The Blue Plate Restaurant Company drew fire for reducing its employees’ tips to make up for a hike in the minimum wage, but it’s now walking back on that decision.

Tim Nelson reports:

Owner David Burley says Blue Plate has dropped the controversial charge, and will also raise the pay for non-tipped staff to $9.69 an hour starting Sept. 1. That’s a premium above the state’s current $8 an hour minimum wage, which went into effect Aug. 1. Today’s Question: Should waiters have to depend on tips? What is the fairest way to compensate waitstaff? Read more

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson defeated three challengers to win the Republican Party’s nomination for governor. In two of the most hotly contested political races in the state, longtime Democratic legislator Phyllis Kahn and veteran Republican state Rep. Jenifer Loon both survived strong challenges. Sunfish Lake business executive Mike McFadden won an easy victory Tuesday Read more