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St. Anthony reaches settlement with mother of Philando Castile

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Valerie Castile

St. Anthony settles with Valerie Castile. The AP reports (via the Star Tribune): “The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last year, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement in his death, according to an announcement Monday by her attorneys and the Minneapolis suburb that employed the officer. … The settlement to be paid to Valerie Castile, who is the trustee for her family in the case, will avoid a federal wrongful death lawsuit stemming from Philando Castile’s death. The 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker was killed by St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop July 6 after Castile told the officer he was armed. Castile had a permit for his gun.”

Not only a fascinating deep-dive on the cutthroat yogurt market, but also a pretty good indication of some of the causes of General Mills’ current woes. (Also they have a new yogurt coming out called “Oui.”) The New York Times’ Charles Duhigg writes: “…[I]n the end, executives turned to their spreadsheets. They discovered that neither Ygeía! nor Yoganos — nor any of the other ersatz names — tested well. The data pointed in a more traditional direction. So to great fanfare, in 2010, they released their finely tuned attempt to reclaim the yogurt crown. … They called it Yoplait Greek. … It tanked almost immediately. And so has almost every other Greek yogurt product that Yoplait has put on shelves. The company’s overall yogurt sales have declined by over $100 million since 2010. As Chobani and others have earned billions, General Mills’s share of the yogurt market has shrunk by a third.”

Two studies likely to be of interest to the Minneapolis City Council. The New York Times’ Noam Scheiber writes: “Three years ago, Seattle became one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to embrace a $15-an-hour minimum wage, to be phased in over several years. … Over the past week, two studies have purported to demonstrate the effects of the first stages of that increase — but with starkly diverging results.

Craft booze world getting surprisingly cutthroat? City Pages’ Jay Boller reports: “Weird morning for anyone googling the names of northeast Minneapolis distilleries. … A PR professional representing Tattersall Distilling informed City Pages on Friday that — a website that Tattersall does not own — was redirecting users to the homepage of competitor Norseman Distillery. Tattersall issued a cease and desist letter to Norseman, alleging that Norseman was behind the confusing URL situation.  … It’s unclear who owns, a domain Tattersall became aware of less than 24 hours ago; Tattersall’s actual website is”

In other news…

Minnesota is one of them: “Some U.S. states relax restrictions on cladding suspected in Grenfell Tower fire” [MPR]

Yet more privatization of government: “State agency hands over U.S. Bank Stadium luxury suites to its hired marketer” [Star Tribune]

It got a small part of this in this year’s bonding bill: “Fort Snelling plans $34 million visitor center upgrade” [Pioneer Press]

Actually, that is the joke:John Oliver flubs joke about Garrison Keillor” [Star Tribune]

Did you mean … … … paw-dleboarding kitty? … … No? Oh, OK: “Minnesota has its own ‘adventure cat’ – Max the paddleboarding kitty” [Star Tribune]

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