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Delta debuts facial recognition at MSP with self-service bag-drop kiosks

Checking a bag at the Twin Cities airport? Just bring your face and your passport. Delta on Monday debuted self-service kiosks aimed at speeding up lines. One of its four new machines is equipped with facial-recognition technology.


Pinoleville tribe sued over failed Hopland restaurant, bar

The former owner of the historic Hopland Inn in Mendocino County is suing the Pinoleville Pomo tribe, its chairwoman and its former business consultant, claiming improper and fraudulent business practices arising from the tribe’s operation of the inn, which is currently shuttered and undergoing renovation under new owners. San Luis Obispo-based developer Forster-Gill Inc. is seeking more than $1 million, alleging fraud, breach of contract and breach of purchase agreement, including unpaid rent in connection with the 2009 lease, according to...


Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods shakes up grocery landscape that includes Target, Supervalu

Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods — an effort to conquer groceries, one of the only categories the online behemoth has not yet successfully translated online — is a direct challenge to Minnesota’s biggest food retailers. Shares of Minneapolis-based Target Corp., for whom groceries make up about a fifth of sales, fell about 5 percent on Friday after the deal was announced. Eden Prairie-based Supervalu, the parent of Cub Foods, saw its stock tumble about 14 percent. Other grocers also felt the pain — Kroger’s shares...


Pressure builds on Twin Cities grocery stores as Aldi, Walmart turn up heat

A price war between discount grocers Walmart and Aldi is spreading across the country and could soon roil the Twin Cities food market. For years, Walmart watched Aldi stores locate near its own stores and sometimes, as in Roseville earlier this month, right next door.


Indian tribes, business leaders make their cases in Enbridge Line 3 debate

Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its "Line 3" pipeline across northern Minnesota is a golden opportunity to get rid of an old, corroded oil conduit, creating thousands of construction jobs in the process. Or it's a potential menace to the environment — through oil spills — as the new pipeline wends its way through the Mississippi headwaters region, including wild rice lakes sacred to American Indians.


Massena Soybean company that hoped to create more than 30 jobs seeks better funding to move forward, remains optimistic

A principal with the company looking to open a soybean processor at the old village DPW site says he “optimistically” hopes to have secured financing by the summer and open for business next spring. “We’re highly confident that this is going to come to a close this summer,” said Kenneth Jahre of St. Lawrence Soyway, the company that will run the plant.


Companies Ask Court to Toss Tribe's Prescription-Drug Suit

Walmart and other major corporations are asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by the Cherokee Nation, which argues that the companies have not done enough to stop prescription opioid abuse. The Oklahoma-based tribe filed the lawsuit in April in tribal court. On Thursday, the companies argued in federal court that the case doesn't belong in tribal court and should be dismissed. Along with Walmart, the lawsuit names CVS, Walgreens and major drug distributors in the U.S.


Federal agency deciding whether oil industry owes royalties

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal agency is deciding whether the oil industry owes royalties for flaring excess natural gas from federal and tribal oil wells. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the Bureau of Land Management plans to review about 2,500 requests to flare from wells the agency manages in North Dakota and determine whether the flaring was avoidable.


Hy-Vee Saves 1 Million Pounds of Produce from Landfills with Misfits Program

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (June 6, 2017) — Today, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced that with the help of its customers, it has rescued more than 1 million pounds of fruits and vegetables from landfills — just four months after it began offering the Misfits produce program. To further combat the nation’s food waste issue, Hy-Vee began offering so-called “ugly” produce in nearly all of its grocery stores in January. “Ugly” produce is cosmetically challenged fruits and vegetables that would traditionally go unsold due to the industry’s size and...


Former Seminole Tribe chief sets his sights on medical marijuana industry

A former Seminole Tribe chief has his eyes on the medical marijuana industry as a new cash cow for Native Americans. James Billie, who served as Seminole chairman until 2016, has partnered with the head of a cannabis investing firm in Nevada called Electrum Partners to leverage the tax and zoning benefits afforded through Native Americans’ sovereign land rights.


Indigenous Food and Wild Rice Advocates From Minnesota Tap the French Market

Notable Native chefs and American Indian Movement representatives traveled to Tours, France, earlier this month to promote indigenous foods from Minnesota. Among them were The Sioux Chef Sean Sherman and his Chef de Cuisine Brian Yazzie. Several proponents of White Earth Real Wild Rice also traveled overseas with the Minnesota coalition for La Foire de Tours, one of the largest culinary and arts festivals in France. The May 4-10 event drew more than 30,000 attendees, who sampled their wild rice, walleye and buffalo from various Minnesota-based...


Chipotle says 60-plus Minnesota locales were hit by payment card malware

The Chipotle fast-food chain has identified more than 60 of its outlets in Minnesota as being among hundreds nationwide where customers were exposed to potential fraud when paying with credit or debit cards early this spring. The Denver-based Mexican restaurant company said Friday that many of its locations were victims of malware, which surreptitiously searched for customer data such as a cardholder’s name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code embedded in the magnetic stripe. http://www.startribune....


UPS Must Pay $247 Million to N.Y. Over Untaxed Cigarettes

UPS Inc. must pay $247 million to the state and city of New York for what a judge called the company’s "egregious and prolonged" failure to stop shipments of untaxed cigarettes from American Indian reservations that undermined anti-smoking efforts. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said she wanted to send a message to the most senior executives at UPS about the cost of such misconduct. Modest penalties, she said in her ruling May 25, “would not make a sufficient corporate impact” on the company. Read more at:...


As Americans take on more debt, some pockets of concern

NEW YORK — After a stint of frugality, Americans have returned to their borrowing ways. But are they getting into the kinds of debt trouble that lead to recessions? U.S. consumers now owe roughly $12.73 trillion to banks and other lenders for mortgages, car loans and credit card spending, according to the New York Federal Reserve. That exceeds even the total before the last financial crisis.


Continued state cigarette subsidy for Native American tribes disappointing

Did you know the State of Wisconsin is subsidizing Native American tribes for cigarette sales to the tune of $68.7 million over a two-year period? I’d bet most people in Wisconsin are unaware of it, as I was until just recently. On top of that, they’ve been doing it for decades, and all at the same time that they’ve been spending millions trying to get people to quit smoking.


Contract negotiations back on after AT&T workers strike over the weekend

AT&T and the Communications Workers of America are back at the bargaining table after a weekend strike of retail and call center workers in 36 states including Minnesota. Some 600 Minnesota union workers joined the picket lines from 2 p.m. Friday to 11:01 p.m. Sunday, said union officials from CWA Local 7250 and Local 7200. Across the country, 21,000 workers took part.


The Next Standing Rocks: 4,800 Miles of Oil Pipelines Planned Under Trump

A high-stakes battle is underway on multiple front lines across America, as Native American and climate change activists square off against oil and pipeline companies racing to lay as much infrastructure into the ground as quickly as possible. The U.S. oil industry is enjoying a surge in production, which has shot up 86 percent since 2008. Unshackled by Congress and enabled by the most oil-friendly president in decades, the industry aims to transform the American landscape with tens of billions of dollars in new pipelines, storage depots, and...


CFPB Faces Increasing Challenges to Its Authority to Investigate Violations of Consumer Financial Laws

Lucy Morris is a partner in the Washington, D.C., offices of Hudson Cook, LLP, where she heads the firm's Government Investigations, Examinations, and Enforcement Practice Group. Before joining Hudson Cook, Lucy worked at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for four years as a Deputy Enforcement Director for Litigation. Erik Kosa is a Senior Associate at Hudson Cook and a member of the firm's Government Investigations, Examinations, and Enforcement Practice Group.


State says $100 million in MinnesotaCare funding is at risk

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson wants to intervene in a federal dispute over “cost-sharing reductions,” a form of subsidy under the federal Affordable Care Act that the state says is providing more than $100 million per year in funding for the MinnesotaCare health insurance program. Republicans in the U.S. House filed a lawsuit in 2014 to block funding for the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, which in most states help individual consumers lower their out-of-pocket costs with private insurance coverage under the federal health...


Enbridge pipeline could cause more damage than alternatives, but it's not largest spill risk

Enbridge Energy's pathway for a new pipeline to replace its aging "Line 3" across northern Minnesota would likely cause more wildlife habitat loss and have more impact on wild rice lakes than any of four alternative routes being looked at by state regulators. But impacts on fish and wildlife would vary only slightly between the routes. And environmental and cultural resources would be hurt less by a spill on Enbridge's proposed new Line 3 route than in a spill on two alternative routes that run parallel to the current Line 3, according to a...


General Mills to make 10,000 boxes of marshmallow-only Lucky Charms

When I was a kid, there was only one way to properly consume Lucky Charms: eat all the oat pieces first and be rewarded with spoonfuls of marshmallows at the end. My 8-year-old brain never imagined this sorting process could one day be rendered unnecessary, but that day has come. General Mills, the maker of Lucky Charms, announced Monday it is producing 10,000 boxes of the beloved brand that only contain marshmallow pieces.


As Facebook has grown, so have its challenges

In 2011, as Facebook inched ever closer to a billion active monthly users, it faced a vexing crisis: uproar about a facial recognition algorithm that tagged people in photos without their consent. Six years later, and as Facebook nears 2 billion users, that complaint almost seems quaint.


CFPB targets tribal lenders for breaking state usury laws, could have far-reaching impact

CHICAGO — An expert on consumer financing law says a recent action filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Chicago federal court could have far-reaching effects on tribal lending, and more generally, restrict the availability of some forms of consumer credit. The CFPB was created in 2011 “to provide a single point of accountability for enforcing federal consumer financial laws and protecting consumers in the financial marketplace,” according to its website.


Minnesota regulators approve historic Xcel Energy rate increase of $244 million

Minnesota utility regulators Thursday approved a landmark four-year rate deal for Xcel Energy that will ultimately raise residential rates by 10.6 percent — though a big chunk of that increase is already in place. The rate case is uncommon in two ways. It’s the first multiyear rate plan in Minnesota for investor-owned Xcel, made possible by a 2015 state law change.


With Alcoholism Rampant On Nearby Reservation, Nebraska Shuts Town's Liquor Stores

The battle over alcohol stores in tiny Whiteclay, Neb., has been going on for decades. Home to roughly about a dozen people, the town has been called a "rural skid row." Images of Lakota people openly drinking in town or staggering drunk on its streets are commonplace. But now, that easy access to alcohol is gone.


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