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FBI searches former Starkey president’s home

Plus: Twin Cities lose 2020 NCAA football hosting rights to New Orleans; Duluth rejects ranked-choice voting; Historical Society buys Archdiocese property; Target to close 13 stores nationally; and more.

Jerry Ruzicka
Jerry Ruzicka

Well this just got a lot more interesting. KARE reports, “While few details have been released regarding an investigation into a number of Starkey Hearing Technologies executives who were recently fired, the FBI executed a search warrant Wednesday at the home the company’s former president.”

Can’t win ’em all. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Nick Halter writes, “The streak of bringing major sporting events to the Twin Cities ended Wednesday when the College Football Playoff (CFP) rejected U.S. Bank Stadium for the 2020 National Championship. New Orleans will instead host college football’s biggest game, CFP said in a press conference. Atlanta will host the 2018 game, while San Francisco will host the 2019 game. … The Twin Cities were riding high until the announcement, having hosted the 2014 MLB All-Star Game and securing commitments for the 2016 Ryder Cup, the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 NCAA Final Four.

Duluth ranks ranked-choice voting dead last. Tom Olsen writes in the Duluth News Tribune: “In what turned out to be one of the most hotly debated issues on this year’s ballot, Duluthians sent a strong message Tuesday in favor of their current voting system. … Voters resoundingly rejected a citywide referendum that called for a shift to a ranked-choice voting system. … The city of Duluth’s tally showed 15,564 ‘no’ votes to 5,271 ‘yes’ votes.” 

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But don’t even think about putting in parking meters there. According to Nick Woltman in the Pioneer Press: “The Minnesota Historical Society has agreed to purchase the Msgr. Ambrose Hayden Center from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for $4.5 million. … The historical society plans to use the 60,000-square-foot building, which is across the street from the Minnesota History Center on Kellogg Boulevard, for offices, meeting space and storage, the organization said Wednesday in a news release. … The building’s 129-space parking lot was a major selling point — the History Center’s parking lot overflowed at 52 separate events during the past year.”

A little too much red ink and Big Red. Per the AP: “ Target plans to close 13 stores nationwide, including one in New Ulm and two others in Milwaukee and Superior, Wisconsin. … The Minneapolis-based retailer says a decision to close a store usually follows several years of decreasing profitability. The retail giant plans to close the stores on Jan. 30, 2016. The 13 are among Target’s nearly 1,800 stores in the U.S.”

In other news…

MPR’s Cathy Wurzer interviews Duluth mayor-elect Emily Larson.

Famous Dave’s: Not so hot. [Star Tribune]

Three million bucks will get you some swanky digs near Cedar Lake. (Photos.) [New York Times]

Minnesotan David Engen is a Norwegian reality TV star, not that he’d brag about it or anything. [Pioneer Press]

Pitchfork gives the documentary treatment to legendary Twin Cities music photographer Dan Corrigan.