Axios Twin Cities
October 05, 2022
🌦 Today will be mostly cloudy with highs in the low 70s. There's a chance of rain in the evening, per NWS.
🚨 Traffic awareness: The Third Avenue Bridge, which closed for construction in January, won't reopen this fall as planned, MnDOT announced. The new target is next summer.
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1 big thing: 🏢 A new corporate campus, hardly needed
Prime Therapeutics no longer needs its state-of-the-art corporate office in Eagan that was completed just three years ago.
What's happening: The company, which is a pharmacy benefits manager, has retained local brokers from real estate firm CBRE to market its 400,000-square-foot campus for sublease as it embraces more remote work, multiple sources told Axios.
What they're saying: Kim Gibson, an executive at Prime Therapeutics, said in a statement that "we have underutilized space at our headquarters building and portions of it will be available for sublease."
- Prime Therapeutics did not say exactly how much of the two-building campus is available for sublease — that would depend on the needs of a tenant.
- But Axios' sources, who requested anonymity because the information has not yet been made public, said the entire campus could be had.
Flashback: Just two years after the campus was built, the pandemic hit and Prime Therapeutics, like many companies, was forced to send workers home. It has embraced remote work and created a "hub and home" model in which employees would come into the office for collaboration.
- Gibson said Prime is still using a hybrid model, with some workers coming in for team meetings and gatherings multiple times per week, though some others only come in a few times per year.
- 26 out of 29 jobs posted on Prime Therapeutics' career website are advertised as remote.
Why it matters: Prime Therapeutics has 2,200 Twin Cities employees and its willingness to give up most or all of its new headquarters building is a testament to how some companies are embracing a remote workforce.
Yes, but: Not all companies are in the same boat. Some are trying to get more employees back into the office, though resistance remains.
2. 🍽 Chart du jour: Dinner is served... at 6pm!
The 6pm hour is the most popular dinner time for Axios Twin Cities readers.
Driving the news: We asked readers to weigh in on when they typically eat their evening meal.
- About four in 10 said between 6 and 7, regardless of whether they have kids.
What you're saying: Logistics and scheduling (i.e. when the workday ends or kids' activities begin) were big factors for many.
- Other common considerations included health preferences — some of you try to fast 12-plus hours overnight! — and a desire to eat early to preserve the evening hours for rest and relaxation.
3. Trail mix: Ballot fixes and Bakk endorsements
Early voters in a St. Paul House district will no longer see a dead former candidate on their ballot.
By the numbers: The county says 1,198 absentee ballots with the error were sent to voters before the error could be fixed.
What's next: Anyone in House District 67A who requested a ballot by mail will get a fresh copy with the correct line-up, per Ramsey County.
- Those who already voted should receive a notice explaining that they can request to "spoil" their original ballot so it can't be counted and cast a new one.
Bakk backs a Republican
Outgoing state Sen. Tom Bakk has endorsed Republican Andrea Zupancich over Democrat Grant Hauschild in the race to succeed him in a Northern Minnesota seat.
Why it matters: The district, which Bakk represented for decades, is home to one of a number of competitive contests that will determine which party controls the Senate next year. It's considered a toss-up.
Flashback: The longtime lawmaker and former DFL leader became an independent and started caucusing with Republicans after the 2020 election.
Of note: Bakk did endorse Democrats in two other Northern Minnesota races.
💰 Quote du jour
"It’s going to be probably the second most expensive congressional race in the country.”— Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel to reporters on Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District rematch between U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and Republican Tyler Kistner.
4. The Spoon: Road rage shooter gets life
⚖️ The Chicago man convicted of murdering youth baseball coach Jay Boughton during a road rage incident on Highway 169 in 2021 has been sentenced to life in prison.
- Jamal Smith did not express regret and told the judge the case was a "witch hunt." (FOX9)
⚖️ State Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) privately tried to help a nonprofit in her district gain approval as a new Feeding Our Future meal site as the Department of Education sought to slow FOF's growth over fraud concerns last year. (FOX9)
- A Senate DFL spokesperson told Axios that Pappas reached out to the Department of Education on the constituent's behalf after after making an in-person site visit. He said she did not contact Feeding Our Future, despite court documents suggesting otherwise, and was unaware of suspected issues with the group at the time.
🏨 The lender for the downtown Hilton Minneapolis has begun the foreclosure process for the 821-room hotel. The owner says foreclosure is unlikely to happen. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)
🚨 Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson's peace officer license will be suspended for 30 days due to his drunk driving crash from last December. Hutchinson is on medical leave. (Star Tribune)
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5. ⚾️ Arraez has batting title in sight
Twins infielder Luis Arraez is on the verge of winning his first-ever American League batting title today.
Driving the news: Arraez goes into today's season finale with a four-point lead in the race over Yankees slugger Aaron Judge — .315 to .311.
Arraez has been a bright spot on an otherwise disappointing Twins team, battling injuries but continuing to collect hits.
The intrigue: Some Yankees fans criticized Arraez for sitting out a couple games with a hamstring injury, accusing him of avoiding a slump that would have put his title in jeopardy.
- But Arraez was hot for the last couple weeks and has earned the title.
🐠 Nick wants to go lionfish hunting.
🧽 Torey can't stop watching this video of MnDOT cleaning a tunnel.
Today's newsletter was edited by Kayla Sharpe and copy edited by Nick Aspinwall.