Two years after the Supreme Court ruled that companies could spend unlimited amounts to support candidates, some boards of directors are putting restrictions on their company’s political contributions. A lot of their angst goes back to the summer of 2010, when Target came under attack for giving $150,000 to a Minnesota super PAC supporting Tom Emmer, a GOP gubernatorial candidate who vehemently opposed gay marriage.
Doug Wardlow reneges on promise, will challenge GOP's AG candidate in primary
Wardlow's announcement sparked swift criticism from the MN GOP and the party-endorsed candidate, Jim Schultz.
US News '150 Best Places to Live' features 1 from MN, 3 from WI
The latest US News list is for the most populous metro areas only, so no small towns.
7 tornadoes touched down last week in western MN, ND
Two of the seven were EF-2 level tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
Floodwaters sweep through restaurant in Waite Park
The Sauk River crested on Monday.
City of Minneapolis, Jaleel Stallings reach $1.5M settlement
Although a settlement was made, the city will not admit fault or take any responsibility for the incident as part of the agreement with Stallings.
19-year-old dies after stabbing in northern Minnesota
A 34-year-old man was arrested.
Three new Grandstand shows added for Minnesota State Fair 2022
The Beach Boys and Portugal. The Man are among several acts booked.
St. Louis County set to declare state of emergency ahead of peak flood levels
Volunteers are urgently needed for sandbagging efforts in a small community near Voyageurs National Park.
Brothers Bar & Grill closes in downtown Minneapolis
The Midwest chain closed its St. Cloud location in 2018.
Target selling T-shirts to support gay pride
The Minneapolis-based discount retailer has launched an online charitable partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based Family Equality Council. Target says the partnership is unrelated to the 2010 political donation given to a group that supported Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who openly opposed gay marriage.
Cash floods into amendment campaigns
In just the last three days, nearly $1 million has been funneled into the campaigns on both sides of the two constitutional amendments on Minnesota's Election Day ballot, the Star Tribune reports. Among the donations, the Minnesota Family Council gave $500,000 to the effort supporting the amendment that would effectively ban gay marriage.
Target offers same-sex marriage greeting cards
The Minneapolis-based discount giant has not taken a stance on the controversial amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota, but Target stores are now selling greeting cards honoring gay couples. The cards feature phrases like "Mr. & Mr." and "Two very special women, one very special love."
Target outlines new corporate responsibility goals
The Minneapolis-based retailer outlined four new initiatives in a report released Monday. Among the goals, Target plans to make packaging of at least 50 of its owned-brand products more sustainable and offer only "sustainable and traceable" seafood. Twin Cities Business reports the Minnesota company also wants to boost the percentage of employees enrolled in its health plan who are tested for diabetes and invest in literacy pilot programs to improve reading proficiency in the U.S.
Where do Minnesota companies stand on gay marriage?
Is it good business to jump into the debate over same-sex marriage in Minnesota? The Pioneer Press has a new list of where companies stand on the issue.
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