The Minnesota Twins Turned a Nice Profit Last Year and Are Worth More Than Ever

Categories: Sports, Twins

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The Twins ranked 18th out of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball

Yesterday Forbes published its annual estimate of every Major League Baseball team's net worth.

Altogether the league's 30 teams are collectively valued at $36 billion, a 48 percent increase from last year. It was the largest collective increase since Forbes started doing the rankings in 1998, and even the lowly Twins, coming off four straight losing seasons, saw a decent bump.

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Top Tweets From Black Lives Matter Takeover of Mall of America's #ItsMyMall Campaign

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Mall of America pic Cliff via Flickr, Barfing Twitter Bird public domain via Pixabay
Who thought this was a good idea?

Earlier this week Mall of America's amazing PR team came up with the brilliant hashtag #ItsMyMall in response to a terrorist video that referenced the mall last month.

In theory, the hashtag would elicit responses from people around the world who still get warm fuzzies thinking about pleasant afternoons spent trying on clothes, eating at Cinnabon and people watching at the great temple of consumerism.

That is not what happened.

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US Bank Employees Were Forced to Take Unpaid Vacations as Execs Made Millions

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US Bank's Davis leadership style involves getting rich while workers take unpaid vacations.

The email from US Bank Vice Chairman of Technology and Operations Services (TOS) Jeffry von Gillern ended on a downer note.

"While this was a difficult decision to make," read the April 2014 to all bank TOS employees, "we believe short-term solutions such as this help us avoid taking more drastic measures such as implementing layoffs."

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Whittier Neighbors Fight Drug Rehab Center over Historic Mansion

Categories: Politics

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The house in dispute.

Nu-Way House is a drug and alcohol treatment center in Whittier that puts folks in transitional housing while they get over their addictions.

It wants to expand into the historic Pillsbury-Snyder mansion at 2118 Blaisdell, which was built as a wedding gift for John and Nelle Pillsbury-Snyder after they returned home safe from sailing on the Titanic. The previous owners had been trying to sell it for three years before Nu-Way bit for $1.2 million.

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David Collier and Courtney Archer Wrecked Two Cop Cars in Wild Police Chase

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Olmsted County
We have an early front-runner for craziest police chase of the year

A man who works in the auto body department at the Viking Lupient car dealership in Rochester recognized a red Ford pickup truck while driving home March 18.

He knew that truck, because he repainted it before it was stolen off the lot earlier in the week. The man followed the truck as it left the Cenex gas station in Oronoco and called the cops.

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Minnesota Awarded Major League Soccer Franchise -- As Long as New Stadium Is Built

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The New York Red Bulls' stadium on its opening night

Major League Soccer is coming to Minnesota. The jubilant atmosphere at yesterday's announcement at Target Field and statewide celebration of another major professional sports franchise slated to debut in 2018 proved soccer has come a long way in Minnesota.

Before the celebration was even over, however, MLS Commissioner Don Garber issued a not-so-subtle ultimatum: Get a stadium deal in place by July or we'll take our business elsewhere.

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MNGOP's Ill-Fated, $150,000 "Give It Back!" Campaign Is Officially Dead

Categories: LOLGOP

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Turns out Republicans couldn't resist spending the surplus

State GOP Chair Keith Downey spent $150,000 trying to rally the troops around his "Give it Back!" campaign, urging politicians to send the state's entire $2 billion surplus back to taxpayers in the form of rebate checks.

"Democrat politicians overcharged Minnesota taxpayers by nearly $2 billion," says Downey, starring in his own expensive commercial despite not being able to pay vendors from the last election. "Democrats can keep it, spend it or send our fair share back. The Republican Party of Minnesota says send it back. Send it all back."

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Bill McGuire Joins Zygi Wilf As Next Shady Businessman to Own MN Pro Sports Team

Categories: Crime, Sports

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He had to pay back nearly $500 million in shady stock options and is still banned from running a public company

Today Major League Soccer is expected to announce it's awarding a new franchise to an ownership group led by a man whose prior corporate misconduct was bad enough to get him banned from running a public company for 10 years.

Former UnitedHealth Group CEO Bill McGuire saved professional soccer in the state when he bought the Minnesota Stars in 2012 and has used his personal fortune for a number of worthy charitable causes, like creating a scholarship fund at the U of M, and donating land for Gold Medal Park downtown. But let's not forget he became the poster child for shady CEO payouts and outrageous golden parachutes after he resigned from UnitedHealth in disgrace in 2006.

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Darnell Carlton, Academy Award-Winning Rapper, Now a Fugitive in Domestic Incident

Categories: Crime, Outstate MN

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Darnell "Crunchy Black" Carlton is on the lam after failing to appear for a November court date.

The past 12 months have been a rough go for hip-hop star Darnell Lorenzo Carlton, better known by his stage name "Crunchy Black."

Last March, the 40-year-old rapper and former member of the Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia was arrested for cocaine possession and domestic assault after allegedly beating his fiancee inside a St. Cloud hotel room.

Now he's wanted man.

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U of M's Tone on Dan Markingson Changes Drastically After Legislative Auditor's Report

Categories: U of M

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Dan Markingson and his mother, Mary Weiss, who suffered a series of strokes after his death that left her disabled.

The University of Minnesota's steely defense of its human research program is finally unraveling after the Office of the Legislative Auditor released a lengthy roast of the University's treatment of a drug study subject more than a decade ago.

Following that report, the U voluntarily suspended recruitment for the Department of Psychiatry's ongoing projects.

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