Essentia-VRMC affiliation approved; Rochester storm knocks down trees, starts fires

Virginia Regional Medical Center/Essentia Health Services affiliation approved

“The Virginia Regional Medical Center will no longer be a city-owned facility,” Mesabi Daily News.

Rochester storm knocks down trees, starts fires

“A violent thunderstorm early Wednesday morning knocked over trees and power lines all over Rochester and started several fires,” Rochester Post Bulletin.

3M and Avery Dennison ‘committed’ to deal despite antitrust issue

New York Times: “3M’s acquisition of an Avery Dennison unit was in limbo on Wednesday, as the companies scrambled to clear regulatory obstacles.”

Daughter of Minnesota House candidate says he abandoned her

“Minnesota House candidate says although he has paid child support, conflict with his ex-wife made visitation with his daughter difficult,” Duluth News Tribune.

Report: Low-income families struggle to afford rental housing

“A new report shows that many low-income Minnesota families are struggling to afford rental housing,” MPR News.

Kestrel Aircraft receives $30M in tax credits for Superior headquarters

“Kestrel Aircraft Corp. will receive $30 million in tax credits to build a manufacturing plant and headquarters in Superior that will have roughly 600 jobs,” Business Journal.

West Nile treatment could come from geese

“There have been nearly 1,600 cases of West Nile virus reported in the U.S., so far this year. Forty-four cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been here in Minnesota,” MPR News.

Man missing for four months found dead along Northland logging road

“A man with Twin Cities and Iron Range connections reported missing by friends four months ago was found dead in a vehicle along a logging road in northern St. Louis County on Tuesday. Foul play is not suspected, officials said,” Duluth News Tribune.

Zebra mussels are on doorstep of the BWCA

“The recent discovery of the invasive critters in a small Iron Range mine pit lake poses an ominous threat to northeastern Minnesota lakes,” Star Tribune.

Study: Beer-glass shape alters people’s drinking speed

A new study, “published in the journal PLoS ONE, suggests people drink more quickly out of curved glasses than straight ones,” BBC.

2012 State Fair goers split on legalizing more fireworks

“Those taking the 2012 nonpartisan House Public Information Services Office State Fair Opinion Poll are almost evenly split on the legalization of firecrackers, bottle rockets and other consumer fireworks,” House Public Information Services [pdf].

Four years after promising change, Democrats shift focus in fight for White House

“Today, Democrats gather again for the second day of their national convention. Last night, first lady Michelle Obama was the focal point of the evening at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak also addressed the delegates, but before TV’s prime time. Rybak and other Democrats are focusing less on President Barack Obama’s promise four years ago to change the country and more on his contrast to his 2012 Republican rival, Mitt Romney,” MPR News.

Delegates: Democratic platform on gay marriage boosts effort to defeat Minn. referendum

“Democrats adopted a national platform Tuesday that includes support for same-sex marriage, which Minnesota gay rights advocates said could help them defeat a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that defines marriage as limited to one man and one woman,” St Cloud Times.

The DNC viewed through the Fox News lens

“If you wanted to see Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker ignite the hall with a spirited call for justice that left delegates cheering, crying, and chanting ‘U-S-A! U-S-A!’ you needed to turn the channel to CNN or C-SPAN. The Fox correspondents were busy ripping the Democrats for leaving the words ‘God’ and ‘Jerusalem’ out of the party platform,” National Journal.

Michelle Obama’s DNC speech written at 7 grade levels above Ann Romney’s

“The First Lady’s speech Tuesday was written at a 12th grade level – the highest in history among the wives of presidential nominees and far above Ann Romney’s lowest mark of a 5th grade level,” Smart Politics.

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