Says Martin Moylan for MPR, “Ford Motor Company has picked Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies to develop the 122-acre former Ford assembly plant site in St. Paul. Ryan said it will work with the city on a detailed development plan but provided no financial or other details. In a statement, executive Mike Ryan said his company is excited to have the opportunity to bring the site back to life. ‘We know this will not be a small undertaking,’ he said.” Points given for understatement.
In the Pioneer Press, Frederick Melo says, “A spokesperson for Ford Land, the real estate division of the Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., could not be reached for comment. It also remains unclear how quickly the Ryan Cos. will close on a land sale or seek to turn earth on future development that could draw upwards of 4,000 new residents to one of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Company officials said they would collaborate with the city on their real estate vision.”
The hits just keep on coming. KSTP-TV reports, “Environmental groups filed two more lawsuits Monday challenging the Interior Department’s decision to reinstate the federal mineral rights leases for the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. One of the lawsuits was filed by three national groups: The Wilderness Society, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Izaak Walton League of America. The other was filed by the Minneapolis-based Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. They follow a similar lawsuit filed Friday by nine businesses that rely on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, plus Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness. All three were filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.”
Calling all pharma bros. Stribber Glenn Howatt writes, “Debbie Hoffman was hoping to get the second recommended dose of the new more effective shingles vaccine on Monday. But instead, her clinic, Park Nicollet in Shorewood, called and said it didn’t have any more doses of the Shingrix vaccine in stock. The clinic told her it might not get any more by the end of the year. It is all part of a nationwide shortage of a vaccine that came to market earlier this year and has proved to be extremely popular because it nearly doubles the protection against shingles, a painful condition that starts with a rash but can morph into a burning sensation that affects nerves and the skin.”
In the LaCrosse Tribune, Chris Hubbuch says, “The climate is warming, but you might not notice on a summer day in Wisconsin. The average temperature in western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota climbed 1.7 degrees over the past three decades, slightly more than the national average, according to records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There are abundant signs of change — more rain, frequent flooding, earlier thaws, and shifting habitats to name a few — but heat waves are not getting more frequent or extreme in this part of the country.”
And now for some winning for our beleaguered medical device manufacturers. Says the Strib’s Joe Carlson, “U.S. hospitals and distributors will likely absorb the brunt of the new import taxes hitting Chinese-made medical devices and components next month, but jobs and research in Minnesota’s bustling medical-technology sector could be threatened if a full trade war with China breaks out. ‘That’s when things get scary,’ said Shaye Mandle, CEO of the Minnesota health technology trade group the Medical Alley Association.”
The St. Cloud Times reports: “Minnesota continues to grow more diverse, according to population estimates released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau. The latest data showed populations of people of color have increased faster in Minnesota than the rest of the nation since 2010. Meanwhile, the state’s white population growth remained relatively stagnant. Experts aren’t surprised. State demographer Susan Brower said Minnesota is simply catching up to the rest of the nation as far as its diversity growth.”
On the latest police shooting, a Strib editorial says, “31-year-old Thurman Blevins Jr., became the 30th person to have been shot and killed by Minneapolis police since 2000. Authorities say the officers involved were wearing body cameras that recorded the encounter. We’ll join the call from the community, including from 10 City Council members, for swift release of the bodycam footage — as long as making it public in no way damages the investigation.” What exactly does the caveat suggest we’re worried about?