Wardlow criticized for taking campaign money from for-profit college owners sued for fraud

Republican attorney general candidate Doug Wardlow
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Republican attorney general candidate Doug Wardlow

Hey, for-profit education executives need representation too. The Pioneer Press’ Christopher Magan reports: “Republican candidate for attorney general Doug Wardlow took $24,000 from owners and executives of the for-profit college chain Globe University, which was successfully sued for fraud by the state. … Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chair Ken Martin highlighted donations from the Myhre family, which owns Globe University, and from Jeanne and Nathan Hermann, who worked for the family’s for-profit college chain, at a Wednesday news conference.”

Thao cleared. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “When St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao entered a voting booth last fall to help an elderly Hmong woman vote for him, he may indeed have violated a state law. But not a federal one. … Federal law makes clear that disabled or illiterate voters may pick almost any assistant of their choosing other than their union representative or employer. … In the criminal case filed against Thao, the federal Voters Rights Act of 1965 ‘preempts the Minnesota voter assistance law,’ said Ramsey County District Court Judge Nicole Starr in a seven-page legal order signed Tuesday.”

U.S. Bank layoffs. MPR’s Peter Cox reports: “U.S. Bank is laying off 700 employees, the Minneapolis bank announced today, saying the layoffs are due to changing business needs. … Affected employees are being notified this week.”

A new era. The Star Tribune’s La Velle E. Neal III reports:Rocco Baldelli will be the youngest manager in major league baseball when takes over the helm of the Twins next season. … The 37-year-old Tampa Bay Rays major league field coordinator will be introduced at a 3 p.m. news conference at Target Field on Thursday. He’s the first managerial hire for the Twins from outside the organization since 1985.”

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Big changes on the banks of the St. Croix:Changes to Afton’s Old Village, housing project stir competition for mayor” [Pioneer Press]

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Where the pros drink:Industry Picks: Best Breweries and Beer in Minnesota” [Mpls.St.Paul]

This could be some hot merch: Minnesota Timberwolves to honor Prince with special uniforms inspired by ‘Purple Rain’” [The Current]

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