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Target sales up 6.5 percent

Also: Lindsay Whalen’s last game as a Lynx; Bob Dylan sued over whiskey logo; naked jet skiers; and more.

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Back to hitting the bull’s-eye. Jackie Crosby at the Star Tribune has a story on Target’s rising fortunes: “The Minneapolis-based retailer reported Wednesday that combined sales of in-store and digital transactions were up 6.5 percent during the second quarter compared to a year ago. With consumers finally starting to show some confidence amid the nation’s longest-ever bull market rally, Target Corp. raised its profit outlook for the year, a sign that it expects a strong back-to-school and holiday season ahead. Wall Street responded, with Target shares up nearly 5 percent in mid-morning trading.”

The truck behind him with 200 lbs. of Doritos was a giveaway. The St. Cloud Times reports on a traffic stop that turned into a drug bust: “According to the complaint, a Sauk Centre police officer pulled [Thomas Carl] Benson over for traveling 81 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate Highway 94 at about 9 p.m. Sunday. The officer reported smelling marijuana in the vehicle and saw a green substance in the center console. Benson consented to a search of the vehicle, in which the officer found 102 individual packages that each contained about 1 pound of marijuana. The officer also deployed a drug detection dog, which alerted on the bags.”

This guy. Mike Mullen at City Pages has a piece on the aspirations of Rice County Sheriff’s deputy Tom McBroom, who trolled Diamond Reynolds after she received a settlement following the death of Philando Castile: “McBroom was not interested in discussing his aspirations when City Pages reached out earlier this week. ‘That’s not true,’ McBroom said, wondering aloud where City Pages even got the notion he might run for mayor. Before another question could be asked, McBroom said, ‘I’m on vacation, man,’ and hung up the phone. A couple hours later, McBroom changed his tune and tone. ‘Sorry to be so short with you,’ he texted. ‘Wasn’t prepared for your call. Yes, I am a mayoral candidate for my city.‘”

A tough end to a legendary career. The Pioneer Press has a short on Lindsay Whalen’s final game as a Minnesota Lynx: “The Lynx, who beat Los Angeles in last year’s WNBA Finals, were led by Sylvia Fowles with 18 points. Temi Faglenbe added 15 and Maya Moore 14. Minnesota scored only three points in the final two minutes, on a 3-pointer by Faglenbe. The Lynx went 4 for 15 on 3-point attempts. Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen had nine points and five assists in her final WNBA game. She is retiring and taking over as head coach of the University of Minnesota women’s basketball program. Lynx power forward Rebekkah Brunson did not play because of a fractured nose and concussion.”

In other news…

Pet surgeries get a new pavilion: “North end makeover highlights 2018 Minnesota State Fair” [MPR]

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Keep St. Paul pouring:Leaky Valve in St. Paul Finally Scheduled to be Fixed” [KSTP]

Former Minnesotan: “42 weeks pregnant, New Zealand minister cycles to hospital” [MPR]

Tangled up in suits: “Music News: Bob Dylan sued over whiskey logo” [The Current]

Wearing life jackets, at least:Charges: Naked jet skiers on Gull Lake were ‘offensive, abusive, noisy, obscene’” [Star Tribune]