill skiing, and he had a healthy book and Lego addiction to feed. We were into building snow forts and cross-country skiing, and his homework habits were improving. So I asked if it would be possible for him to participate, say, three days a week. The secretary said that she would have to ask the coach, but that she was certain he wouldn’t get much game playing time if he were not fully committed.

Here’s David Hanners of the PiPress covering the best fraud trial currently going: “On the opening day of the trial of a former employee accused of embezzling millions from a St. Paul businessman, both sides painted it as a case involving trust. As Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Hudleston put it, John Waters Jr. gained the trust of the late Gerard Cafesjian and abused that trust by stealing him blind. … The government claims the money went into bank accounts for Waters’ mistress — who worked at a Minneapolis strip joint — and his daughters and a joint account he had with his then-wife. He and his wife later divorced and he married his mistress.”

An overworked space heater … Eric Roper of the Strib reports: “A space heater had been running for days between the living room and dining room in the north Minneapolis duplex where five young children died, the same area where the fire appears to have started. A Fire Department incident report obtained by the Star Tribune Monday said the intensity patterns of the fire indicate it started in that area but the exact source of the fire was difficult to determine because so much of the apartment was destroyed.”

For those of you just itching to smell the new leather and tap a line of credit for major-league accommodations … Doug Belden of the PiPress writes: “Vikings season-ticket holders will get a chance this week to see firsthand what it will look like inside the new stadium, scheduled to open in 2016. And be prepared for sticker shock: It will cost up to a half-million dollars to rent a suite for the season. … Most of the seats in the new stadium require purchase of a one-time ‘personal seat license’ in order to buy season tickets. License fees range from $9,500 for the $400-per-game seats to $500 for the $50 seats.”

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 02/25/2014 - 09:44 am.

    $500,000 to rent a suite is a bargain…

    …when you realize the public is paying the other $500,000 !!

    • Submitted by john herbert on 02/25/2014 - 11:20 am.

      and even more

      Good point Steve. Also, we are really paying even more since most of those suites will be deducted on the tax returns of some business.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 02/25/2014 - 10:59 am.

    Cable TV choices

    ‘We need more competition, not less,’ said Franken

    But Al, you can thank government for your lack of choices. We only get one choice for a cable TV provider because *city governments* have decided that a cable TV monopoly is in your best interest.

    You don’t have a choice between Comcast and Time Warner in whatever Minnesota suburb you happen to call home these days. If you knew anything about telecommunications in this country, you’d know that, sir.

  3. Submitted by jason myron on 02/26/2014 - 12:01 am.

    Now let me try and remember….

    who was it that signed the Cable Communications act of 1984 that gave municipalities, governing bodies of cities and towns, principal authority to grant and renew franchise licenses for cable operations…..the old guys name is on the tip of my tongue

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