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Target reports low third-quarter sales

Plus: Nolan and Mills take opposite positions on Syrian refugees; guns, drugs and money missing from Newport Police Department; Packers fans adopt Minnesota road; and more.

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Big Red misses its sales target. USA Today’s Hadley Malcolm reports on bad news for Minnesota’s favorite retailer: “Target’s turnaround plan appeared to have a slight slowdown as same-store traffic and sales fell from the second quarter. … The company’s third quarter earnings met expectations Wednesday, but sales missed. Shares fell more than 5% to $68.70 in afternoon trading. … But the company is upbeat about the upcoming holiday season. It raised the lower end of its full-year guidance saying that it is confident in its merchandising and marketing plans as it enters the most critical season of the year.”

Nolan and Mills stake out opposite stands on Syrian refugees. The Brainerd Dispatch’s Zach Kayser asked Rep. Rick Nolan and challenger Stewart Mills for their views on the issue: “In response to a request from the Dispatch, Republican Stewart Mills’ campaign emailed a statement saying the refugees should not be allowed in, while U.S. Rep. Nolan’s congressional office sent one from the Democrat lawmaker saying the refugees should still be allowed access. … ‘We have a long and proud history of taking in refugees from all around the globe, and we do not discriminate based on race, religion or nationality,’ Nolan said in the statement. ‘Not only is that type of discrimination illegal — it also goes against our core founding values as a nation. After all, these refugees are fleeing to escape regions where they are entrapped by the very same violence that tragically reached the streets of Paris.’ ”

Probably a good idea to keep track of this stuff. In the Pioneer Press, Scott Wente of the Forum News Service reports on a small oversight by the Newport Police Department: “When the Washington County sheriff’s office agreed to help the understaffed Newport Police Department, it found major problems. … Guns, drugs and money were missing from police storage. Dangerous and sensitive evidence was being mishandled. Property could not be tracked in more than 1,100 cases. … Sheriff Bill Hutton said those police storage problems, plus chain-of-custody concerns, had the potential to jeopardize future — and past — investigations.”

Where’s the special session to address this issue? KARE 11 has a report on a particularly provocative cheesehead: “When it comes to blending in with his Minnesota surroundings, Dave Antonneau is the odd man out. … Take the green Ford Ranger he drives. No one in Northfield can miss it. It’s the one emblazoned with Green Bay Packers stickers and flags. … ‘Packer Fever?’ he’s asked. ‘Pretty much,’ he admits. … But it takes one kind of nerve to drive a Packers pickup down a Vikings-country road and quite another to claim the highway. … ‘It’s all about territory,’ Dave laughs. … He’s talking about the ‘Adopt a Highway’ signs planted along Dakota County Road 23 – the signs adorned with the words: ‘Green Bay Packer Fans.’ ”

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Another day, another iron operation shutting down: “Magnetation closes another Iron Range plant” [Duluth News Tribune]

Was not familiar with this particular species of hawk: “UND’s new nickname is the Fighting Hawks, winning with 57 percent of vote” [Inforum] 

30 years ago, the freighter “Socrates” beached on Duluth’s Park Point. [Duluth News Tribune]

Part of “You’re So Vain” is about Warren Beatty. No Minnesota angle here, just thought you should know. [Duluth News Tribune]

The Houston Rockets fired former Timberwolves exec and coach Kevin McHale. [Star Tribune]