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Data breach affects 265 Caribou Coffee shops

Caribou Coffee Co.
MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson
Caribou Coffee Co. store

A lump of coal in your latte. Jackie Crosby of the Star Tribune is reporting on Caribou Coffee Co.’s Thursday announcement of a data breach: “Most of the stores are in Minnesota, but the notice includes coffee shops in 10 other states. Caribou said that customers who made a purchase with a credit or debit card between Aug. 28 and Dec. 3 may have had their name, credit card number, expiration date and security code stolen.

Enbridge too far. Steve Karnowski of the Associated Press has breaking news: “Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration has appealed a state regulatory panel’s approval of Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Commerce said Friday that the Public Utilities Commission ignored experts who said the project isn’t needed.”

A Grinch of a company. Minnesota Public Radio has a short piece on this morning’s announcement from the state attorney general: “Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson slammed Comcast Corp. on Friday, alleging in a lawsuit that the cable TV and internet giant overcharged customers for cable packages, charged consumers for unordered services and didn’t deliver the prepaid Visa cards promised in its promotions. Comcast, also known by the brand name Xfinity, added home security, service protection plans, modem and other equipment charges to customers’ bills without authorization, Swanson told reporters.”

Diversity in the workplace. Dwight Hobbes at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder writes about the city of Minneapolis’ attempts to diversify their fire fighting corps: “…the Minneapolis Fire Department and Hennepin EMS launched the EMS Pathways Academy in 2016. The 13-week Emergency Medical Technician training and certification regimen is designed to add diversity to the ranks. Qualification as an EMT is an entry-level step that can lead to becoming Minneapolis firefighters, Hennepin EMS dispatchers and, through continued training, paramedics. North High School students were among the first to participate in this program at a department that, as of July 2017, was 71 percent White. The first EMS Pathways graduating class included 91 percent people of color and was more than half female.

Diversity in the fields. Carolyn Lange at the West Central Tribune writes about the potential for industrial hemp as a cash crop for Minnesota farmers: “Industrial hemp, which will become legal now that the new federal farm bill has been signed, is the new buzzword in agricultural and processing sectors and a local group is looking for ways to capture that market in west central Minnesota. ‘It’s set to boom,’ said Connie Schmoll, small business development director with the [City of Willmar Economic Development Commission], during the committee’s meeting Thursday.”

In other news…

In time for holiday travel: “Gas prices in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, dip below $2” [Pioneer Press]

Good for goodness’ sake: “Protesters question Sherburne Co.’s role in holding immigration detainees” [MPR]

Naughty list:Former St. Paul Town & Country Club controller gets 3½ years for embezzling” [PioneerPress]

Nice list:Minnesota unemployment rate remains at 2.8 percent” [KSTP]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Roy Everson on 12/23/2018 - 01:10 am.

    Thanks, Lori Swanson, for reminding me that the 165 dollar phone I bought from Xfinity half a year ago was supposed to be followed by a 100 dollar gift card. Looks like there’s a better chance of finding it in my Christmas stocking than mail box.

  2. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 12/23/2018 - 09:14 am.

    There are still plenty of local independently owned coffee shops around so why even go to Caribou? I understand that there is the risk, horror of horrors, that your latte may not be exactly the same as the one you get at Caribou, but what the heck, life is about taking chances right? I prefer my chances be slightly less threatening, for example I prefer a less than optimal cup of coffee to having some joker steal my credit card info.

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