With the change, most corporate employees will work the traditional 40-hour week, though Best Buy managers still have discretion to accommodate some workers.
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No. 13: Best Buy ends flexible work program for its corporate employees
Tuesday March 5, 2013
Best Buy Co. said Monday it has ended its program that allowed corporate employees to control their schedules and how often they showed up at the company’s Richfield headquarters.
Known as Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), the company evaluated employees solely on performance versus time worked and office attendance. Employees worked when they wanted and wherever they wanted just as long as they got the job done.
Now most corporate employees will work the traditional 40-hour week, though managers still have discretion to accommodate some workers. ROWE, which the company launched in 2005, did not apply to Best Buy’s store employees, who make up the lion’s share of the retailer’s 168,000-person global workforce.
Authorities continued investigating the scene Oct. 27, 2013, where human remains were found near Sartell, Minn.
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No. 12: Mandy Matula's family says body found near Sartell is hers
Sunday October 27, 2013
Human remains found Saturday in a park north of Sartell, Minn., are almost certainly those of Mandy Matula, the 24-year-old Eden Prairie woman who disappeared nearly six months ago, her family said.
Authorities haven’t confirmed the identity or gender of the remains, but they contacted Matula’s family after her ring was recovered at the scene, along with deteriorated remnants of a jacket embroidered with the University of Minnesota Duluth logo, the fast-pitch softball emblem and the number 14 — Matula’s softball number at UMD, where she graduated in 2011.
“We believe it’s Mandy,” Steven Matula, her 22-year-old brother, said from the family’s Eden Prairie home late Saturday. “The closure is finally coming, before winter.”
Her brother said he felt some relief after the countless searches he led, including at Mississippi River County Park, where the remains were found in a shallow grave at 1 p.m. Saturday by a Boy Scout leader hiking alone.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman's child protection unit is reviewing case.
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No. 11: 9-year-old Vegas stowaway had history of car theft, sneaking into water park
Wednesday October 9, 2013
Before a 9-year-old boy stowed away on a flight to Las Vegas last week, he had already stolen a car, sneaked into a Bloomington water park without paying and come under the scrutiny of child protection investigators, a Hennepin County official wrote Monday.
In a one-page e-mail obtained by the Star Tribune, Janine Moore, area director of the county’s Human Services and Public Health Department, told administrators and County Board members that since December 2012, county staff have conducted four child-protection assessments on the boy’s family.
“The reports have been inconsistent and there have been no injuries to the child; however, there is a pattern of behavior,” she wrote in the e-mail, marked “private data.”
She didn’t identify the boy, his family or where they live, but wrote that his mother works at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, so “there is also an investigation into whether she aided him flying to Las Vegas.”
Andrij Karkoc met with reporters June 14, 2013, to deny that his father, Michael Karkoc, was a Nazi or involved in war crimes.
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No. 10: Commander in Nazi SS-led unit linked to atrocities is living in Minneapolis
Friday June 14, 2013
BERLIN — A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II, according to evidence uncovered by The Associated Press.
Michael Karkoc, 94, told American authorities in 1949 that he had performed no military service during World War II, concealing his work as an officer and founding member of the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion and later as an officer in the SS Galician Division, according to records obtained by the AP through a Freedom of Information Act request. The Galician Division and a Ukrainian nationalist organization he served in were both on a secret American government blacklist of organizations whose members were forbidden from entering the United States at the time.
Though records do not show that Karkoc had a direct hand in war crimes, statements from men in his unit and other documentation confirm the Ukrainian company he commanded massacred civilians, and suggest that Karkoc was at the scene of these atrocities as the company leader. Nazi SS files say he and his unit were also involved in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, in which the Nazis brutally suppressed a Polish rebellion against German occupation.
Supporters yelled from the gallery after passage of the bill 75-59 on May 9, 2013.
Photo by Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune
No. 9: Minnesota House approves gay marriage bill
Saturday May 11, 2013
With cheers and protests thundering through the Capitol, the Minnesota House on Thursday took a historic step toward legalizing same-sex marriage.
The bill passed 75-59 with resounding DFL support and the votes of four Republicans. The measure now goes to the Senate on Monday, where its passage is considered likely. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he intends to sign the bill into law, which would make Minnesota the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
“All Minnesotans deserve the freedom to marry the person they love, and we are proud to take this historic vote to ensure same-sex couples have that right,” said House Speaker Paul Thissen, a Minneapolis DFLer who visibly choked up as he announced the final vote.
The vote capped a day of extraordinary scenes inside the Capitol. Some of the largest crowds in recent memory filled the halls, with activists filling every corner and stairway. Capitol security brought in dozens of extra officers to maintain order and roped off many areas that are usually open in an effort to clear a way for legislators to move freely in the building.
Karen Murphy held her granddaughter Liliana Kolb,4, during a vigil for 2-year-old Isaiah Theis, whose body was found in a locked car in Centuria, Wis.
Photo by Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune
No. 8: Boy's body was found in trunk of locked car
Saturday July 20, 2013
Preliminary autopsy results released Friday say that hyperthermia — excessive heat — killed 2-year-old Isaiah Theis, who wandered from his western Wisconsin home this week and was found a little more than 24 hours later nearby in a car trunk.
The findings were made by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County and released by Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson.
The examiner’s office said that a determination into Isaiah’s manner of death, however, was “pending investigation.”
Zach Sobiech, who had a rare cancer, wrote a farewell song that became an Internet sensation.
Photo by Mike Rominski
No. 7: Zach Sobiech, whose song 'Clouds' touched millions around the world, dies
Tuesday May 21, 2013
Zach Sobiech, a terminally ill Minnesota teenager who touched the hearts of millions of people with a farewell song he wrote to his family and friends, died Monday morning.
When he was told that a rare form of bone cancer had left him with only a few months to live, the Stillwater High School senior wrote a song titled “Clouds” in which he said goodbye to the people around him. “Maybe someday I’ll see you again,” he sang. “We’ll fly up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.”
Originally recorded on Sobiech’s cellphone, the song caught the attention of professional musicians who helped him record a studio version. It became a sensation, attracting more than 2.9 million YouTube views and making Sobiech an international media celebrity, with stories about him appearing everywhere from Billboard magazine to the United Arab Emirates Press.
No. 6: New Vikings stadium: Big, bold and glassy
Tuesday May 14, 2013
The nearly billion-dollar Viking stadium that will rise from the ruins of the old Metrodome will be big and bold, and it will put fans closer to the action than any other venue in professional football.
It’ll have giant pivoting glass doors that open to the downtown Minneapolis skyline and a roof that, while not retractable, will let in so much sunlight come game days, fans will feel as though they’re sitting outdoors.
Seven stadium decks will surround a field of artificial turf and two giant high-tech scoreboards at each end zone will replay the big plays and flash the game stats.
In short, the still unnamed stadium, which will be connected by skyway to downtown, won’t be the Metrodome.
Anarae Schunk, as seen in a "selfie," likely taken in a mirror. The U student had been missing since her ex-boyfriend allegedly killed a man outside a Burnsville bar.
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No. 5: Discovery of Anarae Schunk's body brings closure and sorrow
Thursday October 3, 2013
Within minutes of the confirmation that the body found Monday near Lonsdale, Minn., was that of missing University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk, condolences began pouring onto a Facebook page created to help find her.
People who knew the 20-year-old woman or had children who went to school with her shared their memories. People who helped search for her or had never met her shared their condolences with her family.
“My deepest sympathies for the loss of Anarae,” Linda Wurst Rempfert posted. “She was such a smart, beautiful and caring young woman and I am so sorry she will not have a chance to carry out her life’s plans.”
No. 4: Remodeler finds comic book worth over $100K in wall at Elbow Lake house
Thursday May 23, 2013
In his decade of working construction and home remodeling, David Gonzalez always dreamed of finding some hidden treasure in the demolition work. He’d even put dollar bills in new walls for folks to unearth in the future.
So he chalks up to karma the 1938 Action Comics #1 book he found amid old newspapers used to insulate a wall of a fixer-upper he was gutting in Elbow Lake, Minn. The old comic book, from June 1938, features a new character named Superman lifting a car on its cover.
“I knew it was worth money,” said Gonzalez, 34. “But I had no idea how much.”
He’s quickly finding out as he sells the comic book in an online auction that runs until June 11. It has already attracted 31 bids, including one for $107,333, in the first two days of the auction.
Adrian Peterson ran off the field at Winter Park on Oct. 11, 2013 in Eden Prairie. Peterson was at practice after returning from Sioux Falls, S.D.
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No. 3: Adrian Peterson's son dies after assault in Sioux Falls
Friday October 11, 2013
The Sioux Falls police department released news this afternoon that one of Adrian Peterson's children, a 2-year-old son, has died from injuries sustained in alleged assault by the boyfriend of the child's mother.
Police are withholding the child's name at the request of the family. Police spokesman Sam Clemens said the state attorney's office is reviewing the case to consider additional charges against 27-year-old Joseph Patterson.
Patterson was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant. His bond was set at $750,000.
Adrian Peterson talked to the media at Winter Park, asking for privacy.
On Jan. 18, 2013, an evidence technician from Carver County Sheriff's Office showed some of the guns confiscated from Christian Oberender.
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No. 2: Murderous 'monster' acquires an arsenal, exposing loopholes in laws, background checks
Monday January 21, 2013
They knew the house far too well. It was where Christian Philip Oberender, then 14 years old, had murdered his mother in a shotgun ambush in the family rec room in 1995.
Now, 18 years later, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson was sending his deputies back to the home where Oberender still lives. Just two days earlier, Olson had scanned the day's shift reports and froze when he tripped over Oberender's name. A scan of a Facebook page then showed firearms spread out like a child's trophies on a bed inside the home, along with notes about the Newtown, Conn., gunman who shot 20 children to death.
What Olson's deputies found in the home in Watertown Township was chilling: 13 guns, including semi-automatic rifles, an AK-47, a Tommy gun, assorted shotguns and handguns, including a .50-caliber Desert Eagle.
Scott Brevig of Anoka has pulled up stakes to work in Watford City, N.D. At left is his fiancée, Brenda Altenweg.
No. 1: North Dakota struggles to cope with oil-boom prosperity
Monday January 28, 2013
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- His tan overalls splattered with oil field mud, 41-year-old trucker Scott Brevig sat next to his semitrailer truck inside a rented machine shop and cracked open a Full Throttle energy drink. It was 9:45 p.m.
Brevig still had to fix a leak under the hood before he could huddle to sleep in a camper where he lives with his fiancée, housing too scarce and expensive in this booming region.
A former Anoka painting contractor, Brevig took his car to the shop for repairs back home. Here, he's had to figure out how to fix his own giant diesel machines because local shops are overloaded. "There's no resources here," he said, shrugging.
But Brevig's enthusiasm trumps his exhaustion. With an economy fueled by new oil-drilling techniques, "It's a land of opportunity, by all means," he said. "You can grow into whatever you want here."