While there were closings aplenty in 2018, they didnt match the frenetic pace of previous years; this years tally was roughly 40, far fewer than 2017s 60-plus departures. They ranged from four-star Heyday to 43-year-old Rudolphs Bar-B-Que, and from the short-lived (six months for 510 Lounge and Private Dining and 11 months for StormKing BBQ) to the long-term (Vescios, six decades).
Medtronic finalizes its $1.7B purchase of Mazor Robotics
Medtronic completed one of the year’s largest acquisitions in orthopedics on Wednesday, buying Israel-based Mazor Robotics in a $1.7 billion cash deal that aims to improve spine surgery with by providing more predicable and consistent results.
Charges: Chaska call center duped 13K people into paying for $10M in magazine subscriptions
A Twin Cities man’s telemarketing company collected more than $10 million by having employees make cold calls to thousands of people and dupe them into thinking they were renewing or buying new magazine subscriptions, according to federal charges filed this week.
In Minnesota, products with the latest ‘it’ ingredient CBD, a cannabis compound, are hot this holiday
In Maplewood Mall, holiday shoppers pick up CBD tinctures from an organic hemp farm at the Nothing But Hemp kiosk. Festive gift sets with CBD-infused body lotions, shampoos and soaps are available a few miles away at Minnesota Hempdropz. Spot Spa in Minneapolis has CBD oil massages on its list of services and tries to keep pricey gourmet gumdrops from “aspirational” CBD purveyor Lord Jones on its shelves. The problem? They continually sell out.
Three killed in crash at McLeod County intersection
Three people died in a crash involving two vehicles Monday night in McLeod County, authorities said.
Wayne Bernier, Jr., 32, was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer west on County Road 7 when he collided with an eastbound 2010 Dodge Nitro at the intersection of County Road 7 and Yacht Avenue northeast of Stewart, Minn., about 10:56 p.m.
Hollywood director’s career started with a field trip to the Guthrie in Minneapolis
While growing up in Iowa, Peter Hedges was involved in a long-distance romance that required repeated drives up Interstate 35 from West Des Moines. The object of his affection: the Guthrie Theater.
“I was already interested in theater when our [high school] theater club took a field trip to Minneapolis, but that cemented it,” said Hedges, whose latest movie, “Ben Is Back,” co-starring Julia Roberts and his son, Lucas, opens Friday.
WASHINGTON The federal government would return 11,760 acres of land to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe as part of a measure moving through Congress.
The measure undoes a land seizure by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that began in the late 1940s, when the agency authorized the sale of tribal land allotments to the U.S. Forest Service without the owners consent. Sen. Tina Smith, a sponsor, has said that the bill would restore land that was wrongfully taken from the Ojibwe.
Why Woolworth’s will always have a special place in our Minneapolis hearts
Nicollet Avenue and 7th Street. This shiny white Woolworths, erected in 1937, was an act of faith in downtown Minneapolis. The city had been punished by the Great Depression, and nothing of note had been built downtown since the building boom ended at the start of the decade.
Bryce Benhart makes it official as freaky big, quick lineman signs with Nebraska
With his right shoe, Nike size 15, sticking out from under the table and moving like a windshield wiper as he thanked family, friends and football teammates, mammoth Lakeville North offensive lineman Bryce Benhart showed public speaking isnt his favorite.
Dominating the line of scrimmage with great size (6-9, 305 pounds) and athletic ability are his strong suits and the reason the nationally coveted Benhart signed with Nebraska in a ceremony Wednesday before classes at his high school.
Former Starkey president Ruzicka to be sentenced today
A federal judge is scheduled to sentence former Starkey President Jerry Ruzicka Wednesday for his role in embezzling $20 million from the Eden Prairie-based Starkey Laboratories, the largest hearing aid manufacturer company in America.
Prosecutors are requesting that he be sent away for 15 to 20 years.
Wednesdays sentencing hearing brings to a close a case that has been three years in the making.
3M Co. will acquire the healthcare technology business of M*Modal for about $1 billion, officials announced Wednesday.
The deal is expected to give Maplewood-based 3M a healthcare technology firm specializing in cloud-based, conversational Artificial Intelligence systems that help physicians capture patient information. narrative so they can spend more time with their patients and provide higher quality of care.
Man admits trying to blame fatal crash near Zumbrota on fictional driver
A 28-year-old Rochester man who repeatedly drove without a valid license has admitted in court that he crashed his car while on a meth binge and killed his passenger, then tried to blame the wreck on a nonexistent person.
Jesse J. Juaire pleaded guilty last week in Goodhue County District Court to criminal vehicular homicide in exchange for the dismissal of charges of driving under the influence of an illicit drug and driving after his license was canceled.
Caledonia man killed in 2 vehicle crash in SE. Minnesota
A man from Caledonia, Minn., was killed Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Winona County in southeastern Minnesota, the State Patrol said.
Aldred Carl Fruechte, 83, was headed east on Miller Valley Road in Richmond Township and was crossing Hwy. 61 about 4:15 p.m. when he was struck by a motorist heading south on Hwy. 61, the patrol said.
Fruechte, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to Mayo Clinic in La Crosse, Wis., where he died.
General Mills reports lackluster North America retail sales for second quarter
Sales were up but profit down in General Mills mixed bag of quarterly results posted Wednesday.
For about the first 10 games of the season, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau paid attention to how much he deployed defenseman Ryan Suter since he was working back from a severe ankle injury and appeared in just one preseason game.
But now, more than two months into the schedule, the Wild can rely on Suter as much as it wants a resource that may help the team ease the sting of Matt Dumbas absence because of injury.
President Donald Trump’s school safety commission on Tuesday called for a rollback of an Obama-era initiative to reduce suspensions and expulsions of students of color and those with disabilities — guidance that had been embraced by Minnesota education and human rights officials.
The panel’s proposal suggests that efforts to curb racial disparities in school discipline have the potential of making schools less safe.
As the Wilds productivity tapered off during a four-game homestand, its margin for error also began to shrink.
After a single breakdown was the lone blemish in a setback to Calgary on Saturday, more isolated lapses downgraded an otherwise solid showing to a 4-0 loss to San Jose on Tuesday in front of an announced 18,870 at Xcel Energy Center a result that capped off this home stint at 2-2, undoing the progress the team accomplished with a pair of wins at the outset.
The 2019 Lynx schedule looks like it will be more team-friendly than the 2018 slate was.
Monday night, Josh Okogie levitated. He had just completed a 1-on-4 fast break with a wrist-bending dunk, and as he held on to the rim to keep from flying into Target Centers expensive seats, Okogie found equipoise, suspending horizontally about 9 feet above the hardwood.
Karl-Anthony Towns screamed. Bench players danced. Andrew Wiggins awoke. The arena hummed.
Another top-40 hit for P.J. Fleck in Gophers recruiting?
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They crisscross the country, wooing teenagers, trying to impress their parents and talking up their programs in hopes of landing that coveted four-star recruit.
P.J. Fleck is part of this fraternity, and Wednesday, as college footballs three-day early national signing period begins, the Gophers coach will get a look at where his recruiting sits.
Three south metro counties on Tuesday approved budgets for next year, each to be partly financed with increases in their respective property tax levies.
The largest budget was Dakota County’s, a $409 million spending plan that was approved unanimously by the County Board. The Scott County Board also unanimously passed its $172 million budget, and Carver County commissioners approved their $147 million budget.
Como Park Conservatory finial stolen from up on the rooftop turns up in a stocking
A large finial stolen this weekend from the top of the Como Park Conservatory dome was found Tuesday inside a big Christmas stocking.
At least one person scaled the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park, grabbed the globe and climbed back down.
On Tuesday, after an anonymous tip, police found the finial inside the red stocking in a parking lot east of Como Park off Lexington Parkway North, said Como Park Conservatory spokesman Matt Reinartz.
At University of Minnesota memorial, late Medtronic founder Earl Bakken’s legacy is lauded
Hundreds of mourners and celebrants gathered in the University of Minnesotas Northrop auditorium Tuesday to honor and remember the life of one of the universitys most celebrated and successful thinkers, Columbia Heights native Earl E. Bakken, who died in October.
College search lingers for two metro football stars
Together, they make up the two best skill position players, not counting quarterbacks, in the metropolitan area. Yet, as the biggest college football signing day of the year dawns, neither Maple Grove running back Evan Hull nor Buffalo wide receiver Treyton Welch has confirmed a college commitment.
Arrest made in 27-year-old Minneapolis cold case murder
The man believed to have stabbed a young woman to death in south Minneapolis 27 years ago was arrested Tuesday, following a new look at DNA and physical evidence.
Police say the suspect, 56, was arrested in South St. Paul on suspicion of murder in the 1991 death of Belinda Thompson, 20, of Minneapolis. He was booked in the Hennepin County jail, pending formal charges.
In keeping with its policy, the Star Tribune is not naming the suspect because he hasn’t yet been charged.
A downtown St. Paul charter school is asking the city to immediately suspend liquor sales at Gray Duck Tavern, which shares the historic Lowry Building with the school, until city officials explain how they issued a liquor license in April 2017 without the school’s consent.
High-rise would block view from Witch’s Hat tower in Minneapolis’ Prospect Park, lawsuit claims
The views from the observation deck of the Witchs Hat, a historic water tower in Minneapolis Prospect Park neighborhood, are as precious as they are rare.
The 110-foot tower offers a panoramic view of the Twin Cities, but visitors are only able to climb up to the deck once a year, during a school fundraiser near Memorial Day.
A prolific burglar has been charged with breaking out of the Hennepin County jail late last month and being on the lam for several hours before he was caught 12 miles away.
Michael Frank Simon was charged Tuesday with a single count of escape from custody. It wasnt immediately clear whether his initial court appearance has been set.
Vikings’ Danielle Hunter, Harrison Smith, Adam Thielen, Anthony Barr named to Pro Bowl
Defensive end Danielle Hunter, who has already set a career high with 14andfrac12; sacks this season, added another honor to his 2018 season when he was named to his first Pro Bowl on Tuesday night.
Hunter was one of four Vikings named to the 2018 NFC team, joining linebacker Anthony Barr, safety Harrison Smith and wide receiver Adam Thielen. The four players will play in the game on Jan. 27 in Orlando.
Minneapolis Park Board’s new leader expected to earn $10,000 more than predecessor
The new leader of the Minneapolis Park Board will likely make $10,000 more than his predecessor.
If the contract the board is considering is approved, Al Bangoura would begin on Jan. 20 with an annual salary of $175,000. Former Superintendent Jayne Miller was paid $165,000 a year.
Rabbit hunter John Dzik of the Twin Cities hunts rabbits and grooms rabbit hunters
IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA Here amid an endless sea of frozen farmland barren of crops, John Dzik and Scott Herzog regularly engage in their winter sport, rabbit hunting. On a recent day, Dziks grandson Evan Woytcke, age 11, was along, a skater whose hands are equally comfortable cradling a .410 or a hockey stick.
The trickledown effect of Jeff Teagues ankle keeping him out of the Timberwolves lineup Monday began with Derrick Rose getting the start at point guard and Tyus Jones getting the ball back in his hands more often with the second unit.
Often playing off the ball with the second unit this season, Jones has had an up-and-down experience.
Oliver Rodriguez-Ocampo, like any infant, was more interested in playing with his cake than eating it, even though the treat marked a major milestone in the 515 days since he was born.
Dressed in a black cap and gown, Rodriguez-Ocampo was “graduating” from intensive hospital care at Hennepin Healthcare in downtown Minneapolis, marking the longest stay for a preemie at the hospital for the past 18 years.
MARK CRAIG’S POWER RANKINGS
Biggest jump: Steelers, 16 to 7
Biggest fall: Cowboys, 4 to 14
1. Saints, 12-2 (Last week: 3)
Sometimes, it’s the ugliest win that shows a team’s true beauty.
2. Chargers, 11-3 (8)
Trying not to be the NFL’s first 13-3 fifth seed.
3. Chiefs, 11-3 (1)
Win two and the AFC goes through Kansas City.
4. Bears, 10-4 (5)
Twenty-six picks more than past three years combined.
5. Rams, 11-3 (3)
Goff’s passer ratings the past two weeks: 19.1, 66.8.
ALDRICK’S QUICK STRIKE ‘HAMMER’
Off the field, Vikings receiver Aldrick Robinson is an avid bowler who swears by his 15-pound Hammer ball. “Nothing hits like a Hammer,” he says. On the field, only two other NFL players are scoring touchdowns at a higher rate per reception than Robinson.
Charges filed in gang-related killing of man in St. Paul
Three men motivated by a gang rivalry participated in the fatal shooting of a man and wounding of a woman in St. Paul earlier this month, court documents said.
The criminal complaint against one suspect, Miklos Dates, was unsealed recently after he was arrested. The complaints against his co-defendants Jawan Mitchell, 18, and Carlos Dillard, 19 remain sealed until they can be arrested.
It only took five minutes.
In a small Minneapolis City Hall basement office, the Soap Factory said goodbye Tuesday morning to the mortgage of its flagship building near the downtown riverfront.
Gov.-elect Tim Walz announced Tuesday he will be keeping on a couple hires from the previous administration as cabinet members, while bringing in some new state agency leaders including two former legislators.
A woman’s death in a New Brighton home is being investigated as a murder, and a man known to her was arrested.
Officers were called to an apartment Thursday evening in the 700 block of 1st Avenue NW. and found the 28-year-old woman inside and not breathing, police said.
Emergency responders’ attempts to revive her were not successful. Police said the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office was working to determine what led to her death. Her identity has yet to be released.
Second round of aid to farmers will be 2018 stopgap
The federal government will make a promised second round of payments to farmers affected by tariffs, easing some uncertainty but not solving the larger problem of trade disruption that has been a drag on profits since the summer.
Gophers football recruit Logan Richter trading grayshirt for maroon and gold
At 6-4, 291 pounds, Logan Richter coming out of nowhere is a little hard to imagine.
And yet, that’s exactly what the defensive tackle did in March 2017, at a junior day recruiting event, when Gophers coach P.J. Fleck offered him a scholarship on the spot.
There was a slight increase in house listings in the Twin Cities metro last month, suggesting much better times ahead for buyers and their agents.
During November sellers listed 3,992 properties, 12.6 percent more than last year, according to monthly report from the Minneapolis Area Realtors. At the same time, buyers signed 5.2-percent fewer purchase agreements, leaving 10,181 listings on the market at the end of the month. That was a 2.3-percent annual gain and the first in nearly four years.
Minneapolis firm LogicStream releases app to prep hospitals for drug shortages
A Minnesota health care technology company is tackling a costly problem that isnt gaining as much attention as skyrocketing consumer prescription prices the problem of periodic drug shortages at hospitals.
Hospitals bemoan that their inpatient drug spending is inflated by 1 to 5 percent because of episodic shortages that drive up prices for medications and solutions. Even a small percentage can mean millions of dollars in waste.
Minnesota Attorney General’s task force sends recommendations on rape investigations to state lawmakers ahead of session
A state Attorney Generals task force assembled to take up Minnesota law enforcements systemic failures responding to sex assault cases on Tuesday issued its final series of recommendations before next months legislative session begins.
Emily Blunt is super as Mary Poppins returns to thrill a new generation
Mary Poppins Returns is 50 percent sequel, 50 percent reboot and 100 percent charming. This film offers a new story about the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious nanny, but the telling of it is heavily seasoned with nods to the 1964 original.
One of golf’s hottest young stars, Bryson DeChambeau, is the first player committed to the 3M Open, the Twin Cities’ new PGA Tour event.
DeChambeau, 25, is ranked fifth in the world and won four times this year, including a victory at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament and consecutive FedExCup playoff events, the Northern Trust and Dell Technologies Championship.
He finished third in the FedExCup standings and played for the U.S. Ryder Cup team in France.
A historic ‘new beginning’ for Joan Gabel and the U
Joan Gabel and the University of Minnesotas Board of Regents just made top-echelon higher-ed hiring look easy. Gabel, the University of South Carolina provost chosen Dec. 5 as the sole finalist to succeed retiring President Eric Kaler, was elected to the position Tuesday with a unanimous vote and the excitement that accompanies a historic choice. She will be the institutions first female president.
Pronunciation: tar-zhah voo
Definition: When you run into a friend at Target, chat, say goodbye and then encounter them again in the next aisle. (Submitted by Bob Anderson)
Sample usage: If I dont want that strained feeing of Targetvu, Id better power through the meat aisle and head to self-checkout now, because shes heading for produce.