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Business owners object to Minneapolis ‘fair scheduling’ proposal

Plus: settlement in neutered-dog case; 2015 Twin Cities burger roundup; gay teacher fired from Totino-Grace speaks up; and more.

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Restaurant owners not at all amused by Minneapolis’ “fair scheduling” proposal. At MPR, Curtis Gilbert explains their objections: “Nick Rancone employs 55 people at two Nicollet Avenue restaurants — Revival and Corner Table. He says predicting right now how many servers he’ll need in late October is impossible. … ‘So we’re saying that if I have a patio that I’m trying to staff, it’s like it might snow at the end of this month, right? So if we get snow at the end of October, obviously I’m not going to have anybody who’s going to want to dine on the patio,’ Rancone said.” Weaklings.

“Vengefully neutered.” KARE has the latest on the story of the dog that has captivated Minnesota for the last couple days: “A Minnesota dog owner has reached a legal settlement with a breeder he claimed vengefully neutered his champion bichon frise without his knowledge. … Dr. John Wangsness said breeder Vickie Halstead owed him more than $50,000 in damages and about eight vials of frozen semen taken from the dog, Beau Lemon, who was the second best of his breed in the nation before his retirement in 2012.”

This story has us burgin’ so hard. For the Pioneer Press, Jess Fleming surveys the state of hamburgers in the Twin Cities in 2015: “In fact, it seems like most of those new restaurants have a burger on the menu — and most of them aren’t just humdrum frozen meat and dry bun affair. We’re talking house-ground meat, American cheese made in-house (yes, you read that right) and cheffy pickles and sauces. … The trend is toward simple burgers that show off the flavor of the beef. Lots of chefs are also opting for the double-patty burger, which optimizes char flavor but can be tricky to keep juicy.”

Remember that teacher who was fired from Totino-Grace in 2013 for admitting she was gay? The Star Tribune’s Vineeta Sawkar aggregates a new post she wrote for the Huffington Post: “A Twin Cities teacher has written about the pain of being fired from a local Catholic high school in 2013 in a new Huffington Post blog. ‘There are a million things to say about being gay and working at a Catholic school where you get to do work that is truly your vocation,’ former Totino-Grace High School teacher Kristen Ostendorf wrote in the blog post. ‘The separate peace one has to make with so many things is almost crippling. And soul-crushing. Staying alive is hard.’ ”

In other news…

A new project from the Minnesota Military Museum seeks to build a veterans database. [Brainerd Dispatch]

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“Never a Muslim president? Minnesota boy, 12, tells Ben Carson he’s wrong” [MPR]

Making us all look like slobs: “Formal 4th-grader in Minnesota favors suits and ties” [Grand Forks Herald]

Dude, not cool: “Man busted after pot mailed to grandma’s house” [KARE]