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“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.
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 (www.beerinstitute.org), 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.