Around MN: Chipotle struggles after firing 450 undocumented workers in Minn.

Chipotle struggles after firing 450 undocumented workers in Minnesota

Businessweek: “The 1,260-store burrito chain fired about 450 Minnesota workers who couldn’t confirm the validity of their work documents. The firings affected store operations and resulted in a temporary increase in labor costs to train new workers, Chipotle said in a filing.”

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Gambling insiders doubt wisdom of Minnesota bet on e-gambling

Pioneer Press: “Minnesota is betting big that bringing technology to small-dollar bar gambling will draw a surge of new players whose wagers will help build a $975 million football stadium for the Vikings.” MPR News: The e-pulltabs will arrive in establishments around the state in September.

High winds and heavy rain events eroding farmland

Daily Globe: “A wind advisory issued for today and a forecast for potentially heavy rains as early as Wednesday have the potential to wreak even more havoc on eroding topsoil across southwest Minnesota’s farmland.”

State’s program a better measurement of Minn. schools, education official says

Duluth News Tribune: “The Minnesota Department of Education released new ratings today to gauge student achievement in an attempt to accurately portray school performance — something the No Child Left Behind law failed to do, officials said.”

MPR News: “The state system considers academic growth and other factors when assessing schools, not just one set of test scores. It identifies a narrow group of the highest- and lowest-performing schools for all to see, not just a broad list of who failed and who didn’t. It also removes many of the toughest sanctions for low performance.”

[MAP] Minnesota schools: MMR Ratings 2012

Best Buy’s interim CEO snags big pay package

Star Tribune: “Corporate governance experts say G. Mike Mikan’s pay is overly generous, given his lack of retail experience.”

Pipe fight underway in Hudson

Hudson Patch: “A court fight is brewing between Left of Center and the City of Hudson after local cops changed the way they are enforcing the city’s drug paraphernalia ordinance.”

Buffalo on the loose

KEYC: “An update for you on those wayward buffalo in Northern Iowa. Some are still on the loose and have made it into Minnesota.”

Couple says ‘I do’ over family graves

Austin Daily Herald: “Wedding bells rang out this weekend over the least likely place imaginable. Diane Waller and Randy Kjarland gave their vows during a 3 p.m. wedding ceremony Saturday set beside their parents’ graves in Oakwood Cemetery. … ‘How cool is that?’ Waller, the bride, said.”

Soudan Underground Mine tours resume Saturday

Duluth News Tribune: “The park closed after a March 2011 fire deep below the surface that took several days to completely extinguish.”

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