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Hy-Vee to Give Away 144,000 Peaches with Contactless, Drive-Thru Event at Mall of America on Friday

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (June 25, 2020) — Twin Cities-area Hy-Vee stores will give away 144,000 peaches with a contactless, drive-thru event at Mall of America on Friday. The giveaway will start at 8 a.m. and continue until 10 a.m., or while supplies last. The donation is made courtesy of Hy-Vee’s fruit supplier SunWest Fruit Company and the event will be held in cooperation wit...

 

MN350 applauds Minnesota lawsuit holding Big Oil accountable for history of lying about climate damage

MN350 applauds the decision of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to file a consumer fraud protection lawsuit against ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, and the American Petroleum Institute for lying to the public about the damage they knew their products caused. For decades, the world’s largest oil company, the state's largest oil refiner, and the nation's largest trade asso...

 

YMCA Introduces 7Summits - a Free, Virtual Cardio, Strength and Mindfulness Challenge Kids Can Do Anytime, Anywhere This Summer

Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, launched 7Summits, a virtual expedition where kids do short bursts of activity anytime, anywhere to climb the highest peaks on each continent. The activities are designed to get kids moving and thinking as well as support...

 

Power agreement credits tribe with solar power projects

The Flandreau City Council has approved an agreement to allow a solar power benefit to the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. The council approved the solar interconnection and power purchase agreement with the tribe and Missouri River Energy Services for small renewable power generation. Missouri River Energy is the wholesale...

 

Amazon's Shakopee warehouse has 88 COVID-19 cases, UNFI's Hopkins site has 11

Amazon.com Inc.'s giant fulfillment center in Shakopee has joined the ranks of Minnesota workplaces with a large number of employees sickened by coronavirus, with at least 88 of its approximately 1,000 workers testing positive for the disease caused by the virus. Proliferation at the Amazon facility has been slower than at...

 

FISHING TACKLE HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR THE TRADING POST - SHOULD BE SET IP NEXT WEEK

FISHING TACKLE HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR THE TRADING POST!!! 16 FEET OF SHELF SPACE WILL BE DESIGNATED FOR TACKLE AND THE PLAN IS TO SET IT UP NEXT WEEK. WATCH FOR THE POST WHEN IT IS COMPLETE! SHOP LOCAL AND STAY SAFE!!...

 

Another wave of megabankruptcies is coming, experts say

Already, companies large and small are succumbing to the effects of the coronavirus. They include household names such as Hertz and J. Crew and comparatively anonymous energy companies such as Diamond Offshore Drilling and Whiting Petroleum. And the wave of bankruptcies is going to get bigger. Edward Altman, creator of the Z...

 

Hy-Vee Recalls 12 oz. Hy-Vee Garden Salad Product After Supplier Notes of Potential Cyclospora Contamination

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (June 20, 2020) - Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is recalling its 12 oz. Hy-Vee Bagged Garden Salad product across its eight-state region due to the potential that it may be contaminated with Cyclospora. The potential for contamination was brought to Hy-Vee's attention when Fresh Express ...

 

Minnesota Zoo debuts drive-through zoo to raise much-needed funds, provide safe way to see animals

The Minnesota Zoo is offering a socially distanced way to see some of its animals next week in an effort to raise funds as it faces financial struggles forced on it by the coronavirus pandemic. "We really do need to raise critical funds to help us care for animals and sustain long-term," said Zach Nugent, the zoo's spokesman....

 

EPA fines Enbridge $6.7 million for response to pipeline-safety issues

Federal environmental regulators have fined Enbridge $6.7 million for allegedly violating a 2017 consent decree, saying the company failed to remedy pipeline-safety issues in a timely manner. Enbridge announced Thursday that it has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency and agreed to pay the fines, which were levied...

 

YMCA Announces New Members to Board of Directors

Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, recently elected at its annual meeting six new members to its board of directors. The newly elected members serving a three-year term as board directors for the class of 2023 include: • Siyad...

 

Beef Supply Chain Breaking? Not Even Close At The Quapaw Nation's Beef Processing Plant.

When I visited Quapaw Nation's beef processing plant in 2018, it was less than a year old. The building was still pretty shiny and cattle and bison grazed on a vast field. They had a dozen or so employees and were in the process of getting one of the first Native Americans-a young Quapaw man to be trained as a USDA meat...

 

Xcel proposes $3B in renewable projects to bolster economy dogged by pandemic

Xcel Energy would accelerate nearly $3 billion in spending, particularly on large renewable-energy projects, in response to calls from state utility regulators to jolt Minnesota's economy from its coronavirus-induced lethargy. Xcel's proposal Wednesday calls for a new solar plant in Becker that would be at least four times...

 

Required by June 29: COVID-19 Preparedness Plans for Critical Sector businesses

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, some businesses have been defined “Critical Businesses” based on federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). These businesses were able to continue operations – with safety protocols in place – due to the essential nature of their work in areas such as healthcare, public safety, food and...

 

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry secures nearly $315K in back wages for workers in Digi-Key project

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has finished a state prevailing-wage investigation that secured nearly $315,000 in total back-wages owed to 70 construction workers of a subcontractor involved in the Digi-Key Electronic expansion project in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, during 2018 and 2019. The back-wage amounts ranged from less than $100 to more than...

 

Target, Best Buy, U.S. Bank make Juneteenth company holiday

Minnesota-based companies Target Corp., Best Buy and U.S. Bank have moved to establish Juneteenth, the June 19 celebration of the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery, as an official company holiday as more businesses continue to adjust their internal policies in the wake of widespread streets protests on racial...

 

Iranian finance firm's CEO pleads guilty to multimillion-dollar fraud conspiracy in Minnesota

The chief executive of an Iranian online financial services company pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraud conspiracy charges that federal prosecutors in Minnesota said involved millions of dollars in transactions violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. Seyed Sajjad Shahidian, the 33-year-old founder of Payment24, admitted Tuesday to...

 
 By Hamse Warfa    Business    June 15, 2020

Visiting small businesses affected by recent unrest

Many of the shops, restaurants and other small businesses damaged and destroyed during recent unrest are Black-owned, Immigrant-owned or both. As an entrepreneur who identifies as Black and immigrant myself, I know that it takes ten times more work to launch a business. I know the challenges of living in Minnesota, where "nice" doesn't always extend to people who look like me....

 

AG Ellison again sues generic-drug manufacturers for conspiracy to fix drug prices and illegally allocate markets

June 12, 2020 (SAINT PAUL) — Attorney General Keith Ellison has joined a coalition of 51 states and territories, led by the State of Connecticut, in another lawsuit against manufacturers of generic drugs for an alleged conspiracy to illegally fix prices and allocate markets, in this instance for 80 generic topical dermatological drugs that account for billions of dollars of...

 

Hy-Vee's Twin Cities Stores Hold Donation Campaign for Community Nonprofits Amid Recent Unrest

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (June 12, 2020) — Starting today, all Hy-Vee locations in the Twin Cities will hold a donation campaign and “Stuff-A-Truck” event to help provide essential supplies to local nonprofit organizations amid the area’s recent unrest. The effort is part of Hy-Vee’s companywide commitment to supporting racial unity and equality. Today through Sunday, June...

 

Minneapolis business owners: Fix, don't scrap, police department

Small-business owners in Minneapolis who lost everything in the riots don't want to lose their police department, too. But nobody thinks it should be business as usual, either. That view is shared by large and small companies, according to an informal survey conducted by the Star Tribune, which asked dozens of business owners...

 

Delta to begin COVID-19 tests in MSP next week, while also offering buyouts

Delta Air Lines on Thursday said it will begin testing employees for COVID-19 and its antibodies, starting at its hub at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The airline, which is the dominant carrier at MSP, is working with Mayo Clinic and Quest Diagnostics Inc. on the testing regime. The tests are part of a bigger...

 

Meatpacking plants nearly back at capacity, but COVID-19 fallout continues on farms

Meatpacking plants in Minnesota and elsewhere that were epicenters of COVID-19 outbreaks a month ago are getting back to normal, but the disruption caused by the virus is still being felt by farmers and consumers. Closures and production slowdowns at slaughterhouses exposed a chokepoint in the nation's food supply. With output...

 

Another step toward normalcy with Minnesota gyms, indoor dining now open

Whether it was a run on the treadmill at a neighborhood gym or a quick lunch inside a favorite eatery, Minnesotans took another step in the slow journey back to normalcy Wednesday as some corona­virus-related restrictions were lifted to allow more businesses to open. Fitness fanatic Sam Zabel of St. Paul was relieved he could...

 

Mall of America reopens, with only 150 of 500 stores open Wednesday

Raekwon Martin of Bloomington drove to Mall of America on Wednesday morning to be part of its reopening after 11 weeks of being closed because of COVID-19 and then the unrest after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody. "I wanted to catch my shopping before everyone else," he said. "I'm used to coming here every...

 

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