AAA said in its annual forecast for Thanksgiving travel Tuesday that traffic will be up slightly over a year ago. The company predicted that an estimated 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home, up from 42.9 million in 2011.
Arctic Cat Inc. has tapped president and CEO Claude Jordan to be the new chairman of the board, the Star Tribune reports. Jordan joined the Plymouth-based recreational vehicle maker as president and COO in 2008, became CEO in January 2011. He replaces longtime chairman and former chief executive Christopher Twomey, who will remain on the board.
After three years, Target Corp. is replacing the Christmas Champ, the crazed Target lady in a red jumpsuit played by Minnesota-native Maria Bamford, with the Deals Duet. The Business Journal reports the Minneapolis-based retailer will debut its holiday marketing campaign on Wednesday.
Minnetonka High School principal Dave Adney sent an email to parents Monday to address confusion over a so-called ban on yoga pants. In the dispatch, Adney noted a new "fashion trend" where girls have "chosen to wear T-shirts with the leggings, thus exposing more leg and backside area."
Minnesota Republicans are preparing for their new role as the minority party at the state Capitol. As they position themselves for the 2014 elections, GOP leaders are considering how aggressive the party should be in trying to block DFL initiatives. Meanwhile, calls for revisiting the candidate selection process are growing after U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills was buried in Amy Klobuchar's re-election landslide.
The Minnesota Zoo's new master plan, which was approved by its board on Nov. 1, features some ambitious ideas for the Apple Valley facility. CEO Lee Ehmke told the Pioneer Press, "We inspire to become a world-leading zoo with the ultimate intention on saving wildlife and wild places. This is the next step in that evolution."
The National Weather Service confirmed Sunday that two late-night storms Saturday were EFO tornadoes. The tornadoes, which struck areas of Burnsville and Eagan, downed numerous trees and power lines -- and some homes were damaged by the falling trees.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is helping local authorities investigate a shooting spree around midnight Sunday outside of an Austin events center that injured five people -- two of them critically. Authorities say the shooting took place at the Lansing Corners supper club after a "hip hop-rap"-type event and gang activity was not being ruled out as a factor
The high school football State Tournament is well underway after a full slate of quarterfinal games Friday and Saturday around the state. Check out our recap of each tournament bracket, including Class 6A where Eden Prairie and Wayzata are set for a semifinal showdown.
Traces of a chemical compound called triclosan are showing up in the environment and raising concerns about its potential to impact human health. The St. Cloud Times reports that Prof. Bill Arnold from the University of Minnesota, who is researching triclosan, met with river advocates and citizens in St. Cloud. He told them that the chemical is showing up in increasing levels in sediment at the bottom of the Mississippi River.
A bankruptcy judge has signed off on a settlement under which the creditors of the now-bankrupt Mervyn's, the former Target Corp. clothing subsidiary, will collect a $166 million settlement from Target, private equity firm Cereberus Capital Management and about 40 other investors, the Star Tribune reports.