What to Know Now: Former Gov. Carlson Takes on PolyMet, Pumpkin Spice Spam Sells Out

A roundup of business news around the state, curated by TCB editors.
What to Know Now: Former Gov. Carlson Takes on PolyMet, Pumpkin Spice Spam Sells Out

Emerson Electric Expanding Again in Minnesota: The sensor and industrial instrument maker is establishing a digital transformation business in the Twin Cities, reports the Star Tribune’s Dee DePass. The new division, created from a series of recent acquisitions, will start with $650 million in revenue and is expected to reach $1 billion in a few years. It will be operated by about 1,000 employees.

St. Luke’s Hospital Nurses Win Tentative Agreement: After informational pickets and 17 hours of negotiations, the nurses of St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth have reached a tentative agreement with the hospital on a new three-year labor contract. The contract includes wage increases and  short-staffing bonuses, reports MPR.

Former Gov. Arne Carlson Fighting PolyMet: The former Minnesota governor has long been known as a pro-business Republican, but he’s now among the strongest voices against the proposed PolyMet mine in northern Minnesota, reports the Duluth News Tribune’s Jimmy Lovrien. His biggest criticism, which he expressed at Duluth City Hall Monday, is the lack of transparency. He also called out the flawed process and potential for pollution among his reasons for opposing the mine.

Metro Mobility Experiences Data Breach: The public transit rideshare shuttle service for individuals with disabilities or health issues has suffered a data breach it says may have affected more than 15,000 customers, reports Frederick Melo from the Pioneer Press. The breach involved an employee’s email account, which contained sensitive information, though Metro Mobility says Social Security numbers were not exposed in the incident. 

Pumpkin Spice Spam—So Good, it’s Gone: Hormel released a limited number of pumpkin spice spam cans on Walmart’s online shopping platform Monday, and the two-packs sold out in less than seven hours. This was the first time Hormel launched a new flavor since 2014, reports the Star Tribune. The company does not plan on releasing more of the fall creation.