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WABASHA, Minn. (AP) — Wabasha's City Council has upheld a conditional use permit for planned silica-sand transfer facility without an environmental review, but it has also called for an environmental review of a smaller plant that wants to expand. The Post-Bulletin of Rochester reports the difference came down to location.
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota business owner is joining the wave of lawsuits over religious freedom and the birth control mandate including in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Greg Hall owns American Manufacturing Co. in St. Joseph. Hall says his Catholic beliefs will not allow him to offer contraception to his employees as part of the Affordable Care Act.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — 3M Co. said on Wednesday that it has named Coca-Cola Co. Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent to its board of directors, effective April 1. The appointment expands the company's board to 11 directors. Kent, 60, has been CEO of Coca-Cola since 2008, and he became chairman in 2009. Before that he was president and chief operating officer, and was president of Coca-Cola International. Maplewood, Minn.-based 3M makes a variety of office and industrial tapes, adhesives, and coatings.
NEW YORK (AP) — David Beckham has a knack for keeping his name in the news, and his face — and well-sculpted body — in front of the cameras. The newest ad campaign for his bodywear collection for global retailer H&M is being released on the heels of the announcement that he's joining the French Paris-Saint Germain soccer club.
NEW YORK (AP) — Next stop for Alicia Keys? NBA All-Star weekend. The superstar, fresh off her national anthem performance at the Super Bowl, is set to be the halftime entertainment at the Feb. 17 game in Houston. She's just one of several musicians on tap for the big game. Ne-Yo will sing during the player introductions, while John Legend will sing the national anthem. Singer and "Lincoln" actress Gloria Reuben will sing the Canadian anthem.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a cat token to the property trading game, replacing the iron, toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday. The results were announced after the shoe, wheelbarrow and iron were neck and neck for elimination in the final hours of voting that sparked passionate efforts by fans to save their favorite tokens, and by businesses eager to capitalize on publicity surrounding pieces that represent their products.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Apparently trying an end-run around an unaccommodating Congress, the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August and could save $2 billion annually.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Four former patients are suing St. Cloud Hospital and a former nurse who admitted siphoning pain medication from IV bags for personal use. The former patients accuse the hospital and former nurse Blake Zenner of negligence. The lawsuits in Stearns County court allege the four patients developed bloodstream infections because of Zenner's drug diversion that led to high fevers and pain.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Duluth lawmaker is pushing a bill that would legalize liquor sales on Sundays, even though he admits its chances are slim. Sen. Roger Reinert says consumers have wanted the change for years, the Star Tribune reports. The bill's opponents, including the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, say the change would cause problems for liquor stores.
NEW YORK (AP) — Few would think about swimming in Antarctica, but Sports Illustrated took its models there for its annual swimsuit issue — shooting on all seven continents for the first time. The around-the-globe effort will be chronicled by the Travel Channel in a special on Feb. 17. Sports Illustrated said Tuesday it's the first to do a fashion shoot in Antarctica, where temperatures were subfreezing. Among the locations featured are Namibia, China, Australia and Easter Island, one of the most remote places on Earth.