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RAPID CITY, S.D., June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- First Peoples Fund — a national nonprofit uplifting Native communities by supporting artists and youth through entrepreneurship and cultural practice — was recognized Tuesday with a $6 million dollar investment from one of the world's leading philanthropists, MacKenzie Scott. The donation, announced today in a Medium post, is part of a wider $2,739,000,000 gift to 286 high-impact organizations in categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked.

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EAGAN, Minn., June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Matt Hunt has joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) as the organization's first-ever chief experience officer (CXO). Hunt comes to Blue Cross from U.S. Bank in Minneapolis, where as vice president, he worked to build and implement an enterprise personalization strategy that supported customers in achieving their unique goals through insights, education, products and services.

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WATERLOO -- A Cedar Valley Democratic state legislator announced he's running for governor, turning what would have been an announcement Tuesday night into a campaign rally.

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MINNEAPOLIS, June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Avisen Legal is pleased to announce attorney Bill Egan was elected to serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the firm. A lawyer with over 30 years of business and employment law experience, Egan assumes management of the firm's operations and will be part of the firm's Executive Committee.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Perfect Game Founder and President, Jerry Ford today announced TOP Chops Beef Jerky has joined Perfect Game's growing family of national sponsors, by becoming exclusive beef jerky partner of the world's largest youth baseball and softball organization. The timing of the announcement follows this past Saturday's (June 12, 2021) celebration of National Beef Jerky Day.

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The Legislature wrapped up the 2021 session by taking steps to address years of inadequate funding for Iowa’s prisons and public safety, which has had increasingly dangerous and tragic consequences. The Governor signed the bill into law June 8.

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MINNEAPOLIS, June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Sezzle Inc. (ASX: SZL) (Sezzle or Company) // - Sezzle, a leader in the Buy Now, Pay Later industry, is pleased to announce its partnership with Gridiron––providing the fastest growing youth football league in the US with their innovative digital payment solution.

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DES MOINES — A former state agency director is seeking his day in court, alleging he was wrongly terminated by Gov. Kim Reynolds and her staff in June 2019 for questioning the legality of using federal Medicaid funds in a salary dispute he sought to disclose to the Attorney General’s Office.

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MINNEAPOLIS, June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The future of the historic Dayton building, which is part of the cultural and retail fabric of downtown Minneapolis is at stake and its developer, 601 Minnesota Mezzanine LLC, is fighting to preserve the architectural masterpiece. An economic lynchpin in the area, the building is owned by 601 Minnesota, which painstakingly restored it, preserving stunning architectural details and making it ready for a new generation of occupants. However, lender Monarch Alternative Capital LP, which acquired the mezzanine debt position just four months ago, wants to take over the 1902 gem, in a "predatory 'loan-to-own' scheme," according to a complaint just filed in Minnesota state court.

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hounds & Tap has opened for dogs and dog lovers in Menomonee Falls, WI. It's the first business of its kind to open in the Midwest that is built with hounds and humans in mind. As a locally owned small business, it seeks to promote other local small businesses and serve it's Midwest community. 

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As the insurance industry finds itself under fire from challenger brands looking to disrupt the sector, established market leaders need a new breed of digitally-savvy, growth-focused senior executives to protect their position.

CEDAR RAPIDS — State Sen. Rob Hogg, a Cedar Rapids Democrat who has been in the Iowa Legislature nearly two decades, announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2022.

CLEVELAND and DELAFIELD, Wis., June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Modern Hire, a science-based hiring platform that enables organizations to continuously improve hiring experiences and outcomes with trusted science and technology, today revealed the winners of the third annual Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Machine Learning Competition, along with the data and the code for the winning solutions.