Minnesota attorney general sues Epilepsy Foundation over Savers relationship

Jennifer Bjorhus in the Star Tribune reports Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota: “Swanson accused the foundation of violating the state’s charities laws through its partnership with Savers, saying it is misleading the public about the extent to which the used goods they donate actually benefit the charity. The lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County District Court, also accuses the Epilepsy Foundation of filing inaccurate reports with the state because it does not identify Savers as a professional fundraiser.”

Your 2 a.m. wake-up call: Also in the Strib, Paul Walsh reports on the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Bloomington being evacuated after concrete-like panels on the exterior of a hotel crashed through the lobby ceiling early Monday: “Authorities have no immediate information on what caused the panels to come unhinged from steel studs on the southern face of the building. The panels busted water pipes, including part of the sprinkler system, giving the lobby a good soaking and alerting fire personnel to the trouble, [Fire Chief Ule] Seal said. Heating and ventilation materials were also damaged.”

Use your words: WCCO notes state lawmakers spent the weekend not discussing the budget and have no meetings scheduled for Monday: “Gov. Mark Dayton and top leaders still haven’t come up with an overall budget deal. If a deal can’t be reached by July 1, state employees will be laid off and state parks will have to close.”

City Council denies request for invisible jet funding. Julio Ojeda-Zapata at the Pioneer Press shares Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ obsession with DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman (and Wonder Girl and the Bionic Woman): “‘Those were the strongest, most powerful women role models I could see in my world, where I watched a lot of TV,’ she said. ‘Wonder Woman was this incredible force. I did not see a lot of that around me” in the real world.’ “

Craving justice: The Associated Press reports two Minnesota White Castle employees are suing the fast-food chain for age discrimination: “Fifty-eight-year-old Terry Fransen, of St. Paul, says he was a White Castle general manager for three decades before he was demoted last year. He retired after his salary was cut by 35 percent. Fifty-one-year-old Allen Spreeman, of Montrose, was a manager for 30 years until his reclassification and demotion this year. Instead of $27 an hour, he now works at a White Castle in St. Cloud for $10 an hour.”

In other news…

Scenes from Open Streets on Lyndale Avenue. [Southwest Journal]

Dan Patch was a close, personal friend: Sid Hartman discovers Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s grandfather was Unbridled, owned by Minneapolis horse owner Francis Genter. [Star Tribune]

CHS Field says “come” to pooches, Target Field says “stay.” [Pioneer Press]

Twin Cities couple accused of trafficking 3 girls for sex nabbed in Chicago. [Star Tribune]

Your daily Walker: Behind Scott Walker, a longstanding conservative alliance against unions. [New York Times]

MnDOT delays I-394 repaving project, giving drivers a 1-month reprieve. [Star Tribune]

What do you mean we’re not No. 1? ‘Best Town Ever’ not in Minnesota. [Pioneer Press]

Video: Almanac’s David Gillette and Ariel Tilson find a clip of R.T. Rybak circa 1983 discussing Lund’s as a potential pick-up venue. [TPT]

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