Prince had scheduled meeting with addiction doctor during final hours

Cami Ponzio looking at flowers and balloons placed in tribute to Prince at a mak
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Cami Ponzio looking at flowers and balloons placed in tribute to Prince at a makeshift memorial outside of Paisley Park.

More sad news about his final hours. David Chanen at the Star Tribune reports Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a national authority on opioid addiction treatment, was contacted by Prince's representatives to assist in treating the artist's addiction to painkillers. Kornfeld couldn't leave Mill Valley, Calif., immediately, so he sent his son Andrew, who works with him: "When Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Paisley Park at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Prince’s representatives could not find him, Mauzy said. Andrew Kornfeld was one of three people at Paisley Park when the musician’s body was found in an elevator a few minutes later — and it was Andrew Kornfeld who called 911."
Related: The reporting on Prince’s death reveals that we have no idea what "addiction" really means [Slate]

The end of empty shelves? Nandita Bose and Nathan Layne at Reuters are touting an exclusive on Target cracking down on suppliers as part of an overhaul to speed up its supply chain to compete with Walmart and Amazon: "The sixth-largest U.S. retailer by sales plans to tighten deadlines for deliveries to its warehouses, hike fines for late deliveries, and could institute penalties of up to $10,000 for inaccuracies in product information, according to a letter sent to suppliers and obtained by Reuters and an interview with Target's chief operating officer John Mulligan."

For sale: one newspaper, slightly used. Mike Mullen at City Pages talks with Dave Orrick, the leader of the Pioneer Press union, who's trying to find a new owner for the oldest newspaper in the state: "[Orrick] says the 'holy shit' moment came last year, when reporters learned their printing plant and downtown office building were being sold. The office had been listed for $4 million. How much of that profit would be invested in the paper? they asked. None. The hedge fund was taking it all."

Starting with the amber waves of grain on his head. Rep. Collin Peterson shares his thoughts on food labeling efforts, trade agreements and Donald Trump with Agweek's Jonathan Knutson: "Peterson is garnering national attention for his support of Bernie Sanders, but thinks Donald Trump would be a better president, at least for agricultural interests, than Ted Cruz. 'I’d be more comfortable with him (Trump) than Cruz,' said Peterson, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee."

In other news…

Michael Goar named Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO. [Big Brothers Big Sisters]

Smoke plume from Canadian fires reaches Minnesota. [MPR News]

Rare Bob Dylan memorabilia goes on display in Duluth [Duluth News Tribune]

Minnesota teams barred from going to two national baseball tournaments in North Carolina [Star Tribune]

Mayor Emily Larson officially appoints Mike Tusken Duluth's next chief of police. [City of Duluth]

Harriet Brasserie owner saves a life with bone marrow transplant. [Southwest Journal]

Preservation Commission says no to proposed 40-story condo tower in Minneapolis. [Star Tribune]

View a map of the rise of the KKK in the U.S. from 1915-1940. [VCU Libraries]

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 05/04/2016 - 01:30 pm.

    Target should ask Tracy Morgan

    what it really means to “tighten up delivery deadlines.” The Walmart model should be avoided, not emulated.

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