Boy Scouts campers killed in Boundary Waters

So sad. The Star Tribune’s Tim Harlow reports: “Two people on a camping outing sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America were killed early Thursday in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area when violent storms ripped through northeastern Minnesota. … A Boy Scouts spokesman told the Associated Press that a boy and a female volunteer from the Northern Tier High Adventure Base Program died during the early morning storms. Nine people involved in the program were camping at Basswood Lake near the Canadian border, including three adults and six boys. The spokesman did not say how the two were killed.”

The storms also caused major power outages: “Widespread power outages as severe storm cuts through northern Minnesota” [Brainerd Dispatch]

Steady as she goes. MPR reports: “Minnesota’s jobless rate held steady at a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent in June as employers added 7,300 jobs, but the state’s year-over-year job growth continues to lag the nation, state economic officials said Thursday. … The June job gains were largely offset by a major revision in the May data, from 1,900 jobs lost that month to 8,400 jobs lost, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said in a statement.”

Little comfort to these General Mills employees in China and Brazil, though. Per MarketWatch: “General Mills Inc. disclosed Thursday that it will cut 420 jobs in Brazil and 440 jobs in China, as part of a restructuring of certain international product lines. The job cuts are a result of the snack giant’s plan to close a snacks manufacturing facility in Marilia, Brazil, to cease production of meals and snacks at its facility in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, and to cease production of underperforming snacks at its Nanjing, China, facility.”

At least one Minnesota company doesn’t hate birds. The Red Wing Republican Eagle’s Maureen McMullen writes: “Peregrine falcon hatchlings typically reach the size of their parents during adolescence, but they are easily distinguished from their elders while flying. Fledglings usually display rapid, erratic flapping in flight compared to the smooth, soaring movements the peregrine, the world’s’ fastest bird, is known for. … ‘It’s like if you had a 12-year-old kid and give them keys to the fastest sports car there is and say, “Here, figure it out yourself.” ’ said Frank Sperlak, senior chemistry technician with Xcel Energy, who is in charge of the peregrine nesting box program at the company’s Prairie Island facility. ‘And that’s what they’re doing: they’re learning how to fly and hunt, they play tag.’ ”

In other news…

Major schadenfreude alert: “The Horrible Humbling of Scott Walker” [The Nation]

Park board shake-up: “Tabb, Erwin elected to Park Board leadership” [Star Tribune] 

Are there any two scarier words than “outspoken vegan?” “Alan Cumming Wants Nondairy Options at Dairy Queen” [PETA]

Somebody stole Walter Palmer’s boat: “Police: Stolen boat that crashed off Marco belongs to dentist who killed Cecil the lion” [Naples Daily News]

This is the kind of thing you never really live down: “Minnesota United Goalkeeper Concedes Maybe The World’s Dumbest Own Goal” [Deadspin]

Recognizes overall athletic department success: “Gophers women lead Directors’ Cup” [Minnesota Daily]

Brews news: “Old Style beer to return to La Crosse” [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]

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