Target testing in-store transmission of coupons to smart phones

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Target, just trying to help. MPR’s Jon Collins reports, “Target Corporation will start testing a new technology on Wednesday that will automatically offer discounts and suggested products through customers’ iPhones. … The program syncs the company’s smartphone app with a customer’s location in a store to offer what Target says in a post on their website will be ‘timely deals and recommendations on nearby products.’ ”

A non-ruling on the Southwest light rail lawsuit. For the Star Tribune, Janet Moore writes, “A federal judge late Tuesday declined to rule on a request by a Minneapolis nonprofit group opposing the Southwest light-rail line to halt the $1.74 billion project because it has allegedly violated federal and state laws. …[U.S. District Judge John] Tunheim ruled against the Lakes and Parks Alliance’s request for summary judgment, which would have been an immediate victory for the group, noting the Alliance ‘has not shown that the Met Council had irreversibly and irretrievably committed to a specific [Southwest light-rail] route.’

So many claims against the Archdiocese. Elizabeth Mohr writes in the Pioneer Press: “A closer look at claims filed against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as part of its bankruptcy proceedings shows requests from former employees, outcast priests, business associates and the whistleblower whose disclosures sped the church’s unraveling. … Monday marked the last day to file claims against the archdiocese, including clergy sex abuse claims, and they flooded in as the day came to a close.”

Seems like Famous Dave’s new management has a beef with the old team. For the Star Tribune, Mike Huglett reports, “Famous Dave’s of America Inc. on Wednesday reported a 77 percent drop in second-quarter profit and harshly criticized its recently-departed chief executive for changes that upset customers of the barbecue chain. … ‘The changes included smaller portions, different plateware, and changes to iconic items such as cornbread muffins and other poor decisions,’ the company said in a statement. ‘Ultimately, the significant changes made by prior management were not received well by our guests, extended beyond the restaurants and led to this poor second quarter.’ ”

In other news…

NYT op-ed contributor Thomas B. Edsall has nothing but praise for U of M law professor Myron Orfield’s research on the “poverty housing industry.”

Contrary to Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King’s claims, “You cannot marry a lawnmower.” [Iowa Starting Line]

Doesn’t even have the same first name. “Local Report: La. Dentist Mistaken For Walter Palmer Getting Death Threats” [WCCO]

Maybe your MFA will pay off after all: “Essay winner to get free Richland County farmstead, if $625K in donations pour in” [Inforum]

St. Louis County kicks in $30k to name Duluth aiport terminal for Rep. Jim Oberstar. [HowieBlog.com]

Twin Cities theater fans will want to read this long piece in American Theatre about the many leadership changes in the local scene.

A hundred bucks (minimum) to sit and watch hockey in the cold. [Star Tribune]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Pat McGee on 08/05/2015 - 03:09 pm.

    Target’s “help” is not needed or wanted

    My kids nagging me to buy stuff is enough. I don’t need or want Target adding to the din. This just gives me one more reason to avoid Target.

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