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Zap native retires after lengthy 3M career: Vickie Batroot closes book on 37 years with global company

March 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — Vickie Batroot’s introduction to 3M-Cottage Grove came not as site director but as college intern.
In 1977, Batroot was a University of North Dakota chemical engineering student on a one-year internship at 3M headquarters …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Zap native retires after lengthy 3M career: Vickie Batroot closes book on 37 years with global company

March 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — Vickie Batroot’s introduction to 3M-Cottage Grove came not as site director but as college intern.
In 1977, Batroot was a University of North Dakota chemical engineering student on a one-year internship at 3M headquarters …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

3M to bring more color to consumer electronic devices

May 21, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

3M announced today it is in the final stages of scale-up for its new 3M Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF). Continue Reading

Wife fights for half of convict-husband’s pension

August 7, 2012 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) The wife of a South Dakota man who stole $5.6 million from 3M Corp. wants to stop the government from using her half of his pension and retirement benefits to pay his restitution.
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3M allowed to burn others’ waste

June 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The 3M Co. will be allowed to burn waste from outside sources at its incinerator in Cottage Grove, the only hazardous waste incinerator in the state. Continue Reading

3M report says chemical levels down in fish in Mississippi River

November 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Mississippi River fish now carry a lower amount of a chemical manufactured by the 3M Corp., according to a report by the company. Levels of PFOS — perfluorooctane sulfonate — have dropped by as much as half in four species of fish, according to the report. The drop occurred between 2007 and 2009 in fish found in Pool 2, a section of the Mississippi near Hastings.
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3M pays $3 million to nearly 300 employees to esolve age bias suit

August 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asserted the Maplewood, Minn.-based industrial conglomerate unlawfully laid off hundreds of employees over the age of 45 during a series of terminations from 2003 through 2006. 3M fired many highly paid older employees, among others, apparently to save money and cut workers in salaried positions up to the level of director, the EEOC said Monday. Continue Reading

3M settles age discrimination complaint

August 22, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says technology giant 3M has agreed to pay $3 million to several hundred former employees who accused the company of age discrimination.

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3M will settle age-bias suit for $12M

March 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

3M Co. agreed to pay up to $12 million to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed in 2004 with as many as 7,000 current and former Minnesota workers. Much of the settlement, if approved, will go to attorneys. Continue Reading

Energy secretary: Lack of nuclear waste storage ‘solvable problem’

February 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who has touted nuclear power along with wind and solar energy as clean alternatives to fossil fuels, toured 3M Co. in Maplewood, Minn., on Friday with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and was briefed on an array of products the conglomerate makes in its burgeoning clean-energy business. Continue Reading