The Wolf of Walmart illustrates soul-crushing reality through spot-on sketches
Today, Walmart made its long-awaited announcement about its "Black Friday" hours. We put that in quotations because these days, major retailers are mostly opening on Thanksgiving itself, and Walmart is no exception -- both it and Best Buy are opening at 6 p.m. that day and staying open all night lon ... More >>
With the help of an employee who was secretly working for them, animal rights group Mercy For Animals recently published an undercover video showing the brutal treatment of pigs at a hog farm in Pipestone, Minnesota.SEE ALSO: Iowa butter cow desecrated by animal rights group [PHOTO] The video shows ... More >>
Walmart, the biggest company in the world, is losing a fight with Chanhassen.Walmart has thousands of gigantic stores across America, and dozens of them in the state of Minnesota. It employs millions of people, and sells tons of Chinese products to hundreds of millions more.Chanhassen is a town o ... More >>
Mark Dayton, Barack Obama: Minnesota's greatest bosses.We have officially entered phase three of the plan to turn America into a socialist country: Everyone in Minnesota works for Mark Dayton or Barack Obama.Well, not everyone. But the top two employers in the state of Minnesota are the state gov ... More >>
Know what'd be really convenient? Like really, really convenient? If everything in our lives was completely automated and available from one giant place. Need your oil changed? Walmart! Need Fig Newtons? Walmart! Need Lady Gaga tickets? Walma-- wait, what?In a deal announced today, corporate  ... More >>
Bradlee Dean, kicked out of Walmart.It's been a rough week for Bradlee Dean. On Friday the gay-baiting minister was universally denounced by just about every state lawmaker who could get near a microphone. Now it turns out that not only is Dean permanently unwelcome in the state legislature ... More >>
An arachnid with robustitude.Sheila Terry bought a bunch of bananas at the Wal-Mart in Superior the other day, unpacked them along with the rest of the groceries, and then put up her feet on the sofa. Next thing she knows, she's damned near caused her husband Dan to have a heart attack.
You may have heard that the Cub Foods and Walmart stores in St. Paul's Midway area, which face each other across a common parking lot, are engaged in a nasty corporate catfight. According to a Pioneer Press story this week, Cub's parent company, Supervalu, based in Eden Prairie, has sued Walm ... More >>
A trip to the dentist gets weird in Plymouth
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A Target investor wants the retail giant to Wall-Mart-ify itself more by, among other things, expanding its grocery selection.
Target is struggling to keep up with its monster competitor Wal-Mart.
More bad news for Minneapolis-based Target. We're still shocked how much people love Wal-Mart.
Snub leaves protest group wanting answers—and breakfast
Wal-Mart gets support from an unlikely ally: Target's hometown
The last time we talked to the Dutchman, a local vets advocate rolling across America to Manhattan in his wheelchair, he was camped-out on the lawn outside a Wal-Mart in Madison, Wisconsin. Two months later, he's in Ontario, Canada, making his way down the side of Highway 3. "I'm on my third chair," ... More >>
...if he only managed to get better grades in his chemistry class at the University of Minnesota. He also shops at Wal-Mart and says--apparently with a straight face--that John McCain shares a "lineage" with great Republicans such as Teddy Roosevelt and Abe Lincoln. All this comes in a Mass Consumption
A once-local author talks about the perils of big-box retailers
Pushing the fences back at the Little League World Series, Wal-Mart goes after pro-union Dems in Iowa, Reggie Bush gets fined for wearing the wrong shoe brand, sending anonymous hate e-mails as a business model, Fast Food Nation: The Movie, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Norway excludes Wal-Mart from nat'l oil fund investments, the MPD to give out gun locks at NNO, the NSA neither confirms nor denies surveillance of gay rights groups, new music from Bob Mould, capture the flag this Saturday, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Black Friday at the Mall of America: Wish you were here. Wait a minute, you are here.
Three interesting news stories on the crisis in health care costs add up to one compelling case for universal health care.
Beyond soundbites: detailed first-hand accounts from people trapped in the city after Katrina--what they did, what they saw, how they stayed alive.
CITY PAGES BLOGS Diablo Cody delivers her Five Least Favorite Songs at the Pussy Ranch. Steve Monaco has your movie quiz question of the week at Couch Pundit. THESE DAYS Two months after ending his 16-year relationship with Capitol Records, country singer Garth Brooks has used his newfound freed ... More >>
PiPress' Northwest apology unintentionally shows why you should care about its mechanics There's a lengthy story in today's Pioneer Press contending that there may not be much economic fallout in the event Northwest Airline's mechanics strike. Even if planes are grounded, the story says, Minnesota ... More >>
According to C.J. and the Owatonna People's Press, rap group G-Unit went on a $6,000 shopping spree at Wal-Mart in June, apparently resulting in two employees being fired for giving 10 percent discounts on two items totaling less than $50. Questions: Couldn't they have gone someplace that doesn't tr ... More >>
Retail giant doesn't want more California-style PR disasters According to Chris Serres in today's Strib, Wal-Mart is applying serious lobbying pressure to keep the state of Minnesota from compiling and publishing a list of the companies whose employees use the most state aid to make up shortfalls in ... More >>
Filmmaker Robert Greenwald is looking for photographers, videographers, field producers, and more to contribute to his documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. There's only one downside: Field producers are asked to watch Fox News.
Nursing homes in trouble; there's political gold in them there vegetables. In the Strib: Minnesota's nursing homes in financial trouble; Minneapolis schools curricula come under fire; Wal-Mart gets into the banking business (Sunday). In the Pi-Press: Vadnais Heights woman (and former Vegas call girl ... More >>
FRIDAY MORNING NEWS CRUISE: WAL-MART NO, WOLFIE YES, AND THE SHOCKING DETAILS OF THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY MASSACRE In the Strib: The town of Ham Lake says no to Wal-Mart; Northwest Airlines to trim fleet and cut 900 jobs; St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly is not a very nice man; CJ reveals that "Joe Milliona ... More >>
[cross-posted, for now, at TCB] Wal-Mart no, Wolfie yes, and the shocking details of the St. Patrick's Day Massacre In the Strib: The town of Ham Lake says no to Wal-Mart; Northwest Airlines to trim fleet and cut 900 jobs; St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly is not a very nice man; CJ reveals that "Joe Mill ... More >>
Forbes Magazine's 20 richest, rounded in billions 1. William Gates III US 46.5 (Microsoft)2. Warren Buffett US 44.0 (investments)3. Lakshmi Mittal India 25.0 (steel)4. Carlos Slim Helu Mexico 23.8 (telecom)5. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Saudi Arabia 23.7 (investments)6. Ingvar Kamprad Sweden 23.0 ( ... More >>
The Hidden Costs of Shitty Jobs Good Jobs First recently completed a study looking at which corporations are most reliant on taxpayer-funded programs to cover their workers' medical needs. Not surprisingly, Wal-Mart was the chief offender. In eight out of the ten states that Good Jobs First was able ... More >>
As the Retailing Behemoth Prepares to Open Its First Store in the Twin Cities Metro, Neighborhoods and Workers Brace Themselves for the Wal-Mart Treatment: Low Wages, Union Busting, and a Big, Friendly Smile
Author and economist Doug Henwood on jobless recoveries, the two Americas, and the "Wal-Mart effect"
Wal-Mart politicizes Inver Grove Heights
A Festival of New Documentaries Presents a "Reality" Where More Is at Stake Than Who Gets Voted Off the Island
The Hennepin County library system just wanted good clean fun on its CD rack. What it got was a free-speech debate that won't quit.