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Medtronic makes an Irish deal; light rail finally links the Twin Cities; a civil rights advocate under fire

Monday, June 16, 2014

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  • Medtromic's 'Rising Man' symbolMedtronic's Covidien deal is part of a med/tech trend
    Medtronic's deal to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien is the latest in a series of acquisitions by medical-device manufacturers. The companies are seeking to expand their offerings and contain costs in response to price curbs forced by the nation's new health care law.
  • Medtronic headquartersWhat the business press is saying
    As Medtronic's announced plan to purchase Irish competitor Covidien reverberates around the medical technology business sector, the reporters who cover it are focused on the meaning of tax breaks and globalization
  • Minneapolis stormSevere risk today after 'gravity waves' drove weekend storms
    A relatively rare and unpredictable weather phenomenon called gravity waves may have been the culprit for the severe weekend storms that pounded the Twin Cities. Sustained winds of 50 mph and gusts to near 70 mph lasted more than half an hour in some parts of the metro.
  • Green line train headed for MinneapolisPhotos: Green Line opening draws Cities to the rails
    Saturday's Green Line light rail grand opening celebrated the launch of the rail connection between St. Paul and Minneapolis with ribbon-cuttings, free rides, festivities -- and rain. We have a photo gallery of the day's events.
  • Photos: A stormy Juneteenth
    With stormy skies overhead, Twin Citians gathered for the annual Juneteenth at North Mississippi Regional Park on Saturday. The event, which featured music, food and a variety of vendors, observes the 1865 proclamation abolishing slavery in Texas. Juneteenth is celebrated across the country, and the Twin Cities community event is one of the largest in the country.
  • Velma KorbelMpls. civil rights director's style under fire
    A recently released text of a speech Velma Korbel made last year to employees lends credence to complaints about her management style. She is also engaged in an unusually public feud with the chair of the City Council committee overseeing her department.
  • Team USA 101: The 5 things you should know before the World Cup game today
    So, a friend has invited you over for a World Cup watching party on Monday when Team USA faces Ghana. Seems like a cool idea, but, truth is, you only pay attention to soccer every four years. No worries. We have your back. Here's a guide with five basics you need to know to enjoy the beautiful game.
  • Target FieldFans brace for expensive All-Star Game at Target Field
    The Twins promise a five-day extravaganza for the All-Star Game, to be played next month at Target Field. There's a celebrity softball game, a player parade and, of course, a home run derby. All those events add up to steep ticket prices, leaving some fans unhappy. All those events add up to steep ticket prices, leaving some fans unhappy.
  • Skipping on the yellow brick path in Grand RapidsWizard of Oz festival celebrates Dorothy in Judy's hometown
    Grand Rapids, Minn.'s annual "Wizard of Oz" festival this weekend celebrates the 75th anniversary of the film's release in Judy Garland's hometown. As part of the festivities, organizers attempted to set a Guinness Book world record for the highest number of "Wizard of Oz" characters in a single place.
  • Frac sand mining protesterCourt of Appeals rejects challenge to frac sand mine
    Opponents of mining have cited the problems caused by sand trucks hauling the sand to a facility in Winona that currently processes frac sand from Wisconsin. The Winona mine would add 280 truck trips a day to the traffic.
  • Ev EmersonHow a caregiver learns to care for herself
    Ev Emerson, the wife of Bruce Kramer, teaches music at the Normandale Elementary French Immersion School in Edina, and is also looking after her husband after he was diagnosed with ALS. In our latest conversation, they talk about the challenges of care-giving.

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