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LADYGAGA: via Natalie Nyhus at WCCO, VERBATIM: “Lady Gaga is bringing her artRAVE tour to the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday, May 20, and as is the practice of a good host, she will be receiving gifts. It’s a tradition the Xcel does with all acts… This time around, she is getting tea … reportedly Lady Gaga’s beverage of choice. That’s why the Xcel Energy Center approached [Minneapolis-based] Verdant Tea to make a special blend just for Gaga… The Lady Gaga tea is not available yet at Verdant Tea and Tasting Room, but [Verdant’s David] Duckler said the he thinks the proper thing would be to let Lady Gaga try the tea first and then maybe feature it on the menu.”  WATCH/READ:
CHARGER: via PR Newswire, VERBATIM: “[Clarkfield, MN-based] Skajaquoda has launched a bigger version of the Trinity portable wind turbine on their Kickstarter campaign… Trinity 100 has a 100W generator and a built-in battery that holds 30,000mAh. The Trinity 100 folds together into a 20 inch cylinder that can easily be carried anywhere. Trinity 100 weighs only 6 lbs and 5 lbs without the removable internal battery… With Trinity 100 you have the freedom to charge most devices, such as your laptop, anywhere in the world with sustainable energy. Never worry about running out of battery power ever again.”  READ:
CABLE: via Liana B. Baker at Reuters, under the proposed Comcast-Charter Communications merger, Comcast’s Twin Cities operations will move to this new cable company. VERBATIM: “Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and Charter Communications Inc (CHTR.O) said on Thursday that cable veteran Michael Willner will run the cable company that will be spun off as part of a three-way deal that hinges on regulators approving Comcast's $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N)… Willner, 62, had a long career at Insight Communications, a cable operator that was acquired by Time Warner Cable in 2011 for about $3 billion… The yet-to-be-named company that was announced on April 28 will serve 2.5 million customers in states including Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The company, which will have an equity value of $5.8 billion, will be two-thirds owned by Comcast shareholders and one-third owned by Charter… Comcast is awaiting approval by the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to take over Time Warner Cable, a process that could take many months and affect the future of cable and broadband. The spinoff depends on that deal being approved, as well as a swap of 1.6 million subscribers.”  READ:
GROWTH: via Matthew Patane at Des Moines Register, VERBATIM: “Polaris Industries, which manufactures motorcycles and ATVs, is planning to expand its employee-based operations in Milford by 150 jobs. A request from the Medina, Minn.-based company for state money will come before the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board Friday, joining requests from eight other companies, including John Deere. The company is seeking the incentives to help finance a production line change at its Milford warehouse, where Polaris has 460,400 square feet, a spokeswoman said. The new production lines will manufacture Polaris' ACE off-road vehicle -- a single-seat vehicle similar to an ATV, but with a steering wheel instead of handlebars. Polaris' expansion is expected to cost $10 million and the company is seeking a $300,000 forgivable loan from the authority, according to state documents.”  READ: (SPONSORED by Gardner Builders)
TGT: via Natalie Zmuda at Ad Age, VERBATIM: “Before its massive security breach late last year, Target had been working on a campaign to highlight its efforts to be a model corporate citizen, using the theme "Around for Good." Once hackers had captured millions of its customers' credit card numbers, Target CMO Jeff Jones decided to temporarily shelve the effort, saying that despite testing well with consumers, it still felt "tone deaf." Now Target will try again. "Fast forward a few months later, and we continue to monitor the data, and data is showing all the right signs of improvement," Mr. Jones said. "The guest is sharing with us that they're, frankly, tired of hearing about the breach in the media all the time, and they're ready to move. That and our own intuition, we believe the time is right." So the retailer, which originally planned to break the work during the Olympics on NBC, instead plans to begin the the campaign on TV Sunday during ABC's "Billboard Music Awards." Four spots, three in English and one in Spanish, will run through June, in an effort to capitalize on spring sweeps. In addition to TV ads, the campaign includes cinema advertising and digital videos.”  WATCH/READ:
COURAGE: via Go Kart Labs blog post on Studio/E, READ: (SPONSORED by Studio/E: Great minds, navigating change. Click here to explore:
FARMGAMES: via Marketwired, VERBATIM: “[St. Louis Park-based] Soul and Vibe Interactive Inc. (OTCQB: SOUL), "The Company," a video and computer games company, today announced the signing of a multi-year licensing agreement to develop and publish new video games, entertainment apps, and digitally-distributed content based on the John Deere brand. Under the agreement, Soul and Vibe will develop and publish games and entertainment apps based on John Deere's extensive line of agricultural and construction equipment, and more, for consoles, mobile devices, personal computers, and social media platforms such as Facebook. The Company also has the rights to develop and publish John Deere-branded virtual apparel and digital items for Avatars, as well as other digitally-distributed content.”  READ:
CONSUMERS: via Rodrigo Campos at Reuters, VERBATIM: “A monthly gauge of U.S. consumer sentiment fell in May as a gloomy view on income growth clouded an otherwise positive economic outlook, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's preliminary May reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 81.8, down from 84.1 the month before. It was also below the expectation of 84.5 among economists polled by Reuters.”  READ:
HDVOX: via Julio Ojeda-Zapata at Pioneer Press, VERBATIM: “Cell-phone calls often sound terrible compared with land-line calls, but now AT&T is promising to give its long-suffering handset users a measure of auditory relief. The wireless carrier on May 23 will roll out a new feature called HD Voice that, it claims, should make a huge difference in call clarity. This is partly due to noise cancellation technology that will reduce background sounds, making calls "crystal-clear," AT&T said in a news release. There are a few catches. The feature initially will work on a single smartphone brand, Samsung's Galaxy S4 mini, which is to be released on the same day. What's more, HD Voice initially is rolling out only in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas.”  WATCH/READ:  RELEASE:
BEER: via The Minneapolis Egotist, VERBATIM: “Bent Paddle Branding:  Duluth-based Swim Creative are the masterminds behind the branding. And as Swim Creative puts it, "Bent Paddle had quite the challenge. Distinguish themselves as a great microbrewery in an already bustling beer region. They wanted wood meets metal. Our answer was meshing that mentality with a design and direction that stood out on the shelf and spoke to both beer lovers and locals. What are the results? After nine months, the company is already at the seven-year mark in their business plan. Their newest challenge? Keeping up with demand."  SEE/READ:  MOREONSWIM:
SPIRITS: via John Garland at The Growler, VERBATIM: “Loon Liquors of Northfield is set to debut their first product. Nearly a year and a half after their Indiegogo fundraiser went live, their un-aged whiskey, Loonshine, will hit bars and shelves this weekend. The spirit is made from organic wheat and barley, concentrated in a small copper pot still, and steeped for a short period on birch charcoal and toasted white oak chips, before being filtered and bottled.”  READ:
EXPANSION: via news release, VERBATIM: “The Opus Group (Opus) announced today a contract with St. Catherine University for a 41,500-square-foot expansion and renovation project on the school’s main campus in St. Paul, Minnesota. Opus will expand the university’s existing 59,000-square-foot Butler Center to accommodate its varsity athletic programs and offer state-of-the-art student wellness and athletic facilities. The project will help improve the center’s functionality and draw new students to campus… As part of the project, Opus will add 31,500 square feet of new space to the existing three-story Butler Center. The addition will feature separate varsity locker rooms and lounge space, a cardio room with fitness equipment, a dance studio, as well as a one-story, multi-purpose  training center.”  READ: (SPONSORED by Gardner Builders)
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JOBS: via Jake Anderson at Twin Cities Business, VERBATIM: “A large outlet mall under construction in Eagan needs workers to fill its more than 100 planned stores—and it’s holding a job fair with the hopes of filling at least 1,600 positions. The Twin Cities Premium Outlets is set to open on August 14. The mall’s owners said Thursday that they will hold a job fair on June 6 and seek to fill positions ranging from store associates to management to security. The Job Fair will be held at the Eagan Civic Arena from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. Upscale retailer Saks Fifth Avenue’s discount outlet, Sak’s Off Fifth, will anchor the mall with a 28,000-square-foot store, and it is among those seeking to fill positions.”  READ:
NXTWK: conference calls, presentations and/or earnings announcements from Valspar on Monday, Medtronic and Donaldson Company on Tuesday, Toro and Mosaic on Thursday.  3M chairman, president and CEO Inge G. Thulin will speak at 10:45 a.m. EDT at the 2014 Electrical Products Group Conference in Longboat Key, Fla., on Monday. Ecolab Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Thomas W. Handley will address financial analysts at Goldman Sachs’ Basic Materials Conference on Tuesday in New York. On Wednesday, Xcel Energy will hold its annual shareholders meeting in Fargo, ND, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time.
MDT: via Zacks Equity Research, VERBATIM: “We expect medical device major Medtronic, Inc. (MDT - Analyst Report) to beat expectations when it reports its fourth-quarter and full-year fiscal 2014 financial results on May 20, 2014. Our proven model shows that Medtronic is likely to beat earnings because it has the right combination of two key ingredients… At present, management is focused on enhancing operational excellence to deliver consistent and reliable results. Medtronic is quite confident that its three primary strategies viz. therapy innovation, globalization and economic value will strengthen, diversify and expand its market leading competitive position in the future.”  READ:
TRANSFAT: via Jenny Hopkinson at Politico, VERBATIM: “The answer to FDA’s proposed phase out of trans fat might be biotechnology. About a dozen food manufacturers and processors are testing oil from DuPont Pioneer’s Plenish high oleic soybean, which has been genetically engineered to be trans fat free, Paul Schickler, president of the company, tells MA. While he couldn’t name the food makers due to non-disclosure agreements, processors Perdue Agribusiness, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland Company and Bunge North America are already signed on to the project, Schickler says. However, it could be some time before production of the soybeans — which have a nutritional quality similar to olive oil — is on the scale to meet the expected market demand.”  READ:
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OVERNIGHT: via Don Davis of Forum Communications, READ: “The House and Senate early this morning wrapped up negotiations on the supplemental budget bill… Led by Rep. Lyndon Carlson Sr., D-Crystal, and Sen. Richard Cohen, D-St. Paul, negotiators decided to distribute $283 million in budget surplus money for programs ranging from higher education to corrections…The conference report was adopted at 2 a.m… An education funding agreement advanced by the committee would boost spending $54 million in the current biennium… The deal features a compromise that would increase the per-pupil funding formula by $25. The formula increase, which would be permanent, would cost $23.4 million in 2015.”  READ:
ENDOFSESSION: via Bill Salisbury of the Pioneer Press, VERBATIM: “After an 11th-hour budget deal broke a logjam at the state Capitol, the House passed a $1 billion public works construction package in the pre-dawn hours Friday, setting the stage for a quick end to the session…The Senate was expected to pass the building authorization later Friday. Both chambers were also set to vote then to cut taxes and legalize medical marijuana...”  READ:
SENATE:  The Senate will vote on the bonding bill later today, expect “Yes” votes from Republican Senators: Dave Senjem, Carla Nelson, Bill Ingebritsen, Jeremy Miller, John Pederson and Bill Weber.
TOMORROW: via news advisory, in addition to the Gear Daddies playing ... VERBATIM: “…the opening of Target Field Station -- a bustling urban park, transit station and neighborhood gathering space. This one-of-a-kind destination will connect approximately 500 trains arriving and departing daily via the METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT), METRO Green Line (Central Corridor LRT) and Northstar Commuter Rail, as well as more than 1,900 daily bus trips, and miles of bike and walking trails… There will be a ribbon cutting at the station platform followed by a short program emceed by Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. Speakers include: U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, Mike Opat, Hennepin County Board Chair, Jim Pohlad, United Properties and Minnesota Twins, Dan Griffis, vice president, Experiential Marketing and Alliances, Target, Derrell Turner, Federal Highway Administration, MN Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle, Rep. Alice Hausman, Senator Scott Dibble, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.”

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