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Raising the bar on crane safety

By Brian Johnson

Finance and Commerce

Two years ago, Minnesota passed a law requiring that anyone operating a construction crane had to undergo classroom and practical training – then pass a rigorous certification test.

 

This year, in the wake of several deadly crane accidents throughout the United States, Minnesota’s law could become the model for a new set of federal standards."

 

A high-tech solution to a low-tech process

A Minneapolis law firm's software tool can ease research of patent claims.

By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo

TwinCities.com

The old method of researching patent claims sounds like something out of Dickens.

 

"Usually, you put everything into a big pile on your desk," said Steve Lundberg, a patent attorney and co-founder of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner in Minneapolis. "Then you start reading, and reading those claims is like reading a Russian novel. You put some in a pile of stuff that doesn't matter, some in a pile that matters and some in a pile of stuff that you don't know if it matters."

 

Minnesota union leader testifies in Washington on need for national crane safety standards

By Joe Kimball

MinnPost.com

Twin Cities union leader Glen Johnson testified before an OSHA panel in Washington, D.C., today on the need for improvement in crane safety.

 

Johnson, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers (I.U.O.E)/Local 49, said there's a need for a national standard in crane safety.

 

Getting schooled by Lil' Lumpy

Fairways and greens changed golf pro Tim Herron's life, but not nearly as much as the teachers who helped him get through his days as a dyslexic and chubby kid.

By AIMÉE BLANCHETTE

Star Tribune

Even with a nickname like "Lumpy," PGA player and 1989 Wayzata High School graduate Tim Herron is "cool" in the eyes of nearly 400 students at Kimberly Lane Elementary School in Plymouth.

 

Herron and his wife, Ann, visited a school in Herron's former school district of Wayzata last week to launch the "Lil' Lumpy Leadership Initiative," an educational program to teach kids leadership skills through the game of golf.

 

Cheers follow Brock's new calling

Brock Lesnar, a force as an NCAA heavyweight and as a pro wrestler, turned heads again in his latest pursuit.

By MYRON P. MEDCALF

Star Tribune

For years, Brock Lesnar, a cartoonishly large amateur wrestler turned mixed martial artist, has been viewed as a freak show. He was even dubbed "The Next Big Thing" during his career as a professional wrestler.

 

But his victory over MMA veteran heavyweight Heath Herring in front of his hometown fans on Saturday night at Target Center helped Lesnar make a claim as a legitimate mixed martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the premier MMA organization in the world.

 

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