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235 more layoffs at Target

Plus: Rep. Cornish demands Dayton demand Black Lives Matter apology; Sanders contemplates a herring breakfast in Minneapolis; Mondale discusses fair-housing law he authored nearly 50 years ago; and more.

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Even more cuts at Big Red. The Star Tribune’s Kavita Kumar surveys the damage: “Following months of anticipation, the ax fell in Target Corp.’s technology operations in the Twin Cities, where about 235 employees were let go this morning. … The retailer’s information technology units had largely been spared in layoffs earlier this year that affected about 2,500 jobs, or about one-fifth of the workers in the company’s corporate offices in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park.”

Cornish weighs in. “A Minnesota state representative is urging the governor not to meet with Black Lives Matter St. Paul unless they apologize for a chant that law enforcement groups have called threatening,” writes Mara H. Gottfried in the Pioneer Press. “Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, who was a police officer for 33 years, said Tuesday he was disgusted by the ‘Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon’ chant of some protestors during a Saturday march by Black Lives Matter to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The St. Paul Police Federation and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association have criticized the chant.”

Why choose when you can have both? A little color from the New York Times’ Jason Horowitz on Bernie Sanders’ visit to Minneapolis: “ ‘Phil!’ Mr. Sanders called over to his longtime field director, Phil Fiermonte, ‘What are we serving for breakfast?’ … ‘Bernard, why don’t you try herring,’ [Sanders’ friend] Mr. [Richard] Sugarman suggested. ‘A lot of these people are Scandinavian.’  … Mr. Sanders, apparently confident they weren’t there for the spread, responded, ‘Maybe bagels.’ ”

A look at the Fair Housing Act, almost 50 years later, from someone who should know about it. For the Washington Post, Emily Badger writes, “Walter Mondale expected, as a lot of people did in 1968, that the Fair Housing Act would really change things. He thought it would break down segregation, force communities that had long discriminated to do the right thing, and foster more places where blacks and whites live as neighbors. … Nearly 50 years later, however, the change has been much less dramatic. American cities still remain heavily segregated by race. And diverse places, he fears, are re-segregating. … ‘I was younger and more naïve,’ Mondale says now, ‘and more certain that the law took care of all problems.’

In other news …

The State Fair shies away from controversy: “Bill Cosby portrait in ‘rapeseed’ pulled from State Fair” [Pioneer Press]

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Minnesota’s waters are full of carp. [MPR]

Generally, “hockey pucks” not a good association for a steakhouse: “North Star legend Lou Nanne putting his name on Edina steakhouse” [Star Tribune]

Good news about the opportunity gap: “Brenda Cassellius, state education commissioner, said nearly two-thirds of schools were on track to cut the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their classmates in half by 2017.” [Pioneer Press]

All about the structure and design of the Vikings stadium. [Curbed]