What to Know Now: Minnesota Follows California in Clean Car Standards, Twins Clinch AL Central

A roundup of business news from around the state, curated by TCB editors.
What to Know Now: Minnesota Follows California in Clean Car Standards, Twins Clinch AL Central

Gov. Walz Introduces New Clean Car Standards: On Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz directed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to require vehicle manufacturers to produce more low- or zero-emission vehicles. By implementing the new standards, Walz hopes to reduce statewide carbon emissions and increase the choices Minnesotans have when it comes to purchasing electric cars, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

McDonald’s Goes Beyond Meat: The fast-food giant has joined the alternative burger craze, announcing it will test plant-based burger brand Beyond Meat at McDonald’s locations in Canada, reports CNBC’s Amelia Lucas. Following McDonald’s announcement, stock shares of Beyond Meat—for which General Mills was an early investor and Cargill-backed Puris is a supplier—jumped 12 percent. McDonald’s market test of Beyond Meat will begin Sept. 30.

The Minnesota Twins Take Their Division: For the first time since 2010, the Twins have won the American League Central Division, punching their ticket to the playoffs. The title was sealed with a Twins win last night in Detroit, and a Cleveland loss in Chicago, reports SBNation’s Brandon Brooks. The team’s most recent postseason berth ended abruptly in the first round, at the hands of the Yankees.

Pot Businesses Become Bankable: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday giving legal marijuana businesses access to banking. Called the SAFE Banking Act, the bill received near-unanimous support from Democrats and support from nearly half of Republicans, according to the Associated Press.

Assisted Living Facility Helps Two Kinds of Seniors: Under a new program run by Winona Health, the Watkins Manor assisted living facility now offers housing for up to 10 Winona State University students. The program allows the students to reside there alongside seniors for $400 a month—and if they volunteer 20 hours a month, rent goes down to $200, reports MPR’s Peter Cox.

SportsEngine Top Dogs Depart: The two founders and the chief technology officer of Minneapolis-based amateur sports-focused software developer SportsEngine have left the company, reports the Star Tribune’s Neal St. Anthony. The departure of the executives—Carson Kipfer, Justin Kaufenberg, and Greg Blasko—comes three years after SportsEngine was purchased by Comcast’s NBCUniversal. Brian Bell, who joined SportsEngine in 2015 and was named president last year, will succeed Kaufenberg as chief executive.