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Minnesota roundup: Troubles abound for Target; Salvation Army donations strong

Target sales down after data breach

New York, NY -- Sales at Minnesota-based Target are taking a small hit following the massive data security breach. The Wall Street Journal reports the number of transactions at Target stores fell 3 to 4 percent over the weekend compared to the final weekend before Christmas 2012. Stores in Minnesota appeared busy this weekend as shoppers took advantage of a ten-percent discount. The company announced last week that hackers had stolen data from up to 40-million credit and debit cards this holiday shopping season.

More troubles for Target

Minneapolis -- A number of groups are suing Minnesota-based Target and more lawsuits are possible due to a credit card breach at the start of the holiday shopping season. "USA Today" reports class-action lawsuits are now pending in California and Oregon, plus attorneys general in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and South Dakota want more information. Millions of accounts are on the black market for sale. Brian Krebs on his website says batches of a million cards are selling from 20 to 100-dollars per card. The Secret Service is investigating.

Expert: Target troubles show US credit card technology lagging

St. Paul, MN -- One Minnesota retail expert says the recent data theft at Target stores is another reminder of just how far behind credit card technology is in the US. University of St. Thomas marketing professor Dave Brennan says many countries have moved past magnetic-strip credit cards to those that use digital chips to hold data. Brennan says here in the U.S. when you are ready to pay your food tab, the server often takes your card away from the table to process it, meaning someone could swipe it for other purposes and steal the information. Brennan says in Europe they bring out a machine and run the card through directly in front of the customer. Many experts say the U-S is using 20th century cards against 21st century hackers.

Good weekend for Salvation Army Kettles

Minneapolis -- Salvation Army officials report a resounding success during this weekend's two day, two state donation drive. Final numbers won't be available until mid-week, but it looks like Twin Cities donors contributed about $1 million Friday and Saturday, and further giving across Minnesota and North Dakota could add a million more. An anonymous donor pledged two million dollars in matching funds. Twin Cities Salvation Army Cmdr. Major Jeff Strickler says the generous weekend has put them in a "very strong position" to hit their 10-point-eight-million-dollar goal by the end of the year. 

Wild go back in search of road win

Philadelphia -- The Wild wrap up their pre-holiday schedule Monday with a stop in Philadelphia to take on the Flyers. It's a rematch from Dec. 2 in St. Paul when the Wild won 2-0 thanks to 21 saves by goaltender Josh Harding. While the Flyers lost on Saturday night in Columbus to drop their fifth-in- a-row on the road, at home they've been remarkable -- winning eight straight dating back to early November. Puck drops at 6:30 p.m. from Wells Fargo Center in Philly.