Gov. Mark Dayton said today he spoke briefly to Target CEO Brian Cornell, and the two plan to meet early next week in the wake of the announcement that the mega-retailer expects to reduce its downtown Minneapolis workforce by "several thousand" in the coming years.
The company currently employs 13,000 corporate employees in the Twin Cities.
Dayton, whose family founded the company but retains no ties or financial interest, said he worried about the loss of young professionals in downtown Minneapolis.
"It's a lot of young, talented people who may be looking for jobs available here, but I strongly suspect are going to be recruited in other parts of the country. The potential loss of talented people is going to be very difficult," he said.
Dayton said the state would assist with job services for laid-off employees.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."