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.

3 Of The Fastest-Growing Women-Led Cos. Are From MN

Morning Star Financial Services, eCapital Advisors, and Innovative Office Solutions were recognized for their fast-paced growth.

4 Cos. Receive Minnesota Business Ethics Awards

The Minnesota Business Ethics Awards went to Spanlink Communications, Doherty Employment Group, Marvin Windows and Doors, and Restaurant Technologies.

Target CEO’s Severance Package Likely Worth Millions

Target’s 2013 proxy filing offers insight into how much Gregg Steinhafel’s exit package may be worth; some estimates project he might collect about $26 million.

MN Ranked Among Top States For Working Moms

Based on factors like child care costs, parental leave policies, and gender pay gaps, WalletHub compiled a list of the best states to live in for working mothers.

19 Entrepreneur Of The Yr. Finalists Hail From MN

Minnesota business leaders dominate this year’s crop of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards for the Upper Midwest region.

7 MN Cos. Among “100 Best Corporate Citizens”

Corporate Responsibility magazine named Ecolab, 3M, General Mills, Mosaic, Target, Hormel, and Medtronic to its 2014 list.

Visionary Real Estate Developer Rauenhorst Dies At 86

In 1953, Gerry Rauenhorst founded Rauenhorst Construction Company, which evolved into what is today the Minnetonka-based Opus Group.

MN Mayor Wins 2nd “Business Person Of The Yr.” Award

Duluth Mayor Don Ness has received another honor for his success as the “CEO of Duluth.”

3 MN Companies Rank Highly For Diversity

Based on their responses to a 300-question survey, General Mills, Target, and Medtronic were ranked in the top 50 companies with the best diversity policies.

Med-Tech Firm Receives FDA Warning Over Minnetonka Plant

The FDA sent a warning letter to American Medical Systems, identifying issues related to “process validation, risk analysis, and corrective and preventive action procedures.”

Why Thrivent Decided To Filter Its Philanthropy

Thrivent wanted to give its customers a greater voice, which brought it noisy dissent.

Kieran Folliard's Next Round: Major Diversification

The Twin Cities’ happy Irish warrior flogs his accessible whiskey while he prepares to diversify.

2 Fastenal Directors, Including Chairman, Retire From Board

Chairman Bob Kierlin, who is often recognized as the visionary behind Fastenal, and Steve Slaggie are retiring from Fastenal’s board.

St. Paul, Mpls. Are Now Both Seeking Development Directors

Cecile Bedor is leaving her longtime role with the city of St. Paul for a position at Greater MSP.

4 MN Cos. Among “Best Employers In America”

Xcel Energy, St. Jude Medical, Mosaic, and Medtronic were among 50 of the largest companies in the country that offer the best combination of a high median salary, high job satisfaction, and a flexible work schedule.

MN Business Leaders Identify Their Legislative Priorities

In a recent poll, Minnesota business leaders identified the issues they'd prefer to see lawmakers address this session.

Billionaire Glen Taylor To Buy Star Tribune

If the deal proceeds, it's expected to close “by late spring”; financial terms have not been disclosed.

MN Among States Least-Dependent On Fed Government

Taking into account returns on taxpayer investment, how much each state receives in federal funding, and the ratio of federal employees, WalletHub ranked Minnesota third on its list of states least-dependent on the federal government.

Target Faces Senate Committee And Another Lawsuit

A Senate committee laid out multiple mistakes Target made when failing to prevent its data breach; meanwhile, the company faces yet another lawsuit.

10 Of Minnesota's Top Corporate Women

Twin Cities Business spoke with prominent women executives to learn about their leadership approaches and paths to success.

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