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  1. Delta needles United over 'leggings' flap on Minneapolis-bound flight

    Delta Air Lines took a dig at United Airlines Monday after social media roasted United for barring two young girls from a flight from Denver to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings. United, like Delta, has a dress code policy for family and guests of airline employees who fly on passes and are not technically paying customers. The airlines consider these passengers representatives of the airline. However, United was accused of sexism and just being unreasonable after the incident, and…
  2. CN and Duluth Cargo Connect unveil intermodal terminal in Duluth

    Canadian National Railway and Duluth Cargo Connect officially announced their intermodal terminal on Monday. The project is being called a potential "game changer," the Duluth News Tribune reports. The new terminal will transfer containers between rail cars and trucks at the Clure Public Marine Terminal. The terminal is expected to save time and money for customers and connect the port to three coasts: The Atlantic, the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico. “This may be bold, but from a logistics perspective…
  3. Wells Fargo officially launches cardless ATMs at all 13,000 locations

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) has officially launched cardless technology at all 13,000 of its ATMs, the bank announced Monday. Customers can now log into their Wells Fargo mobile app to receive an eight-digit code to use all of the company’s ATMs around the country, instead of pulling out a physical debit card. “At Wells Fargo, we believe the future is cardless, and the launch of one-time access code provides our 20 million mobile banking customers another convenient way to manage money,”…
  4. Minneapolis servers make $28.56 an hour, according to restaurant group

    The average hourly pay for servers at 72 restaurants in the city of Minneapolis is $28.56. That's according to an industry group that is arguing that any rise in the minimum wage should exempt tipped workers, the Star Tribune reports. The Service Industry Staff for Change, which gathered the data for the study, also found that cooks average $13.89 an hour and that other restaurant jobs, like busboys, make $12.64 an hour. Minneapolis is the middle of a heated debate as some city leaders want to…
  5. Polaris recalls cost the company $132 million in 2016

    Polaris Industries Inc. had recall after recall in 2016 — and it was expensive. The company spent $132 million in warranty-related costs during the year, according to the Star Tribune. The Medina-based power sports vehicle maker also bulked up warranty reserves by another $194 million in 2016. Polaris has recalled hundreds of thousands of vehicles to date after issues involving fires, multiple injuries and at least one death. The recall issues haven't stopped either. Earlier this month the company…
  6. Cool Offices: CEE gets more elbow room with North Loop office

    Five years ago, the Center for Energy and Environment was rapidly outgrowing its office and research space. “Our researchers, who test emerging tech and efficiency approaches in the field, were literally running their operations out of a closet,” said Jenny Edwards via an email interview. Edwards serves as director of the Innovation Exchange with CEE’s engagement and education team. CEE, previously known as the Energy Office of Minneapolis, is a nonprofit organization that has been working…
  7. Restaurant sneak peek: Mercy at the Le Meridien Chambers hotel

    Mercy, a new restaurant concept in the Le Meridien Chambers hotel in downtown Minneapolis, is only days away from opening. Co-owners Abby Rakun and Chef Mike Rakun will open Mercy on Saturday. The restaurant is in the former home of Marin, which closed just last month to transform into the more casual and comfortable Mercy. The husband-and-wife duo have been working with Minneapolis-based Shea Design to extend the cozy feel of the popular library bar in the basement up to the main level. The library…
  8. Activist investment firm irked with Buffalo Wild Wings board nominees

    Buffalo Wild Wings is adding fresh faces to its board of directors, but the move hasn't calmed concerns raised by activist investor Marcato Capital Management. On Monday, Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) announced its slate of nominees up for election at its annual meeting. Two board members have decided to retire: James Damian and Michael Johnson; both have served as directors since 2006. The Golden Valley-based restaurant chain has nominated McDonald's executive Janice Fields and CTI Foods CEO…
  9. Pilots: American Airlines leaving passengers behind to meet departure goals

    American Airlines is leaving tens of thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure its flights take off on time, according to figures from the Allied Pilots Association. Nearly 20,000 passengers were blocked from boarding in February even though there were empty seats, Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said in a letter to U.S. pilots on Thursday. "While our union brother and sister gate agents are under extraordinary pressure to close the jet bridge and aircraft…
  10. Uptown's Libertine adding skee ball, retro games and giant beer pong

    An Uptown Minneapolis bar and restaurant has closed for a short time to add in interactive and retro games. Libertine at Calhoun Square put up a sign on its window on Sunday announcing it had closed and will reopen on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Part of the sign reads: "The metamorphosis begins today. Uptown's Rec Room." Weston Winkler, the general manager at Libertine, said the restaurant is adding several interactive games — a skee ball court, a couple pinball machines and three table tennis tables.…