More than a hill of beans. Jim Spencer at the Star Tribune shares analysis of the potential fallout if the Chinese tack tariffs on U.S. soybeans: "If the Chinese proceed with a threatened 25 percent import tariff on U.S. soybeans in retaliation for 25 percent protective tariffs Trump placed on a variety of nonagricultural Chinese products, Minnesota soybean growers and others across the country face a loss of 69 percent of Chinese sales, said Purdue University agricultural economist Wallace Tyner, who analyzed data for the U.S. Soybean Export Council."
More like panic stage. Tad Vezner at the Pioneer Press is keeping an eye on the rising waters of the St. Croix: "The Weather Service currently forecasts that the river will reach 85.2 feet on Friday; flood stage at Stillwater is 87 feet. Anything about 80 feet is considered an 'action stage,' when NWS officials begin regularly publishing daily forecasts on river levels. By Monday, the river is expected to dip back to 84 feet — though that level will slightly rise again by the end of the week, according to current forecasts."
Yeah, no one's buying these days. Frank Rajkowski at KSTP reports layoffs at Wells Fargo: "Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has confirmed the company is reducing 130 team members in the Twin Cities. Company spokesperson John Hobot said the decision was made after evaluating market conditions and consumer needs, and to 'better align with current volumes.'"
Surprised he didn't just open a gift registry. Paul Walsh at the Strib reports on the arrest of a man claiming to be an IRS agent seeking payments in Target gift cards: "The woman received an automated 'robo' telephone call purportedly from the IRS and was directed to call a specific number. She spoke with a man who said he worked for the IRS’ tax-collecting arm. He told the woman she owed $4,058 for the 2013 tax year and would be arrested if she didn’t pay up. She followed the man’s orders and went to a Target in Ankeny, bought two $2,000 gift cards with cash and provided him with the card numbers and activation codes. Before the woman left the Target parking lot, the charging document continued, the fake IRS agent told her she needed to buy another $2,000 gift card in order to remove an 'arrest warrant.' She complied."
In other news…
Pitty the fools: “Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs due to safety concerns” [Associated Press]
This bites: “Swatter up! Mosquito season begins after rainy week” [MPR]
They should move this bear crossing to a safer location: “'This thing was just gargantuan': Black bear adds excitement to Minnesotan's commute” [Fargo Forum]
Tip top taps: The 5 Best Craft Breweries in the Twin Cities [Hop Culture]
Joining Fabulous Fern's, Muddy Pig, Wild Onion, and on and on: Grand Shanghai on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue closing this weekend [Pioneer Press]
Kimmel falls for the Minnesotan in the tailpipe: “Jimmy Kimmel hams it up with Minnesotan who got her head stuck in tailpipe” [Star Tribune]
Duluth is Trump Country: “A Night Among the Trump Believers Way Up North” [Rolling Stone]
A rebuttal: “Dear Rolling Stone: Duluth is not 'Trump Country'” [City Pages]
And an Ana Marie Culpa:
DULUTHANS! I have made the few tweaks to my piece (1 DV shelter downtown, it is only POTENTIAL Trump Country). BUT ALSO: Ok, maybe I missed real Duluth! I will be back later in the summer to report out a fuller picture of the town.— ana marie cox (@anamariecox) June 22, 2018