Gene-Editing Pioneer Recombinetics Taps Mark Platt as New CEO

As he replaces Tammy Lee, who’s taking a “leave of absence,” Platt will be the company’s third CEO in two years. Platt’s prior experience includes leading Wisconsin manufacturing company Multistack LLC.

Allete Names Bethany Owen As New President

Owens will be the first female to hold the role at the Duluth-based electric company.

Hennepin Healthcare CEO Jon Pryor Makes Surprise Resignation

Under his six-year tenure, Pryor oversaw the completion of a massive new clinic in Minneapolis, as well as an ongoing controversy over an emergency services practice.

Pohlads Making Moves for Faster Growth

A new executive joins Pohlad Cos. and pursues strategic acquisitions.

Free Spirit Publishing’s New Leader Bets on Books

New Publisher Kyra Ostendorf explains why she’s optimistic about the future of children’s print books.

Long-Time Greater Mankato Growth President, CEO Jonathan Zierdt is Retiring

Zierdt has led Greater Mankato Growth since 2007, and headed its preceding organization, too. Credited with growing both GMG and Mankato itself, he’s stepping down to focus on health and personal interests.

President of Evine Live Resigns After Four Months on the Job

No reason for the abrupt resignation has been publicized. Martin-Vachon will receive a separation payment of about $250,000, according to an SEC filing.

Corporate Philanthropy: Beyond the Bottom Line

Minnesota set the standard for corporate philanthropy decades ago, but now businesses are feeling the pressure to give more than money.

Leaders in Giving: People

A look at philanthropic efforts by corporate givers.

Leaders in Giving: Companies and Foundations

A look at philanthropic efforts by mission-driven businesses.

Mpls Law Firm Gains Co-Owner, Changes Its Name

Schaefer Law Firm is now Schaefer Halleen, as Toni Halleen has become co-owner of the local firm.

U.S. Bancorp Pays $53M To Settle Mortgage Claims

U.S. Bancorp agreed to pay “Freddie Mac” $53 million to resolve its mortgage buy-back obligations, adding to the more than $18 billion paid out by other banks in similar settlements.

Nanne Leads Fundraising For U Of M Sports Facilities Project

Lou Nanne will lead fundraising efforts for $190 million in upgrades at U of M sports facilities; TCB recently reported on the school’s ambitious plans.

As State Reports Surplus, Dayton Wants To Cut Taxes

Governor Mark Dayton said more than $400 million from the budget surplus should be used for business and middle-class tax cuts.

Minnesota Orchestra Association Offers 'Artistic' Report On Orchestra Hall Lease

Under terms of the Orchestra Hall lease, the Minnesota Orchestral Association is required to show how the facility is being used—and will be used—to promote the arts in Minneapolis.

Christopher & Banks Sees Profit Growth Under New CEO

The women’s clothing retailer saw profits jump 140 percent during the third quarter, and its stock has risen 120 percent since it named a new CEO.

2 MN Cos. Make Fortune’s “Blue Ribbon” List

3M and Target both made four of Fortune’s high-profile annual lists, earning them spots on the magazine’s 2013 best-of compilation.

Stratasys Accuses Local Firm Of Patent Infringement

3D printing giant Stratasys filed its first patent infringement lawsuit Monday against fellow Minnesotan company Afinia.

Q&A With CIO John Bandy

DRC’s John Bandy, CIO, takes on the tough issues—far beyond internal technology.

Hear From Award-Winning Family Businesses (Video)

View acceptance speeches from and biographical videos about the winners of the 2013 Minnesota Family Business Awards.

Activist Investor May Take ValueVision Dispute To Court

ValueVision denied investor Clinton Group’s request for a special meeting in January and has instead scheduled the meeting, one at which shareholders may vote on Clinton’s proposals, for March.

John Pohlad Leaves Firm He Founded To Grow Another

John Pohlad has been appointed director of strategic development at Rothschild Capital Partners, which is looking to grow its Minneapolis presence.

Hear From The 2013 "Outstanding Directors" (Video)

View the acceptance speeches of five members of local business boards who won 2013 Outstanding Directors Awards.

5 MN Companies Among 100 Most “Military Friendly” In U.S.

Xcel Energy was the highest-ranked Minnesota company on this year’s list.

How Minnesota's Lawmakers Spend Leftover Campaign Cash

Representative Michele Bachmann has a stack of cash left in her congressional campaign account, with no obvious expenses left to spend it on.

Mayo Picks Carlson Dean, 5 Others, To Steer Rochester Plan

A former Twins executive; the president of Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc.; and the dean of the Carlson School of Management are among those appointed to the Economic Development Agency Board.

Target Accidentally Ships New Xbox To Customers Weeks Early

An estimated 150 Xbox One consoles were reportedly shipped to customers over the weekend, ahead of its official November 22 launch date.

3M Sues 2 European Cos. Over Patents

3M is suing two dental businesses for allegedly infringing on the company’s ceramic-based dental technology.

Activist Investor Calls ShopHQ’s Actions “Surreptitious”

ValueVision asked activist investor Clinton Group to postpone a special meeting until after the holidays; Clinton said it would wait until January, but it won't withdraw its filing, because that might allow ValueVision to push the date back even further.

MN Co. Wins $23M In Trade Secrets Case

A jury sided with Willmar-based Relco after two former employees allegedly used confidential company information after moving to a competitor.

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