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Minnesota medical marijuana manufacturers post million-dollar losses

Also: Liberian-born Minnesotan Emmanuel Matadi goes for the gold; General Mills faces Cheerios Protein lawsuit; feud over lawnmower turns deadly; and more.

Medical marijuana in Minnesota is distributed in liquid or pill form.

Buzzkill. According to documents obtained by the Associated Press, Minnesota’s two licensed medical marijuana manufacturers each posted multi-million-dollar losses in their first full year of operation: “Minnesota Medical Solutions posted a $3 million loss in 2015, a period that included the rush to build up facilities, grow and cultivate medicine and the first six months of legal medical marijuana sales. The company also said it lost more than $542,000 in 2014. Meanwhile, LeafLine Labs lost roughly $2.2 million in 2015.”

Maybe reconsider some of these decisions. Dana Melius in the Waseca County News interviews John LaDue, two years after authorities discovered his stockpile of bomb-making supplies in a Waseca storage shed and plans to kill his parents and students at Waseca Junior-Senior High School: “Today, LaDue agrees with the most recent therapists’ evaluation: the 19-year-old suffers from a major depression disorder, is ‘narcissistic’ and has an ‘unspecified’ obsessive, compulsive disorder. But while agreeing with the assessment, LaDue disagrees with recommendations. He is on no medication… ‘Every therapist I’ve met has been a very agreeable person,’ said LaDue, but he’s decided to discontinue seeking professional help. ‘I don’t doubt their credentials at all, but I think they’re wrong. I think I know what’s in my best interests.'”

Godspeed. Emma Sapong at MPR News has the inspiring story of Liberian-born Minnesotan Emmanuel Matadi competing for his home country in the 100 meters on Saturday: “The 25-year-old is one-half of the West African nation’s two-member Olympic team. He hoisted the country’s flag and led its small delegation during the games’ opening ceremony. ‘It was an amazing honor,’ Matadi said. ‘Not a lot of people get a chance to do that.’ Matadi’s rise to the Olympics included escaping a brutal civil war and withstanding homelessness.

We’re gonna need a bigger bowl. Jonathan Stempel at Reuters reports General Mills must face a lawsuit over its marketing of Cheerios Protein: “Though Cheerios Protein has 7 grams of protein per serving versus 3 grams for regular Cheerios, the plaintiffs said the real difference was negligible because the serving size of Cheerios Protein, and the calorie content per serving, was twice as big. The plaintiffs also called the Cheerios Protein name misleading because it said nothing about the 16 or 17 grams of sugar in a serving, versus a single gram in regular Cheerios.”

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Senseless. Jaime Delage at the Pioneer Press has the awful story of how a Northeast Minneapolis neighbor feud over a lawnmower turned deadly: “According to the criminal complaint, Holzinger had been sitting on the porch with his gun as early as 5:30 that evening. A woman renting a room from Holzinger told police she asked him what he was doing and he said he was ‘waiting for that son of a bitch Bruce.’ He said he was going to shoot Brown if he came over again, she told police.”

In other news…

Justice: “Former Minnesota banker ousted because he’s gay, court rules” [Star Tribune]

Jim Walsh interviews Ilhan Omar: “It feels like a brighter day” [Southwest Journal]

Adopt me, please: “‘Miss Kitty’ spends $20,000 to save cancer-stricken cat” [Rochester Post-Bulletin]

Gar-mentum. “Wisconsin GOP Rep. Reid Ribble ‘definitely leaning’ toward voting for Gary Johnson” [Buzzfeed]

St. Cloud art aficionados: “Voting open for favorite sculpture” [St. Cloud Times]

Oh fer cute: “Reader photos: Dog days of summer” [Star Tribune]

Has she learned to park yet? “Meet the woman who inspired Prince’s ‘Little Red Corvette'” [City Pages]