Local co-ops take heat for selling products from anti-birth control company Eden Foods

Categories: Food, Health Care
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A man identified as Todd Kolod protests outside St. Paul's Whole Foods and Mississippi Market.
On Friday, Steven Miles, a bioethicist at the University of Minnesota who we've previously written about because of his work on U.S. abuses in Iraqi prisons (among other issues), sent us correspondence he recently had with the the Seward Co-op regarding its decision to continue selling products from Eden Foods, a company with Catholic ownership that won't provide birth control to its employees in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling.

In an email to the co-op, Miles wrote, "Eden Organic Foods (with Hobby Lobby) is not providing insurance for contraceptives to women employees. I do not believe they should be stocked by any co-op and that they should be told of this decision."

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Minnesota's own Hobby Lobby: MN businesses gain from SCOTUS ruling

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Teamsters Union withdraws endorsement for Sen. Roger Reinert, critic of blue laws [UPDATE]

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-- Updated at bottom with statement from State Sen. Roger Reinert --

The powerful Teamsters Union has rescinded its endorsement for state Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth), an opponent of the Sunday liquor ban.

In a letter that was published by Bluestem Prairie, union leadership questioned Reinert's integrity and said his "demeanor toward the DFL leadership and our allies has been outright offensive." By their own account, this is the first time in more than 30 years that they've withdrawn support for a sitting legislator.

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Sunday sales, this time including growlers, fails again

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Wisconsin using cheese to de-ice roads. Really.

The only thing that could make this story more quintessentially Wisconsin is if beer was somehow involved.
Earlier this week, the New York Times ran a piece about a number of municipal and county governments in Wisconsin using cheese -- yes, cheese -- to de-ice frozen roadways.

SEE ALSO: 350-pound Wisconsin man picketing restaurant after he's cut off during all-you-can-eat fish fry

According to the report, officials in America's largest cheese-producing state have taken to mixing cheese brine -- typically of the provolone or mozzarella variety -- with traditional rock salt to create a cheaper, more durable road de-icer.

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Dave Cossetta gets into another totally ridiculous parking lot ruckus

Categories: Food
Dave Cossetta (left)
In January, Dave Cossetta, owner of Cossetta's Italian restaurant in St. Paul near the Xcel Energy Center -- also known as this guy's favorite lasagna place -- got served a knuckle sandwich after he confronted someone about parking in the restaurant's lot without paying.

But that's nothing compared to the parking lot ridiculousness Dave got himself involved in around 1:30 in the afternoon last Thursday.

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Minneapolis Ecuadorian festivalgoers eat guinea pig, get sick

Categories: Food
Eighty-one people went to either HCMC or the Minneapolis Children's Hospital after scarfing down eats at the Ecuadorian Independence Festival on August 11.

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According to a Star Tribune report, many of them ate a traditional Ecuadorian dish that contained guinea pig meat. Might that be evidence humans aren't supposed to chow cute little fellers like the one pictured above?

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Erwin Lingitz sues after he's arrested for allegedly stealing free samples from Cub Foods

Categories: Food, Law
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Cub Foods claims Lingitz violated unwritten free sample etiquette rules.
Nearly three years after he was roughed up and arrested for allegedly swiping free samples from the White Bear Township Cub Foods, 68-year-old Erwin Lingitz has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $375,000 in damages.

SEE ALSO: Camera unlawfully taken by Ramsey County deputy: "If I end up on YouTube, I'm going to be upset" [VIDEO]

The April 2010 incident began when Lingitz tried to walk out of the Cub store with nearly a pound and a half of deli meat samples he says were given to him by an employee. But a security guard thought he was shoplifting and called police.

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In Minnesota, most Missed Connections happen at the grocery store [MAP]

Categories: Food, Love
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"I saw you in the cereal aisle holding a box of Lucky Charms, and I just knew..."
Looking for love? Forget bars, gyms, and coffee shops, and head to... Cub Foods?

SEE ALSO: The best Craigslist Missed Connections on election day 2012

Dorothy Gambrell of Psychology Today put together a map looking at where the most Craigslist Missed Connections happen in each state, and here in Minnesota, the most popular locale for (almost) finding love is the supermarket, of all places.

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Gedney Foods to rename "midget" pickles in response to mother's anti-"M word" campaign

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Chelley's one-mom campaign compelled Gedney Foods to take action.
In December, Chelley Martinka, a 28-year-old Rhode Island mother of a baby girl named Adelaide who has dwarfism, was "shocked, appalled, and hurt" when she went grocery shopping and saw Cains "Kosher Dill Midgets" pickles on the shelf.

SEE ALSO: The new Green Giant looks like he just took a bong rip [IMAGE]

In a letter to Chaska-based Gedney Foods, the company that manufactures the pickles, Martinka wrote: "I know that as times change it is hard for a company to keep up. But for the equality of all children I hope you consider renaming this product for 2013."

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Reporter chows 19-year-old Kirby Puckett candy bar, describes experience in LOL-worthy terms

Categories: Food, Twins
Image by Tatiana Craine -- photos from Deadspin and Ebay
If it looks like poop and it's almost old enough to drink, chances are it tastes like poop too.
What do you think a 19-year-old Kirby Puckett candy bar tastes like? Like shit, you say? Bingo!

SEE ALSO: Brett Favre pubes salesman shares most hilarious correspondence with would-be buyers

But just to make sure, Deadspin's Tom Ley and Barry Petchesky recently went to the trouble of documenting the buying and chowing of ancient sports superstar-themed candy bars, including bars inspired by Ken Griffey Jr., Isiah Thomas, Reggie Jackson, Mark Price, Chipper Jones, and, of course, Kurrrrrrrbeeeeeee Puckett!

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Kimberly Voelker, McDonald's manager, allegedly sexually abused two teenage employees

Categories: Crime, Food
Confronted by police, Voelker admitted she "went too far."
43-year-old Kimberly Voelker is accused of lovin' two teenage employees she managed at the Red Wing McDonald's a little too much.

-- Hamburglar lives! Bag of McDonald's swiped from unsuspecting customer
-- Oakdale driver pulled over while under the influence of McDonald's

Voelker faces two felony of counts of criminal sexual conduct by a person in a position of authority and one misdemeanor count of fifth-degree non-consensual conduct for allegedly touching the butts and crotches of two 16-year-old male employees.

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