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International Dairy Queen, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway relocated its headquarters to 53,000 square feet in the Normandale Lakes Office Park, 8000 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington. The new workplace connects multiple floors with unique collaborative spaces and state-of-the-art technology. The new DQ headquarters was designed by HGA Architects & Engineers of Minneapolis.

 

With Minneapolis’ Uptown Calhoun Square up for sale, its famous tenant, Famous Dave’s, is ceasing its music bookings, according to City Pages—at least for now. And while there won’t be blues playing on the inside, “Blues” is still on the marquee.

 

The Local in Minneapolis has made Thrillist’s national ranking of The 21 Best Irish Pubs in America. Editors described it as the real deal, an “ornate, gorgeous Irish Pub,” that’s a woodworker’s dream home. Also noted was that it has “consistently sold more Jameson that almost any other bar in the world” and has good fish and chips,

 

The Minnesota Farmers Union has brought on Stuart Lourey as government relations director, replacing Thom Petersen, who was appointed Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture by Gov. Tim Walz earlier this year. Lourey, whose family runs a grass-fed beef operation, previously worked on the staff of U.S. Senator Tina Smith, D-Minn., focusing on health care policy. He is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. His duties include lobbying on behalf of MFU members at the state capitol, organizing the annual MFU Lobby Day Drive-In and National Farmers Union Legislative Fly-In, and leading members in policy preparation at the annual convention.

 

Closings: Moderna Kousina, an ambitious French restaurant that took over the Mozza Mia space at 50th and France in Edina less that a year ago, is closing its doors. Downtown St. Paul’s Just/Us is losing its location, which was sold to developers, according to Eater. Michelle Gayer’s Minneapolis Salty Tart is closing. The locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport and St. Paul are still open. 

 

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