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Hotel, restaurant hiring has boomed despite minimum wage increase

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:00pm
The higher minimum wage has not put a crimp on restaurant and hotel hiring.

Report: Wolves actively looking to trade Corey Brewer

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:00pm
Injuries to Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic might have pushed the Wolves into a full-scale rebuild more quickly than Flip Saunders might have liked, but now that they are there it appears Saunders is fully committed. Not only have the youngsters been logging heavy minutes lately, but also now we have an ESPN report that says Corey Brewer is once again being dangled in trade talks. Per the report: Sources told ESPN.com that the Timberwolves, beset with injuries and mired at the foot of the Western Conference with a record of 5-19, are again engaging contending teams in trade discussions for Brewer after making him available in mid-November and then abruptly pulling him off the market. The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers. Houston and Cleveland remain the best positioned to make a deal because both teams possess an active trade exception large enough to absorb Brewer’s $4.7 million salary. But sources say that the Wolves are seeking a future first-round pick in exchange for Brewer, something the Cavaliers are reluctant to surrender. The Rockets, sources say, hope to sell Minnesota on going through with the swap in exchange for a 2015 second-rounder via New York that the Rockets possess. It’s a pick with the potential to be attractive come June given the Knicks’ ongoing struggles. Can’t say we blame the Wolves since they came into the season with plenty of depth at shooting guard/small forward. If they can gain an asset while letting Brewer play for a contender, it’s win-win. The only downside is that we haven’t yet had a chance to golf with Brewer in his second go-round with the Wolves.

Want to visit Apostle Island ice caves? It'll cost you

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:00pm
The Park Service, which spent almost half a million dollars dealing with the crowds last year, will now impose a $5 visitor's fee.

Cryptic critters: Impressive examples of camouflage in Minnesota

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:40pm
Look closely. These animals are wearing perfect camouflage for their Minnesota surroundings.

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:40pm
Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday.

Pitino waiting on word about incoming freshman Diedhiou's eligibility

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:40pm
The international big man retook his English proficiency test and could join the team immediately if admitted.

U of Iowa defends transfer of worker suing over alleged political discrimination

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:40pm
University of Iowa officials are defending their decision to reassign an employee who is suing over claims that she suffered employment discrimination because of her conservative views.

Isaac Kolstad: 'I can feel myself getting better'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:20pm
A remarkably improved Isaac Kolstad spoke publicly for the first time about his recovery from a near fatal beating seven months ago in Mankato that left him in a coma.

Slain German teen's parents testify about ordeal

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:20pm
The parents of a German exchange student who was shot to death by a Montana man while trespassing in his garage told a judge Thursday their dreams are broken.

Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:00pm
Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces.

Minnesota adds 6,600 jobs in November

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:00pm
It was the fourth straight month of solid job growth for the state.

In far-reaching ruling, European court says obesity can be a disability

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:40pm
Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff.

Mall of America to protesters: Keep it outside

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:20pm
Community organizers say they have been told by Mall of America management and Bloomington police not to hold a protest inside the mall on Saturday.

Gov. Dayton urges swift action on flood-aid package

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:00pm
Gov. Mark Dayton intends to ask Minnesota legislators to quickly approve a relief package related to last summer's severe flooding because an existing disaster-aid account ran dry this week.

Metro Transit offers on-time guarantee for Northstar riders, or your money back

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:40pm
Northstar commuter trains will be no more than 11 minutes late or riders will get their money back.

United owner: Public money might be needed for MLS stadium

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:40pm
In his first lengthy comments on his competition with the Vikings to bring Major League Soccer to Minnesota, Bill McGuire left open the possibility of seeking government help to build his own soccer stadium.

Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:20pm
Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.

Former Stillwater mayor charged in fraud scheme

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:20pm
Federal prosecutors allege that Ken Harycki helped a home health company defraud Medicaid and avoid taxes.

Retailers seek to be faster than Santa with deliveries

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:00pm
Big stores are trying to reel in procrastinators with deadlines that are just as late — and even later, in some cases — to order items expected to arrive by Christmas.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:00pm
Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."