Target sheds 550 Minnesota jobs with Canada store closures

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People walk out of the going-out-of-business sale at a Target in Toronto on Thursday.

Expect no more paychecks. Matt Sepic at Minnesota Public Radio reports Target plans to lay off 550 employees at its Twin Cities headquarters following the closing of its 133 Canadian stores: “This is a difficult day for the Target team but we continue to believe that the steps we are taking are the right ones for the company,” Target added.

Jennie Olson at 5 Eyewitness News has posted names of 17 clergy who have been accused of sexual abuse or misconduct with a minor in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Mall of America architect Jon Jerde has died at 75. Tired of designing standard, suburban shopping malls, the Los Angeles Times writes, Jerde began imagining “experience” malls, like the one in our backyard: “He blew open the shopping mall and transformed it into a lively urban environment which attracts people, lots of people,” Richard Weinstein, the former dean of UCLA’s school architecture and urban planning, once said.

Get your dry-aged ribeye tartare on StubHub? Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl at Mpls-St.Paul shares Travail’s solution to getting frostbite while waiting outside the Robbinsdale eatery at 5:00 p.m. for your 10 p.m. reservation: Ticketed reservations.

Duluth police officer Brad Wick, who was ambushed by gunfire and fatally shot an armed robbery suspect in 2011, will receive the Medal of Valor from Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder at a ceremony today on the grounds of the White House. [Duluth News Tribune]

In other news…

Emily’s List has nominated Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges for their annual Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.

Q&A with Babes in Toyland bassist Maureen Herman on addiction, recovery and reunions. [LA Weekly]

Rochester’s Bethel Lutheran Church members offer prayers-to-go in the church parking lot. [MPR]

“The Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead offers her initial thoughts on Jon Stewart’s decision to leave the show after 17 years.

Minnesotans Cait and Kate take local boozing to artistic heights at Drunk Girls Do Renaissance Paintings in Bathrooms [h/t MNSpeak]

The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital will announce a significant gift from the Wilf Family Foundation this afternoon. [h/t @RachelSB]

Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index scores in 2014 were highest in Minnesota, the only state with a non-negative score. [h/t studioloraine]

Gov. Mark Dayton is asking the Minnesota Legislature for $10 million from the state treasury to replace Minnesota’s two aging state-owned airplanes. [AP]

Which bargain beer should be the official tallboy of Minnesota? [City Pages]

TPT reporter Mary Lahammer has been honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with their Excellence in Media Award.

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