Another one bites the dust … . Kavita Kumar of the Strib reports, “Tony Fisher, 38, president of Target Canada, is out ‘effectively immediately,’ according to a news release. Mark Schindele, 45, Target’s senior vice president for merchandising operations, will replace him. … some [analysts] wondered why Target didn’t pick somebody from outside of headquarters to bring in an even fresher perspective.”
The AP story says bluntly, “Under the leadership of Fisher, 38, the company opened more than 100 stores north of the border, but shoppers have complained that prices are too high, and the Canadian stores have been wrestling with inventory problems. As a result, sales have been weak and the company recorded a loss of nearly a billion dollars in its first year.” That’ll look tough on the resume.
Even though the Governor is on a bill-signing spree … . Baird Helgeson of the Strib says, “A new measure requiring toxic chemicals to be disclosed on products for children died in the closing hours of session, as did tougher campaign finance and public disclosure requirements for nonprofit groups, which drew strong opposition from anti-abortion groups and the National Rifle Association. ‘It’s very telling and very troubling that a couple of interest groups could bludgeon their way to deny people to know where all this money is coming from,’ Dayton said. Dayton said he is still weighing whether to veto a ban on online lottery tickets sales … .” Briana Bierschbach’s MinnPost story is here.
This guy … again. The AP is reporting, “A federal grand jury has indicted a Minnesota man for allegedly running an illegal gambling operation in North Dakota. … a newly unsealed indictment says 68-year-old Gerald Greenfield, of Bloomington, Minnesota, ran an illegal sports betting business for four years, beginning in 2007. … Greenfield previously was convicted in a mortgage fraud scheme in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. He escaped from a minimum-security federal prison in Duluth last year while serving a 50-month sentence and was captured six days later.”
Tom Webb at the PiPress tells us we have a new Ag dean. “The University of Minnesota has named Brian Buhr to be the next dean and director of its College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences. Buhr has been serving as interim dean of the St. Paul-based ag college since last August, but on Monday the U named him to the position permanently, pending approval by the U’s board of regents.”
Carlson Companies is unloading TGIFridays. Says David Phelps at the Strib, “Carlson is selling TGI Fridays, its restaurant stalwart for the past 39 years, to a pair of New York-based private investment groups, the company said Tuesday. … The acquiring firms are Sentinel Capital Partners, which has extensive background in the restaurant business, and TriArtisan Capital Partners, the merchant banking arm of Morgan Joseph TriArtisan.”
It’d be a different world if suits like this were successful … . Paul Walsh at the Strib says, “The families of four New York state firefighters are suing St. Paul-based Gander Mountain, alleging that the retailer’s Rochester, N.Y.-area outlet could have prevented a ‘straw buyer’ from purchasing the rifle that was turned over to a convicted killer and used on Christmas Eve 2012 to kill two firefighters and wound two other.”
The Super Bowl is assured … . The FoxSports story by Brian Hall says, “Minnesota announced it has signed first-round quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, along with seventh-round selections Shamar Stephen and Brandon Watts. A source confirmed that first-round pick Anthony Barr, the Vikings’ first pick at No. 9 overall, has also agreed to terms of a contract.”
Speaking of Super Bowls … . Kevin Cusick of the PiPress writes, “If you love garage sales, but missed the chance earlier this year to buy Sid Hartman’s old bathrobe, you’re in luck. Another Minnesota sports icon is opening his doors to the buying public. Bud Grant has posted a classified ad in a Minneapolis-based newspaper that shall remain nameless. It promises ‘Bud Grant’s biggest, best and last garage sale’, which will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 8134 Oakmere Road in Bloomington.” Does he have any Fran Tarkenton stem cells?
In a similar vein … Emily Eveland of City Pages notes Hell’s Kitchen’s celebration of artist Ralph Steadman. “Hell’s Kitchen founders Mitch Omer and Cyn Gerdes purchased their first Steadman original in 2000 and have since built both their collection and a relationship with the artist himself. On Memorial Day, Hell’s Kitchen will host a celebratory breakfast in honor of Steadman’s 78th birthday. Steadman will visit via Skype and we’ve been assured that Omer has some crazy antics up his sleeve for the occasion.”