Targeting furniture sales Would you consider plunking down $2,000 for a sofa if you couldn't first test how comfortable it is? Minneapolis-based Target is making a big bet the answer for some people is, "yes."6:55 a.m.
No property taxes for Target?
According to media reports this morning, Target is looking to cut its costs on a new development project in Brooklyn Park. The corporation is planning a retail, office and housing complex, some say as large as downtown St. Paul, and it may hinge on whether Hennepin County will agree to a tax abatement. The project site falls within Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat's district. Cathy Wurzer talked with Commissioner Opat about where the project stands and what Target wants.8:25 a.m.
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