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VOL. 127 | NO. 88 | Friday, May 4, 2012

Medtronic Laying Off 220 Minn. Workers

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FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) Medtronic Inc. is restructuring its cardiac rhythm disease management division and is laying off about 220 workers.

The largest division in the Fridley medical technology company has struggled with slumping sales. The Star Tribune says the cardiac rhythm unit contributed about $1.2 billion of nearly $4 billion in third-quarter revenue. But, analysts say defibrillator sales have declined from about 20 percent annually to 2 percent.

Medtronic spokesman Christopher Garland says terminated employees at the Mounds View division will receive severance pay, outplacement services and medical benefit subsidies.

The company employs about 8,000 people in Minnesota.

Information from: Star Tribune, www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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PROPERTY SALES 56 437 16,061
MORTGAGES 76 508 18,556
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 56 2,461
BUILDING PERMITS 241 876 33,390
BANKRUPTCIES 64 301 10,314
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 125 5,303
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 17 125 6,273
MARRIAGE LICENSES 19 98 3,511