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Out-of-state workers bused in for Target Field concessions

MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

Just another chapter in ongoing saga of the economic benefits of pro-sports stadiums. KARE’s Jay Olstad reports: “The company that runs the concessions at Target Field confirms they’ve had to bring about 150 workers from other states to fill staffing shortfalls over the past few days. … ‘We’ve had to reach out to properties in Milwaukee and Green Bay,’ said Pete Spike, general manager at Delaware North Sports Service which runs concessions at Target Field. … Spike tells KARE 11 they bused in about 80 Delaware North employees from Wisconsin to help for Sunday’s game. They got help from roughly 65 Chicago workers for the Friday and Saturday home games.”

Twins President David St. Peter had this to say on Twitter:

One arrest made. Also at KARE, Jay Knoll reports: “Police in St. Paul say they have arrested a man in connection with a deadly shooting at a park on the city’s east side Sunday night.  … Police were called to Indian Mounds Park just before 7:30 p.m. on a report of a shooting and people fighting. They arrived to find one man dead of an apparent gunshot wound. A second victim of the shooting was located some time later. That person apparently suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds. … On Monday morning, St. Paul police announced they made an arrest in connection to the shooting. A 24-year-old Minneapolis man is currently in custody.”

CD2 race getting mean. MPR’s Bob Collins writes: “It’s not often we see a congressional race in Minnesota get as negative as the one that’s underway in the 2nd District to replace retiring Rep. John Kline. … Former state Sen. John Howe went on the offensive in a big way over the weekend when he released this video excoriating fellow Republican Jason Lewis for his comments on slavery and the Civil War.”

Another challenge for emergency rooms. The Star Tribune’s Chris Serres reports, “Hospital emergency rooms across Minnesota are reporting a surge in mental health patients that has turned many ERs into “holding pens” for troubled and sometimes violent adults, often at the expense of other patients needing urgent care. … The crowding has become so acute in some smaller, rural hospitals that patients are forced to wait on stretchers in public hallways, often for hours, or even turned away and sent to hospitals hundreds of miles away.”

In other news…

And the prize goes to … Excelsior! “The coolest suburb in [each of] America’s biggest metro areas” [Thrillist]

Minnesota’s opioid epidemic by the numbers. [MPR]

Apparently a big deal: “Fast-fashion giant Zara is coming to Mall of America” [City Pages]

Medical marijuana update: “MinnMed plans Bloomington medical marijuana dispensary” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

And the contest was no guac in the park: “St. Paul Teen Wins Chipotle Student Essay Contest” [WCCO]

Who’d have thought people would use something that was convenient? “Pay-by-phone parking apps catching on in Minneapolis and St. Paul” [Star Tribune]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 04/18/2016 - 02:18 pm.

    Mean?

    Why is it “mean” to repeat accurately things Jason Lewis has said?

    If you’re going to base your candidacy on your reputation as a pseudo-intellectual blowhard; I mean, commentator on political affairs, you should expect to have some of your remarks repeated back to you.

  2. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 04/19/2016 - 11:56 am.

    The job situation at Target Field deserves some really close journalistic investigation. We all talk on and on about inequality and how jobs and education are at the base of the problem. But they’re bussing in workers for jobs at more than the minimum wage and with benefits, while about half of North-side minority males are unemployed and not in school? Something doesn’t compute here. Someone should dig into this.

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