TCF Financial merging with Detroit-based Chemical Financial

Another bank consolidation. The Star Tribune’s Patrick Kennedy and Neal St. Anthony report: “TCF Financial Corp., Minnesota’s third-largest bank, said Monday it would combine with Chemical Financial Corp., a similarly-sized Detroit bank that will now take the TCF name. … Chemical is buying out TCF shareholders, but the companies billed the deal as a merger of equals. They said the ongoing firm would be based in Detroit and led by a board consisting of eight people from Chemical and eight from TCF and top executives from each.”

No one would accuse academia of acting quickly. The Minnesota Daily’s Austen Macalus reports: “The University of Minnesota’s efforts to reevaluate four buildings on campus named after controversial figures have become among the longest in the country. … The University’s work to examine its racist history is part of a nationwide reckoning about the legacy of discrimination in higher education. But, after another delay to a yearlong deliberative process, the University has yet to come to a conclusion, or even a recommendation, about renaming buildings.

Wait till your Nextdoor hears about this. The Star Tribune’s Miguel Otárola reports: “Neighborhood associations in Minneapolis could lose their funding if their leadership doesn’t include enough people of color and renters under changes proposed by the city. … The 70 city-funded neighborhood associations have been a key part of Minneapolis’ civic life for decades, maintaining paid staffs, providing housing assistance, organizing local cleanups and art events, running drug-prevention campaigns and more. For years, the city has looked to diversify their boards, which have been disproportionately made up of white homeowners.”

That is, in fact, extremely millennial. The Fargo Forum’s Jared Rubado writes: “Each morning before the sun rises and each night after it sets, fifth-generation farmer Zach Johnson is hard at work. With more than 2,500 acres of soybeans and corn to tend to, the full-time farmer goes through his day-to-day routine each season. … What makes him different from the next farmer is he has a camera in his hands at all times. … Johnson has branded himself as the ‘MN Millennial Farmer’ and holds a media presence that aspiring content creators would dream of having. He has more than 215,000 subscribers on YouTube and 53,000 followers on Instagram.

In other news …

Paulsen says goodbye to the roomies:For this politician, leaving Congress for good means saying goodbye to old roommates” [Washington Post]

It’s an argument:Maybe Don’t Reopen Nicollet at the Kmart Site?” [Nick Magrino]

Good tips for Minnesotans today:What should be in your car in case of winter emergencies” [KARE]

Perfect for the performative outdoorsperson:Wisconsin inventors create Boundary Waters maps you can wear” [Pioneer Press]

Yes, please:See the chonky, floofy fur babies of St. Paul’s 2019 Saintly City Cat Show” [City Pages]

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