TCB's 19 Most-Read Stories in '19

A look back at some of our most popular stories from the year.

What to Know Now: Maud Borup’s Expansion, Securian’s Next Acquisition

A roundup of business news from around the state, curated by TCB editors.

What to Know Now: Enbridge Permitting Proceeds, Medtronic Sees Positive Q2

A roundup of business news from around the state, curated by TCB editors

What to Know Now: No Ban on Lead Tackle, Krispy Kreme Inks a Deal with Minnesota Delivery Driver

A roundup of business news around the state, curated by TCB editors.

Twin Cities Named Best Place for Women Entrepreneurs

A study ranks the country’s top metros based on 2016 U.S. Census data.

What to Know Now: MN Businesses Fight For Dreamers, Lodging Tax For Tourism Gains Steam

A roundup of business news from across the state, curated by TCB’s editors.

What to Know Now: Sun Country’s Boeing Boost; Microsoft, Google Leave a Mark in MN

A roundup of business news from across the state, curated by TCB’s editors.

What to Know Now: Dunkin’ at MoA, Rochester Post-Bulletin’s New Publisher, and WomenVentures’ New Deal

A roundup of business news from around the state, curated by TCB editors.

What to Know Now: Possible Six Flags-Cedar Fair Merger, Another Newspaper Company Bites the Dust

A roundup of business news from around the state, curated by TCB editors.

What to Know Now: Job Vacancies at All-Time High, Sezzle’s New Partnership

A roundup of business news from around the state, curated by TCB editors.

What to Know Now: Minnesota Follows California in Clean Car Standards, Twins Clinch AL Central

A roundup of business news from around the state, curated by TCB editors.

What to Know Now: Former Gov. Carlson Takes on PolyMet, Pumpkin Spice Spam Sells Out

A roundup of business news around the state, curated by TCB editors.

What to Know Now: Businesses Close for Climate Strike, Cameron's Coffee Sold

A roundup of business news around the state, curated by TCB editors.

What to Know Now: Pause on PolyMet Permits, General Mills’ Q1 Sales Dip

A roundup of business news around the state, curated by TCB editors.

81 Minnesota Companies Land on Inc. 5000 List

The figure marks the third consecutive decline in the number of Minnesota companies to appear on the list.

Minnesota Losing Ground on Fortune 500?

Two companies dropped from list, two more won’t be listed next year.

2018 Business Events Dining Guide

Twin Cities-area restaurants offer a range of cuisine and ambience for company meetings, parties, and special events.

The 2018 Corporate Gift Guide

Think outside the fruit basket. Make your clients and employees feel special this holiday season with customized and curated gifts from these local companies.

Best of Business 2018

Minnesota's top businesses, chosen by you.

Rochester Ad Firm The Media Manager is Minnesota’s Fastest-Growing Company

A total of 85 Minnesota companies landed on the 2018 edition of the Inc. 5000 list.

2018 Education and Training Guide

Colleges and universities are adapting their graduate, continuing education and custom programs to meet the workforce needs of Minnesota businesses.

12 Minnesota Small Businesses, Leaders Honored During National Small Business Week

Companies and individuals were chosen based on their community involvement and strides in starting or helping small businesses.

The TCB 100: People to Know in 2018

Take a look at our "little black book" of the influencers, thought leaders and key players likely to be making news or driving change in the year ahead.

2017 Business Events Dining Guide

Twin Cities-area restaurants offer a range of cuisine and ambience for company meetings, parties and special events.

Best of Business 2017

The best B2B vendors as chosen by our readers.

Annual Guide To Meeting Venues

Twin Cities Business’ extensive guide to Minnesota meeting and event facilities.

Vikings are the 30th Most-Valuable Sports Team in the World

The newly completed U.S. Bank Stadium helped boost their fortunes substantially.

Minnesota Ranked Third on Top States for Business List

Great education and high quality-of-life helped the state score highly.

20 Companies to Watch

At the midpoint of 2017, these Minnesota businesses are at key stages, including new product launches and rapid growth.

Unique Outdoor Business Venues

Whether you’re planning a board reception, a company celebration or a team retreat this summer, here are 20 unique venues with distinctive outdoor spaces, beautiful views, event planning services and other amenities.

MOA Had One of Nation’s Highest Property Tax Bills in 2016

The mega mall paid more than $30 million.

Hennepin Healthier In Latest County Health Ranking

County moves up to 38th place in ranking of 87 Minnesota counties based on health outcomes.

Minnesota Businesses Ramp Up Investment Plans

Leaders are extremely optimistic about national and global economies in 2017 and plan to increase hiring, R&D and capital expenditures.

2016’s Awfulness Notwithstanding, Here Are 5 Trends That Improved In Minnesota This Year

If the trends continue, 2017 could be a good year for the state.

Minnesota Ranked Fourth Healthiest State in 2016

State holds on to fourth spot in annual ranking from United Health Foundation.

Why Minnesota May Run Out Of Workers

Minnesota employers are having more trouble finding employees — and that might not be getting better anytime soon.

2016 Business Events Dining Guide

Twin Cities-area restaurants offer a range of cuisine and ambience for company meetings, parties and special events.

U Of M Seeks $32M To Expand MnDRIVE Research Aligned With Economic Growth Goals

State-funded program focuses on biotech, other fields with commercialization promise.

With Stumpf Gone, What Do We Know About New Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan?

Sloan will be taking over the nation’s largest bank amid a storm of controversy, although his 29 years there was spent largely removed from the scandal events.

Mayo, MIT Awarded $9.7M Grant To Improve Brain Tumor Drug Delivery

The money will fund research that could potentially improve individualized medicine practices and allow physicians to better select drugs tailored to a patient’s unique tumor.

University Of Minnesota Earns $9M Grant For Parkinson’s Research

The university was named a Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research, and also earned the right to open a prestigious Udall Center on its campus.

Mayo Survey: Americans' Greatest Health Fear Is Cancer

The health system found that Zika ranks low on people’s list of concerns.

Natural-Born Killers: Anti-Cancer Cells At Center Of U Of M Research Collaboration

University, Fate Therapeutics on commercialization track for cutting-edge immunotherapy.

Twin Metals Sues U.S. Government Over Mining Rights

The minerals company claims government figures are refusing to give it automatic renewal of the right to mine in an area near the Boundary Waters.

Mayo’s Kogod Center On Aging Spawning Spinoffs, Breakthrough Research

After launch of Unity Biotechnology, study links osteoarthritis to ‘senescent’ cells.

Luxury Apartment Living In The Heart Of MSP

Empty-nesters and young professionals are driving demand for a growing number of upscale apartments in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

2016 Annual Guide To Meeting Venues

Twin Cities Business’ extensive guide to Minnesota meeting and event facilities.

A Tree Crash Landed On My Business — What Do I Do?

If your place of business has been affected by a severe storm or disaster, it’s important to formulate a plan before and after the event occurs.

Xcel Ranked Fourth For Renewable Energy Nationwide

The electric provider was only outranked by California-based utilities.

Twin Cities Has Second-Worst Gender Pay Gap In Tech

Men make more than women in all of the metros surveyed.

Minnesota Company Cracks Fortune 500 Top Ten For First Time In History

UnitedHealth was named one of the largest corporations in the U.S., as were 16 other Minnesota companies.

Distinct Event Venues

When it comes to planning a memorable meeting or a compelling conference, it’s all about the location. Here are 10 unique event spaces that will impress guests and unleash creativity.

Minnesotans Dominate EY’s “Entrepreneur Of The Year” Upper Midwest Finalists

A total of 24 from the state made the list.

MSP Airport Among The World's Best

Results came from a survey of millions of flyers.

Minnesota's Great Wealth Migration

Billions of dollars are fleeing the state because of higher taxes and a growing perception that its government is 'anti-success.'

Top 12 In Technology

Minnesota’s small and large companies are creating cutting-edge products and processes by leveraging technological innovations.

Supervalu Joins The Cage-Free Egg Shift

The grocery retailer said it would sell 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025.

Hennepin Lands In Middle Of Pack For Health Ranking

County finishes 44th in ranking of 87 Minnesota counties based on health outcomes.

Thissen Proposes $500M State R&D Fund

The House minority leader said he wants to improve Minnesota's standing in science and technology.

Mayo Researchers Make Progress In Fight Against Malignant Form Of Cancer

An experimental drug tested by the medical organization appears to inhibit a key enzyme within cancerous cells.

Study: Low-Income Minnesotans More Likely To Have Diabetes

The Minnesota Department of Health found that nearly one out of every eight low-income, working-age Minnesotans is diabetic.

Homes Near Target Worth More Than Those Near Walmart

Homes in ZIP codes with Target stores were worth significantly more than those with a Walmart store nearby.

3M Opens $150M State-Of-The-Art Research And Development Lab

A number of 3M scientists believe the new workspace could bring about collaborations that weren’t possible in its older, more spread out facilities.

Four Minnesota Hospitals Named To 100 Top Hospitals List

The list is pulled from public data on performance and outcomes.

Mayo Clinic Takes Aim At Zika Virus With Vaccine Development

Researchers with the medical institution hope to reverse engineer a vaccine that will be inexpensive and easy to produce.

PMT Corp. Settles Hiring Discrimination Lawsuit For Over $1M

The company’s CEO allegedly told his hiring officials that “women in sales is a 100 percent fail.”

Several MN Companies Among World's "Most Admired"

Target inched back up the list after falling dramatically last year.

Solar Jobs Surge: Minnesota Workforce More Than Doubles In Two Years

A recent jobs census found the state created more than 1,100 new jobs from 2013 to 2015, with another 410 openings expected this year.

Target Remains Downtown Minneapolis’ Largest Employer

The top 15 employers make up 30 percent of the workforce.

Do Prestigious Colleges Pay Off? It Depends On The Major

School choice is more important for those majoring in business and liberal arts than STEM.

Twin Cities Tech Salaries Rise Sharply In 2015

The average worker now takes home a six-figure salary.

Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Minnesota Recognized For Commitment To Veterans

The company was designated a “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” company.

Companies To Watch In 2016: Select Comfort

The company is struggling with a software overhaul that's affecting shipments, but the mattress maker is poised to grow.

Building Minnesota's STEM Workforce

Minnesota colleges are updating and expanding their science, technology, engineering and math programs to meet business needs in a 21st century economy.

Achievements In Tech Innovation

Through its 2015 Tekne Awards, the Minnesota High Tech Association honors major breakthroughs in technology.

Companies To Watch In 2016: 3M

China and other high-growth markets could pay off big for 3M next year and beyond.

Companies To Watch In 2016: The Tile Shop

After going public in 2012 and expanding with more brick-and-mortar locations, The Tile Shop is believed to see earnings growth of up to 50 percent.

Survey: Modest Job Growth For Twin Cities In Q1

About one in five metro employers intend to add staff, but 8 percent intend to decrease their workforce size.

Mark Davis Named A Horatio Alger Award Winner

The award recognizes successful leaders who have faced adversity.

Midwest Manufacturing Conditions At Their Worst In Three Years

Analysts fear economic contraction due to flagging international sales.

Report: 15 Minnesota Companies Get Top Marks For LGBT Equality

The Corporate Equality Index scores companies on how well they treat LGBT employees.

Federal Agents Raid Former Starkey Execs’ Homes

The former president and former CFO of Starkey both had items confiscated from their homes, which included a computer, documents and a car.

U Of M, United States Golf Association Form Research Partnership

The USGA wants to revitalize the game of golf with the help of the state’s largest higher education institution.

2015 Business Event Dining Guide

Twin Cities-area restaurants offer a range of cuisine and ambience for company meetings, parties and special events.

St. Paul Drops Parking Meter Proposal On Grand Avenue

Dave Thune of the St. Paul city council believes "the meters just are not a good idea anymore" and will move to drop the proposal.

UPDATE: Grand Ave Parking Meter Opponents Feel Powerless

Community leaders along St. Paul’s Grand Avenue argue the installation of paid parking meters would lose the city money and push away residents.

Railroads Want Mandated Safety Upgrade Deadline Pushed Back

Companies say train shipments might have to grind to a halt without an extension, but some argue that railroads are behind due to misguided priorities.

Minneapolis Proposes Minimum Wage Study

The city wants a three-month study to determine the impacts of raising the minimum wage to as high as $15 per hour.

Former Starkey Execs Dismissed Over Dispute To Promote CEO’s Stepson, Lawsuit Alleges

A lawsuit filed Friday by Keith Guggenberger claims Starkey CEO Bill Austin wrongfully terminated the executives and even badmouthed him around the office.

How Prepared Are MN Retailers For The Chip Card Switch?

Three-quarters of merchants behind when it comes to taking chip card payments.

What Does Wealth Management Mean To Millennials?

What the smartphone generation wants to do with their money.

How Businesses Are Improving Their Cybersecurity

Other businesses can learn about cybersecurity from the health care and financial services industries.

FAA Allege Sun Country Violated Drug Testing Protocol, Faces $115K Penalty

A dozen Sun Country employees were allegedly not drug tested after being hired or transferred, per the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ex-Community Action CEO Indicted On Embezzlement Charges

Bill Davis allegedly diverted at least $250,000 for personal use between his family and friends that paid for vacations and a new car.

Summer Tourism In Minnesota At Its Strongest Since 2008

More than half of the lodging businesses who responded to Explore Minnesota’s survey reported an increases in summer occupancy and revenue compared to a year ago.

Survey: Minnesota Small Business Burdened By Regulation

Texas was ranked in the survey as having the best small business climate in the U.S., while Minnesota placed 25th.

Mayo Clinic's Venture Into Entrepreneurship

Why technology previously transferred outside Minnesota is now more likely to remain in Rochester.

Inc. 5000: 100 MN Companies Among Nation's Fastest Growing

The state ranked 18th overall for number of companies that made the list.

2015 Annual Guide To Meeting Venues

Twin Cities Business’ extensive guide to Minnesota meeting and event facilities.

Steady Pulse For Medical Startup Financing

Four companies raise more than $101 million in Q2.

Minnesota Is Best State For Business, Says CNBC

The North Star State received national recognition primarily for its quality of life, economy and education departments.

Minnesota Improves Its National Manufacturing, Logistics Rank

The state’s grades mostly improved or remained the same.

Unemployment Rate Climbs Slightly in May

Trade, transportation and utilities continue to see tremendous growth with 1,500 more job opportunities than the next closest sector.

Fit For Work?

PsyBar is working to revolutionize employee assessment and keep peril out of the workplace.

Minnesota's 50 Fantastic Firsts

We challenge any other state to come up with a list of extraordinary innovations as impressive as Minnesota’s.

Minnesota Business Owners Upbeat – But Not Hiring

New survey gauges small business outlook.

Survey: Minneapolis-St. Paul Start-Up Climate Is Chilly

WalletHub survey ranks metro low for startup climate.

New Report Blames Twin Cities Housing Policies For Segregation

The author, Myron Orfield, says the metro's racial segregation is due to government apathy and "well-meaning but misdirected" efforts by housing advocates and school reformers.

Podcast Previews TCB’s 2015 Middle Market Forum

The March 4 event will feature four area CEOs discussing challenges unique to middle-market companies in Minnesota.

St. Paul, Mpls. Rank High On ‘Active City Index’

The two cities were scored among 83 others based on park spending and access, healthy weight and exercise.

Fastenal 8th On Reputation-Based Top 100; Pentair Makes Cut

The Harvard Business Review placed the companies in its 100 best performing CEO rankings and recently revised the list based on non-financial reputation.

How Immigrants In The Twin Cities Build The Economy—And Revitalize Neighborhoods

A new report uncovers some surprising facts about the impact of immigrant-owned small businesses.

How One Org. Is Building A Network For Female Entrepreneurs

A new events series from the Minnesota Cup allows women starting their own businesses to network with each other, find mentors.

Brainerd-Based Madden's Tops Travel Magazine Resort List

The historic Gull Lake resort makes an international media splash.

Two Twin Cities Firms Recognized Among World’s Most Innovative

But Japan steals the show with 46 of 100 spots on Thomson Reuters’ annual list.

Cargill Tops Forbes List Of Largest Private Companies For 28th Time

It is one of seven Minnesota firms to make the 221-firm list this year.

Marvin Windows and Doors Earns National Ethics Award

The Warroad family business earned a Minnesota Business Ethics award earlier this year.

Five Minnesotans Among Forbes’ 400 Wealthiest

The total net worth of the five wealthiest Minnesotans is nearly $11 billion.

Three Twin Cities Suburbs Among Money’s Best

Extensive parks and job opportunities helped Maple Grove, Eagan and Woodbury earn places on the annual list.

Minnesota Cities Named Among “Top 100 Best Places To Live”

Rochester and St. Louis Park are named to Livability.com’s 2015 list.

How Do Twin Cities Businesses Keep Transplanted Talent In Town?

Suggestions for companies recruiting beyond the Upper Midwest.

See Which 94 MN Cos. Made The 2014 Inc. 5000 List

Of the 94 Minnesota businesses that appear on the Inc. 5000 list, PerformTel, United Credit Consultants, Morning Star Financial Services, Field Nation, and All Around ranked among the top 500.

Two MN Companies Among Fortune’s Fastest Growing

Northern Oil and Polaris are among Fortune magazine’s 100 fastest-growing companies, giving Minnesota two representatives on the list for a second straight year.

Why Moving To MN Could Save Wealthy Wisconsinites Money

Despite criticisms of Minnesota's tax climate for wealthy residents, a new study suggests that high-income earners in Wisconsin might actually save money if they relocated here.

2 MN Schools Make Forbes' List Of Top 100 U.S. Colleges

Carleton College and Macalester College both appear on Forbes' list, which is based on 12 different measures and emphasizes students' return on investment.

How Smart Is Alternative Energy?

Minnesota’s leading the charge in clean energy generation and usage. But it will take compromise and dedication to keep the edge, while the economic benefit remains only theoretical.

3 MN Cos. That Are Cleaning Up The Twin Cities

Two Bettys, Aaron’s Green Cleaning, and Happy Earth Cleaning Co. are cleaning up the Twin Cities, using environmentally conscious products, one house at a time.

Sales Surge To Record Highs At Multiple MN Companies

3M, Tennant Company, Graco, Proto Labs, Piper Jaffray, and Deluxe Corporation experienced particularly strong growth in their latest quarters.

Two Big Deals Help MN Medical Investments Climb 68%

Investments in Holaira and Inspire Medical helped drive the strong quarter.

3 MN Hospitals Among Nation's Best; Mayo Earns Top Spot

For the first time, Mayo Clinic claimed the top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious “Honor Roll” list.

Twin Cities Has Second-Fastest-Growing Wages In U.S.

The latest “PayScale Index” found that wages are growing faster in Minneapolis-St. Paul than in most metros, although rising inflation is constraining purchasing power nationwide.

5 MN Cos. Make Fortune's Global 500; 2 Move Up

UnitedHealth Group and CHS moved up on this year’s list; Target, Best Buy, and 3M slid to lower positions but still made the cut.

Twin Cities Has Lowest Unemployment Of U.S. Cities

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area's 4 percent unemployment rate in May was the lowest among U.S. metros with a population of 1 million or more.

More MN Manufacturers Say They're "Thriving"

A new report from McGladrey reflects increasing confidence among Minnesota manufacturers, although it identified challenges as well.

2 MN Chains Named Among 10 Best Franchises In America

Plato’s Closet and Anytime Fitness ranked first and fifth, respectively, on Forbes' new list of best franchises.

Employees Bond In The Paintball Trenches

The game can help build coworker bonds. It's work together, or dye alone.

Has MN's Job Market Really "Recovered"?

Despite recent rosy proclamations, the state’s employment picture remains murky.

After A Slow Start To 2014, MN’s Job Market Rebounds In May

Minnesota’s labor force rebounded in May, driven in part by the construction and manufacturing sectors, although the state’s annual job-growth rate continues to lag the national average.

Twin Cities Makes Lists For Job Seekers, Worker Satisfaction

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro ranked second on Forbes’ list for summer job seekers but didn't fare as well on Fast Company’s ranking of “employee satisfaction.”

Employees Of 3 MN Cos. Make List Of Fortune 500 "Heroes"

Employees from U.S. Bancorp, Ecolab, and Thrivent were named to Fortune’s “Heroes of the 500” list, which recognizes acts of charity and courage.

18 MN Cos. Make Fortune 500; 9 Move Up In Rank

UnitedHealth Group remains Minnesota’s highest-ranked company on this year’s list and moved up three spots from last year, ranking 14th overall.

The Twin Cities' Fast-Changing Market For Human Hair

An inside look at the state of the hair market today.

Commercial Real Estate Roars Back In The Twin Cities

The local building boom is putting developers back in business.

How Stratasys Is Leading The Next Industrial Revolution

Willing to boldly go where no manufacturer has gone before.

Value Of MN Exports Dips To $20.7B In 2013

Exports of manufactured goods climbed to a new high, but exports overall ticked down following modest increases in recent years.

Who’s Vying For This Year’s Minnesota Cup?

An analysis of the demographics of Minnesota Cup entrants sheds light on where the state’s start-up energy is thriving.

Report: Boat Sales Totaled $555M In MN In 2013

National sales tied to the recreational boating industry increased amid higher demand and the introduction of new products.

MN Loses 4,200 Jobs In A "Very Disappointing" April

Only three sectors added jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in April, with manufacturing being the only real bright spot in Minnesota’s private sector.

Twin Cities Rank Among Best Metros For Starting A Career

Among the 150 largest cities in the United States, Minneapolis ranked fifth for starting a career, while St. Paul took the 12th spot on a new list.

Two Of Millennials' Favorite Cos. To Work For Are In MN

Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group are among Millennials' top picks for employers.

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.

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.

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.

MN Adds 2,600 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Professional and business services, as well as the construction industry, contributed largely to March’s gains; the leisure and hospitality sector, along with retail, struggled during the month.

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.

Twin Cities Among Top 10 Cities For Millennials

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area placed 9th on a ranking of the best neighborhoods for millennials by Niche.com, due largely to its low rent and unemployment rates.

Two MN Eateries Win Zimmern’s National Food Award

General Mills and Andrew Zimmern teamed up to recognize the country’s best of the best across 20 food-related categories.

Minnesotans Get 2nd-Smallest Portion Of Their Taxes Back

Minnesota taxpayers recoup less than 10 percent of the individual income taxes they contribute, whereas Mississippians get back more than 30 percent.

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.

Inc. Magazine Recognizes 2 MN Cos. For Ongoing Job Growth

Trissential and Horizontal Integration were named to “The Build 100,” Inc. magazine’s list of mid-size companies that have experienced sustained employment growth.

MN Ranked 2nd-Best State For Achieving The American Dream

Attaining the second-highest “opportunity score,” Minnesota ranked especially well for its education opportunities and civic engagement on a recent list published by Forbes.

Minnesota's Top Technology Trends In 2014

3-D Printing, Wearable Technology Gaining Ground

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.

6 Of Forbes' "Most Trustworthy Companies" Are From MN

Hawkins, Tennant Company, Patterson Companies, Capella Education, Apogee Enterprises, and Buffalo Wild Wings were recognized for their corporate credibility.

U.S. News Ranks MN Grad Schools Among Best In Nation

Several Minnesota graduate schools—including the University of Minnesota, St. Thomas University, and Hamline University, among others—were ranked among the best in the nation.

Five Minnesotans Appear On Forbes’ Billionaires List

The Minnesotans who made last year’s list also appeared this year, although their rankings and net worth have changed.

2 MN Cos. Make Fortune’s List Of “World’s Most Admired”

3M ranked 23rd and Target 29th, although both fell several spots from last year’s list.

MN Banks' Profits Outpace National Growth

Profits at Minnesota-based banks climbed more than 17 percent in 2013, outpacing the national growth rate of 9.6 percent.

T-Wolves Marketer Among “Top 100 CMOs On Twitter”

Ted Johnson, chief marketing officer for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx professional basketball teams, appeared on a recent list of the world’s top chief marketing officers on Twitter.

MN Food Truck Among 21 Best In The Nation

Hailing from Minneapolis, the hot dog-hawking food truck Natedogs made Thrillist’s list of the nation’s food trucks with the tastiest food and the most innovative chefs.

Minnesota Med-Tech 2.0

Despite new challenges, the industry is seeing substantial growth and renewed investment activity.

MN Ranks Highly For Female Entrepreneurship, Well-Being

Minneapolis ranked fourth on a list of best cities for female entrepreneurship, and Minnesota ranked fourth among states based on residents' well-being.

Which Cos. Employ The Most People In Downtown Mpls?

Target, Wells Fargo, and HCMC took the top three spots on the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s list of the 15 largest employers in the city’s core.

3 MN Cos. Named Among The Best For Employee Development

Best Buy, Allianz, and Smiths Medical ranked among 125 companies that excel in “harnessing human capital,” according to Training magazine.

Those Seeking Financing In 2014 Are Banking On Growth

Strong cash flow is a critical element for obtaining financing in 2014.

4 Of The “Best Companies For Leaders” Are In MN

Hormel Foods, General Mills, 3M, and Ecolab ranked among 40 public companies that excel in leadership development, according to a recent list published by Chief Executive magazine.

2 Of Forbes’ “Most Promising Companies” Are From MN

Magnet 360 ranked 34th and Code42 ranked 44th on a list of “most promising” private companies with under $250 million in annual revenue.

Jobless Young People Add $53 To Your Tax Bill, Study Says

A new study suggests that the federal government would recoup billions of dollars if more young people found work; it turns out, however, that Minnesota’s labor force is not to blame.

Nat’l Lists Rank Twin Cities Among Best For Job Hunters

St. Paul and Minneapolis recently appeared on national lists by Forbes and Nerd Wallet, which ranked the top U.S. cities where job seekers can find employment.

Bloomberg Ranks MN As 10th-Most Innovative State

Minnesota appeared on a recent Bloomberg list of states with high concentrations of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers; research and development spending; public technology companies; and patent approvals, among other factors.

The Local Office Market's Big Squeeze

The Twin Cities market remains sluggish as companies use less space per employee.

The Top Lawsuits Of 2013

3M gets litigious with its former law firm, Mankato brothers turn on each other, Michele Bachmann’s campaign raises eyebrows, and more.

Target Commercial Interiors Is Gaining Momentum

TCI is quietly becoming an influential player in commercial furnishings worldwide, with clients that include Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, universities, hotels, stadiums, and arenas from Target Field to Madison Square Garden.

Unlocking The Data Gold Mine

Technology is giving businesses the data they need for predictive analytics. Now they need employees who can do the work.

MN Stocks Among Fortune 500’s Best And Worst Of 2013

Best Buy and Supervalu were ranked among 10 of the “top-performing” Fortune 500 stocks in 2013; meanwhile, C. H. Robinson and Mosaic were among the 15 “worst-performing” stocks this year.

MN Unemployment Rate Ticks Down To 4.6 Percent

Despite significant losses in local government jobs, Minnesota’s private sector employers added 2,400 jobs in November.

7 Of Forbes’ “Largest Private Companies” Are From MN

Wayzata-based food giant Cargill topped Forbes’ list of the largest private companies in the United States; Carlson, Holiday Companies, Schwan Food, Rosen’s Diversified, M. A. Mortenson, and Andersen were also among the 224 companies that made the cut.

MN Gets Dismal Score For Entrepreneur-Friendly Policies

Minnesota was ranked the sixth-worst state for entrepreneur- and small business-friendly tax and regulatory policies.

MN Ranks As The “3rd-Healthiest State” In U.S.

Minnesota ranked third in the nation in a recent United Health Foundation report based on residents’ access to health insurance, low levels of air pollution, and high education levels, among other factors.

16 MN Cos. Receive Perfect Score For LGBT Equality

Sixteen Minnesota companies received perfect scores and earned the distinction of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” in a recent report that rates corporate policies and practices relating to LGBT employees.

4 MN Cos. Among 50 “Most Community-Minded” In U.S.

3M, Ameriprise Financial, Ecolab, and UnitedHealth Group appeared on a recent Bloomberg list of 50 U.S. companies that excel in “civic engagement.”

Zagat Reveals Its List Of Top Twin Cities Restaurants

Minneapolis’ Restaurant Alma ranked highest on Zagat’s annual list, which includes eateries that serve up everything from aged steaks to oysters to “Jucy Lucys.”

MN’s Jobless Rate Hits Lowest Point In Nearly 6 Years

Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in October, a rate last seen in January 2008; a declining labor force participation rate, however, has contributed to the trend.

Employers React To Rising Premiums

Multiple studies gauge how businesses are being affected by health care reform, and how they’re bracing for ongoing changes.

4 MN Firms Make 500 Fastest-Growing Tech Cos. List

Outsell, Quantum Retail Technology, Cardiovascular Systems, and SPS Commerce made Deloitte’s list of the 500 fastest-growing tech companies in North America, based on their revenue growth over a four-year period.

MN Chamber Details Economic Contributions Of Immigrants

The business group released a 60-page report that makes a case for immigration reform.

Does Mpls Really Rank As A "Best City For Veterans"?

A recent list ranked Minneapolis as a top city for veterans to live in, despite significant unemployment disparities between vets and non-vets in Minnesota.

Twin Cities Apartment Vacancy Remains Low

The apartment vacancy rate at the end of the third quarter in the Twin Cities was 2.5 percent; a rate of 5 percent is considered to an equilibrium point between landlords and tenants.

Mpls Among “Best Places To Retire” With A Big Budget

Minneapolis’ median home price, cost of living, and the percentage of its population that is over the age of 50 contributed to its appeal to well-off retirees, according to a recent list.

Veterans Represent Untapped Talent For MN Employers

Post 9/11 veterans are a gold mine of management talent. So why don’t more employers see them that way?

5 MN Execs. Make Ntl. “Women Worth Watching” List

Leaders from Minnesota-based Walden University; RBC Wealth Management; UnitedHealth Group; Robins, Kaplan, Miller, and Ciresi; and Faegre Baker Daniels; appeared on this year’s list for demonstrating “outstanding achievement and leadership.”

More Local Breweries Expand, Add Taprooms

North Minneapolis, Marshall, White Bear Lake, and Stillwater are among the places where new “taprooms” are either on the horizon or have recently opened.

Shutdown’s Over, But Where Is MN’s Employment Data?

The shutdown jeopardized Minnesota's September jobs report; with the impasse ended, however, state officials plan to release labor market stats weeks behind schedule.

Dakotas Top MN For 4-Yr. GDP, Population Growth

While Minnesota ranked only 25th based on a combination of its GDP and population growth over the last four years, it appears to be improving.

Local Exec. Among 50 “Most Powerful” Businesswomen

Fortune magazine named Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group’s Gail Boudreaux to its list of the most prominent businesswomen in the United States; meanwhile, several leaders of companies with a major Minnesota presence also made the cut.

Investment Firm Offers $25K For Best Financial Research

Whitebox Advisors is seeking the “best published contribution to the art and science of investing.”

Report: Wine, Liquor Add $3B To MN Economy

An industry trade association said that the wine and spirits business directly supports 13,900 jobs in the state, including about 1,210 workers at wholesaler companies.

Another Negative Sign For MN’s Entrepreneurial Scene?

Two studies released this year suggest that Minnesota is not a major hotspot for entrepreneurs, but their methodologies open the door to debate.

MN Ranked Among 10 “Richest States” In The U.S.

Low unemployment and poverty levels contributed to Minnesota’s high median household income, according to a new list.

Minneapolis’ Kenwood Makes List Of Top U.S. Neighborhoods

Along with Minneapolis, the list featured San Francisco, Madison, and Evanston.

Target Ranked Among 25 “Most Inspiring” U.S. Cos.

A recent consumer survey suggests that the Minneapolis-based retailer offers an enjoyable experience, gives back to the community, and has passionate employees.

3M Makes List Of 100 “Best Global Brands”

The Maplewood-based company ranked 76th on an international brand consultancy’s list, driven by a 16 percent increase in its “brand value.”

MN Ranked 8th-Best State For Business, Up From 20th

Minnesota moved up Forbes’ best business states list, driven largely by its high scores in quality of life measurements.

Mpls’ Median Income Is 24% Above U.S. Metro Avg.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Twin Cities fared above average in 2012 with respect to education, income, and housing value, but it still isn’t back to its pre-recession numbers.

HealthPartners’ Plan Ranks No. 1 In MN, Top 6% In U.S.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Bloomington-based health care provider’s HMO/PPO plan ranked as the top health plan in Minnesota for clinical performance and member satisfaction, according to a recent study.

2 U.S. Bank Execs. Among “Most Powerful Women In Banking”

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp executives Pamela Joseph and Leslie Godridge were named to American Banker’s annual list of the most “influential female leaders” in the banking industry.

Examining The Business-Oriented CIO

How IT turns business priorities into business realities.

Carmichael Lynch Picks An Atypical Direction For Tempur-Pedic

The agency looks to convey that sleep is not the end goal.

What's Driving The Twin Cities' Apartment Mania?

Is the $1 billion apartment development market being driven by demand or a risky mix of hype and cheap financing?

AdWeek Magazine Names Its Top Ad Agency In MN

The magazine selected Fallon as Minnesota’s “top shop.”

Mpls. Earns High Marks For Energy Efficiency Efforts

The city fared well in a study that evaluated which actions municipalities are taking to cut energy use in buildings and transportation, among other areas.

U.S. Bank Says It Could Weather Another Severe Recession

In a company-run analysis, which was required by regulators, U.S. Bancorp projected that it could survive a major recession; Wells Fargo said it, too, would be prepared for such a downturn.

Twin Cities On Track For Increased Population Density

A new report projects growth in the Twin Cities, including a trend reversal that will bring more people to the core cities and to inner-ring suburbs.

Risdall Takes Top Honor In Int’l Web Dev. Awards

Risdall received 37 awards for Web development in 2013, beating out agencies in Paris, California, New York, and elsewhere.

5 Minnesotans Make Forbes’ List Of 400 Richest Americans

Of the five Minnesotans on this year’s Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, Whitney MacMillian climbed in this year’s ranking while Barbara Carlson Gage, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Stanley Hubbard, and Glen Taylor came in below their rankings from last year.

4 MN Cos. Make List Of 250 Top IT Innovators

IT industry publication InformationWeek recently released its annual ranking of 250 companies that it deemed best at using information technology, which includes four Minnesota-based businesses.

Two MN Cos. Make Fortune’s Fastest-Growing Cos. List

Northern Oil And Polaris are among Fortune magazine’s 100 fastest-growing businesses based on their annual growth rates for revenue and earnings per share, as well as average total return over a three-year period.

Patent Reform: File First, Announce Second

The most dramatic change to U.S. patent law by the America Invents Act may not prove the most significant. But it is the one that requires inventors’ attention—starting today.

8 MN Cos. Make Inc. 500 List Of Fastest-Growing U.S. Cos.

Inc. magazine included eight Minnesota-based companies on its recent list of the 500 fastest-growing privately held U.S. companies based on revenue growth over a three-year period.

Ecolab, Pentair Among “World’s Most Innovative Companies”

Ecolab, Pentair, and Coloplast, whose U.S. headquarters is in Minneapolis, made the cut.

Which MN Cities Will Receive The Most Local Gov't Aid?

A new map shows the amount of 2014 Local Government Aid going to cities in Minnesota per capita.

3 MN Cities Among Forbes’ "Best Small Places For Business"

Meanwhile, the Twin Cities ranked 23rd on Forbes list of larger metro areas.

2 MN Haunts Make “Best New Restaurants” List

The magazine named its 50 best new restaurants in the country and Uptown’s World Street Kitchen and The North Loop’s Borough both made the list.

St. John’s, U Of M Rank Highest For Return On Investment

A new report ranked 22 Minnesota colleges based on the long-term return on investment that they offer to graduates.

Petters Heads To MN, Wants To Plead Guilty

Tom Petters is expected to travel to Minnesota from a Leavenworth, Kansas prison in order to make his case for a lighter sentence.

5 MN Cos. Among Outside Mag’s “Best Places To Work” In U.S.

Tenacious Holdings/Ergodyne, Colle+McVoy, Haberman, Quality Bicycle Products, and Renter’s Warehouse appear on the magazine’s list of top 100 workplaces.

Twin Cities Office Market: Slow Recovery Gets Slower

A new commercial real estate report cited “lethargic” demand for office space in the Twin Cities.

Twin Cities Ranked Among 15 “Most Aspirational” Cities

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area ranked 10th on a recent list of “aspirational” cities based on its economic growth, quality of life, and demographic factors.

Duluth: A City That Plays And Works

Good jobs in several industries are attracting talent and dollars.

Immigration Reform: MN's Changing Face Of Labor

Business groups have been quietly championing immigration reform—because without it, the state’s labor pool will dry up.

Mankato Among Best In U.S. For Work-Life Balance

A study that took into account hours worked each week, average commutes, and median earnings found that Mankato is among the best cities for those seeking a healthy balance between work and leisure.

Thrivent, Others Urge Congress To Retain Tax Exemption

Thrivent Financial and other “fraternal benefit societies” are making a push to ensure they remain tax-exempt when the writers of the nation’s tax code start with a “blank slate.”

Wells Fargo, Target Among 10 “Most Generous” Cos. In U.S.

Wells Fargo, which maintains a large presence in Minnesota, and retail giant Target are among 10 of the most charitable Fortune 500 companies in the United States, according to a recent report.

5 MN Hospitals, Led By Mayo, Among Best In U.S.

Mayo Clinic ranked third in the country, while four other Minnesota hospitals earned a “national ranking” on the recently released list.

Mpls. Among Top 10 “Most Inventive” Cities In The World

Minneapolis has the ninth-most patent applications for every 10,000 metro residents in the world.

Study: 1 in 5 Females Are Now “Women Of Influence”

A “woman of influence” is defined as being active in major investment decisions, having a good understanding of financial products, and having an interest in learning about financial matters.

Anytime Fitness: Still The Fastest-Growing Fitness Co.

The Hastings-based health club added 260 new locations in 2012, making it the fastest-growing fitness franchise in the world.

Report: Verizon Is Top-Performing Carrier In Mpls.

It seems all those years of asking, “Can you hear me now?” have paid off: According to a recent report, Verizon outperformed AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in Twin Cities based on its data, call, and text capabilities.

A Serious Local Wine Industry Is Taking Root

Is the region content to be a niche player, or is it gearing up to be Napa Lite?

Will A Hotel Boost Excelsior's Tourism?

Some say a planned hotel could plug the city’s revenue shortfalls; others say it could destroy the face of a city that prides itself on its historic character.

MN Ranks 7th In The Nation For Well-Being

Minnesota ranked highly for the well-being of its residents, according to the American Human Development Index.

Yale Study: Little Benefit To Criticized Medtronic Product

Medtronic, however, claims that the new findings confirm those of earlier studies, and that the product is safe and effective but carries some risks that must be weighed by patients and physicians.

Mpls Named 4th-Best U.S. City For Female Entrepreneurs

Minneapolis ranked fourth on a recent list that measured the percentage of women-owned businesses in 48 highly populated U.S. cities.

Dakotas Outpacing MN In “Real” Income Growth

Based on a new measure of personal income, which factors in the price of goods and services in each state, Minnesota's income rose 2.8 percent in 2011.

Mpls Ranked Among 10 “Best Cities for Recent College Grads”

Minneapolis ranked highly on a new list that evaluated 100 U.S. cities’ unemployment rates, median income and age, apartment unit availability, and average rent costs.

Report Examines Impact Of Central Corridor on Area Cos.

A new report from the Metropolitan Council and the Federal Transit Administration includes responses to public comments on a previous report, which some people said lacked a comprehensive assessment of the effect on area businesses.

Mpls 3rd-Best U.S. City for Small-Business Employees

On a list of the largest U.S. metro areas, Minneapolis ranked highly for small-business employee success based on job growth, industry variety, average wages, and other factors.

Twin Cities Is Healthiest Metro; MN Best for Seniors

The Twin Cities topped the healthiest-cities-in-the-country index for the third straight year, and in a separate study Minnesota as a whole ranked as the healthiest state for seniors.

5 MN Cos. on List of Employers Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, UnitedHealth Group, General Mills, and Target are on a just-released list of employers said to do the best job promoting healthy work environments and lifestyles.

2 MN Cos. Among 100 Fastest-Growing, Inner-City Businesses

Minnesota-based GovDelivery and On-Demand Services Group made a list of the 100 fastest-growing businesses in urban areas nationwide based on annual revenue growth rates over a five-year period.

2 MN Cos. on List of Nation’s Fastest-Growing Women-Led

Innovative Office Solutions, LLC, and eCapital Advisors, LLC, made the 2013 list of the 50 fastest-growing companies led or owned by women.

19 MN Cos. in Fortune 500; 10 Move Up in Rank

UnitedHealth Group retained its spot as Minnesota’s highest-ranking company on the just-released list, and it moved up five spots from last year, ranking 17th overall.

MSP Airport Ranks 3rd for On-Time Departures

The local airport was among 29 U.S. airports that the U.S. Department of Transportation ranked by their percentage of on-time departures in 2012.

MN Ranks Dead Last in Entrepreneur Report

In a new report, Minnesota fared poorly with respect to the proportion of adults who started a new business in 2012; a nationwide lull in new-business activity, however, appears tied to an improvement in the overall economy.

MN Earns “A-” Grade for Small-Biz Friendliness

Meanwhile, the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area earned a “B+” for small business friendliness in the just-released study, compiled by online service Thumbtack.com in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.

MSP Airport 71st on “World’s Top 100 Airports” List

The local airport was among just 15 U.S. airports to make the list, which was compiled by airline and airport review organization Skytrax.

TCB Poll: 38% Support State Aid for Mayo Expansion

While Mayo Clinic’s request for expansion funding is being considered at the Capitol, 38 percent of Minnesota business leaders said in a recent poll that they support state funding for the project.

Petters Receiver Seeks More Bonus Money From Exec

Michael O’Shaughnessy allegedly received $670,000 in fees and bonuses from convicted Ponzi schemer Tom Petters, and court-appointed receiver Doug Kelley is trying to recover it so that it can be used to help repay victims of Petters’ fraud scheme.

2 MN Fraudsters Flee Prison Camp Near Duluth

Authorities didn’t know or wouldn’t say if the two escapees had become friends or had resources or friends with money outside of the prison, according to the Star Tribune.

Is There Proof Food Trucks Are Hurting Skyway Restaurants?

We asked to see the numbers.

Report: U.S. Bank Ensnared in Florida Bankruptcy Dispute

Businessman Maury Rosenberg, who won a $6.1 million jury award, claims that U.S. Bank is using involuntary bankruptcy as a collection tool, which is illegal; the bank, meanwhile, claims it hasn’t done anything wrong and is appropriately pursuing a litigious businessman who owes money.

MN's Women Executives Are In Good Company

At a time when talented women executives can choose where they want to work, sisterhood is powerful.

MN's Independent Doctors Are in Critical Condition

Why are the practices that offer the most personal care finding it so hard to compete?

Three MN Cos. Among “100 Most Trustworthy” in U.S.

Patterson, Apogee Enterprises, and Hawkins were recognized by Forbes alongside 97 others that have “consistently demonstrated transparent and conservative accounting practices and solid corporate governance and management.”

Five MN Cos. Make List of “World’s Most Ethical”

Ecolab, H.B. Fuller, The Mosaic Company, Target, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are among 145 companies named to the Ethisphere Institute’s 2013 “World’s Most Ethical Companies” list.

Five Minnesotans Make Forbes’ Billionaires List

The same Minnesotans who were on last year’s list made repeat appearances this year, although the net worth of most has risen—and Best Buy founder Richard Schulze is no longer listed as a Minnesotan.

3 MN Cos. Make Fortune’s “Most Admired” Cos. List

3M Company, Target Corporation, and St. Jude Medical also made the list last year.

Private Equity Firms Get Back In the Game

Private equity firms in the middle market had a generally busy 2012. And they have the money for more deals.

Twin Cities, Rochester Rank High for Patent Generation

The Twin Cities ranks ninth among 358 major metros in terms of patents produced annually—and Rochester ranks third for patents issued per capita.

Tracking the Pulse of Minority-Owned Businesses

MEDA has surveyed clients representative of hundreds of minority-owned companies it works with each year, for a report on how this part of our economy is doing.

Hundreds of New Luxury Apts. Come to St. Louis Park

Developers say the city is an attractive option for apartments because of the retail development The Shops at West End and the city’s close proximity to downtown Minneapolis.

Study: Workers 50% Less Productive When Privacy Is Risked

An independent study commissioned by 3M, which makes privacy filters for computers and mobile devices, found that lost productivity stemming from employees’ visual privacy concerns could potentially cost a U.S. business with more than 7,500 workers in excess of $1 million annually.

The Art of Economic Development

Creative funding mechanisms and tax incentives are driving public and private collaborations on real estate deals.

Downtown St. Paul's Latest Crossroads

Macy’s has closed and Lawson might leave, but the Saints ballpark, light rail, and residential projects are underway. The CBD looks ready to reinvent itself.

Money Managers’ Minnesota Stock Picks for 2013

Why Polaris, Donaldson, ProtoLabs, and Northern Oil & Gas are worth watching.

Judge Orders MN Wind Energy Co. to Halt Turbine Sales

The order is in response to a request from Attorney General Lori Swanson’s office, which sought to bar Renewable Energy SD from selling its turbines while a lawsuit that Swanson filed against the company proceeds through the system.

Target Accused of Unfair Hiring Practices

The company allegedly denied people with criminal records job interviews even when the crime was old, expunged, or irrelevant to the job they were applying for.

Edina Condo Assoc., Managers Settle Discrimination Charges

7000 Sandell Condominiums’ homeowners association and property managers will pay $40,000 to settle allegations that they violated the Fair Housing Act.

AG Seeks Emergency Court Order Against MN Wind Energy Co.

A lawsuit that Attorney General Lori Swanson filed last month alleges that the company and its leader failed to deliver and maintain operational systems to farmers who invested in them and failed to make good on promised sales and revenue projections.

2 MN Cos. Make Fast Company List of 50 “Most Innovative”

Minneapolis-based Target ranked 10th, and Edina-based ReconRobotics and three other robotics companies collectively ranked 44th.

Two MN Cos. Make Forbes’ “Most Promising Cos.” List

Anytime Fitness and Code 42 Software were recognized as two of the top 100 privately held, high-growth businesses.

Cos. Contest B-to-B Tax; WI Lawmaker Tries Luring Them

A proposed expansion of taxes to business services could cause some local businesses to cut jobs or relocate; meanwhile, a Wisconsin lawmaker is trying to lure disgruntled companies across the border.

MN Scores High for Election Administration

A new study analyzed how each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia handled the voting process during the 2008 and 2010 elections, and Minnesota is among seven “high performers.”

Report: MN Losing $2B/Yr. Due to Tax-Avoidance Strategies

Minnesota is behind only five other states in terms of annual tax revenue loss stemming from corporations and wealthy individuals shifting profits offshore.

Most Locals’ Leisure Spending to Remain Flat or Increase in ’13

A new report also found that a majority of Minnesotans plan to spend their leisure time in the state.

12 MN Cos. on Nat’l List of 150 “Top Workplaces”

The Minnesota Twins, Bremer Bank, Graco, and Mortenson Construction were among the local companies that made the list, which was compiled by employee survey firm, WorkplaceDynamics.

MN Mirrors Nat'l Trend of Declining Union Membership

Earlier this month, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker scored a major victory when a federal appeals court upheld a state law.

Miinome Wants to Help You Market Your DNA

Designs on your genes.

Graves 601 Tops U.S. News’ “Best Hotels in MN” List

Others that made the list include The Saint Paul Hotel, Hotel Ivy, and The Westin Edina Galleria.

The Many Uses of Big Data

The deluge of digital information is being mined to predict which cereal the public will buy, where crime will occur, and how to run for president.

Financing’s New Rules Under the JOBS Act

SEC rulemaking is needed before last year’s JOBS Act can be fully implemented. Once it is, who will use this new route to capital?

Minnesota Is a Sweet Spot for Candy Makers

The birthplace of the Milky Way, Minnesota has a rich history in the candy business. Now even some old favorites are getting a fresh look.

BBB Lists 10 Industries that Got Most Complaints in ’12

Auto dealers, auto-repair companies, and several segments within the construction industry topped the list.

Are Federal Regulations Crushing Community Banks?

It's a small-bank squeeze.

Business, City, and Other Leaders React to Dayton’s Budget

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce contends that portions of Mark Dayton’s proposed tax reform will have a negative effect on the state’s business climate; some city officials, meanwhile, praised the governor’s investment in local government aid.

Mayo, Allianz Make Fortune’s “Best Cos. to Work For” List

Fortune’s annual list is based on employee surveys, which include questions about job satisfaction, pay and benefits, and hiring practices.

Nat’l. Union Accuses MN Father, Son of Embezzlement

Bradley Slawson Sr., and his son, Bradley Slawson Jr., could reportedly be ordered to repay tens of thousands of dollars and banished from the union.

UHG, Mayo Clinic Launch Research Effort to Improve Care

The two plan to combine their respective databases of health insurance claims and clinical records in order to evaluate health procedures and find ways to improve them.

CoCo Among “17 Coolest Co-Working Spaces in America”

Business Insider recognized Coco, which offers co-working spaces in Minneapolis and St. Paul, for its well-equipped game room, meeting rooms, and beverage and catering services.

Travel+Leisure: Mpls. Among “Hottest Travel Destinations”

Minneapolis was the only U.S. city on the list and was described by the magazine as an “unexpected foodie mecca.”

Midwest Health Care Investments Up in ’12; MN Sees Drop

Minnesota health care companies attracted $164.7 million in 2012, down 26.2 percent from 2011; still, the state received the second-highest funding amount among the region’s 11 states.

Ballpark Village: An Outside-the-Park Home Run?

Ten years post-Twinsville, a Target Field ballpark village may finally be rising.

Hopkins Among 15 Cities on Forbes’ “Friendliest Towns” List

To compile the list, 500 small metro areas across the nation were ranked based on the percentage of owner-occupied homes, the crime rate, charitable giving, and the percentage of college graduates.

The Funeral Biz: Out With a Bang!

Morticians are readying for a surge in deaths as they provide new ways to say goodbye.

2 Mpls Restaurants on OpenTable’s Top 100 List

The users of dining-reservation platform OpenTable selected The Capital Grille and Restaurant Alma as two of the top 100 U.S. restaurants.

Survey: Twin Cities 1st for Volunteerism, MN Ranks 4th

Rankings were based on percentage of residents that volunteered in 2011, which was 37 percent for the Twin Cities area and 38 percent for Minnesota.

Accountant Accused of Stealing $433K From Faribault Co.

While working at Environmental Tillage Systems, Ronald Lea Schaeffer allegedly wrote false checks from the company to himself and used the stolen funds to build a lake house in Elysian, Minnesota, and to make payments on home equity or auto loans.

U.S. Bancorp, Pentair Make Fortune’s Top 15 Stock Picks

Fortune magazine surveyed “elite fund managers” to pick the best stocks to invest in next year, and Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp and Golden Valley-based Pentair made the cut.

Study: MN 5th-Healthiest State, Up 1 Spot From '11

According to a new report from the United Health Foundation, the state’s sedentary lifestyle and diabetes rates are among the lowest in the nation, but the figures are still concerning.

TCB Poll: 52% of Biz Leaders Say Fiscal Cliff Should Happen

Despite warnings from economists that the “fiscal cliff” could have dire consequences for the U.S. economy, more than half of those who responded to a recent poll indicated that it might be sensible to take the plunge.

Two Local Cos. Make Inc. List Recognizing Job Creators

Eagan-based Prime Therapeutics and Bloomington-based The Nerdery are among 100 companies from across the country that received “Hire Power Awards.”

Travel + Leisure: MSP Third on “America’s Favorite Cities” List

The metro area ranked third on Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of “America’s favorite cities” based on ratings of readers who are visitors to the area; it ranked 12th based on ratings of those who reside here.

U of M Lands $1.8M Grant to Develop Energy-Reducing Tech.

The federal grant will enable university researchers to develop membrane technology that can speed up filtration processes in manufacturing and make them more energy efficient.

Local Home Prices Continue Climb, Outpace Other Metros

Local home prices rose 8.8 percent between September 2011 and September 2012; among 20 major metro areas measured, only Phoenix posted a more significant year-over-year gain.

U of M Sees Major Drop in Invention Royalties

Among universities that earned more than $2 million in royalties in 2009, the University of Minnesota reportedly saw the biggest drop during the subsequent two years.

Twin Cities Retail: The Luxury Complex

Picking up the pieces after Neiman Marcus: Why high-end retail is a tough sell in the Twin Cities.

Study: Fiscal Cliff Could Lift Minnesotans’ Taxes by Thousands

A study by the Tax Foundation estimates that a Minnesota household earning $87,319 would pay an estimated $4,382 more in taxes in 2013 than they did in 2011, if Congress is unable to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

MN Jobless Rate Holds Steady Despite 8,100 Jobs Lost

The state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8 percent last month; the professional and business services sector shed the most jobs, while other sectors, like construction, added jobs.

3 MN Tech. Cos. Among Fastest Growing in N. America

Knowledge Marketing, Outsell, and SPS Commerce made Deloitte’s annual ranking, which is based on revenue growth over the past five years.

Twin Citians Plan 10% Boost in Holiday Spending

An annual study found that Twin Cities residents plan to spend $773 per household on holiday gifts this year, up from $703 last year.

MN Cos. Pledge More than $1.25M for Sandy Recovery

Local companies have pledged monetary support to the American Red Cross and other charities, but they have also offered other types of aid, including truckloads of food, paid vacation to employees dedicated to providing relief, and matching employee contributions; total donations exceed $1.25 million in value.

3M Trails Only Apple, Google on Top Innovators List

An annual study found that the companies that are seen as the world’s top innovators—including 3M—are not necessarily those that spend the most money on research and development.

Holiday Survey: Locals to Spend More on Gifts, Less Overall

According to an annual survey by Deloitte, local consumers plan to boost their spending on gifts by about 3 percent but decrease their overall holiday budgets by the same percentage; the majority of Twin Citians also expect the economy to improve in 2013.

2 Twin Cities Hotels Among Midwest’s “Top 25”

Graves 601 Hotel Wyndham Grand and The Saint Paul Hotel ranked eighth and ninth, respectively, on Condé Nast Traveler’s list, which was compiled based on reader ratings.

Fitness Centers Offer New Ways to Work It Out

Fitness-center startups see opportunity for new concepts.

St. Jude Receives FDA Letter Citing Issues at CA Plant

The medical device giant said that the letter contained “11 observations” about its manufacturing plant in Sylmar, California; St. Jude vowed to respond to the FDA by November 7 and said it “has initiated efforts and redirected resources to address the FDA’s observations.”

Consumer Reports Hits MN Hospitals Over Safety

Most local systems applaud the recent rankings, although each is quick to identify shortcomings.

Newsweek: 4 MN Cos. Among 100 Greenest in U.S.

Best Buy, U.S. Bancorp, Medtronic, and Target were in the top 100 on Newsweek’s annual “green ranking” of the 500 largest U.S. public companies.

MN College Grads Have 3rd-Highest Debt in Nation

Minnesota ranked high among the nation’s states in terms of both average debt load carried by recent college graduates and percentage of recent grads with debt.

MN Small Biz Owners: Economy Is Most Important in Election

Small businesses owners in the state who responded to a recent survey said that the economy and jobs are the most critical issues in the upcoming presidential election, while ethics, honesty, and corruption in government are also important when selecting a candidate.

MN Native Brian Kobilka Wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry

University of Minnesota Duluth alumnus Brian Kobilka and Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University will share the award for their research on protein receptors, which help the body sense and respond to outside signals.

New MN Biz Filings Up 18%, Could Set New Record

New business filings for the first three quarters of 2012 totaled 47,069, compared to 39,977 for the same period in 2011.

Gen. Mills and Target Among “World’s Most Powerful Brands”

General Mills ranked 47th and Target ranked 78th on Forbes’ list, which based its rankings on a combination of each brand’s value and perception among consumers.

Wells Fargo Grows MN Deposits, Widens Lead on U.S. Bank

According to new data, Wells Fargo holds 43 percent of bank deposits in Minnesota—up from its 30.5 percent share last year and nearly double the 22.5 percent share held by local competitor U.S. Bank.

Twin Cities Restaurants on Zagat’s Best-of Rankings

In a survey in which 10,554 diners weighed in on everything from their favorite burger and fries to salad and fast-food chain, Caribou Coffee and Buffalo Wild Wings were among the local chains that did well.

U.S. Bank Execs. Among “Most Powerful Women in Banking”

Additional company executives made appearances on American Banker magazine’s 25 “women to watch” ranking and its list of top banking teams.

MN 13th for Taxes Collected, 15th for Spending Per Capita

Minnesota’s state and local governments collected $4,587 per person in taxes in 2010—and spent $8,848.

Target, Best Buy Among 25 “Most Inspiring” Cos.

In a recent survey, Target was recognized for its commitment to community and reasonable prices, while Best Buy received high marks for employees that provide helpful feedback.

Pentair to Join 16 Other MN Cos. on S&P 500

The Golden Valley-based company will be added to the S&P 500 index on Friday, the same day it is expected to complete its merger with the flow control division of Tyco.

Study: Mpls. Has Lowest ATM Surcharge Fees

Minneapolis banks charge the least for non-customers to use their ATMs, but the city ranked in the middle of the pack with respect to overdraft fees and charges to customers who use ATMs outside of the banks’ network.

MN Cos. Shed 2K Jobs in Aug; Jobless Rate Is 5.9%

However, there is a silver lining: The state has added 24,500 jobs in the past year, representing a growth rate of 0.9 percent—and Minnesota’s unemployment rate still remains well below the national rate, which was 8.1 percent last month.

Mpls. Boasts Highest Average Credit Score in Nation

In Experian’s ranking based on the average of credit scores of residents in 143 U.S. cities, Minneapolis reclaimed the top spot after losing it in 2011 after four straight years of coming in first.

Developer Wirth to Pay $6.5M, Serve 4 Yrs. for Tax Fraud Conspiracy

The owner of The Wirth Companies and developer of major Minnesota projects like the Grand Lodge Hotel Waterpark in Bloomington was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay $6.46 million in restitution.

Forbes: 5 Minnesotans Among 400 Wealthiest Americans

Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Barbara Carlson Gage climbed the furthest on this year’s list, while Stanley Hubbard and Glen Taylor slid in the rankings.

U of M Researchers Receive $600K to Clean Fracking Waste

Three University of Minnesota researchers are developing technology that will use natural bacteria to purify water contaminated due to fracking.

Twin Cities 10th-Largest Export Market in 2011

The metro area’s 2011 exports totaled $26.2 billion in 2011, up 12.9 percent from the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

5 MN Cos. Make Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Ecolab and Target are among the 41 companies that were added to the index this year, while UnitedHealth Group, 3M, and Medtronic are making repeat appearances.

Report: Fairview’s Billing Practices Violated Federal Law

The University of Minnesota Medical Center reportedly risks termination from Medicare and Medicaid, but a state official says there’s still time for the hospital to correct its deficiencies—and Fairview claims to have made changes that address concerns.

Mpls’ Salty Tart Makes Global List of Top 10 Bakeries

The bakery is continuing its reign of excellence after being crowned one of Departures magazine’s top 10 global bakeries.

Many MN Schools Among U.S. News “Best Colleges”

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 rankings, many Minnesota colleges made appearances in categories including “best national universities,” “best national liberal arts colleges,” and “great schools, great prices.”

MN-Based Northern Oil and Gas Among 100 Fastest-Growing Cos.

Northern Oil and Gas has reportedly been riding high on the recent oil-production boom in western North Dakota and Montana.

Ecolab, General Mills Among “World’s Most Innovative Cos.”

The two companies were also named to Forbes’ inaugural list last year, but their rankings dropped this year.

Stadium Deal Helps Boost Vikings’ Value 22%

The Minnesota Vikings’ valuation climbed 22 percent year-over-year to $975 million, ranking it 22nd among NFL teams.

Report: 94% of MN Counties Lack Affordable Rental Housing

The Minnesota Housing Partnership also found that about half of Minnesota renters paid more than they could afford for their homes in 2010.

Buffalo Wild Wings Debuts in ND’s Booming Oil Region

Buffalo Wild Wings isn’t the first Minnesota company expanding to western North Dakota, where oil production has spiked in recent years.

MN Reports Highest No. of Q2 Job Vacancies Since Pre-Recession

More than half of the openings are in the Twin Cities, and nearly two-thirds are at mid-sized companies—those with 10 to 249 employees.

Twin Cities Outpacing Other Major Metros for Home-Price Growth

Local home prices rose 5.7 percent between June 2011 and June 2012; among 20 major metro areas measured, only Phoenix posted a more significant year-over-year gain.

Consumer Reports Rates MN Doctors’ Practices’ Quality, Affordability

One Consumer Reports study found that more expensive care doesn’t equate to better care in the Twin Cities; a second study ranked Entira Family Clinic in White Bear Lake as the best provider of care for patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

A CSI-Clean Hotel Room at Best Western

Cleaning tools of the future are coming soon to a Best Western near you.

7 Trends in IT Outsourcing

Which tasks are corporate IT departments hiring out and which are they keeping in-house?

Northwest Packaging: The Last Manufacturer on University Avenue

As the avenue transforms into a transit corridor, Northwest Packaging is staying put

Social Lights Is Marketing to Millennials

Could reaching them be as simple as mastering social media?

Study: Mpls., Medtronic Score High With Millennials

Minneapolis and Medtronic are among the “best Gen Y cities” and the “best Gen Y employers,” respectively, partly due to high median salaries earned by those between the ages of 20 and 30.

94 MN Cos. Make Inc. 5000 List; 8 Rank in Top 500

The list, which includes some familiar names, is based on each company’s percent revenue growth between 2008 and 2011.

5 MN Cities Rank Among 25 “Best Places to Live” in U.S.

Eden Prairie, Woodbury, Eagan, Lakeville, and Maple Grove are among the best small U.S. cities in which to live, according to an annual ranking by CNN’s Money magazine.

2 Local Mortgage Loan Officers Plead Guilty in $1.8M Scheme

Chad Anderson and Troy Huston each face up to five years in prison for allegedly brokering fraudulent mortgage loans.

MN Exports Slowed in First Half of ’12, Growing 1.7%

Minnesota companies would reportedly need to boost exports at a rate of nearly 15 percent each year in order to achieve Governor Dayton’s goal to double the value of exported items by 2017.

7 MN Cos. Among Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Work”

Local companies on the list are Dero Bike Racks, Clientek, Colle+McVoy, Renters Warehouse, Quality Bicycle Products, Caldrea Company, and Haberman.

Charges Filed, $250K Bail Set in M&I Bomb Threat

Philip James Pariso faces four felony charges for a Friday bomb threat in downtown Minneapolis that prompted the evacuation of Gaviidae Common and the closures of several nearby streets.

New Business Filings in MN Up 16% from 2011

Year-to-date, the number of new business filings in Minnesota is up 16 percent from the same period last year.

Aging Seniors Optimistic But Financially Unprepared

A new report by UnitedHealthcare found that most seniors expect their quality of life to remain consistent or improve during the coming decade—but many are financially unprepared.

MN Immigrant Poverty Rate Among Highest in Nation

A recent study found that low levels of education among Minnesota’s immigrants, many of whom entered the country as refugees, has raised the poverty rate.

Survey: MN Will Be 2nd-Best Place to Live in 5 Years

Five years from now, Minnesota will be the second-best state to live in, behind only Utah, according to a recent national poll.

Capella Opposes Marriage Amendment; Mayo Stays Neutral

Capella University said that the proposed marriage amendment will negatively impact local companies’ ability to attract and retain employees; Mayo Clinic, meanwhile, will reportedly not take a position on the proposed amendment.

17 MN Schools Make Forbes’ List of Top Colleges

Carleton College was the highest-ranked Minnesota school, coming in at 31st on Forbes’ annual list of the best colleges and universities in the nation.

Fastenal’s Dan Florness One of 25 “Best CFOs”

Florness is known for his tight expense and inventory control measures, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Telehealth Co. Cardiocom Faces Patent Suit, Denies Claims

Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems claims that Chanhassen-based Cardiocom infringed on six of its patents, but Cardiocom denied the allegations.

An Office Designed for How You Work

How new trends in space utilization anticipate the needs of office workers.

Engaging Employees in Helping the Environment

Companies are turning to workers for ideas on how boost sustainability—and many are seeing cost savings and other benefits, too.

A Food Truck for Your Hair

Jon Charles Salon is taking the mobile services trend to hair-raising heights.

Bixby’s Former Acting CFO Gets 8-Yr. Prison Sentence

Prosecutors say that Dennis Desender was responsible for about $4.3 million in losses to investors and an $825,866 tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service, which resulted from his failure to file federal tax returns or report his income over a three-year period.

Mayo Tops List of 5 MN Hospitals Ranked Best in Nation

U.S. News & World Report ranked five Minnesota hospitals among the best in the nation for at least one of 16 medical specialties—and it ranked Mayo Clinic third on an elite list of only 17 U.S. hospitals that are among the best in at least six specialties.

Who Really Runs Your Business?

Prepare to be surprised.

Capitalist Tools

Bayers Do It Best Hardware and Settergrens Ace Hardware compete in Linden Hills—a one-hardware-store kind of neighborhood.

Fed Agency Ranks MN 1st in Nation for Health Care

The state received “strong” or “very strong” ratings in the majority of the 12 primary measures included in the report, resulting in the highest overall score among states.

6 MN Cos. Make Fortune Global 500; 5 Move Down

UnitedHealth Group, Target, Best Buy, Supervalu, and 3M all fell in Fortune’s annual ranking, while CHS jumped almost 100 spots.

Another Local Food Truck Sets Up a Permanent Home

Foxy Falafel owner Erica Strait is planning a permanent storefront in the former Café Caribe space in St. Paul.

TCB Poll: Most Believe Marriage Amendment Affects Biz.

Roughly 65 percent of respondents to a recent Twin Cities Business poll said they believe the marriage amendment would have an impact on Minnesota businesses, and 50 percent said it is appropriate for companies to take a public stance on such issues.

Report: Twin Cities Has Worst Black-to-White Jobless Ratio

For every white Twin Cities resident who was unemployed in 2011, more than three blacks were unemployed, according to a recent study.

Intellectual Property and Contracts

Many contracts have implications for your intellectual property—or for whether you'll be on the hook in somebody else's infringement suit.

The Veteran Hiring Gap

What Minnesotans are doing to put returning soldiers to work.

Smooth Moves in Unemployment

How much should we trust the monthly unemployment reports?

Twin Cities Up 12 Spots on Forbes’ Best Metros for Biz List

The Twin Cities ranked high for education but received low marks for job growth and cost of doing business; overall, however, the metro area moved up considerably in this year’s ranking.

Local Governments in MN Spent $8.3M Lobbying in 2011

The City of Minneapolis spent $467,139 on staff and contract lobbyists last year, the most of any local government in the state.

8th Guilty Plea Entered in $14M Cloud 9 Mortgage Fraud

Joseph Steven Meyer and other co-conspirators allegedly defrauded mortgage lenders in conjunction with a condo project of bankrupt St. Paul developer Jerry Trooien, who has not been charged.

Court Approves 3 Petters Clawback Settlements

General Electric Capital Corporation, Fredrikson & Byron, and the John T. Petters Foundation will collectively pay nearly $34 million to settle clawback lawsuits filed by bankruptcy trustee Doug Kelley.

Which Are the Priciest Local Homes on the Market?

At the top of the list is a $24 million mansion on Lake Minnetonka in Orono, which is currently owned by former Vikings co-owner James Jundt.

General Mills Opposes Marriage Amendment

A company executive said that General Mills doesn’t typically take positions on ballot measures, but “this is a business issue that impacts our employees.”

3 MN Cos. on List of Fastest-Growing in Mid-America

MentorMate, The Nerdery, and MPay Gateway made the inaugural "Flyover 50" list—which recognizes the 50 fastest-growing companies that are based in the middle of the country.

3M, General Mills Among 100 “Most Reputable Companies”

Maplewood-based 3M and Golden Valley-based General Mills ranked 30th and 91st, respectively; to compile the list, The Reputation Institute ranked 100 global businesses based on a survey of 47,000 consumers.

Report: Ex-Chamber Exec. Allegedly Embezzled $29K

Kimberly Michele Burkett, former director of the Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce, reportedly faces two theft charges in connection with the allegations.

Target Launches Online Promotion Supporting Gay Pride

On Sunday, the Minneapolis-based retailer began selling T-shirts with gay-friendly themes online—and it has pledged to donate the full purchase price of each one, up to $120,000, to the Family Equality Council.

U.S. Bank, Target Among World’s “Most Valuable Brands”

The value of the U.S. Bancorp brand increased 9 percent from last year, while Target’s brand value declined 16 percent, according to a recent report.

U.S. College Students Name 7 MN Cos. “Ideal Employers”

Target, Mayo Clinic, General Mills, Best Buy, 3M, Ecolab, and Cargill are among the nation’s “ideal employers,” according to college students looking to join the U.S. work force.

4 of 250 "Most Popular High-End Restaurants" Are in MN

Chino Latino, Fogo de Chao, La Belle Vie, and The Oceanaire Seafood Room are the four local restaurants that made the cut.

Feds Close Investigation Into Medtronic's Infuse Product

The findings of a probe into Medtronic's marketing of its Infuse bone-graft product weren't released, but Medtronic said it is pleased that the investigation is closed.

Accretive Health Denies Allegations in Letter to Franken

In response to a series of questions posed by U.S. Senator Al Franken, Accretive Health released a 29-page report that denies allegations that it violated privacy laws and used overly aggressive tactics to obtain payments from patients of Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services.

Experts Weigh In on How Best Buy Handled CEO Scandal

While some experts have given the company high marks and praised it for taking a bold tack, others argue that the board was too lenient and should have taken a harsher approach.

MN Developer Jeff Wirth Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

The Wirth Companies owner Jeffrey Wirth admittedly conspired with his ex-wife and their tax preparer to evade federal taxes, funnel money out of the company, and use the funds for personal expenses, including the building of a mansion on Lake Minnetonka.

After Probe Involving Ex-CEO, Schulze Steps Down as Best Buy Chairman

An independent investigation found that Best Buy's ex-CEO Brian Dunn violated company policy by engaging in a close personal relationship with a female employee-and that Chairman and founder Richard Schulze "acted inappropriately" when he failed to notify the company's audit committee after learning about allegations of such a relationship.

3 of the Fastest-Growing Inner-City Cos. Are in Mpls.

Based on their annual revenue growth rates over a five-year period, Minneapolis-based Atomic Data, Dero, and On-Demand Services Group made a list of the fastest-growing businesses that are located within core urban areas in the United States.

Best Buy Expands Probe of Ex-CEO, Looks at Top Execs

According to the Star Tribune, the electronics retailer is exploring whether some of its top leaders improperly withheld information from its board and whether former CEO Brian Dunn used company-leased aircraft in connection with a relationship he's alleged to have had with a female subordinate.

Man Accused in Cloud 9 Mortgage Fraud Indicted in 2nd Scheme

Jared Mitchell Rothenberger, 43, of Minneapolis, was charged Wednesday in federal court and accused of defrauding mortgage lenders out of millions of dollars in connection with the Chateau Ridge condo development in Burnsville.

MN Biz Owner Admits He Didn't Pay $1M in Taxes

Stephen Clough, a former owner of Shakopee-based pump manufacturer Gamma Vacuum, pleaded guilty to failing to pay nearly $1 million in federal income and employment taxes that were withheld from workers.

19 MN Cos. in Fortune 500; Most Move Down in Rank

The top-ranking local company is Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group, Inc., which didn't move from its 22nd-place ranking on last year's list; however, 14 of the 19 Minnesota companies on the list fell in ranking from last year-some substantially.

Target's Internships Among the 20 Highest-Rated

Career website Glassdoor compiled a list of companies offering the 20 highest-rated internship programs in the country based on survey responses from current and former interns-and Target ranked 15th.

CHS, Land O'Lakes Are Top-Grossing U.S. Co-ops

Eleven of Minnesota's agricultural cooperatives ranked among the 100 top-grossing in the nation based on 2010 revenue, and four made the top 10.

War of the Ivories

Is downtown Minneapolis big enough for two dueling-piano bars?

Ameriprise: Boomers Put Families' Financial Needs First

A study commissioned by Ameriprise Financial found that Baby Boomers are providing financial assistance to their adult children and aging parents at the expense of their own retirement savings.

Woman Sentenced For Defrauding Medtronic of $2.1M

Jennifer Rutherford of San Jose, California, admitted to creating shell companies that sold non-existent marketing merchandise to Medtronic, thereby defrauding the company of at least $2.1 million.

Accountant, Biz Teacher Gets 5 Yrs. for $8M Fraud

Joseph W. Traxler-who taught a fraud class at the Minnesota School of Business in Shakopee-also must pay $5.4 million in restitution.

Mpls. 2nd Among "Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations"

The Twin Cities metro area has a variety of attractions that are either free or offered at discounts, according to Livability.

Economic Optimism Increases Across Minnesota

Half of Minnesota businesses expect the state economy to improve in the quarter that ends in late May-and 40 percent plan to increase headcount during that period, according to Twin Cities Business' quarterly economic indicator survey.

16 of the "World's Biggest Public Cos." Are Based in MN

Forbes used four metrics to determine its list of the 2,000 largest public companies in the world: sales, profits, assets, and market value.

Travel + Leisure: MSP is America's Best Airport

The magazine said it "may be the cheeriest and most welcoming airport in the nation," adding that readers enjoyed its shopping and food and drink options.

Met Council Forecasts Economic Growth for Twin Cities

A new report from the Metropolitan Council predicts that the Twin Cities population will increase by 31 percent during the next three decades, while the area's "gross metro product" is expected to reach $400 billion.

House Committee Rejects Vikings Stadium Plan

Representative Morrie Lanning, the sponsor of the House stadium bill that would use public money to fund a new $975 million Vikings stadium, said after the vote that "somebody will have to pull a rabbit out of a hat for this thing to stay alive."

Study: Women Are Successful When Men Are Scarce

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas at San Antonio found that when there are fewer single men, the percentage of women in high-paying careers increases.

Tennant's Cleaning Technology Draws More Criticism

A division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has determined that some of Tennant's claims about its ec-H2O technology are not supported by evidence; meanwhile, a Danish competitor has violated the council's policies by using the council's findings about Tennant to promote itself.

U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo Criticized for High-APR Loans

A local advocacy group released a report stating that four large banks, including U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo, are charging people interest rates as high as 365 percent.

Best Buy Probes Dunn's Conduct With Female Worker

An unnamed source close to the Richfield-based electronics retailer told the Star Tribune that the company is investigating multiple complaints that Brian Dunn-who abruptly resigned Tuesday-behaved inappropriately with a female subordinate; Best Buy hasn't confirmed the assertion but declined to challenge the newspaper's reporting, and the company has vowed to publicly release the findings of the investigation that's underway.

Despite St. Jude Protest, Medical Journal Defends Article

St. Jude Medical wants a recently published article retracted, calling it a "biased analysis." But Douglas Zipes, managing editor of the online journal that published the article, said that's "not going to happen."

Law Firm Says Wells Fargo is at Fault for its Fraud Loss

Wells Fargo reportedly said that it believes the Edina law firm's allegations "have no merit," adding that, "We will vigorously defend, and expect to prevail."

St. Jude Calls Article Inaccurate, Seeks Retraction

St. Jude claims that a recently published article that analyzed deaths tied to defibrillator leads contains "substantial errors" and a "biased analysis."

Fastenal CEO Oberton Among 10 "Best Bosses for the Buck"

According to Forbes, Willard Oberton is one of 10 public company CEOs in America who have delivered the highest returns to their companies' shareholders relative to their total compensation.

General Mills is "Most Reputable" Large Co. in U.S.

On the Reputation Institute's list of "America's Most and Least Reputable Big Companies," the Golden Valley-based food manufacturer jumped 14 spots from its 2011 ranking and beat out Seattle-based Amazon, last year's top-ranked company.

Medtronic Pays $85M to Settle Shareholder Lawsuit

The lawsuit claimed that Medtronic did not disclose to shareholders the adverse effects of its Infuse product, illegally marketed the product for uses not approved by regulators, and did not disclose to shareholders how much of the company's revenue from Infuse came from these unapproved uses.

Making An Impression-April 2012

How local printer Studio on Fire ended up chronicled by a German art-book publisher.

St. Thomas Law School Loses Ranking After Self-Reporting Error

Dean Thomas Mengler wrote to U.S. News & World Report to express concerns about its decision to unrank the school from its "Best Law Firms" list, saying that the move serves as "a disincentive for law schools to promptly report mistaken or erroneous data."

Cargill Accused of Fixing the Price of Road Salt in Ohio

A lawsuit filed by the Ohio Attorney General's office accuses the agribusiness giant and Chicago-based Morton Salt of dividing up the Ohio rock salt market, agreeing not to compete with each other, and driving up rock salt prices over the past decade; Cargill "emphatically" denies the allegations.

New Partnership Aims to Double Area Exports by 2017

Several local groups will collaborate with a Washington, D.C.-based organization to develop a plan that will double Twin Cities-area exports over the next five years, increase the number of companies that export, and increase the number of countries that local companies trade with.

Supreme Court Sides with Mayo in Patent Battle

The court determined that Prometheus' blood test involved naturally occurring phenomena, and its patents are therefore invalid; the ruling is expected to have broad implications in the scientific community.

Five MN Cos. Among "World's Most Ethical"

Best Buy, Ecolab, The Mosaic Company, Target, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are among 145 companies named to the Ethisphere Institute's 2012 "World's Most Ethical Companies" list.

U.S. Chamber Recognizes 6 Small Businesses in MN

Affordable Buttons, Custom Alarm, CWS, Mindsharp, Stanley Jones & Associates, and Ultimate Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning were commended for their contributions to free enterprise and the economy.

Groupon's "VIP" Loyalty Program Hits Minneapolis

Select Groupon subscribers in the Twin Cities were invited to try a free three-month subscription to a new program that the company is testing and eventually plans to roll out nationwide.

MN Man Sentenced for $5M Real Estate Scheme

Robert Dufresne of Cottage Grove, who admitted to defrauding investors out of more than $5 million in a multi-state house-flipping scheme, has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Mpls. Employment, Construction Show Signs of Recovery

The City of Minneapolis released data that show signs of economic recovery in the city; trends include a decline in the rate of unemployment, an increase in construction volume, and a decrease in the number of foreclosures.

Report: Animal Ag Means $8B for Minnesota

A study by the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council and the University of Minnesota found that animal agriculture now provides about $8 billion to the state economy, up about $3 billion from 2003, when the last study was conducted.

Six Minnesotans Make Forbes' Billionaires List

The same Minnesotans who were on Forbes' 2011 list of the world's billionaires made the list this year.

Twin Cities North Chamber Protests Mpls. Stadium Plan

The Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce, which advocates for the interests of businesses in the northern metro area, described the process of selecting a site for a new Vikings stadium as "unorthodox, unfair, and convoluted."

You’ve Got (No) Mail

Local marketing agency GdB bans e-mails one day each week.

KQ’s Slide: Recall versus Reality?

Is the KQRS era ending or is a new ratings technology blind to its hard-working, middle-class audience?

4 MN Cos. Among Fortune's 50 "Most Admired"

3M, Target, St. Jude, and General Mills are among Fortune's 50 most-admired companies.

4 MN Restaurants Among 100 Best for Service

Acqua Restaurant & Wine Bar, Capital Grille, Joan's in the Park, and Tim McKee's La Belle Vie are among the nation's 100 restaurants that provide the best service, according to OpenTable.

Report: Women in Minnesota Earn Less than Men

A study by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota reportedly found that women earn an average of 80 cents for each dollar earned by men, and the disparity is greater for management positions.

Summit Brewing Adds Beers, Plans $6M Expansion

Summit Brewing, which last year celebrated a quarter century of beer making, is reportedly adding a new summer ale and India pale ale, and it plans to break ground on a $6 million brewery expansion in late 2013 or early 2014.

Great Clips Survey Sheds Light on Sex, Not Salons

A Great Clips survey asked people how they would use 15 minutes of extra time, and the responses seem to highlight sex and sleep more than serve to market a salon chain.

Mosaic Co., Environmental Groups Settle FL Mine Lawsuit

The Mosaic Company has reached a settlement agreement with environmental groups that filed a lawsuit over the company's plans to extend its Florida phosphate mine; Mosaic can expand its operations provided that it donates a 4,171-acre stretch of land to be used as a state park and preserves 130 acres of land that it previously planned to mine.

Kieran Folliard, Jameson Settle "Big Ginger" Dispute

Folliard-who previously sold his stake in several local pubs to focus on the whiskey business-told the Star Tribune that his Irish whiskey company continues to own the "Big Ginger" trademark and the pubs will continue to sell the specialty drink.

Local Fraudster Gets 12 Years for Bilking Investors

Michael Joseph Krzyzaniak, who has already served time in federal prison for his role in an investment scam, has been ordered behind bars once again for bilking investors out of at least $20 million.

Restaurateur Kieran Folliard Sues Jameson Over Trademark

Through his two businesses, the local restaurateur-turned-whiskey-maker reportedly filed a lawsuit alleging that the distilling giant's "Big Jameson Ginger" cocktail improperly copies his signature "Big Ginger" drinks that his pubs have been selling since 2005.

Local Toy Co. Owner Gets 5.5 Yrs. in $9M Fraud

Sandra Lee Calkins defrauded Stillwater-based Central Bank and 42 investors out of approximately $9 million by misrepresenting the financial situation of her Edina-based company, Princess Soft Toys.

Report: Minneapolis Stadium Plan Falls $55M Short

A new analysis of the Minneapolis Vikings stadium plan found that the city is about $55 million short of its pledged contribution of $313 million-despite proposed new revenue sources, like increased parking costs and a tax on Vikings tickets.

Hedge Fund Sues Petters Execs, Fredrikson & Byron

Ritchie Capital Management filed a civil racketeering suit against Petters' executives and in-house counsel, as well as Fredrikson & Byron, which reportedly performed legal work for Petters' businesses.

American Crystal: Window for Reaching Deal Is Closing

American Crystal Sugar says it is two-thirds of the way finished processing last year's beets, and "the window for reaching an agreement is closing."

Bloomington Man Gets 4 Years in Condo Mortgage Fraud

Gerald Greenfield was sentenced for helping Brett Thielen, who was executing a mortgage fraud scheme involving a Minneapolis condo building, launder illegal profits.

Coleman Protests Target Center Funding in Stadium Plan

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says a proposal for a Minneapolis Vikings stadium that involves funding for Target Center renovations is "unbalanced" and "inequitable."

Do Manufacturers Need to Pay More to Find Workers?

Minnesota manufacturers are reportedly hiring for highly skilled positions, but they can't find qualified employees-and some say it's because they are not offering high enough salaries.

Wilf "Optimistic" About Dome Site; L.A. Off the Market for Now

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is now "optimistic" about the plan to build a new stadium at the Metrodome site. Los Angeles, meanwhile, which has been seeking an NFL team, is no longer in the market for 2012.

Dayton: Metrodome Site Is Only Near-Term Stadium Option

The governor told the owners of the Minnesota Vikings that the Metrodome site is the only option for a new stadium, if a stadium bill is to gain approval from the Legislature this year.

Minnesotans Plan to Spend More on Leisure Travel in '12

The majority of those who responded to a recent survey plan to spend at least as much on leisure travel this year as they did in 2011, and 24 percent expect to boost spending.

More MN Businesses Look to Hire, Invest this Quarter

Twin Cities Business' Quarterly Economic Indicator survey found that, compared to the previous quarter, more Minnesota businesses expect to hire, invest in infrastructure, and raise prices during the first quarter of 2012.

Dayton Finds Faults in Stadium Plans, Leans Toward One

The governor appears to favor the Linden Avenue site near the Basilica of St. Mary, although he believes all three of the front-runner proposals have problems that could prevent a stadium proposal from receiving legislative approval this year.

MN Adds 7,900 Jobs as Unemployment Falls Again

Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped another 0.2 percent in December to reach 5.7 percent, as the state added 7,900 jobs.

Best Buy CEO Again Responds to Critics

Brian Dunn's public response to criticism by the media triggered a barrage of additional criticism from readers. He's now responded to those comments, describing them as "candid and informative-exactly what we look for when we reach out to you."

Rybak Discusses a Decade in Office in Q&A with TCB

R.T. Rybak discusses the past 10 years he's served as Minneapolis mayor in an exclusive interview with TCB Editor In Chief Dale Kurschner.

U Start-Up Builds App for Safer Teen Driving

The DriveScribe mobile application blocks incoming calls, e-mails, and text messages while a vehicle is in operation; provides voice commands; and calculates a "safe driving score" after each trip; among other functions.

3M Files Counterclaim Against Met Council Over Pollution

The state and the Metropolitan Council sued 3M, alleging that chemicals manufactured by the company have caused environmental damage-and 3M has filed a counterclaim, which argues that the Met Council dumps chemicals into the river from its seven waste treatment plants.

Two New Restaurants to Open in Downtown Minneapolis

A new eatery called Devil's Advocate will open in the space most recently occupied by The Inn, and a new Asian restaurant called Marusu Street Food and Cocktails aims to open sometime this spring at 715 Hennepin Avenue.

Basilica Voices Stadium Concerns; Vikes Find Hidden Metrodome Costs

The Minnesota Vikings claim that building at the Metrodome site would cost $67 million more than previously estimated by Minneapolis officials. Leaders from the Basilica of St. Mary, meanwhile, are expressing concerns about the possibility of a stadium being built near that structure.

Eide Bailly Tries to Block Petters-Related Clawback

Accounting firm Eide Bailly-which provided professional services to two of Tom Petters' business entities-has asserted in a lawsuit that it is not liable for any damages, but Petters receiver Doug Kelley says otherwise.

Mpls. USDA Office Among 259 to Be Closed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that its plan to shutter 259 offices in the United States and seven foreign offices will cut annual costs by about $150 million.

Best Buy CEO Fires Back at Harsh Critics

Brian Dunn acknowledged some of Best Buy's shortcomings but refuted the idea that the company may gradually be going out of business. Comments from online readers, however, echoed some of the complaints made by critics-namely, that of poor customer service.

Anytime Fitness CEO's Book: "Working Out Sucks"

Chuck Runyon's new book acknowledges that "working out may suck," but it cites alternatives like heart disease, diabetes, and less sex as much worse.

Dayton Sets Stadium Plan Deadline; Wilf Warms to Mpls.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf reportedly met recently with key political leaders and displayed maps showing how a new stadium might fit at two different Minneapolis sites. Governor Mark Dayton, meanwhile, sent letters Thursday to Ramsey County and Minneapolis setting January 12 as the deadline for their final proposals for the project.

MN Taconite Production Continues to Climb

An estimated 38.9 million tons of iron pellets were produced by the state's mining operations in 2011, up from 35.1 million tons in 2010 and up dramatically from 17.1 million tons in 2009.

Michele Bachmann Drops Out of Presidential Race

After a disappointing sixth-place finish in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced she has ended her presidential campaign.

TCB Presents Its Annual "Small-Business Success Stories"

This year's 10 tales of success feature a diverse list of small businesses, including a tortilla maker, a corporate travel company, a pawn shop chain, and a music college.

Starters-Color Me Missoni-December 2011

The Missoni commercial’s postproduction work was performed entirely in Minneapolis.

Genesys Works Founder Among Forbes' "Impact 30"

Rafael Alvarez, founder and CEO of Genesys Works, was recognized for his business' social entrepreneurship. The nonprofit operates a program in St. Paul and has partnered with a long list of local businesses.

Hecker Trustee Seeks Assets; Rowan Released from Jail

The trustee handling Denny Hecker's bankruptcy case is reportedly on the hunt for more hidden assets. Hecker's wife, meanwhile, has been released from prison and is in some form of supervised custody.

Mobi Slick

A local company believes that the market can support a new crutch design.

Big Thanks to Small Firms

The Minnesota Chamber’s Grow Minnesota and Business Connection programs offer a private-sector approach to economic development.

Starters-Writing on the Walls-December 2011

Need space to innovate? W.lab’s whiteboard walls are designed to let your business make its mark.

Local Real Estate Pros Convey "Eroding Confidence"

A twice-yearly survey by the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business indicates that local real estate professionals are less confident about the near future of the commercial real estate industry than they were just six months ago.

10-Mo. Sentence for Man Who Stored Cook's Assets

Jon Jason Greco received a 10-month prison sentence for lying to federal investigators about money and valuable goods tied to Trevor Cook's multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

Two MN Companies Poised to Go Public

Plymouth-based BioAmber, Inc., on Monday filed for an initial public offering; meanwhile, Bluestem Brands, which in April filed for an initial public offering, could reportedly go public as early as this week.

Hedge Fund Mgrs. Face Civil Suit in Petters Scheme

James Fry and Michelle Palm-two local hedge fund managers who already faced criminal charges related to their alleged involvement in Tom Petters' multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme-now face charges in a civil complaint filed by federal regulators.

Starters-Next-Gen Pens-November 2011

Barry Rubin rewrites his business plan for his newer customers.

2 MN Cos. Among World's "Best Multinational Workplaces"

Medtronic and 3M-which have each been recognized on national "best workplaces" lists in several countries-have now been honored as two of the world's best multinational workplaces.

40% of MN Employers Expect More Revenue this Quarter

Twin Cities Business' Quarterly Economic Indicator survey found that the state's employers remain optimistic, despite growing pessimism over the national economy and government.

MN Mftg. Cos. Struggle to Fill Jobs; High Demand for IT

Minnesota's manufacturers are having a difficult time finding qualified workers to fill open positions; meanwhile, there has been an uptick in demand for IT workers in Minnesota and across the country, according to several recent reports.

MN Workplace Injuries in 2010 Second-Lowest on Record

A new report estimates that the state's employees suffered 76,700 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses last year, representing about 3.9 injuries per 100 full-time workers.

Six of Forbes' 100 "Best Small Companies" Call MN Home

Golden Valley-based Winmark Corporation led the Minnesota companies on Forbes' list, ranking 11th overall.

Mpls. Gets Low Marks on Small-Biz. Vitality List

Minneapolis ranked 13th out of 15 major U.S. cities in a new "small business vitality" list due to a sharp decline in market share among the city's independent retail shops and dining establishments.

Hedge Fund Offers $25K Prize in Research Contest

Whitebox Advisors is soliciting research papers that could benefit the investment community-and the winning submission will net a $25,000 prize.

Ramsey Releases Plan to Tackle Employment Disparity

A new 64-page report outlines ways to reduce racial employment disparity in the Twin Cities, which reportedly has the highest such disparity among the nation's largest metro areas.

Report: Huge Disparities Among Mpls.' Racial Groups

A new report from the Minneapolis Foundation shows dramatic differences between Minneapolis residents of differing races and ethnicities-disparities that begin at an early age and affect education, jobs, housing, and other aspects of life.

U of M Research Spawns Green Start-up

A biodegradable plastic developed by a University of Minnesota biochemist has led to an Arkansas start-up that will manufacture what it claims are environment-friendly plastic bags.

Ameriprise Workers Sue Over 401(k) Funds

Six current and former employees of Ameriprise Financial claim that their 401(k) investments were placed in poorly rated funds that had excessive fees, which resulted in the loss of $20 million; they seek to turn their suit into a class action representing all affected employees from 2005 to present.

Avtex, Local Nonprofit Create Athlete-Tracker Tech.

The new notification service can track marathoners and provide real-time progress updates to friends and family via text message.

Former MN Mortgage Firm Exec. Accused of $8M Fraud

Joseph Traxler of Centennial Mortgage and Funding, Inc., allegedly used funds intended for mortgage loans to cover Centennial's operating losses and to fund its payroll and other expenses.

Twin Cities' ATM, Overdraft Fees Among Lowest in U.S.

An industry survey found that the average ATM fee in the Twin Cities is the second lowest in the country and that the average overdraft fee is the fourth lowest.

Former MN Bank Executives Face New Fraud Charges

Two former officers of failed Pinehurst Bank and a bank customer are facing new charges through a superseding indictment, which alleges that the men were involved in a $1.9 million "check-kiting" scheme that led to the bank's demise.

Bixby Associate's Guilty Plea Implicates Co. Officer

Dennis DeSender admitted to fraudulently soliciting investors to fund a venture to sell coal-gasification technology to China-and he reportedly implicated a former officer of Bixby Energy Systems in the alleged $60 million scheme.

Twin Cities Has Highest Racial Gap Among Unemployed

The jobless rate for African Americans in the Twin Cities is reportedly 24 percent compared to just 6 percent for Caucasians, giving the region the widest racial disparity among the unemployed in urban areas throughout the country.

Twin Cities Rise! Wins $50K Innovation Award

The local nonprofit, which trains under-employed and unemployed people for placement in long-term jobs, was chosen from a pool of about 900 entries as one of five winners in the "Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works" competition.

3 MN Cos. Recognized by SBA for Job Creation

Great Clips, Tastefully Simple, and Shield Services were included on the SBA 100 list, which features businesses from across the country that created at least 100 jobs after receiving support from the Small Business Administration.

U.S. Bank Offers Cos. Cash-Mgmt. on Mobile Devices

A new offering enables business customers on the go to view account balances, transfer funds, approve time-sensitive payments, reset their password, and view check images on their mobile devices.

U's Job Fair a Bright Spot Amid Dim Hiring Outlook?

A recently released report indicates that the hiring outlook for Twin Cities employers may be dimming; meanwhile, the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering is reportedly hosting the largest career fair in its history on Tuesday.

Pentair-Sponsored MN Idea Open Names $15K Winner

The Minnesota Idea Open selected a concept called "Minnesota FarmWise" as the winner of its recent competition, which asked Minnesotans how they would use $15,000 to help their community become aware of and address water issues.

Local Brothers Get 5 Years for $4M Mortgage Scheme

The Bork brothers allegedly orchestrated a $4 million mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded 24 area lenders.

Selling It-Give a Little, Campbell Mithun Says in its United Way Campaign-September 2011
CyberSpace for Your Stuff: Storage Units Go Digital- September 2011

CyberSpace picks up, inventories and photographs, and makes accessible via Internet every item you choose to store in its Minneapolis warehouse.

SheerWind’s New Spin on Clean Energy

SheerWind, based in Chaska, is developing the Invelox wind-energy system.

Starters-Keep Your Job and Your Integrity-September 2011

Nan DeMars' new book, You’ve Got to Be Kidding!: How to Keep Your Job Without Losing Your Integrity, is a new release from Wiley this summer.

Starters-A Casting Call for DIYers-September 2011

Magnetic Productions’ search for the not-too-proud and the brave.

Get Your Mojo Organized

Social enterprise is good, but how to put corporate structure to it?

Twin Cities Prices Rise While Incomes Don't

The Star Tribune reports that cost of living in the Twin Cities has been rising this year, while Minnesota remains about 100,000 jobs short of where it was before the recession.

Best Buy Opens Digital Doors to CityVille

The electronics retailer has partnered with online game CityVille's developer-Zynga-to allow players to build in-game Best Buy stores.