Minnesota-based car-donation charity targeted by attorney general

Attorney General Lori SwansonAttorney General Lori Swanson

Cars ruin everything — even charitable giving. In the Star Tribune, Paul Walsh writes, “The nation’s largest car donation nonprofit, based in Minnesota, collected millions of dollars worth of vehicles nationwide while misleading the public that the vehicles were being received by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and then donated less than a quarter to charity, the state attorney general’s office said Wednesday. … In a ‘compliance report’ compiled by Attorney General Lori Swanson, Car Donation Foundation is accused of paying nearly $36 million to two for-profit corporations owned by the executives who founded and manage the charity.”

The politics of mining in northern Minnesota are anything but straightforward. The Duluth News Tribune’s John Myers reports, “Several Duluth business owners have formed an opposition group to proposed copper mining projects in Northeastern Minnesota saying the potential environmental damage from mine waste could harm the region’s economy more than any mining jobs will help. … Calling themselves the Downstream Business Coalition, the business leaders, who say they employ more than 1,000 people in the Duluth area, addressed the St. Louis County Board on Tuesday to express their opposition to copper mining in the St. Louis River watershed.”

This’ll show ’em. For the Associated Press (in the Rochester Post Bulletin), Brian Bakst reports, “Thought the dust was starting to settle on the political feud over Minnesota’s new Senate Office Building? Think again. … Senate Minority Leader David Hann hinted last week that his members wouldn’t automatically lug their desks, chairs and office plants next year into the new $90 million legislative building erected over GOP objections. As it turns out, there’s nothing requiring the Senate GOP to relocate to a building they considered unnecessary and lavish. The caucus could try to make a political point by refusing to leave the 83-year-old State Office Building.”

They’re just thinking of their employees. In the Star Tribune, Erin Golden writes, “On Tuesday, 80 members of the Minnesota Business Partnership — a group that includes the leaders of Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy and Mayo Clinic, among other major employers — convened a phone-conference strategy session. The goal: Defeat a set of proposals to guarantee more predictable schedules and paid sick leave. The group joins a growing number of business owners who say the plans could ravage Minneapolis employers. … Partnership members ‘take this very seriously and don’t want a confrontation with the City Council and the mayor,’ said Charlie Weaver, the partnership’s executive director. ‘We know the mayor doesn’t want to be viewed as anti-business. Our hope is they will recognize that this is harmful not only to businesses, but harmful to employees.’

In other news…

Veda Ponikvar, founder and publisher of two Chisholm newspapers, esteemed American civilian military leader, and arguably the most powerful person in Iron Range politics of the latter 20th century, died Tuesday in Chisholm at the age of 96.” [Minnesota Brown]

Topping this list of 9 most underrated beers in America is good ol’ Summit EPA, which: YES. [Craft Beer & Brewing]

Jostens sold for $1.5 billion. [Star Tribune]

Fargo bank robber robs bank in stocking cap … like you do in Fargo. [Inforum]

Kid Rock to headline WE Fest. [Inforum]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/14/2015 - 04:55 pm.

    Harmful to Employees?

    I can’t help but suspect that the last time any of the leaders of “Minnesota Business Partnership” gave even the slightest glimmer of a thought,…

    to what effect their corporate policies might be having on their employees,…

    (other than deviously devising how to extract ever MORE labor from them,…

    while paying even LESS compensation),…

    was about 1965,…

    and that was probably only because they were being forced to negotiate a union contract.

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