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Mills Fleet Farm sold to investment firm

Plus: battle over Uber and Lyft at the airport; body of man found under ice between Minneapolis lakes; group seeks input on paid sick leave; and more.

Mills Fleet Farm in Rochester, Minnesota
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This ought to give someone a lot more time — and money — to devote to his political career. The Brainerd Dispatch reports on the sale of a little family business: “Mills Fleet Farm has new ownership. … Tuesday morning, global investment firm KKR announced it is acquiring Mills Fleet Farm and the two companies entered into a definitive purchase agreement. … ‘We have decided to partner with KKR in order to take Mills Fleet Farm to the next level of growth for the future.’ Co-presidents Henry Mills II and Stewart Mills, Jr. in a news release.”

MPR’s Tim Nelson does a good job of explaining what’s at stake in the fight over Uber and Lyft serving customers at the airport: “Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is weighing new rules that could better accommodate ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber. … But more than 200 cab drivers showed up at a Metropolitan Airports Commission meeting Monday night in Bloomington to voice their opposition to the plan. They said ride-sharing through smartphone apps like Lyft and Uber would have an unfair advantage at the airport, undercutting the taxi business, which includes 750 licensed airport cabs picking up about 1,800 fares a day.”

Tragic and terrifying. The Pioneer Press’ Andy Rathbun writes, “The body of a man was found Monday under the ice of a channel between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. … The Hennepin County sheriff’s office and Minneapolis Fire Department responded about 2:30 p.m. Monday to reports of a jacket frozen to the ice. Firefighters used a chain saw to cut a hole in the ice, and the body was found attached to the underside of the ice, according to the sheriff’s office.”

Got an opinion about paid sick leave? There’s a work group in Minneapolis that would like your input. WCCO reports: “A group looking to study the impact of workplace regulations in Minneapolis is holding a series of community meetings this month to get ideas related to earned sick time and paid time off. … The city of Minneapolis says its Workplace Partnership Group will hold six meetings in January, with each one focused on different groups (both employees and employers) and how they view earned sick time and paid time off in their respective industries.”

In other news…

When the question “Where’s the beef?” acquires a special urgency: “Minnesota meat company recalls 89K pounds of beef” [MPR]

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Minneapolis went a whole 37 minutes without a murder in 2016. [Pioneer Press]

That’s a suspicious amount of oregano: “Minneapolis police seize over $1M worth of marijuana disguised as produce” [KMSP]

Can Scott Walker beat the curse of the failed-presidential-candidate-cum-governor? [Governing]

Bummer: We might not get to see that “Minnesota Nice” show after all. [City Pages]