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.

Leader Sought For Rochester Econ. Development Agency

The new post at Rochester’s Economic Development Agency will help steer Destination Medical Center planning.

Activist Investor Calls Foul, Won’t Attend ShopHQ Meeting

The Clinton Group claimed in a recent letter that ValueVision broke state law by not holding a special shareholders meeting 90 days after it was requested—but the Minnesota company argues that Clinton’s original request was invalid.

Entrepreneur Of The Yr. Awards Seek Nominations

Ernst & Young is seeking nominations for outstanding entrepreneurs in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Edina Realty Names New CEO, Replacing Bob Peltier

Bob Peltier, who began his real estate career in 1978 and was appointed CEO of Edina Realty Home Services in 2009, is stepping down but will remain chairman emeritus; Greg Mason is the company's new leader.

With Minnesota Orchestra Lockout Over, Businesses And City Tally Losses

Minneapolis finance officials estimate city restaurants, like MASA, left, lost $1.7 million in dining revenues for the season.

Ad Agency Rebrands After Hiring Former Olson CEO

Kevin DiLorenzo has joined forces with Bob Barrie and Stuart D’Rozario, whose firm will now be called Barrie D’Rozario DiLorenzo.

3 MN Cos. Among “100 Best Companies To Work For”

Allianz Life Insurance Company, Mayo Clinic, and General Mills were named to the list based on employee surveys and company benefits and practices.

Long Lockout Of Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Officially Over

The vote of the musicians was complex, because members of the orchestra are scattered around the globe, performing with symphony orchestras elsewhere.

Dolan’s Stock Hits All-Time Low On Credit Deal

Since announcing its new amended credit agreement, Dolan’s stock has dropped more than 8 percent, reaching a record low price Tuesday afternoon.

Investor Buys $200M+ Stake In Snap Fitness

A “significant” amount of Snap Fitness shares are changing hands as TZP Capital Partners buys Summit Partners’ more than $200 million stake in the company.

Dolan Faces Stock Delisting, Hires “Restructuring Officer”

Minneapolis-based Dolan’s stock has fallen to $0.52 per share, well below the New York Stock Exchange’s listing requirements, and a new executive appointment illustrates continued distress.

Mayor Betsy Hodges Calls Minneapolis To A New Era Of Growth And Greatness

Mayor Betsy Hodges: "In every part of Minneapolis, we must maintain and grow the middle-class backbone of our city."

Local 3D-Printing Firm Denies Patent Infringement Claims

Afinia is pushing back against 3D-printing giant Stratasys, which claims in a lawsuit that Afinia is infringing on four of Stratasys’ patents.

Explosive Train Derailment Heightens Concerns About Transporting Bakken Crude Oil

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a safety alert Thursday, warning that Bakken crude may be more flammable than other, heavier crude oil.

Techne CFO Resigns After Being Passed Over For CEO

Gregory Melsen, who has served as chief financial officer and as interim CEO, will leave Techne Corporation in early February to “pursue other opportunities.”

Debate Over Orchestra Hall Lease Continues

The group Save Our Symphony is urging the city to end its lease with Minnesota Orchestra management; orchestra leaders, however, say they provided sufficient financial information and are in compliance with the lease’s terms.

Is Guy Gilmore The Twin Cities' Biggest Media Mogul?

Is the most important national media executive in the Twin Cities now sitting in a newspaper office in sleepy downtown St. Paul?

Poll: 81% Opposed Former MNsure Director's Vacation

April Todd-Malmlov’s recent vacation, however, was not directly cited in MNsure’s announcement about her resignation.

Klobuchar Pushes Policies She Says Will Boost Manufacturing

A recent report from Senator Amy Klobuchar and other lawmakers provides advice for increasing U.S. manufacturing production and jobs.

Nerdery Names First President Since Cofounder’s Death

Tom O’Neill has been promoted to president of local Web development firm The Nerdery; Mike Derheim retains the CEO title.

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