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Supervalu bought by Rhode Island-based United Natural Foods

Big grocery sale. The Star Tribune’s John Ewoldt and Kristen Leigh Painter report: “Supervalu Inc., the Minnesota food distributor that struggled for years after a failed attempt to create one of the nation’s largest grocery chains, was sold Thursday to a Rhode Island-based wholesaler in a $2.9 billion deal that also puts Cub Foods, the biggest grocer in the Twin Cities, on the sales block. … Executives of Supervalu and the company acquiring it, United Natural Foods, said the combined firm will sell the retail business, including Cub, that accounted for about one-third of Supervalu’s $14 billion annual revenue.

Really putting the ‘ow’ in endowment! (Ugh.) The Pioneer Press’ Josh Verges reports: “An alumnus who gave $300,000 to St. John’s University wants the money back, but the school says it doesn’t have the authority. … California attorney Roger Lindmark says the Collegeville, Minn., institution has mismanaged his gifts by awarding endowed funds to several students who didn’t earn them. … ‘Universities need to learn there are consequences when they don’t do their job in fulfilling the parameters of an endowment set up for a specific purpose,’ he wrote in a 2017 letter to the school’s president. … St. John’s in May asked a circuit court judge to approve its administration of the endowment.”

This ain’t no Mudd Club, or CBGB. The New York Times’ Andrew R. Chow reports: “When Target opened a new store in the East Village with great fanfare on Saturday, it thought that it was paying homage to the history of the neighborhood. But people who are part of that history felt otherwise, and Target has apologized. … As part of its opening for the store, on 14th Street and Avenue A, the company erected a facade in the style of CBGB, the rock club that hosted the rise of many seminal bands like the Ramones and Blondie but folded in 2006. Instead of ‘CBGB,’ the awning read ‘TRGT’ and ‘BANDS’ in bold red lettering. … But the “bands” were Target-branded Band-Aids and exercise bands. The display windows showcased TRGT T-shirts, foam hands and a poster emblazoned with ‘The Resistance’ — none of which were for sale.”

Trump in trouble? NBC News’ Mark Murray reports: “In three politically important Midwest states — including two that were key in deciding the 2016 election — President Donald Trump’s job approval rating is below 40 percent, and Democrats hold a sizable lead for the upcoming congressional midterms, according to a trio of new NBC News/Marist polls. … In Michigan, which Trump won by nearly 11,000 votes, 36 percent of registered voters approve of the president’s job, while 54 percent disapprove. … In Wisconsin, which he won by about 23,000 votes, another 36 percent give Trump a thumbs up, with 52 percent giving him a thumbs down. … And in Minnesota, which Trump narrowly lost by 1.5 percentage points, his rating stands at 38 percent approve, 51 percent disapprove.

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The cool, good music industry :Prince’s label forces takedown of historic ‘Purple Rain’ fan singalong video” [City Pages]

Nice:Hai Hai in northeast Minneapolis named top 18 best new restaurants in America” [City Pages]

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