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Starkey lawsuit moved to federal court

Plus: Hodges nominates new public works director; Minneapolis’ bicycling ambitions; and, oh, yeah, the new State Fair foods.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger
MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi
U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger

This Starkey lawsuit just keeps getting more interesting. The Star Tribune’s Dee DePass reports the latest wrinkle: “U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger has moved two lawsuits against Starkey Laboratories to federal court after a Hennepin County District Court judge denied his motion to stay discovery in the cases. … The order was filed Monday night, hours after Judge Kevin Burke angrily said he was going to rule in favor of Luger’s motion but changed his mind after Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Secord said her office was going to seek to move the case to federal court. He said the argument was a surprise and the office wasted his court’s time.”

From Salt Lake City to salt street city. The Star Tribune’s Eric Roper has info on a Minneapolis public works director candidate: “A planner known for emphasizing walking, biking and transit at the helm of Salt Lake City’s public works department may soon be in charge of Minneapolis’ infrastructure. … Mayor Betsy Hodges nominated Robin Hutcheson on Monday to be the city’s next public works director, leading a department with more than 1,000 employees and an annual operating budget exceeding $300 million. The public works director oversees the city’s transportation network, drinking water supply, parking facilities, and trash and recycling service, among other responsibilities.”

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Premise: Council Member Lisa Bender saved bicycling in Minneapolis. Discuss. To get you started, here’s Peter Walker in the Guardian: “Minneapolis does not have the immediate look of a place set on becoming a city where lots of people ride bikes. Aside from the long, freezing winters, this is a place very obviously built around cars. The roads are generally multi-lane, often one way, and parking is largely straightforward, even in the centre. But things are changing. … Lisa Bender, the city council representative who has done as much as an anyone to push cycling in Minneapolis, laughs when asked if the aim is to make her home the second most bike-friendly city in the US, after the traditional cycling centre of Portland, Oregon.”

At last, the most important story of the summer. Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Stephanie March is all over the new State Fair foods: “The list is out and there are 32 new foods this year that range from small bites to bigger plates, frozen treats, gluten-free snacks, things on-a-stick, and more. At first glance it seems like the maple-bacon tide has subsided, but there’s a clear infusion of cubed cheese that will be deep fried.”

In other news…

Okay, sure: “Minnesota Named No. 1 Best Place To Be A Kid” [WCCO]

Leadership crisis at Woodbury Leadership Academy: “Resignations and ‘chaos’ at Woodbury charter school has some parents on edge” [Pioneer Press]

Who’s up for a jaunt? “After 30 years of work, [302-mile] Superior Hiking Trail nearly complete” [MPR]

After November, a lot of us might want to join him: “Monticello man on the verge of deportation to Germany after 55 years in the U.S.” [Star Tribune]

Some important service journalism from Mecca Bos: “The 5 booziest drink specials to jump on right now” [City Pages]

R.I.P. Sister Jean: “Nun who fought crime, poverty with cookies dies at 85” [MPR]

Someone’s streak is about to end: