140 more layoffs at Target HQ

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At this point it would be easier if Target just notified people if they haven’t lost their job. The Star Tribune’s Kavita Kumar reports: “Target Corp. laid off 140 more people at its Minneapolis headquarters this morning, in a move that was more precisely influenced by the needs of its new structure than larger reductions had been earlier this year. … Most, but not all, the people who were laid off today were in jobs related to business performance optimization, a group that was one of seven formed in recent months in Target’s restructuring of its Twin Cities corporate offices.”

The Minnesota Legislature, looking out for the little guy. MPR’s Tom Scheck reports: “Residential customers in northern Minnesota will have to pay more in electricity rates because of a change the Legislature made last week to help big business. … Gov. Mark Dayton signed a broad jobs and energy budget bill that gives a rate break to mining companies, papers mills and steel mills. … The new law allows major industrial customers in northern Minnesota to apply for a break in their electricity rates. It aims to help lower energy costs for companies competing in a global marketplace, among them the taconite mines on the Iron Range.”

Remember the woman who got kicked out of a Wisconsin McDonald’s for bringing in a baby kangaroo ‘service animal’? Well, according to the AP, the city of Beaver Dam has clarified its rules: “The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reports the city’s Common Council voted 14-0 Monday night to define a service animal as a dog or miniature horse, but not a kangaroo. Police can cite people who try to use other animals.” Wait, miniature horse?

Your daily Walker: British PM David Cameron says the Wisconsin governor is talking bollocks. Over at Time, Zeke Miller reports: “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says British Prime Minister David Cameron confided in him that he was concerned about the direction of American leadership. But there’s a problem with the Republican’s tidy critique of President Barack Obama: Cameron doesn’t remember it that way. … Walker, who has taken several trips overseas in recent months to study up on foreign policy in preparation for an all-but-certain presidential bid, told a roomful of Republican donors Friday that world leaders, including Cameron, are worried about the U.S. stepping back in the world. ‘The Prime Minister did not say that and does not think that,’ a Downing Street spokesperson told TIME.” For his part, Walker has decided to keep his mouth shut in the future. [Star Tribune]

In other news…

You can drive 70 m.p.h. on part of I-94 in Minnesota now… [WCCO]

…but please, watch out for cyclists. [Pioneer Press]

A U of M study found that cleaning up the air could save 2 million lives per year. [Malay Mail, h/t Bob Moffitt]

There are lots of interesting things at the bottom of the Tioga Mine Pit in Itasca County, but Dorothy’s ruby slippers ain’t one of ’em. [Inforum]

This must be why squirrels rarely get cancer. “Mayo, U of M Study: Eating Nuts Can Reduce Risk of Certain Cancers” [KSTP]

Fox News host and MINNESOTAN Gretchen Carlson is a skilled jump-roper (rope jumper?). [Facebook]

Holy freaking nightmare: “Minnesota health officials have shut down a suburban Twin Cities funeral home accused of letting bodies decompose.” [AP]

First with the little libraries, now St. Paul has a tiny museum:

In anticipation of Father’s Day, here’s a dad doing a dad thing. [KSTP]

Willmar, Minnesota currently ranked 15th on PetSafe’s “Bark for your Park” contest. [PetSafe]

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/17/2015 - 01:29 pm.

    Unpossible!

    Scott Walker stepped into a policy area that was over his head, and then lied about it? Who could have imagined such a thing?

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 06/17/2015 - 04:02 pm.

      More likely

      Cameron is denying what he said because it was not meant for public consumption. I can easily imagine Cameron saying that in private.

      • Submitted by Rachel Weisman on 06/17/2015 - 04:56 pm.

        Less likely

        Cameron is a seasoned pro while Walker is proving to be an amateur. I can easily imagine Walker speaking out of turn.

        • Submitted by Howard Miller on 06/17/2015 - 07:23 pm.

          which seems more likely …

          option a) Mr. Cameron complicating his relationship with the actual president of the US by offering some impossibly vague general criticism to a minor member of that president’s opposition party ….

          or

          option b) Scott Walker, politically ambitious, just making something up to pander politically, naively not expecting Cameron to quash that in a nanosecond because of it’s real world implications?

          I’m guessing option B

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/18/2015 - 11:37 am.

        Which means

        One of them is lying.

        Based on their respective records, I’ll bet on Walker.

  2. Submitted by Hudson Leighton on 06/17/2015 - 05:06 pm.

    Miniature horses are used by people who have trouble getting up after a fall, the Miniature horses are sturdy enough to be used as a climbing aid.

    A dog does not have the strength to have a adult use them as a climbing aid.

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