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Lake Elmo City Council fires parliamentarian

Plus: Allina makes new contract offer to nurses; an alternative-Capitol-art show; Medtronic to buy HeartWare International; and more. 

Lake Elmo City Council
MinnPost photo by Craig Lassig

Honestly, $200-an-hour seems low for having to deal with this group. The Pioneer Press’ Bob Shaw has a dispatch from the always entertaining Lake Elmo City Council: “By unanimous vote, Lake Elmo booted its $200-an-hour parliamentarian. … The City Council got rid of the freelance rule enforcer at a meeting Tuesday, June 21. … The city has paid a parliamentarian — an expert on the rules that govern meetings — $13,627 to sit in on council meetings since December, money that council member Ann Smith said was well spent.”

Devil’s in the details, of course. The AP reports (via KSTP): “Allina Health says it’s offering a new contract proposal to its union nurses who staff five hospitals in the Twin Cities area. … The company has asked the Minnesota Nurses Association to come back to the bargaining table. The union didn’t immediately respond to the request Monday.”

Imagining very different art at the Capitol. For City Pages, Sheila Regan writes: “Curated by Maggie Thompson and Taylor Payer, ‘Reframe Minnesota’ is an artistic response to the current debate on the art displayed in the State’s Capitol, which is currently undergoing a renovation to be completed in 2017. Some advocates want the offensive artwork to be replaced by pieces that offer a more true reflection of Minnesota and its people.”

Making the most of that sweet Irish tax structure already. The Star Tribune’s Evan Ramstad reports: “Medtronic PLC said this morning it would buy HeartWare International Inc., a maker of devices to treat advanced heart failure, for $1.1 billion. … Medtronic said it would pay cash in the transaction, which valued HeartWare shares at $58 each, nearly twice their closing price on Friday of $29.98.”

In other news…

Update on Antonio F. Jenkins Jr. case: “Murder suspect featured in TV crime solving show acquitted of all crimes” [Star Tribune]

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Hipsters strike again: “The Rail Station will now be ‘The Howe’ (and some regulars are not happy)” [City Pages]

Minnesota just got a little less interesting: “Cloquet’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house has new home — in Pennsylvania” [Duluth News Tribune]

Meet Steven Schwenn: “Photos: He ditched med school, became organic farming pioneer” [MPR]

We’re nothing without it: “Our identity after Prairie Home considered” [MPR]