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Abbott Laboratories to acquire St. Jude Medical

Plus: Target’s transgender bathroom policy; the state of Duluth; trustees drill into Prince vault; and more.

So much for Minnesota’s medical device industry. First Medtronic moves to Dublin, now this, from the Star Tribune’s Joe Carlson: “The biggest medical device company still headquartered in Minnesota, St. Jude Medical, will be whisked away to the Chicago suburbs under a $25 billion cash-and-stock acquisition by Abbott Laboratories announced Thursday. … The health care companies jointly announced a definitive acquisition agreement that will greatly broaden Abbott’s footprint in hospitals a time when St. Jude Medical was seen as strengthening its own portfolio in high-growth medical specialties. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.”

The New York Times wades into the Target transgender bathrooms debate. Rachel Abrams writes, “A new policy over bathroom choice has thrust the retailer Target into the center of a nationwide debate over gender identity, civil rights and privacy. … Last week, Target announced on its website that it would allow transgender employees and customers to choose the restroom and fitting room that corresponded with their gender identities. About a month earlier, North Carolina passed a law restricting bathroom access to transgender people, a bill that set off a national debate that has even extended to the presidential campaign.”

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OneDuluth. Here’s the Duluth News Tribune’s Peter Passi on Mayor Emily Larson’s first state of the city address: “In her first State of the City address, Mayor Emily Larson laid out her hopes to overcome many of Duluth’s long-standing disparities, saying: ‘It’s clear that we’ll only move forward as a city, when we move forward together.’ … ‘Our right to a good and healthy life should not be determined by our ZIP code or our income, education, race, gender or religion,’ Larson said Wednesday as she addressed an audience at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.”

Today in Prince: From KSTP, details about the artist’s hip pain treatment and, separately, trustees drilled into Prince’s vault. The Star Tribune reports that the Prince tribute is back on Barn Bluff. Mother Nature Network: “Prince: A secret warrior for clean energy and social justice.”

In other news…

Very vague at this point: “North St. Paul high school employee investigated for misconduct” [Twin Cities]

What the duck: “Police: Man abandoned van full of ducks in parking lot” [Des Moines Register]

Sensory-friendly performance: “A special performance with customized services will take place on Saturday, July 30 at the historic Orpheum Theatre” [Hennepin Theatre Trust]

Minnesotan: “Why Louie Anderson doesn’t want to get too highfalutin with all the love for ‘Baskets’” [LA Times]