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  • Last update: February 15, 2014 - 4:32 PM

“It was a good time to make a change. I still have 10 to 15 years left in me, and a new chal­lenge is a good thing,” said Soule, who sat on the Minnesota Commission on Ju­di­cial Se­lec­tion as its vice chairman and its chairman for 11 years. “That was the most re­ward­ing thing I’ve ever done. “

Soule is a mem­ber of the White Earth Na­tion and cur­rent­ly serves on the White Earth Court of Appeals. He said he would like to ex­pand his In­di­an law prac­tice in his new firm. Soule, with 34 years of prac­tice un­der his belt, is a Har­vard Law gradu­ate who counts a­mong his form­er class­mates U.S. Su­preme Court Justice John Roberts.

David Phelps

Target still downtown’s largest, albeit smaller, employer

At the Downtown Council’s annual meeting this month, Target was ranked No. 1 in downtown Minneapolis employers with 12,582 employees, compared with 12,239 in early 2013.

Target confirms it gives the numbers to the Downtown Council for its annual ranking, although it declined to specify when it provided the 12,582 figure.

In late January, Target laid off or declined to fill a total of nearly 1,200 positions systemwide in response to soft business.

Target has declined to specify job cuts or location. Last week, a spokeswoman said Target employs about 12,000 downtown, but that didn’t necessarily reflect a 500-plus drop in employment.

“It is not unusual for our numbers to move up and down throughout the year,” Target’s Jessica Stevens said in an e-mail response. “Therefore, when asked throughout the year, we typically provide a round approximation. As we stated following the position eliminations in January, the number of positions impacted represented a very small percentage of our total headquarters population and was not exclusive to Minneapolis. In addition, as we shared then, we remain committed to investing in key business areas to strengthen our ability to compete and thrive well into the future, and that includes hiring great talent.”

Target is still downtown’s largest employer by a healthy margin. Wells Fargo ranks second with 7,000 employees.

Minnesota doesn’t play in brewing’s Big Ten

Minnesota has the 154-year-old Schell’s Brew­er­y, the 28-year-old Summit Brew­er­y in St. Paul and more than a doz­en new beer mak­ers launched in 2013; at least 10 small and large brew­ers have an­nounced ex­pan­sion plans over the last year. Re­sur­gent northeast Minneapolis has es­tab­lished its “brew dis­trict, ” in­clud­ing Dan­ger­ous Man, 612Brew and In­deed in an un­holy “taproom trini­ty” with­in about a mile from each oth­er; and there are many small brew­ers with names such as Brau Brothers, Excelsior, Ful­ton, Boom Island, Bent Pad­dle and Stillwater’s Lift Bridge.

But we have yet to crack the “Big Ten” of brew­ing states. Minnesota ranks 15th in terms of num­ber of per­mit­ted brew­er­ies and 19th in terms of beer-in­dus­try total eco­nom­ic im­pact of about $4 bil­lion, from brewhouses to whole­sal­ers to re­tail, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est slew of stat­ist­ics from Beer Institute (, the in­dus­try lob­by and sta­tis­ti­cal gath­er­er.

A ma­jor­i­ty of the 948 per­mits is­sued na­tion­al­ly in 2013 were to small “brew­pubs,” driv­ing the in­dus­try to a re­cord-high 3,699 ac­tive “per­mit­ted brew­er­ies,” ac­cord­ing to fed­er­al stat­ist­ics and the Beer Institute. The growth is in small, local brew­ers and spe­cial­ty brands intro­duced by na­tion­al brands.

The Beer Institute an­aly­sis showed that four states ac­count for one-third of all brew­er­ies in the Unit­ed States: Cali­for­nia, Washington, Col­o­ra­do and Or­e­gon.


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