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Target to require all customers to wear masks

Plus: Minneapolis police union official walks back statement about Walz and the Third Precinct; the founders of the 10K Foundation working for racial justice in Minnesota; Red Wing Shoe Co. workers authorize strike; and more.

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Target, too. The Associated Press reports (via the Pioneer Press):Target has joined a list of the nation’s largest retailers that will require customers to wear masks as cases of COVID-19 spike. … The policy will go into effect Aug. 1. More than 80% of Target’s 1,800 stores already require customers to wear masks due to local and state regulations. … Target said Thursday that it will hand out masks at entrances to those who need them. … The nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, announced this week that masks would be mandatory in all stores starting Monday.”

She said, he said. Fox 9’s Theo Keith reports: “A Minneapolis police union official claimed she heard Gov. Tim Walz order a police precinct abandoned at the height of the May rioting, then appeared to backtrack after the governor’s office said the statement was false.

Making a difference. MPR’s Riham Feshir reports: “A former professional basketball player, who has for years suffered from debilitating anxiety, and his friend, a man who nearly lost his life five years ago to gun violence, have become familiar faces in recent Twin Cities protests. … The duo behind the 10K Foundation — Royce White and Tayo Daniel — are on the front lines of the fight against racial injustice in Minnesota. The group has brought thousands of people to march since George Floyd’s killing and are now working to find new ways to reach equality.”

Shoe strike. The Rochester Post Bulletin’s Jeff Kiger reports:The 81 workers at Red Wing Shoe Co. represented by Teamsters Local 120 voted to authorize ‘strike action,’ when their contract extension expires at midnight. … The union reported that contract negotiations had broken down and workers could walk off the job any time after midnight.”

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