It's not clear how the takeover will shape the company's efforts to build a massive, mostly underground mine near Ely, a few miles south of the Boundary Waters.
The Minneapolis-based retailer said it needs fewer people in property management since it's completed remodeling nearly 1,300 stores and has slowed the pace of new store openings.
The e-commerce company entered a merger agreement with a group led by Siris Capital Group for $26 per share in cash.
3M's sales increased 6 percent in the U.S. and 4 percent in Asia. But sales fell in Europe, Latin America and other markets.
Target's decision to offer free shipping on all online orders through Dec. 20 is the latest salvo from retailers hoping to boost sales.
Several Transportation Security Administration employees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport went to the hospital Friday after reporting that a foul smell made them feel ill.
The tax break facing extinction is known as the double-Irish loophole, but an analyst says Medtronic's purchase of Covidien isn't based on that accounting.
Across the country, broadband companies are racing to give consumers super-fast Internet connections through fiber optic technology. But few Minnesotans can get such speeds now.
A bankruptcy filing would make the Winona diocese the first in the state, and at least the 12th in the US to seek bankruptcy protection.
Planned cuts will save about $500,000 and put the zoo on track to be in the black for the fiscal year, officials say.
The move comes as the U.S. Treasury Department works to block tax-friendly, corporate overseas deals known as inversions.
The company did not say how many Minnesota employees could be affected.
Medtronic is not offering any forecast on when the device may be available to consumers.
The action affects more than 420,000 consumers who signed up for theft protection from 2003 to 2012.
The carrier plans to replace regional jets to carry more passengers. It also may add international flights.