In a speech billed as the "closing argument" after a year-long campaign, Betsy Hodges on Thursday accused her opponent Mark Andrew of trying to "buy his way into the mayor's office." Her remarks came as Andrew announced yet another high-profile DFL endorsement, this time from House Speaker Paul Thissen. Much like her speech to the DFL convention in July, Hodges framed the election as a decision between moving forward or returning to the politics of yesteryear. "Do we take on our toughest challenge, knowing it will lead to our brightest future? Do we choose One Minneapolis?" Hodges said, according to prepared remarks (below). "Or do we choose the old way, the inside baseball way, the way about special deals and old boys network and who you know? The way of corporate subsidies, and lip service to communities of color?" While not referencing Andrew by name, it was heavily implied. "We are not one Minneapolis when the candidate for mayor with the biggest war chest and the most money from … [Read more...] about Hodges: Andrew trying to “buy his way into the mayor’s office”
Paired together, “tornado” and “Best Buy” are usually in reference to the retailer’s legendary turnaround when it held a tent sale at the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul after a tornado destroyed the flagship store in Roseville in 1982. Today, the words carry a different meaning for corporate employees at Best Buy’s headquarters in Richfield. Over the past several months, Best Buy has been laying off groups of employees on Tuesdays, a tactic that has prompted the rank and file to nickname the second day of the work week as “Tornado Tuesdays” or “Termination Tuesdays.” Multiple sources say the layoffs vary wildly across all departments, ranging anywhere from a handful of workers to as high as 25. It’s no secret that Best Buy needs to trim its corporate headcount. Under Best Buy’s Renew Blue strategy, the company has been working to shave $700 million of the company’s balance sheet over the next few years. Since … [Read more...] about Best Buy snipping employees at headquarters in Richfield
Imagine if when you were shopping for a new house, you were able to look at energy efficiency as a factor that was as easily quantifiable as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. A relatively new program being offered by the Center for Energy and the Environment and the Neighborhood Energy Connection is trying to make this happen by bringing energy efficiency clearly into the home buying process. Their program, Energy Fit Homes, offers multi-point inspections of homes to identify how they are doing on the energy efficiency spectrum. They look at a home’s heating system, insulation and air sealing, windows, lighting, and ventilation and combustion safety to score the home on a scale of one to 100. Homes that score 95 or above will be given an Energy Fit certification that can be used when it comes time to sell. Homes that still have some work to do will be given a report card that will rank the work in order of importance, and provide a list of … [Read more...] about How Energy Efficient Is That Home You Are Buying?
The future of the Blue Earth County Fair is in the hands of its shareholders -- many more hands than there were a week ago. People have been buying $5 shares in order to vote Thursday on whether the fair ought to sell its riverside fairgrounds in Garden City, Minn., its home for more than 150 years. The board that runs the fair has argued that because of sagging attendance, it must move closer to Mankato to survive. On Wednesday alone, more than 100 people bought shares, which are limited to one per person. Sales will continue until right before Thursday's vote at Bethany Lutheran College. "We should be able to quadruple the shares we've had for the last 155 years," said Matt Little, a board member. Before the vote was set, 87 people held shares. In recent years, fair attendance fell to about 5,000 -- "one of the lowest-attended fairs in the state," Little said -- despite efforts to lure people with radio ads, go-carts and an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records. "We've … [Read more...] about Hundreds buy shares to vote on county fair’s future
BUSINESS 07/22/2014 09:49 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017 By Alexander C. Kaufman 660 41 A 100-pill package of CVS-brand aspirin costs $1.14 on the company's website, while pharmaceutical giant Bayer's version sells for $6.99. Yet time and time again, the typical shopper chooses the pricier brand-name drug, even though it's essentially the same, according to a recent study by Dutch economist Bart J. Bronnenberg and three University of Chicago professors. The researchers, whose findings were published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, estimated American consumers are spending an extra $44 billion a year on brand-name drugs, health care items and pantry goods that are no more effective than cheaper, generic equivalents. Not everyone gets duped, though. Nurses, pharmacists and other shoppers who know that generic drugs and brand-name equivalents have nearly identical formulas more often bought generic aspirin over Bayer, acetaminophen over … [Read more...] about What Smart People Never Buy At The Drugstore