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St. Paul College Placed On Probation By Accrediting Agency https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/13/st-paul-college-placed-on-probation-by-accrediting-agency/
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St. Paul College’s accrediting agency has placed the school on probation.]]>

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul College’s accrediting agency has placed the school on probation.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Higher Learning Commission cited high turnover, underqualified instructors and faculty complaints about “a climate of fear and intimidation.”

Thursday’s probation notice referenced an April 19 letter signed by most full-time faculty members that said campus climate was an ongoing problem.

The probation comes two months after Rassoul Dastmozd announced he was retiring after eight years as the school’s president.

The college could be removed from probation in June 2021, following a comprehensive evaluation set to begin in December 2020.

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Famous Dave’s In Uptown Permanently Closed, Will Relocate https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/12/report-famous-daves-in-uptown-permanently-closed/
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The Famous Dave’s location at Calhoun Square in Minneapolis has closed and will be relocated.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Famous Dave’s location at Calhoun Square in Minneapolis has closed and will be relocated.

According to Jeff Crivello, the CEO of Famous Dave’s, the decision was made to relocate the Uptown location after implementing a new smaller footprint concept.

Crivello says the search is on for a new location within a couple of blocks, and all employees have been offered jobs at other locations. There’s no timeline on when the other location will open.

The last few years have been tough for the Minnetonka-based chain. It shuttered a number of money-losing stores across the country, seen several CEOs come and go, and experimented with a drastic revamp in some stores.

Famous Dave’s was founded in Hayward, Wisconsin, in 1994. The Calhoun Square location opened in 1996.

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Haskell’s Wine Bar Closes After 2 Years On Nicollet Mall https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/12/haskells-wine-bar-closes-after-2-years-on-nicollet-mall/
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Haskell’s Wine Bar on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis is calling it quits. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After two years on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, Haskell’s Wine Bar is calling it quits.

On Facebook, the wine bar posted Friday that while they “gave it a run, unfortunately it did not pan out.”

In a Star Tribune article linked to the Facebook post, Haskell’s CEO Jack Farrell said he had hoped for the bar to be a popular spot on the newly-renovated Nicollet Mall.

But due to numerous downtown closures, foot traffic ever didn’t meet expectations. Additionally, panhandlers approaching patrons at the bar’s outdoor seating area near the 9th Street bus stop was an issue, causing some customers to just get up and leave.

Farrell told the newspaper he’d like to try the wine bar concept at another location.

To be clear, the Haskell’s liquor store on South 9th Street is still open for business, as it has been since 1934.

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Castle Danger Brewing Hits Limit On Growlers, Spotlighting Liquor Law https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/12/castle-danger-brewing-hits-limit-on-growlers-spotlighting-liquor-law/
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A popular North Shore brewery will soon have to stop selling growlers, and it’s shining a light on Minnesota liquor laws.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A popular North Shore brewery will soon have to stop selling growlers, and it’s shining a light on Minnesota liquor laws.

Castle Danger Brewery will have to stop selling the refillable jugs known as growlers in October. That’s because state law blocks breweries that produce more than 20,000 barrels per year from selling growlers.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that some distributors say the law protects them from being wiped out by protecting retailers. But brewers like Castle Danger say it hurts them financially — growler sales make up nearly one-third of taproom revenue.

Sen. Karin Housley introduced a bill this year to raise the threshold to 250,000 barrels, but it didn’t make it out of committee.

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Alabama Gov. Calls Out Environmental Agency Over Reported 3M Chemical Releases https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/11/alabama-gov-calls-out-environmental-agency-over-reported-3m-chemical-releases/
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Maplewood, Minnesota-based 3M has operated a plant in Decatur since 1961.]]>

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says the state’s environmental agency needs to do a better job responding to chemical releases into the Tennessee River in north Alabama.

Responding to media reports that 3M released pollution for years without state intervention or disclosure, Ivey told reporters in Huntsville on Wednesday that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management needs to present solutions to the problem.

Ivey says the state doesn’t actually control the agency, which is overseen by a seven-member commission and monitors environmental enforcement in the state. But governors appoint members to the commission under state law.

The company this week said it’s looking at possible contamination at old landfill sites in Morgan and Lawrence counties dating back to the 1950s.

Maplewood, Minnesota-based 3M has operated a plant in Decatur since 1961.

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Amazon Warehouse Workers In Shakopee To Strike On ‘Prime Day’ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/08/amazon-warehouse-workers-in-shakopee-to-strike-on-prime-day/
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Amazon warehouse workers in Shakopee are planning to go on strike during “Prime Day” later this month. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Amazon warehouse workers in Shakopee are planning to go on strike during “Prime Day” later this month.

Strike organizers say workers at the MSP1 Amazon Fulfillment center will be striking on July 15.

The Awood Center, which organized the strike, says it is part of workers’ “continued push on the corporate giant to provide safe & reliable jobs, increase respect and opportunities for advancement for the predominantly East African workforce, protect the right to organize and advocate for better working conditions, and to demand concrete action from Amazon to address critical issues like climate change.”

The striking workers will be joined by Amazon workers from Seattle who are pushing for Amazon to address its role in climate change crisis.

Strike organizers say workers, community supporters and elected officials will be rallying from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. outside the warehouse “on Amazon’s most important day of the year.”

Related: Workers Stage Rally At Amazon Warehouse In Shakopee (2018)

Awood Center is a nonprofit worker center based in Minneapolis that says it works to build power amongst workers in the East African community of Minnesota.

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Gov. Walz Signs Order To Ease Fuel Delivery Amid Gas Shortage https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/03/gov-walz-signs-order-to-ease-fuel-delivery-amid-gas-shortage/
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Citing a fuel shortage in the state of Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz has issued an emergency executive order that lifts some restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles who are providing direct assistance to relief efforts by delivering gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil.]]>

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Citing a fuel shortage in the state of Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz has issued an emergency executive order that lifts some restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles who are providing direct assistance to relief efforts by delivering gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil.

The order says that unanticipated events, including last year’s fire at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, have disrupted the normal supply of petroleum products in Minnesota. That’s caused a shortage at some gas stations.

Walz’s order says Minnesota motorists risk being stranded during the peak July Fourth travel week if they don’t have access to fuel.

The executive order waives hours of service requirements to ensure carriers and drivers can deliver petroleum products.

The emergency executive order begins Wednesday and remains in effect for 30 days or until direct assistance ends.

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‘Ridiculous’: Sun Country Cancels Flights Without Warning https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/02/ridiculous-sun-country-cancels-flights-without-warning/
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It all started as a fun girls trip to New York City for Alycia Koziara and her mom, Teri — but it became a frustrating and expensive headache when the two were making their way home to Minnesota.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It all started as a fun girls trip to New York City for Alycia Koziara and her mom, Teri.

But it became a frustrating and expensive headache when the two were making their way home to Minnesota.

Koziara tells WCCO-TV their Sun Country flight from New Jersey to Minneapolis on Saturday was canceled, but passengers were never notified.

“The lack of communication, the fact that they just left everybody sitting there and nobody knew what was going on was ridiculous,” Koziara said.

No email, no phone call, no announcement, and an entire plane full of people left stranded.

READ MORE: Sun Country Says ‘Human Error’ Resulted In Family’s Info Being Released To Wrong Person

“They disappeared and left you to figure it out for yourselves. There was nobody there, the little fence lines were taken down and their name on the video screen was gone,” Koziara said.

She tried contacting the airline to figure out what they should do.

“We called Sun Country a lot and we weren’t getting through. They actually hung up on us quite a few times,” Koziara said.

The mother-daughter duo finally decided to spend hundreds of dollars finding their own way home, taking an Uber to Philadelphia and hopping on a Delta flight home from there.

Sun Country Airlines issued WCCO-TV the following statement:

We sincerely apologize to all the passengers on the six flights canceled on Saturday, June 29. We had multiple unrelated and unplanned operational challenges that forced cancellations. However, what is understandably even more frustrating to customers is the lack of communication. We recently completed an overhaul and upgrade of our reservations and customer communication technology. This was the first flight cancellation we have executed since the overhaul, and unfortunately, a step that triggers customer communication was missed in the cancellation process.

This is not the customer experience we strive to offer or that our guests should expect. Each passenger has been issued a $200 voucher towards future travel, and we are hopeful they will give us another chance to provide an exceptional flight experience in the future. We will also reimburse hotel costs incurred by passengers who were away from home and not able to get out on a flight the same day, and a refund of all Sun Country flights booked on their itinerary. At the time, passengers had the option to either rebook on the next available flight or receive a refund.

Last year, hundreds of travelers were stranded in Mexico after Sun Country canceled flights on the last day of their seasonal service. Two of those passengers sued the airline.

Customers are able to file a complaint against an airline with the United States Department of Transportation.

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Pet Owners Turning To CBD To Calm Pets From Fireworks Stress https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/02/pet-owners-turning-to-cbd-to-calm-pets-from-fireworks-stress/
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Pet stores sell products to keep dogs and cats calm. And just in time for the Fourth of July fireworks, many pet owners are turning to the newer supplement — CBD.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Fourth of July is often a big, explosive celebration for us — but not so much for our pets.

That’s why pet stores sell products to keep dogs and cats calm, and many pet owners are turning to the newer supplement — CBD.

Stormy is no doubt a smart dog, but despite her name, she’s not the biggest fan of loud noises.

“She doesn’t like the vacuum, and of course there’s all fireworks going on everywhere which mimics the big sound, and she likes to hid under places,” said Stormy’s owner, Hahnbee Choi said.

So with the Fourth of July around the corner, Choi visited Chuck and Don’s pet supplies store in search of products to calm her dog’s anxiety, specifically with CBD — the hemp-based product even humans use as a cure-all supplement.

“Seizures, pain, inflammation, anxiety, all of the above,” said Chuck and Don’s assistant manager Elizabeth Hayden.

READ MORE: Do You Take Your Coffee With CBD? Mpls. Business Gets Creative To Serve Controversial Extract

Whether it’s in chew form like a treat, or an oil to drop on food, staff say customers are turning to CBD, especially this time of year.

“It’s not like a medication that you would get from a veterinarian that you have to kind of ween them on and off of it,” Hayden said. “It’s something you can use very situationally. It can be one time, it can be daily.”

Choi says it helps her other dog stay calm on long car rides.

“When I tried the CBD oil, he still wined a little, but there was no throwing up or no belly trouble in the car,” Choi said. “He just laid down and went to sleep.”

While supplements can help. Staff say pet owners should also have a plan to keep pets calm, such as finding them a quiet place to ride out of the Fourth of July fireworks, even with a trusty toy nearby.

“Away from windows, maybe play a radio so they’re kind of drowning out that noise in conjunction to using other calming aids,” Hayden said.

CBD is not regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration. And some veterinarians don’t recommend the product because research is still being done to better understand its effects.

Chuck and Don’s staff suggest pet owners talk with their vets first before going the CBD route, especially if their pets are on other medications.

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About Half Of Minnesota’s Resorts Went Out Of Business In Past 32 Years https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/02/in-32-years-half-of-minnesotas-resorts-went-out-of-business/
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The Fourth of July is a busy time at Minnesota lakes and resorts, but research done by Explore Minnesota shows the number of resorts in the state has dropped significantly over the past 30 years.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Fourth of July is a busy time at Minnesota lakes and resorts.

But research done by Explore Minnesota shows the number of resorts in the state has dropped significantly over the past 30 years.

Ben Lapinski and his family took a leap of faith In 2016. They bought the former Walleye Dundee’s resort in Waukhon on Lake Milles Lacs.

“We saw a fun opportunity for a fun little place on a great lake with a lot to offer,” Lapinski said.

They changed the name, and instead of focusing on walleyes, they reeled in customers by focusing on other fish.

“The bass fishing, the recreation, the muskie, you know, it’s an hour and 15 minutes north of the metro area. If you really focus on those types of things, you’ll bring in different crowds that historically haven’t been here,” Lapinski said.

Beachside’s business has steadily gone up, but their story is a rare one in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

“They’ve been declining about 30 resorts per year for the last 20 years,” said John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota.

In fact, the number of Minnesota resorts dropped nearly in half from 1985 to 2017. Edman said there are several reasons for the decline, including an increase in the value of lakeshore property.

“Consumers are demanding different types of amenities at the resorts. Plus, there’s a lot of different other options in terms of lodging besides just resorts,” Edman said.

Edman said the resorts that have been doing well offer more recreation and family activities like hiking and golf. Still, he thinks the majority of destinations still standing are here to stay.

“We’re just not going to lose as many per year, but I do expect that to stabilize somewhat,” Edman said.

Because there are fewer resorts, Edman said that demand at many of them is on the rise, which is why it’s recommended that if you have a place you like to visit and a time of year you want to go, you should book as far in advance as you can.

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‘Pinterest Effect’ Fueling Extravagant Wedding Trend https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/27/pinterest-effect-fueling-extravagant-wedding-trend/
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Erin Hassanzadeh shows us what weddings cost today — and tells us who is usually paying for them. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — They say money can’t buy happiness, but it can pay for a pretty nice wedding.

“We’re bringing in a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano,” said wedding planner Rachelle Mazumdar, owner of Style-Architects Weddings and Events. “Weddings like this typically run around $80,000 to $120,000.”

But this opulence isn’t so rare these days.

“On a Saturday, [the event space costs] $10,000 to rent it,” Mazumdar said. “And then there’s a ceremony fee on top of that of $1,000.”

Mazumdar, who has done more than 150 weddings, calls it the “Pinterest effect.”

“I don’t think people had any concept of what weddings could be until they started to see what was available to them,” she said.

Mazumdar says the average 2019 cost about $34,000, which is up several thousand from last year alone. But the average wedding that Mazumdar plans is more than double that — with many costing more than $250,000.

“Brides, no matter what their budget is, they’re always bumping it because even if they’re coming in with a really healthy budget, their expectations are just that much bigger, too,” Mazumdar said.

She says the combination of sky-high expectations and rising costs is leading to bigger spending. So who is paying for all of this?

“I see couples pitching in more and more,” she said.

Grooms’ families are helping out, too, and many will have to in order to pull off these trending, larger-than-life nuptials.

“The scale of weddings today, I just, I mean, look at it [laughs]! You know, this is what weddings have become,” Mazumdar said.

Here are some insider tips: Mazumdar says bar tabs are a huge expense. A 240-person wedding can cost $16,000 to $20,000, so a cash bar or beer-and-wine-only option can help. She also says cake is usually cheaper than the trendy dessert bars.

And there is a huge demand for non-traditional venues, so country clubs and hotels — where a lot of people used to have weddings — generally aren’t as expensive as other venues.

For the budget brides out there, Mazumdar suggests trying something out of the box, like a brunch wedding.

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Minn. Appeals Court Orders Hearing On Polymet Permit https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/25/minn-appeals-court-orders-hearing-on-polymet-permit/
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The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered a hearing on alleged irregularities in how Minnesota regulators dealt with federal regulators over a water pollution permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota.]]>

HOYT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — The latest on the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Minnesota (all times local):

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The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered a hearing on alleged irregularities in how Minnesota regulators dealt with federal regulators over a water pollution permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota.

The appeals court on Tuesday ordered a lower court to hold an evidentiary hearing as soon as practical.

The court must review evidence from a leaked email sent by a top official at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to her counterparts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking them not to file written comments on PolyMet’s permit during the public comment period. Critics say that kept federal regulators’ criticisms off the public record.

The court said in its order that there is “substantial evidence of procedural irregularities” that needs to be examined.

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Developers of a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota are courting bankers for $950 million in financing, even as environmental groups push back against the project over water pollution fears.

PolyMet Mining Corp. CEO Jon Cherry tells the Star Tribune that he’s confident the project will move forward despite concerns over its environmental permits.

Minnesota’s legislative auditor recently announced an investigation into state regulators’ handling of a water quality permit for the mine. It comes a month after the state’s appeals court ruled in PolyMet’s favor in a challenge from environmental groups.

Cherry says global mining giant Glencore’s ownership in the project will partly determine how it’s financed. The Switzerland-based company holds a 29% equity stake in PolyMet, but the amount may grow.

Developers hope to begin construction next year.

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Best Buy Aims To Help Consumers Cut Carbon Emission By 20% https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/19/best-buy-aims-to-help-consumers-cut-carbon-emission-by-20-by-2030/
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A new initiative from Best Buy seeks to substantially reduce the carbon footprint of its customers.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A new initiative from Best Buy aims to not only substantially cut the company’s carbon emissions, but also those of its consumers.

The Richfield-based electronics retailer announced Wednesday that it’s set a goal to help costumers cut their carbon emissions by 20% by 2030, and thereby save them an estimated $5 billion in utility costs.

RELATED: Best Buy Introduces Corie Barry As The Company’s First Female CEO

Work toward the goal will be achieved, the company says, by an increased emphasis on selling Energy Star-labeled products, which are independently verified to ensure they use eco-friendly technology.

Additionally, Best Buy is also pledging to reduce its own carbon footprint by 75% by 2030.

The company say it’ll accomplish this by investing in on-sight solar systems and renewable energy credits, using a hybrid vehicle fleet and LED lighting, and by automating a part of its distribution process.

According to a press release, the new distribution technology will create custom envelopes and boxes for products being shipped, thereby cutting cardboard waste by 40% and eliminating the need for plastic fillers.

Best Buy says its goals to reduced carbon emissions were certified by multiple organizations, including the Science Based Targets initiative, United Nations Global Compact, and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

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‘Look At The Difference’: Classic Car ‘Roll-Ins’ Helping Henderson’s Struggling Businesses https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/18/look-at-the-difference-classic-car-roll-ins-helping-hendersons-struggling-businesses/
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A Minnesota town that was virtually cut off by spring flooding is on the road to recovery.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota town that was virtually cut off by spring flooding is on the road to recovery.

The Minnesota River runs along Henderson. In March, fast-rising water forced the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to close most highways into town and the city had to put up a flood wall.

A weekly Classic Car Roll In is helping struggling businesses get back on a roll. Vintage cars and motorcycles roll into town every Tuesday beginning in late May.

“Fantastic. Beautiful weather, beautiful cars, couldn’t be better,” said Owatonna resident Jo Ann Heidecker.

This is the first time in a long while where things have lined up just right.

READ MORE: Minnesota River Flooding Causes Henderson Business Drought

“Well, it’s awesome. The roads are open, it’s not raining,” said Larry Hanson of Mankato.

Flooding closed roads leading into the town beginning in March. The last re-opened less than two weeks ago — and it’s finally led to something sweet.

“There was hardly anybody coming in town,” said Ruth Nytes, owner of Toody’s Sweet Treats. “Look at the difference.”

The line out the door brings a genuine smile to Toody’s owner. This will help make-up for customers lost to the closures.

“These Tuesday nights are very crucial for every business in town, not just me but every business in town,” Nytes said.

READ MORE: Wander Minnesota — Road Trip To Henderson

Henderson Classical Glass made more in one night that it did the whole month.

“It’s just be steady all night,” said Henderson Classical Glass owner Dee Thomas. “They’re willing to walk in and look at stuff, and if they don’t buy something tonight they say, ‘We’ll be back.’”

That’s what roll in organizers hope for.

“Our businesses are getting business,” said Denny Graham with the Historic Henderson Auto Society. “We always welcome people to Henderson.”

The city hopes the Tuesday roll ins will be just as busy through September. And they’re counting on Sauerkraut Days the last weekend in June to be a big success.

Spring flooding and storms caused about $40 million in damage across the state. President Trump approved a disaster declaration last week to help pay for fixing roads and infrastructure.

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Target: All Registers Back Online After Nationwide Outage https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/15/target-nationwide-register-outage-back-online-internal-technology-issue/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Target says all registers are back online Saturday evening after an “internal technology issue” caused a nationwide outage.

Target confirmed the outage was not related to a data breach or security issue.

Registers across the nation were down for hours, leaving customers unable to check out.

We’re aware that guests are currently unable to make purchases at Target stores. Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience. We will provide an update as soon as possible.

— Target (@Target) June 15, 2019

Patricia Peuschold tried to check out twice at the St. Louis Park Target.

“I came back, got in line and once again the registers stopped working and we were told to leave our merchandise and everything is on standstill,” Peuschold said.

As you can imagine, this is one costly outage. A closer look at the company’s financial summary from 2018 shows it did roughly $74 billion in sales last year alone — that means every hour customers aren’t making a purchase, Target potentially loses millions.

Roughly three hours after the company announced the outage on Twitter, Target said the glitch was fixed. Even after the announcement, however, some Minnesota locations were still resetting.

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— Target (@Target) June 15, 2019

“It’s just really alarming to think that it can be controlled through a system that is very vulnerable,” Peuschold said.

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Airline Food Workers Vote To Authorize Strike If Negotiations Fail https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/14/airline-food-workers-vote-to-authorize-strike-if-negotiations-fail/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As summer travel season takes off, airline food workers are threatening to strike.

Union members at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport joined workers in 20 other cities who make the food for American, United and Delta Air Lines, overwhelmingly voting to strike if negotiations don’t find a common ground soon.

In all, about 11,000 airline food workers are voting on the issue this week. These ballots represent a first step towards a potential strike.

RELATED: Delta Named Best U.S. Airline

They say many of them make just $12 an hour, and their health care costs are too high.

CBS News reports that the airline workers will still need an official release from the National Mediation Board to legally call a strike. As opposed to most in the private sector, transportation-related jobs are covered by the Railway Labor Act, intended to prevent disruptions in the travel industry due to its potential impact on interstate commerce.

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‘Uber For Lawn Care’: Apps Are Changing How People Mow Their Lawns https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/13/uber-for-lawn-care-apps-are-changing-how-people-mow-their-lawns/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With all the rain we’ve had this spring, mowing season is in full swing.

Lately, conditions have been almost perfect for lawns to green up and grow.

But a lot of people struggle to find time to mow, which may be one reason that online lawn services are growing.

Dan Murray doesn’t just mow his own yard, he’s taking care of two other neighbors as well.

It’s part of a rotation they use to make sure their lawns are cut and trim.

“Whenever we have the opportunity, it depends. Whenever someone has some free time we just kind of come out and do it,” Murray said. “I like mowing lawns and you get a little exercise.”

Like it or not, the number of people willing to pay for a worry-free lawn is on the rise.

Lawn care apps of convenience are becoming more and more common. And not just for homeowners but for businesses as well.

“The homeowner doesn’t pay until after the service has been completed and they are happy with the work,” said Gene Caballero, the owner of GreenPal.

GreenPal is an app that allows homeowners to request the time and date they want their lawn mowed. That alerts lawn care services in the area.

“Those vendors bid on that lawn, it goes to the homeowner, they can review the vendor by their rating, reviews and price, and then select who they want to work with,” Caballero said.

Caballero calls it “Uber for lawn care,” and he’s far from alone.

New lawn care apps are coming out yearly. And it’s estimated that about 50% of Americans now hire someone else to mow for their money.

“I think people are really about the convenience factor and not having to deal with stuff on their own,” Murray said. “And if someone can do it for you and it’s a reasonable price and something you can afford, I think people are going for it. We are very service-oriented.”

Caballero said that there isn’t one specific demographic that hires his lawn care service.

It varies depending on who is willing to pay for time and convenience.

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Target Expands Same-Day Delivery https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/13/target-expands-same-day-delivery/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Target is keeping pace with Walmart and Amazon in the delivery wars.

The Minneapolis-based retailer is now offering same-day delivery — without a membership.

It costs $9.99 per order.

Previously customers had to sign up for a Shipt membership which costs $99 bucks a year.

Target says the same-day option will cover 65,000 items.

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The 1st Cereal Bar In The Twin Cities Is Slated To Open This Weekend https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/12/the-1st-cereal-bar-in-the-twin-cities-is-slated-to-open-this-weekend/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Craving a soft serve cone with pulverized bits of your favorite childhood cereal? Well, you might be able to find one this weekend.

Treats, the first cereal bar to debut in the Twin Cities, is slated to open up shop on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue on Saturday.

The shop’s menu includes cereal milkshakes, cereal-infused ice cream (which you can get in cones, bowls or pints to go) and, of course, just good old bowls of cereal.

Additionally, the shop also specializes in boba teas – sweetened tea drinks served with tapioca balls that drinkers suck up through large straws.

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Strawberry Matcha Latte: Ceremonial matcha, Autumwood milk, and a premium strawberry purée. Enough said 😍 . . . . #treatsmn #cerealbar #boba #bobatea #becauseyoudeserveit #sweettreats #mplsfood #foodieapolis #stpaulmn #mneats #mnfoodie #dessertlover #mysaintpaul #twinscities #cereal #lovefood #sweettooth #yelpmsp #icecream #eatdrinkdishmpls #dessert #boba #icecreamlove #minnesota

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According to the Pioneer Press, the shop is the brainchild of brother-and-sister team Trisha Seng and Minh Dinh, both of whom worked in finance before being inspired to open a cereal bar shop in the Twin Cities.

The siblings’ sleek neon-and-tile shop is housed in a former hair salon on Grand Avenue, and they’ve got a custom-made machine that grinds cereal and ice cream into their unique soft serve product.

Treats’ grand opening is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday. According to the shop’s social media feeds, the first 50 customers will get to taste Treats’ creamy cereal creations for free.

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Milk + Cereal has always been a classic. We’ve added a slight “twist” in it. We’ll infuse any cereal combinations right into your ice cream. #treatsmn

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Hennepin County Seeks To Raise Tobacco Age To 21 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/11/hennepin-county-seeks-to-raise-tobacco-age-to-21/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Another local government is considering raising the age to buy tobacco to 21.

One in seven deaths in Hennepin County is tobacco-related, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Thirty-five communities across the state have banned tobacco sales to people under 21.

Hennepin County is now taking on the tobacco fight for areas where bans aren’t already in effect: The smaller municipalities it licenses.

“It’s really important as we’re trying to prevent youth addiction, protect kids and make a healthier future for all of our residents,” said Molly Molianen, director of public affairs for the nonprofit ClearWay Minnesota.

Molianen is supporting a proposed ban in smaller areas of Hennepin County to further raise the legal age to 21, and stop flavored tobacco sales.

“We know Tobacco 21, combined with youth restriction to flavored products and increasing prices is really a combination effect,” Molianen said.

Anthony Pitarro, 23, knows the effects of tobacco well. The Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge recovery grad started smoking at 13. He eventually turned to opioids and heroin.

“It was the most addicting substance out of all the drugs I did because even today, it’s something that I struggle to be around,” Pitarro said.

He also supports the Hennepin County proposed regulations.

“Rather if they wait a little longer or they can’t get it as easy, maybe it will make a bit of a difference, you know, because it’s obviously a serious issue,” Pitarro said.

Bruce Nustad of the Minnesota Retailers Association says their store owners agree that teens should not be smoking. It’s the flavor ban that raises great concern.

“We’ve seen it in other areas, in other cities. We’ve seen retailers losing $40,000 or $100,000 a month in sales because of that flavor ban aspect,” Nustad said. “So that’s even more concerning than the T-21 part.”

County commissioners held a public hearing and plan to soon decide how young is too young. ClearWay Minnesota says they will be back at the Minnesota State Capitol next year, working to make the 21-age limit a state law.

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‘Get These People Behind Bars’: Minneapolis Auto Repair Shops See Rash Of Thefts https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/07/get-these-people-behind-bars-minneapolis-auto-repair-shops-see-rash-of-thefts/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Paula Johns dropped her car off for repairs last month to a Minneapolis mechanic. It was the last time she would see her vehicle.

“Whoever thinks they’re going to bring their car to mechanic shop and then never see the car again?” Johns said.

Her 2006 Toyota Rav 4 was stolen right off the shop’s lot. When it was located several weeks later, the windows were smashed and gang symbols had been painted onto the dash.

“To see they had taken knives, slashed seats, slashed the steering wheel, broken glove box, take all my belongings and then leave all their garbage,” Johns said.

Thieves broke into her mechanic’s shop near 41st Street and Cedar Avenue South and stole keys to Johns’s Toyota and a dozen more vehicles. The car was later found with evidence of drugs, stolen identification cards, hospital discharge papers as well as a counterfeit $50.

“We cleared out numerous hypodermic needles, bags of meth and cocaine, and information of individuals who overdosed,” said her mechanic, who asked not to be identified.

That shop wasn’t the only one targeted on May 7. Hayford Auto, at 34th Street and Cedar Avenue, also had three vehicles stolen — not to mention forcing the owner there to replace a dozen stolen keys and fobs.

“Some are $500 and $600 to replace,” the owner said.

Then, just last week at about 3:30 a.m. and several blocks away, another shop was vandalized. This time the thieves were captured in the act on the shop’s surveillance cameras, which shows four individuals rifling through the office desk, taking keys and a computer.

After several minutes of pilfering the business, you see them boldly pushing a vehicle out of the way of the garage door. Seconds later, they drive a vehicle out from the garage bay and drive off with a Grand Caravan.

Johns says there’s ample evidence to find those responsible.

“I guess what would bring me solace is to have police do their work and get these people behind bars,” Johns said.

Because a property crime impacts far more than the loss of wheels.

Anyone with information on who is responsible should contact Minneapolis Police.

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After 36 Years, Original Snuffy’s Malt Shop In St. Paul To Close https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/06/after-36-years-original-snuffys-malt-shop-in-st-paul-to-close/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The original Snuffy’s Malt Shop in St. Paul is closing after 36 years in business.

Owners of the location at Cleveland and St. Clair avenues told the Pioneer Press Thursday they decided not to renew the lease at the Highland location. The decision to close was based on several factors, including a rent increase.

They are looking for a new location in St. Paul. In the meantime, the other Snuffy’s in Edina, Bloomington and Minnetonka are still around.

The last day to get a malt and cheeseburger at this location will be July 25.

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3M Sells Gas Detection Division To Teledyne For $230M https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/06/3m-sells-gas-detection-division-to-teledyne-for-230m/
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MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — 3M Co. is selling its gas- and flame-detection business to Teledyne Technologies for $230 million.

About 500 employees of 3M’s Personal Safety Division are expected to join Teledyne. The division has annual sales of $120 million. It’s known for its fixed and portable gas- and flame-detection products that sell under brand names of Oldham, GMI, Detcon, Simtronics and Scott Safety.

Division Vice President Bernard Cicut says 3M plans to focus on other businesses within its personal safety portfolio. The sale is the latest of several key changes for 3M on the heels of a disappointing first quarter.

3M has said it will cut 2,000 jobs and buy the wound-care products firm Acelity Inc. for $6.7 billion.

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Forthcoming Gay Bar Owner’s Facebook Posts Prompt Call For Protest https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/05/gay-bar-owners-facebook-posts-prompt-call-for-protest/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Members of the Twin Cities’ LGBTQ community plan to protest a yet-to-open gay bar in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood following outrage over the owner’s reported anti-Semitic Facebook posts.

According to Twin Cities Business magazine, Emad Abed is planning to open a gay bar called Cheers at the corner of West Franklin and Lyndale avenues, in the building that once housed Rudolph’s Bar-B-Que. The bar’s opening is slated for June 21, the first day of Pride weekend in the Twin Cities.

On that day, a protest called Queers Against Cheers is planned. A Facebook event for the demonstration is calling for the LGBTQ community to gather for a “good old-fashioned sidewalk picket” outside the bar.

“We’re gonna show this looney tune what happens when you try to come into our community to make a buck while degrading us,” the Facebook post said, referring to Abed.

Earlier this week, outrage erupted online after images of Abed’s Facebook feed circulated, with screenshots appearing to show several anti-Semantic posts. One read: “Israel & it’s (sic) people must be eliminated.” Another said: “I hate America for supporting Israel. America is run by Zionist Jews.”

In response to the online outrage, Abed commented on posts by calling his detractors “losers” and said he’d ban them from his bar, according to TC Jewfolk, a local website covering the Jewish community.

Abed is the owner of Red Star Group LLC, which is renting the former Rudolph’s space from its previous owners, Twin Cities Business reports. Abed had tried to raise $2 million via a GoFundMe campaign to buy and renovate the building, but the crowdfunding plan was abandoned in the wake of the social media pushback.

When asked about his Facebook posts, Abed told Twin Cities Business that he’s not anti-Semitic, adding: “I don’t have any posts that are anti-Semitic.”

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Dinner With A View In Minnesota https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/30/wcco-viewers-choice-for-best-dinner-with-a-view-in-minnesota/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When it comes to eating out, where can be just as important as what.

When a restaurant combines great food with a great view, it doesn’t get much better.

So where can you enjoy the best dinner with a view? It’s right there in the name: Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.

It’s a scientific fact that pleasure and fulfillment occurs when one or more of our five senses are positively stimulated. It is through these senses that we navigate the world around us; sound, touch, smell, sight and taste.

“People will come, they’ll be on the rocks, they’ll have a bite to eat, they’ll take a walk to the lake and back, and it transports them,” said Mark Ronnei, general manager at Grand View Lodge.

At Grand View, “On The Rocks” means more than throwing some cubes in a cocktail glass.

“We were going for the rocks, you know, that real part of what northern Minnesota is all about,” Ronnei said.

He’s talking about On The Rocks, the newest outdoor dining experience at Grand View, which — like many other good things in life — was born through adversity.

“It was about three years ago, if we were sitting here in late July, we’d be on a pile of rubble from the deck that was collapsed by one of the big storms we had,” Ronnei said.

Back in July of 2015, a powerful storm ripped through the Brainerd Lakes Area, and this historic resort was right in its path.

“Making lemonade out of lemons, we decided to go for it and built On The Rocks,” he said.

In the footprint of the shattered deck behind the old lodge grew a beautifully-landscaped outdoor eating area that is fully deserving of the title “Best Dinner With A View.”

“The storm actually opened up a view of the lake, so we get a little bit more of a view of the lake,” he said. “Of the ‘grand view’ that existed when they built ‘Grand View.’”

The iconic walking path leading to the lake is bordered by fresh plantings of flowers, as twin waterfalls deliver a relaxing cadence to this “Eden-like” setting.

Appealing to our sense of taste are the great dishes that Grand View Lodge is famous for.

“I shouldn’t eat the Paul Bunyan burger anymore, which is a monster,” he said. “Another dish that I really love is our dry-rub wings.”

In true Grand View style, On The Rocks is a “must visit” venue if you’re in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

“Things just taste better outside. I mean, that’s why we’ve had picnics for all those years,” Ronnei said.

It is a picturesque setting that will put your senses to work, while the rest of you takes it easy.

“You want to build a memory of something different than what you do every day, at the same time surrounded by nature,” Ronnei said. “And maybe a little bit of luxury in there, too.”

The folks at Grand View are very excited about some new amenities they will unveil in July, including a 60-room boutique hotel and a new recreation center.

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Workout Class In Minnesota https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/23/wcco-viewers-choice-for-best-workout-class-in-minnesota/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Excuses like “lack of motivation” and “intimidation” are just a couple of reasons why many of us don’t go to the gym.

But there is a chain of workout centers where those excuses, just like the unwanted pounds, seem to melt away. Our viewers voted Farrell’s Extreme Body Shaping in Blaine as the best in Minnesota.

Just watching a kickboxing-based workout like this one might cause one to break a sweat.

“It is a hell of a workout,” said a Farrell’s regular. “They don’t get any easier, you just get stronger.”

Although this appears to be an advanced kickboxing class, a closer look will reveal that there are people of every age, sex and fitness level giving it their all. And just about every one of them has a great story to tell.

“I’ve lost 57 pounds.”

“I was about 90-pounds heavier that I am now.”

“I’ve been here since October and I’ve lost over 30 pounds.”

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Cindi Nikituk was a nurse when she first came to Farrell’s in the summer of 2011 after the birth of her fourth child.

“Farrell’s is a great community of people and the comradery. Walking in here is unlike walking into any other gym,” Cindi said. “From the day I walked in I had a coach who walked me through every day of my workout, and I was able to lose weight and transform my body. And it really was the best workout I’ve ever had.”

She was so happy with her results that she bought into the program, literally.

“I went through a 10-week session, worked out for two-and-a-half years and then became an owner,” Cindi said.

She owns the Blaine location, as well as three other metro locations. And to say that she believes in the Farrell’s way of doing things would be a gross understatement.

“We are able to make people feel comfortable in their own skin again,” she said. “Everything is done as a culture here, and our culture is what really embraces people and gets them to their goals.”

Goals that Christina Winterfield thought she would never attain until she walked through these doors.

“It’s completely changed my life. Before walking in here I got married in June of 2017 and I just felt stuck,” Winterfield said. “On our honeymoon, my husband had to tie my shoes.”

When she first came to Farrell’s, Christina weighed 367 pounds. Now, happily, she is about half the woman she used to be.

“The community that they have around and how they rallied around their people, I finally felt welcomed, and that I was able to be a part of something,” Winterfield said.

To be a part of this crew you have to put in the work six days a week, 45 minutes a day.

“You get a coach, we walk you through everything, from every kickboxing piece of the workout, to strength training,” Cindi said. “We have meal planning. It’s all encompassed in a 10-week program, and we monitor your results all the way through.”

So it looks like Cindi and the rest of the Farrell’s family have your back. And she’s philosophical about giving up her nursing career.

“Funny thing is I’m still taking care of people, and I take care of people every day and I make them healthier,” Cindi said. “I’m on the other side now.”

The Iowa-based company now has 21 centers in Minnesota, 19 of them in the Twin Cities.

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Best Buy Warns Of Higher Prices For Consumers Due To Tariffs On Chinese Goods https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/23/best-buy-warns-of-higher-prices-for-consumers-due-to-tariffs-on-chinese-goods/
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Best Buy’s outgoing CEO warned Thursday that U.S. shoppers will likely see prices rise if the next round of tariffs on Chinese goods happens.]]>

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy’s outgoing CEO warned Thursday that U.S. shoppers will likely see prices rise if the next round of tariffs on Chinese goods happens.

CEO Hubert Joly said the Richfield, Minnesota-based electronics chain has been able to avoid price hikes on most of its products with a few exceptions, like washing machines. Joly said that he is working directly with the Trump administration to minimize the impact new tariffs could have on U.S. shoppers, and plans to continue to do so when he steps down as CEO next month and becomes executive chairman of the company’s board. His replacement, Corie Barry, will be Best Buy’s first female CEO.

Joly said it’s too early to know what products could see price hikes, since it’s not yet known which goods will be on the next rounds of tariffs of Chinese goods. Other retailers, including Walmart and Target, have also warned of rising prices due to tariffs.

Shares of Best Buy Co. fell 5.5% Thursday, despite the company reporting better than expected earnings for the most recent quarter.

Best Buy reported net income of $265 million, or 98 cents per share, during the fiscal first quarter.

Adjusted earnings came to $1.02 per share, beating Wall Street expectations by 14 cents, according to Zacks Investment Research.

Revenue rose to $9.14 billion in the period, meeting Wall Street expectations.

For the current quarter ending in August, Best Buy said it expects its per-share earnings to range from 95 cents to $1.

It still expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.45 to $5.65 per share.

Shares of the company fell $3.80 to $65.37 midday Thursday.

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Allianz Field’s Neighboring Businesses Give It Mixed Reviews https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/22/allianz-fields-neighboring-businesses-give-it-mixed-reviews/
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Now that things are up and running at Allianz Field in St. Paul, nearby businesses are giving the stadium mixed reviews.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota United FC is settling into its new home at Allianz Field in St. Paul.

Now that things are up and running at the stadium, businesses in the area are giving the stadium mixed reviews.

If it’s game day, you’ll find the True North Elite Minnesota United Fan Club at Dual Citizen Brewing Company.

“What we looked for was somewhere that we could meet, obviously close to the stadium, but a big, open space where all of us could meet and we can mingle,” said Zach Murphy, True North Elite member.

The brewery is just one of the local businesses to cash in on the shiny new Allianz Field.

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“They love cheering, they love singing and they love drinking, but they won’t hesitate to bus their own tables,” said Tim Kessler, owner of Dual Citizen Brewing Company. “We feel we have a really great space, we feel like we cater to the fans really well, and we love having them. The stadium’s been really positive for us.”

But the stadium hasn’t been a win for everyone. In fact, some of the nearby businesses tell us it has actually hurt their business, and they’re selling out some of their parking spots on game nights to make a little extra cash.

The Pearle Vision location at the Midway Shopping Center next to the stadium moved down the street, further from the stadium last week after more than 30 years at that location.

“It prompted us to start looking for another location because business just declined,” said Angel Branch, general manager at Pearle Vision. “It was the only thing to do. Yeah, we couldn’t have survived another three to five years waiting for them to re-develop the area.”

And as the area adjusts to its newer, larger neighbor, stakeholders hope they’ll get their slice of the action — and the profit.

“I’ve gone to a couple games and the enthusiasm permeates that whole neighborhood,” Kessler said.

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Reality Check: Does Wind Energy Kill Birds And Cause Cancer? https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/22/reality-check-does-wind-energy-kill-birds-cause-cancer/
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The state’s largest power company is switching to renewable energy at a time when President Donald Trump bashes energy sources like wind.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota-based Xcel Energy made a surprising announcement this week — it’s shutting down its coal-fired power plants in Minnesota by 2030.

The state’s largest power company is switching to renewable energy at a time when President Donald Trump bashes energy sources like wind. It is hard to understand why Trump mocks wind power, one of the fastest job-growing industries in the country.

At a Conservative Political Action Committee convention in March, and during a number of other public appearances, the President claimed wind-powered energy won’t be delivered if the wind is calm.

“When the wind doesn’t blow, just turn off the television, darling, please,” Trump said, to laughter. “No wind out today. There’s no wind. Please turn off the television, quickly.”

It is true that windmills don’t generate electricity when the wind isn’t blowing. But the electricity doesn’t go off; it is stored, and delivered.

Trump’s criticism of wind energy also extends to an apparent concern for bird deaths. Here is what he said at a Republican fundraising event in April:

“You wanna see a bird cemetery, go under a windmill sometimes. You’ll see the saddest,” he said.

Here are the facts. Windmills do kill birds: up to 300,000 a year, according the US Fish and Wildlife Service. That’s low compared to other sources. Communication towers kill 40 million, power lines kill 140 million, and cats kill hundreds of millions.

Perhaps one of the president’s most unusual– and controversial — claims is that windmill noise causes cancer.

“And they say the noise causes cancer! You tell me that one,’ Trump said before mimicking the sound of windmill blades.

No, noise windmill noise does not cause cancer. It might give you a headache if you are standing under one, but the American Cancer Society says it is “unaware of any credible evidence linking the noise from windmills to cancer.”

Here are a few more facts about wind power and renewable energy in Minnesota. There are three times as many clean energy jobs as there are fossil fuel workers. Wind provides at least 25% of the energy in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa. In Minnesota, it’s 18%.

The government says Minnesota ranks seventh in the nation for generating wind energy. That added up to more than 11 million megawatt-hours of electricity last year.

That’s Reality Check.

Here are some of the sources we used for this Reality Check:

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Twin Cities Entrepreneur Crowdsourcing Porch Pirate-Proof Lock Boxes https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/21/twin-cities-entrepreneur-crowdsourcing-porch-pirate-proof-lock-boxes/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Take a trip down almost any neighborhood street and it won’t take long to spot a package or two defenselessly sitting out in plain view.

“We see on our neighborhood block all the time, packages stolen,” said Mike Brennan. “So it wasn’t a surprise to us that it happened to us, too.”

So to prevent his next package from suddenly disappearing at the hands of a thief, Brennan built a box and posted a sign asking for packages to be put inside of it.

“A few pieces of plywood and a saw, that’s about it,” he said.

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The box includes a pad lock, for which Brennan has the key. It’s also tethered down with a steel cable in case somebody wanted to run off with the entire box.

Thanks to positive feedback from delivery drivers and never having another package stolen, he contacted WDI, and wood working company in Forest Lake. Together they designed a few prototypes, which Brennan named “Package of Mind Security Boxes.” Although made of wood, the boxes are weather proof. Brennan says they should also be able to withstand the elements of Minnesota.

The boxes come in several sizes, one of which can adapt to holding two small packages or a large one. The locks and steel cable are included.

“With the growing number of packages being delivered and how it’s become such a more normal part of our lives, I think people are just looking for more security,” he said.

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Brennan’s next step is raising enough money to go from inventor to entrepreneur. He’s currently crowdsourcing the venture through Kickstarter.

“We’re hoping to get to $24,000, which would give us enough capital to kind of get into a business,” he said.

The boxes start at $185. Customers aren’t charged for the box or given their purchase until the entire $24,000 is raised.

“We’re excited for the future. We think it’s going to really serve a need and deter thieves,” he said.

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More Companies Offering Workplace Day Care https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/21/more-companies-offering-workplace-day-care/
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Companies like Home Depot, Mercedes and Starbucks offer daycare services. Best Buy offers a low-cost back up child care benefit.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — How much easier would life be if you could drop your kids off at daycare, right at work? It’s a benefit more companies are considering to attract employees.

One of those companies is Pepsi’s headquarters in Purchase, New York.

Around 70 kids attend Pep-Start, and do yoga, play with blocks, and do arts and crafts.

The program isn’t free, but because Pepsi takes care of overheard costs like rent, heat and electricity, it’s less expensive than a stand-alone daycare.

Other companies like Home Depot, Mercedes and Starbucks also offer daycare services.

Best Buy offers a low-cost back up child care benefit.

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Xcel To Retire Last 2 Coal-Burning Plants By 2030 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/20/xcel-to-retire-last-2-coal-burning-plants-by-2030/
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Three years from now Xcel will complete its largest wind expansion, producing a third of the company’s power production.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For as long as electricity has been generated, power companies have relied on burning coal. Xcel Energy is now taking the bold step to move away from the fossil fuel in favor of cleaner alternatives.

Its goal is to end all coal burning by 2030.

Against a backdrop of debate over global climate change, this is truly a remarkable announcement. A major utility that once generated more than half of its electricity by burning coal will be free of it in just 11 short years.

“By 2030 if our plan is approved they’ll be no coal in our system,” Xcel Energy president and CEO Ben Fowke said.

Fowke says that makes both economic and environmental sense. As costs of renewable energy production continue to plummet, burning carbon emitting coal is getting priced out of the equation.

“We believe we can do this and, importantly, do it and make sure our price stays affordable for customers and our product stays reliable,” Fowke said.

To do that Xcel will shut down all three Sherco coal burning units and convert a portion to natural gas. The Allen S. King coal plant will be retired in 2028. Environmental groups applaud the decision.

“Folks have this idea that renewable energy is expensive, but really it’s the cheapest alternative we’ve got now,” Fowke said.

Replacing over 2,700 megawatts of electric capacity will come several ways, by nearly tripling solar energy production and installing more natural gas peaking plants. Xcel will also extend the life of the Monticello nuclear plant through 2040 and step up conservation efforts.

“And as we go through we realize the cheapest way to get renewable clean energy is to not have to use it in the first place.So the investments in energy efficiency are a significant part of this agreement,” Aaron Klemz, of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, said.

Xcel is assuring labor that job losses will be offset by gains in constructing and operating its clean energy economy.

Xcel’s plan will need the approval of the Public Utilities Commission. It will be formally submitted to the PUC on July 1.

Eliminating all natural gas generation by 2050 will allow Xcel reach its goal of 100-percent carbon-free electricity.

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Minneapolis Considers Drive-Thru Window Ban https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/16/minneapolis-considers-drive-thru-window-ban/
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Drive-thru windows are a speedy way to get food, coffee and prescriptions without leaving the comfort of your car. But Minneapolis city leaders are considering making them a thing of the past.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Drive-thru windows are a speedy way to get food, coffee and prescriptions without leaving the comfort of your car. But Minneapolis city leaders are considering making them a thing of the past.

On Thursday afternoon, the planning commission met to discuss a proposed ban on any new drive-thru windows within city limits.

The ordinance would not impact any drive-thru windows that are currently in the city, which would be grandfathered in under the proposal.

Planning commission president Sam Rockwell says the move would reduce carbon emissions made by idling cars, and increase pedestrian safety.

“Drive-thru [windows], traffic lanes, parking facilities … they all create induced demand which is, ‘If you build it, they will come,’” Rockwell said.

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When asked about the impact it would have on the elderly and the disabled who can’t move from their cars quickly, he claims building neighborhood communities could be a solution.

“You go to a city like London, Paris, New York or Boston. Neighbors help their elderly neighbors up the stairs with their groceries. They know them, they help them, they run errands. So creating that community can be a boost,” Rockwell said.

Drive-thru window users like Jake Siefker say they aren’t convinced by Rockwell’s arguments.

“It’s convenient, it’s fast. You can just go through them on your way home on your way to work,” Siefker said. “There’s a lot of cars standing idly right here. A drive-thru is just another part of that.”

The ban would have a relatively-small impact on the current look of the city, but it could decades down the road. Right now, drive-thru windows are only allowed in six of the city’s 23 zoning districts, and only a few are built each year.

This proposal will have a public hearing in the first week of June. The planning commission will then vote on it and from there, it could go before city council.

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Attorney: Immigrants With US Family Ties Aren’t Getting In Easily https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/16/attorney-immigrants-with-us-family-ties-arent-getting-in-easily/
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President Donald Trump is pushing to overhaul the nation’s legal immigration system, placing an emphasis on skills and education over family ties.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO — President Donald Trump is pushing to overhaul the nation’s legal immigration system.

It would place an emphasis on skills and education over family ties.

“The biggest change we make is to increase the proportion of highly skilled immigration from 12% to 57% and we would like to see if we can even go higher,” Trump said.

The Trump program would keep the number of green cards awarded each year at 1.1 million. And the president says immigrants must be financially self-sufficient. Those who don’t qualify, he says, will be sent home.

This would be a sweeping change, and the proposal is drawing fire from Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, who herself is an immigrant.

“Make no mistake, this plan would have a devastating effect on millions of people around the world, who like me have dreams of coming to this land of opportunity,” Omar said.

WCCO-TV spoke with a local immigration attorney who told us 66% of current immigrants to the United States and to Minnesota have a relative who is a U.S. citizen — and these applicants have been waiting for years.

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“The current wait is 13 years,” Attorney Esteban Rivera said.

Rivera says it’s wrong to think family members are currently getting in easily. Rivera himself emigrated from Ecuador in 2007, and became a U.S. citizen in 2011.

In 2014, he helped his three siblings In Ecuador apply to immigrate legally to the U.S. The wait time for their green card processing is 13 years – which is 2027. Rivera is not sure if under the Trump plan their applications will be sped up.

“My siblings are highly educated. My sister is an architect, my brother is a doctor, and my other sister is an attorney,” Rivera said.

But Rivera says low-skilled immigrants are also needed. He is currently working with an Iowa farmer who is desperately trying to bring workers here legally from Mexico for this summer’s harvest.

“We might not have enough low-skilled workers to satisfy the needs of the country,” Rivera said.

A 13-year wait for a green card review for a sibling may sound like a lot, but it is right in the middle. For Mexicans, the wait is even longer. The federal government is now processing green card visas for Mexicans with a U.S. citizen family member that were applied for back in December of 1998 — a wait of more than 20 years.

The president does need Congressional approval for his plan. If he doesn’t get it, look for this to be an issue in the 2020 election.

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Help Wanted: Minnesota Is Losing Workers https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/15/help-wanted-minnesota-is-losing-workers/
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State officials say Minnesota has a problem: Too many jobs, too few workers. Economists say the answer is more immigrants — while at the same time that President Donald Trump is trying to restrict them.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — State officials say Minnesota has a problem: Too many jobs, too few workers.

Economists say the answer is more immigrants — while at the same time President Donald Trump is trying to restrict them.

Think of it as Minnesota posting a “Help Wanted” notice. There are more jobs available in the next five years than workers to fill them. And state officials say that’s a major threat to the economy of a state that traditionally has more people moving in than moving out.

“Even in a cold climate that gets to 70 below, we are the one state in the upper Midwest that has an influx of people coming in,” said Tim Walz, Minnesota’s newly-elected Democratic governor.

The State Department of Economic Development says Minnesota’s worker shortage is the result of:

Minnesota’s always had a large immigrant population to fuel the economy. In 1870, 36% of residents were foreign born. In 2017, only 8%.

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Without immigrant workers, economists predict Minnesota’s job growth will slow to a trickle in the next five years — a warning Washington doesn’t seem to hear.

The Trump administration is restricting legal immigration to its lowest level in years.

The number of Minnesota immigrants is down from 12,000 in 2016 to 8,283 in 2018. Refugees are also down, from 3,059 to 683.

President Trump says “the country is full.”

“We can’t take you. Our country is full, our area’s full, the sector is full. Can’t take you anymore, I’m sorry,” Trump said.

Minnesota currently has 137,000 job vacancies, most of them in the health care field. And the largest number of those openings are in greater Minnesota.

The United States Census Bureau reports that most of the recent immigrants to Minnesota are coming from India, Mexico, China and Somalia.

Here are some of the sources that we used for this Reality Check:

MNEED: Minnesota Economic Trends

MNEED: Refugee Arrival Map

MNEED: Minnesota’s Budget & Economic Forecast

The Census In Minnesota

Star Tribune: Twin Cities Population Growth Crimped By Immigration Drop

Mpls-St. Paul Business Journal: Why Our Stagnating Labor Force Needs Your Attention Now

Reuters: Trump Proposal Would Make It Easier To Deport Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits

Pioneer Press: Immigrants, Out-Of-Staters Key To Minnesota’s Continued Growth

Politifact: Trump-O-Meter — Limit Legal Immigration

Star Tribune: Why The 1860s Were A Pivotal Decade Of Change For Minnesotans

Reason.com: Trump Is Fighting to Dramatically Restrict Legal Immigration

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Lawyer Represents Minnesota Community Concerned About Cancer https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/15/lawyer-explains-chemical-that-has-community-concerned-over-cancer/
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“It’s been cancer, it’s been birth defects, it’s rheumatological issues, it’s been neurological issues. TCE has a long breadth of diseases and problems it causes,” Salita said.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities community wants answers after a company released a cancer-causing chemical into the air for years.

On Tuesday, WCCO’s Jennifer Mayerle introduced you to neighbors from White Bear Township whose lives have been changed by cancer. Now, she talks with the attorney who’s taken on more than 100 clients with health concerns.

These strangers became allies after learning each of them has been touched by cancer.

“I had surgery so I had the complete radical hysterectomy,” Jodi Laliberte said.

“I told the doctors to hit me with whatever they had,” Steve Laliberte said.

“I was praying that I was going to keep my hair for today’s interview because it’s happening,” Page Stevens said.

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They all live or lived in what the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency calls an area of concern surrounding Water Gremlin. For more than 15 years, the company emitted significant and illegal amounts of the cancer-causing chemical TCE. They’ve agreed to pay a $7 million fine and take corrective action as part of a settlement with the state.

Now attorney Dean Salita has taken on the community’s cases and even set up an office near their neighborhood. Much of his practice focuses on occupational exposure and cancer law.

“They’ve all been significant diseases. It has not been little things that have come up from this exposure. It’s been cancer, it’s been birth defects, it’s rheumatological issues, it’s been neurological issues. TCE has a long breadth of diseases and problems it causes,” Salita said.

More than a hundred have signed on with Salita.

“Each case has its own value and its own story,” Salita said.

He’s pushing for answers from Water Gremlin.

“I have a company that knows what they did and they’re sitting there. People are sick and they need help, they need answers, they need healthcare and they need to know what’s going on. That’s why I’m taking this on,” Salita said.

The Minnesota Health Department looked at ten years of cancer cases in the communities surrounding Water Gremlin. The study found the area is “virtually identical to cancer rates” across the Twin Cities.

In a statement, Water Gremlin said, “We are sorry that we have created health concerns in the community. We hope the health department’s recent findings, which indicate that there has been no increase in cancer or birth defect rates in our area, brings some peace of mind to our neighbors and fellow White Bear area residents. While encouraged by these findings, we urge any neighbors with health concerns to contact the Minnesota Department of Health.”

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Google, Xcel Power Agreement Approved By Regulators https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/15/google-xcel-power-agreement-approved-by-regulators/
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The center could create 50 jobs will annual wages totaling $4 million if Google decides to move forward with the project.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A powerful internet giant needs to expand its data centers, and the city of Becker says it’s just the place.

Google is a step closer after the Public Utilities Commission signed off a long-term power agreement with Xcel Energy. The city of Becker hopes to convince Google to build a $600 million facility on 300 acres of Xcel Energy land near its Sherco Generating station.

There’s no way to over emphasize the importance of the Sherco Generating plant to the city of Becker. So when it phases out in the coming years, the city needs something to replace the lost jobs and tax base.

They’re called the “engines of the internet.” Massive, power hungry data centers to process and store the endless stream of web traffic. Google has 13 worldwide, and needs to build more.

“It’s definitely one of the largest construction projects that could be built here in Minnesota,” Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram said.

Bertram is keenly aware of the city’s challenge. Xcel is in the process of phasing out the coal plant, in favor of renewable sources. Losing the plant means lost jobs and tax revenue.

“It’s 75 percent of our tax base currently,” Bertram said, “so when they announced they are de-comissioning units 1 and 2, it was a detriment to our planning. What are we going to do?”

What they’re doing is convincing Google to build the data center. Google wants only renewable energy for its huge power needs. On Tuesday, the Public Utilities Commission approved a 10-year deal. Xcel will supply Google’s proposed data center with all wind energy.

Finally, it is hoped that the state legislature approves $20 million in financial help to pay for infrastructure improvements, to transform farm fields to high tech.

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3 Muslim Amazon Workers In Minnesota File Discrimination Complaint https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/15/3-muslim-amazon-workers-in-minnesota-file-discrimination-complaint/
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SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — Three Muslim workers at an Amazon warehouse in Minnesota accuse the company of discrimination and retaliation for denying them time and space to pray.

A federal complaint filed last week claims Amazon created a hostile work environment for the three women from Somalia at its Shakopee warehouse. They allege Somali and East African employees were denied promotions and training that went to white workers and were assigned more difficult tasks, such as packing heavy items.

The women say they worried about taking breaks to pray or go to the bathroom because they were under pressure to meet certain quotas.

Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson tells the Washington Post that prayer breaks shorter than 20 minutes are paid and that employees can request longer unpaid prayer breaks.

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A Community Shares Concerns Over Cancer Cases https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/14/a-communitys-concern-over-cancer/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities manufacturer shocked its neighbors when it made an alarming admission: A cancer-causing chemical had been leaking for years.

Leaders asked, “How did this happen?” And we asked, “How are the people?” Our answers have a troubling theme.

WCCO-TV’s Jennifer Mayerle had a candid conversation with neighbors for this special report.

“My aggressive form of melanoma was diagnosed in November of 2011,” Kerri Luecke said.

“Multiple myeloma,” Steve Laliberte said.

“Endometrial cancer,” his wife Jodi Laliberte said.

“I was officially diagnosed in 2006 with leukemia, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma,” Page Stevens said.

More recently, Page found out a more aggressive lymphoma has taken over her body.

“So the PET scan lit up like a Christmas tree,” Page Stevens said.

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Denny is Page’s husband and caregiver.

“I walk the road with her, it’s just hard,” Denny Stevens said.

Dave Strong’s wife Louise died from an aggressive form of cancer within months of diagnosis in 2016.

“It changes everything. I’ve been through therapy, grief counseling, almost killed me to be honest,” Strong said.

A radical hysterectomy, bone marrow transplant, chemo — just some of what has forced this group to think about their own mortality.

“The thoughts really move to the future, what life will be like for those left behind,” Jodi Laliberte said.

The common denominator for Kerri, Jodi and Steve, Page and Denny, and Dave: They all live or lived near Water Gremlin in White Bear Township.

The company that makes fishing sinkers and battery terminal posts emitted significantly more of a cancer-causing chemical TCE than allowed by its permit. Water Gremlin will pay $7 million in fines and corrective action as part of a settlement with the state.

“I was disappointed and I was angry,” Luecke said.

“I was relieved actually. We can put a reason behind it, because I believe most cancer patients ask that question, not, ‘Why me?’ but, ‘Where did this come from?’” Jodi Laliberte said.

The company was expected to self-report the levels of TCE being emitted to the state. Instead, they underreported and admitted to exposing the community to levels above health benchmarks for more than 15 years. A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency map shows their specific area of concern. The agency reports, at times the levels were seven times what was allowed.

“It’s puts a whole different nagging twist to why I’m sick,” Page Stevens said.

“You spend a long time convincing yourself that that’s just the way the world is, and it was fate, and it was chance, and it was bad luck, and then to find out that someone’s actions might have caused that,” Strong said.

The Minnesota Department of Health gave this statement to WCCO-TV:

We realize how difficult it can be for people who have been diagnosed with cancer to understand what caused their cancer, especially when they may not have any of the known risk factors for cancer, such as advanced age, family history of cancer, or lifestyle factors such as smoking, what you eat or don’t eat, amount of exercise, getting too much sun, etc. With the exception of perhaps mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, it is extremely difficult to demonstrate that any one person’s cancer was caused by a particular environmental exposure.

So, can we say that John Smith’s cancer was caused by Water Gremlin emissions? No. But we can’t say it wasn’t either. However, what we can say, based on our review of the available data over the last 10 years, is that we do not see an elevated rate of cancers, even in those types of cancer suspected of being linked to TCE, in the area surrounding Water Gremlin. That is good but does not necessarily provide a “clean bill of health” regarding environmental exposures, because a few excess cancers in 100,000 lifetimes of exposure cannot be identified with our current tools.

Regardless of whether or not cancer rates are elevated, people deserve to live in a clean environment. This is why we take action to reduce community exposures to known carcinogens, with the goal of reducing the risk to such a low level that it cannot be measured.

MDH looked at cancer occurrence over a 10-year period in the areas surrounding Water Gremlin. The study found the area is “virtually identical to cancer rates in the Twin Cities Metro area.” But the admission of elevated levels of TCE being released for more than a decade, and the cancer risk associated with it, raises new health concerns for this group.

“Well, am I going to get it? My son lives with us, is he going to get it?” Denny Stevens said.

“And we don’t know the long-term effect right now that this could possibly have on any of us,” Luecke said.

We asked the six neighbors what they have heard from Water Gremlin, and they all had the same answer: Nothing.

Carl Dubois, vice president of international manufacturing at Water Gremlin Water, responded to WCCO-TV about the community concerns:

We are sorry that we have created health concerns in the community. We hope that the Minnesota Department of Health’s recent findings, which indicate that there has been no increase in cancer or birth defect rates in our area, brings some peace of mind to our neighbors and fellow White Bear area residents. While encouraged by these findings, we urge any neighbors with health concerns to contact the Minnesota Department of Health.

The community demands more.

“I want to know how bad the problem really was, and I don’t think we’re getting that answer,” Strong said.

“I feel it’s the tip of the iceberg right now. There is so much under there that we don’t know about,” Luecke said.

“I don’t know the answer, but my God, take some responsibility,” Denny Stevens said.

Water Gremlin can no longer use TCE. Some state lawmakers want to ban it altogether. Since this interview, Water Gremlin told WCCO-TV it planned to mail the community postcards about a new website. The company says it’s designed to keep the public informed.

An attorney has now set up an office in town. Dean Salita represents the neighbors we spoke with and dozens more. He will talk with WCCO-TV about why he thinks Water Gremlin’s response hasn’t gone far enough, and what he plans to do about it, in a story we will air this Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Here is more information on the Water Gremlin case on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.

Here are the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s frequently asked questions about the Water Gremlin case.

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — To use a bit of Minnesota lingo, if you’re looking to kickstart your career, you could do a lot worse than Minneapolis.

A new survey by WalletHub suggests that recent college graduates should consider moving to Minneapolis if they want a leg-up on their new chapter in life.

Minneapolis ranked above average, in some cases well above average, in multiple categories.

In fact, the city ranked above all others in terms of its unemployment rate. It also earned high marks for its monthly average starting salary, the number of entry-level jobs per capita, and the rate of adults ages 25 or older who have at least a bachelor’s degree.

When professional opportunities and quality of life were both taken into consideration, Minneapolis ranked sixth on the overall list of 182 cities. The top five were:

  1. Salt Lake City
  2. Pittsburgh
  3. Atlanta
  4. Orlando
  5. Austin

St. Paul didn’t fare that much worse than Minneapolis, ranking 23rd overall, just ahead of Madison, Wisconsin.

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