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She said the company hasn’t decided how much it will spend to support the ballot measure. It spent just under $1 million to oppose a 2011 municipalization ballot measure, which passed.
Fenberg defended the nonprofit’s campaign. “If they don’t spend that much money, great,” he said. “But I expect them to.”
• Kelly Doran, featured in a Sept. 2 column about his plans to build a six-level apartment complex and shops on the site of what is now two small buildings and parking lots at 1315-1325 SE. 4th St. in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota, said he agrees with preservationists that nearby buildings such as the Varsity Theater, and those that house the Loring Pasta Bar, Al’s Breakfast and other well-known structures in the neighborhood should be protected. Doran, who survived a City Council Dinkytown development-moratorium, is beginning the city-approval process that will incorporate neighborhood concerns.
• Dennis B. McGrath, a dean of the Twin Cities public relations trade, has signed on with downtown-based Himle Rapp & Co. McGrath, a founder 30 years ago of what is now the regional office of global communications firm Weber Shandwick, has run McGrath-Buckley Communications with his wife, Betsy Buckley.
• The Star Tribune’s July 28 report on executive compensation at Minnesota’s largest public companies didn’t include all top wage earners. According to filings with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Allianz Life Insurance North America CEO Walter White earned $1.4 million in salary, bonus and other compensation in 2012. Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent Financial, earned $2.5 million last year. CEO Bob Senkler at Securian Financial earned $3.8 million total compensation. They rank among the top-paid 50 public company CEOs.