Tomi Kilgore at MarketWatch reports on General Mills‘ announcement Thursday that it plans to eliminate up to 725 jobs worldwide as part of a restructuring of the consumer foods company’s international operations.
Catharine Richert at MPR News compiles the Minnesota congressional delegation’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday on the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Tim Walz: “It simply doesn’t make sense, nor was it the authors’ intent, to provide subsidies only to people in states that created their own exchanges, and I’m glad the Supreme Court agreed.” On the other side, Rep. John Kline: “Today’s decision does not change the fact that the law is fundamentally flawed, and it doesn’t change our resolve to repeal it.”
The war on pedal pubs escalates. KARE 11 reports 12 people are recovering after an alleged drunk driver rear-ended a pedal pub in downtown Minneapolis around 10 p.m. Wednesday night: “Upon arrival, [police] discovered the driver of a red Chevy Monte Carlo slammed into the back of the Pedal Pub. All 12 passengers were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with at least three suffering from injuries described as serious.” The driver of the car was arrested for possible charges including driving while intoxicated and criminal vehicular injury.
Jennifer Bjorhus at the Star Tribune reports thrift store chain Savers has agreed to overhaul its donations practices as part of a settlement with Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson: “Savers has agreed to disclose that it’s a for-profit fundraising company, not a nonprofit as many people assumed, and to stop soliciting donations of used goods that it does not compensate charities for, such as furniture, jewelry and housewares.” Now, can she get the NFL to stop calling itself a nonprofit entity?
WCCO-TV has an AP story on the latest Census numbers, showing Minnesota’s population near the 5.5 million mark, with the number of minorities growing four times as fast as whites: “Minorities now account for more than 1 million of the state’s residents, at almost 20 percent of the total population, with Hennepin and Ramsay counties among the most diverse. Although the black population remains the largest minority group in the Twin Cities, Asians are the fastest-growing group in the area.“
Please accept this pamphlet on venereal disease before having premarital sex. Nathan Hansen at Forum News Service notes a number of archaic laws in Farmington are on the agenda for repeal, including police regulation 6-1-10, which declares it unlawful “for any man or woman not being married each other, to live and cohabit together as man and wife, or lewdly and notoriously associate together” and regulation 5-1-53, which prohibits the sale or other distribution of “any book, pamphlet, circular, handbill or advertisement of any kind purporting to treat diseases known as ‘venereal diseases.’ ” Council member Doug Bonar: “We now have ordinances that better reflect the values and laws of the day instead of the ones of several decades ago, and I think that’s a good thing.”
In other news…
Kathryn A. Tesija, the de facto No. 2 executive at Target Corp. and its chief merchandiser since 2008, is leaving. [Star Tribune]
TedHeads rejoice: Gov. Mark Dayton declares June 28 Teddy Bear Band Day [PDF]
13 places you can see Paul Bunyan this summer. [NPR News]
Dustin “Screech” Diamond sentenced to 120 days in jail and 15 months of probation in Ozaukee County Circuit Court. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
The nightly hatch of mayflies is showing up on weather radar. [MPR News]
Albertville driver who killed jogger will have to serve jail time each year on the anniversary of his death. [KSTP]