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Eagan childcare worker claims firing was retaliation for report of neglect

Plus: Ilhan Omar interviewed on The View; 3M’s groundwater pollution; deadly season on the Great Lakes; and more.

Playground whistleblower. The Pioneer Press’ Josh Verges reports: “An Eagan woman says she was fired from her daycare job after reporting to the state that co-workers had left a 2-year-old alone on the playground last year. … Kristen Schmit is suing KinderCare in U.S. District Court under the state’s whistleblower law …”

Video of U.S. Rep-elect Omar on The View. KSTP: “Ilhan Omar talked to ‘The View’ Wednesday after winning Minnesota’s 5th District race. … Omar is the first Somali-American and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

In-depth reporting and graphics on 3M’s groundwater pollution problem. Bloomberg’s Tiffany Kary and Christopher Cannon report: “When Cottage Grove, Minnesota’s drinking-water panic began, Mayor Myron Bailey was at a conference in Las Vegas trying to lure new business to town. ‘You are the future. Cottage Grove is the place,’ proclaimed a banner in his booth. A screen flashed the iconic red logo of the town’s most famous corporate resident, 3M Co., whose 1,750-acre factory sits along the banks of the Mississippi River. Behind him, the city’s administrator kept stepping away to take phone calls. Finally she approached Bailey. ‘Mayor,’ she said, ‘something is wrong.’

The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead. The AP reports (via WCCO): “A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded. … The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project , which has tracked drowning deaths since 2010, says this is the first year that it’s recorded more than 100 drownings. The Holland Sentinel reports the hot summer may have been a factor in the increase. The deaths include 39 in Lake Michigan and 35 in Lake Erie.”

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In other news…

Attention movie buffs:St. Paul’s Highland Theatre reopens after a $1 million renovation” [City Pages]

Some may find it beautiful:Post Bulletin lists downtown property for sale” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

Stop me if you’ve heard this one:I-35W closing this weekend in Minneapolis” [MPR]

Minneapolis brewery heads east:Indeed Brewing plans to open a taproom and brewery in Walker’s Point” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Basketball moves:Lynx assistant James Wade headed to Chicago to become Sky’s head coach” [Star Tribune]