A look back at some of our most popular stories from the year.
A roundup of business news from around the state, curated by TCB editors.
A roundup of business news from around the state, curated by TCB editors
A roundup of business news around the state, curated by TCB editors.
A study ranks the country’s top metros based on 2016 U.S. Census data.
A roundup of business news from across the state, curated by TCB’s editors.
A roundup of business news around the state, curated by TCB editors.
The figure marks the third consecutive decline in the number of Minnesota companies to appear on the list.
Two companies dropped from list, two more won’t be listed next year.
Twin Cities-area restaurants offer a range of cuisine and ambience for company meetings,
parties, and special events.
Think outside the fruit basket. Make your clients and employees feel special this holiday season with customized and curated gifts from these local companies.
Minnesota's top businesses, chosen by you.
A total of 85 Minnesota companies landed on the 2018 edition of the Inc. 5000 list.
Colleges and universities are adapting their graduate, continuing education and custom programs to meet the workforce needs of Minnesota businesses.
Companies and individuals were chosen based on their community involvement and strides in starting or helping small businesses.
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.
Twin Cities-area restaurants offer a range of cuisine and ambience for company meetings, parties and special events.
The best B2B vendors as chosen by our readers.
Twin Cities Business’ extensive guide to Minnesota meeting and event facilities.
The newly completed U.S. Bank Stadium helped boost their fortunes substantially.
Great education and high quality-of-life helped the state score highly.
At the midpoint of 2017, these Minnesota businesses are at key stages, including new product launches and rapid growth.
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.
The mega mall paid more than $30 million.
County moves up to 38th place in ranking of 87 Minnesota counties based on health outcomes.
Leaders are extremely optimistic about national and global economies in 2017 and plan to increase hiring, R&D and capital expenditures.
If the trends continue, 2017 could be a good year for the state.
State holds on to fourth spot in annual ranking from United Health Foundation.
Minnesota employers are having more trouble finding employees — and that might not be getting better anytime soon.
State-funded program focuses on biotech, other fields with commercialization promise.
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.
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.
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.
The health system found that Zika ranks low on people’s list of concerns.
University, Fate Therapeutics on commercialization track for cutting-edge immunotherapy.
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.
After launch of Unity Biotechnology, study links osteoarthritis to ‘senescent’ cells.
Empty-nesters and young professionals are driving demand for a growing number of upscale apartments in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Twin Cities Business’ extensive guide to Minnesota meeting and event facilities.
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.
The electric provider was only outranked by California-based utilities.
Men make more than women in all of the metros surveyed.
UnitedHealth was named one of the largest corporations in the U.S., as were 16 other Minnesota companies.
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.
A total of 24 from the state made the list.
Results came from a survey of millions of flyers.
Billions of dollars are fleeing the state because of higher taxes and a growing perception that its government is 'anti-success.'
Minnesota’s small and large companies are creating cutting-edge products and processes by leveraging technological innovations.
The grocery retailer said it would sell 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025.
County finishes 44th in ranking of 87 Minnesota counties based on health outcomes.
The House minority leader said he wants to improve Minnesota's standing in science and technology.
An experimental drug tested by the medical organization appears to inhibit a key enzyme within cancerous cells.
The Minnesota Department of Health found that nearly one out of every eight low-income, working-age Minnesotans is diabetic.
Homes in ZIP codes with Target stores were worth significantly more than those with a Walmart store nearby.
A number of 3M scientists believe the new workspace could bring about collaborations that weren’t possible in its older, more spread out facilities.
The list is pulled from public data on performance and outcomes.
Researchers with the medical institution hope to reverse engineer a vaccine that will be inexpensive and easy to produce.
The company’s CEO allegedly told his hiring officials that “women in sales is a 100 percent fail.”
Target inched back up the list after falling dramatically last year.
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.
The top 15 employers make up 30 percent of the workforce.
School choice is more important for those majoring in business and liberal arts than STEM.
The average worker now takes home a six-figure salary.
The company was designated a “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” company.
The company is struggling with a software overhaul that's affecting shipments, but the mattress maker is poised to grow.
Minnesota colleges are updating and expanding their science, technology, engineering and math programs to meet business needs in a 21st century economy.
Through its 2015 Tekne Awards, the Minnesota High Tech Association honors major breakthroughs in technology.
China and other high-growth markets could pay off big for 3M next year and beyond.
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.
About one in five metro employers intend to add staff, but 8 percent intend to decrease their workforce size.
The award recognizes successful leaders who have faced adversity.
Analysts fear economic contraction due to flagging international sales.
The Corporate Equality Index scores companies on how well they treat LGBT employees.
The former president and former CFO of Starkey both had items confiscated from their homes, which included a computer, documents and a car.
The USGA wants to revitalize the game of golf with the help of the state’s largest higher education institution.
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.
Community leaders along St. Paul’s Grand Avenue argue the installation of paid parking meters would lose the city money and push away residents.
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.
The city wants a three-month study to determine the impacts of raising the minimum wage to as high as $15 per hour.
A lawsuit filed Friday by Keith Guggenberger claims Starkey CEO Bill Austin wrongfully terminated the executives and even badmouthed him around the office.
Three-quarters of merchants behind when it comes to taking chip card payments.
What the smartphone generation wants to do with their money.
Other businesses can learn about cybersecurity from the health care and financial services industries.
A dozen Sun Country employees were allegedly not drug tested after being hired or transferred, per the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Bill Davis allegedly diverted at least $250,000 for personal use between his family and friends that paid for vacations and a new car.
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.
Texas was ranked in the survey as having the best small business climate in the U.S., while Minnesota placed 25th.
Why technology previously transferred outside Minnesota is now more likely to remain in Rochester.
The state ranked 18th overall for number of companies that made the list.
Four companies raise more than $101 million in Q2.
The North Star State received national recognition primarily for its quality of life, economy and education departments.
The state’s grades mostly improved or remained the same.
Trade, transportation and utilities continue to see tremendous growth with 1,500 more job opportunities than the next closest sector.
PsyBar is working to revolutionize employee assessment and keep peril out of the workplace.
We challenge any other state to come up with a list of extraordinary innovations as impressive as Minnesota’s.
New survey gauges small business outlook.
WalletHub survey ranks metro low for startup climate.
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.
The March 4 event will feature four area CEOs discussing challenges unique to middle-market companies in Minnesota.
The two cities were scored among 83 others based on park spending and access, healthy weight and exercise.
The Harvard Business Review placed the companies in its 100 best performing CEO rankings and recently revised the list based on non-financial reputation.
A new report uncovers some surprising facts about the impact of immigrant-owned small businesses.
A new events series from the Minnesota Cup allows women starting their own businesses to network with each other, find mentors.
The historic Gull Lake resort makes an international media splash.
But Japan steals the show with 46 of 100 spots on Thomson Reuters’ annual list.
It is one of seven Minnesota firms to make the 221-firm list this year.
The Warroad family business earned a Minnesota Business Ethics award earlier this year.
The total net worth of the five wealthiest Minnesotans is nearly $11 billion.
Extensive parks and job opportunities helped Maple Grove, Eagan and Woodbury earn places on the annual list.
Rochester and St. Louis Park are named to Livability.com’s 2015 list.
Suggestions for companies recruiting beyond the Upper Midwest.
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.
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.
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.
Carleton College and Macalester College both appear on Forbes' list, which is based on 12 different measures and emphasizes students' return on investment.
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.
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.
3M, Tennant Company, Graco, Proto Labs, Piper Jaffray, and Deluxe Corporation experienced particularly strong growth in their latest quarters.
Investments in Holaira and Inspire Medical helped drive the strong quarter.
For the first time, Mayo Clinic claimed the top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious “Honor Roll” list.
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.
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.
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.
A new report from McGladrey reflects increasing confidence among Minnesota manufacturers, although it identified challenges as well.
Plato’s Closet and Anytime Fitness ranked first and fifth, respectively, on Forbes' new list of best franchises.
The game can help build coworker bonds. It's work together, or dye alone.
Despite recent rosy proclamations, the state’s employment picture remains murky.
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.
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 from U.S. Bancorp, Ecolab, and Thrivent were named to Fortune’s “Heroes of the 500” list, which recognizes acts of charity and courage.
UnitedHealth Group remains Minnesota’s highest-ranked company on this year’s list and moved up three spots from last year, ranking 14th overall.
An inside look at the state of the hair market today.
The local building boom is putting developers back in business.
Willing to boldly go where no manufacturer has gone before.
Exports of manufactured goods climbed to a new high, but exports overall ticked down following modest increases in recent years.
An analysis of the demographics of Minnesota Cup entrants sheds light on where the state’s start-up energy is thriving.
National sales tied to the recreational boating industry increased amid higher demand and the introduction of new products.
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.
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.
Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group are among Millennials' top picks for employers.
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.
Corporate Responsibility magazine named Ecolab, 3M, General Mills, Mosaic, Target, Hormel, and Medtronic to its 2014 list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
General Mills and Andrew Zimmern teamed up to recognize the country’s best of the best across 20 food-related categories.
Minnesota taxpayers recoup less than 10 percent of the individual income taxes they contribute, whereas Mississippians get back more than 30 percent.
In a recent poll, Minnesota business leaders identified the issues they'd prefer to see lawmakers address this session.
Trissential and Horizontal Integration were named to “The Build 100,” Inc. magazine’s list of mid-size companies that have experienced sustained employment growth.
Attaining the second-highest “opportunity score,” Minnesota ranked especially well for its education opportunities and civic engagement on a recent list published by Forbes.
3-D Printing, Wearable Technology Gaining Ground
Twin Cities Business spoke with prominent women executives to learn about their leadership approaches and paths to success.
Hawkins, Tennant Company, Patterson Companies, Capella Education, Apogee Enterprises, and Buffalo Wild Wings were recognized for their corporate credibility.
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.
The Minnesotans who made last year’s list also appeared this year, although their rankings and net worth have changed.
3M ranked 23rd and Target 29th, although both fell several spots from last year’s list.
Profits at Minnesota-based banks climbed more than 17 percent in 2013, outpacing the national growth rate of 9.6 percent.
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.
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.
Despite new challenges, the industry is seeing substantial growth and renewed investment activity.
Minneapolis ranked fourth on a list of best cities for female entrepreneurship, and Minnesota ranked fourth among states based on residents' well-being.
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.
Best Buy, Allianz, and Smiths Medical ranked among 125 companies that excel in “harnessing human capital,” according to Training magazine.
Strong cash flow is a critical element for obtaining financing in 2014.
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.
Magnet 360 ranked 34th and Code42 ranked 44th on a list of “most promising” private companies with under $250 million in annual revenue.
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.
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.
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 Twin Cities market remains sluggish as companies use less space per employee.
3M gets litigious with its former law firm, Mankato brothers turn on each other, Michele Bachmann’s campaign raises eyebrows, and more.
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.
Technology is giving businesses the data they need for predictive analytics. Now they need employees who can do the work.
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.
Despite significant losses in local government jobs, Minnesota’s private sector employers added 2,400 jobs in November.
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.
Minnesota was ranked the sixth-worst state for entrepreneur- and small business-friendly tax and regulatory policies.
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.
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.
3M, Ameriprise Financial, Ecolab, and UnitedHealth Group appeared on a recent Bloomberg list of 50 U.S. companies that excel in “civic engagement.”
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.”
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.
Multiple studies gauge how businesses are being affected by health care reform, and how they’re bracing for ongoing changes.
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.
The business group released a 60-page report that makes a case for immigration reform.
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.
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.
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.
Post 9/11 veterans are a gold mine of management talent. So why don’t more employers see them that way?
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.”
North Minneapolis, Marshall, White Bear Lake, and Stillwater are among the places where new “taprooms” are either on the horizon or have recently opened.
The shutdown jeopardized Minnesota's September jobs report; with the impasse ended, however, state officials plan to release labor market stats weeks behind schedule.
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.
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.
Whitebox Advisors is seeking the “best published contribution to the art and science of investing.”
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.
Two studies released this year suggest that Minnesota is not a major hotspot for entrepreneurs, but their methodologies open the door to debate.
Low unemployment and poverty levels contributed to Minnesota’s high median household income, according to a new list.
Along with Minneapolis, the list featured San Francisco, Madison, and Evanston.
A recent consumer survey suggests that the Minneapolis-based retailer offers an enjoyable experience, gives back to the community, and has passionate employees.
The Maplewood-based company ranked 76th on an international brand consultancy’s list, driven by a 16 percent increase in its “brand value.”
Minnesota moved up Forbes’ best business states list, driven largely by its high scores in quality of life measurements.
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.
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.
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.
How IT turns business priorities
into business realities.
The agency looks to convey that sleep is not the end goal.
Is the $1 billion apartment development market being driven by demand or a risky mix of hype and cheap financing?
The magazine selected Fallon as Minnesota’s “top shop.”
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.
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.
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 received 37 awards for Web development in 2013, beating out agencies in Paris, California, New York, and elsewhere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, and Coloplast, whose U.S. headquarters is in Minneapolis, made the cut.
A new map shows the amount of 2014 Local Government Aid going to cities in Minnesota per capita.
Meanwhile, the Twin Cities ranked 23rd on Forbes list of larger metro areas.
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.
A new report ranked 22 Minnesota colleges based on the long-term return on investment that they offer to graduates.
Tom Petters is expected to travel to Minnesota from a Leavenworth, Kansas prison in order to make his case for a lighter sentence.
Tenacious Holdings/Ergodyne, Colle+McVoy, Haberman, Quality Bicycle Products, and Renter’s Warehouse appear on the magazine’s list of top 100 workplaces.
A new commercial real estate report cited “lethargic” demand for office space in the Twin 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.
Good jobs in several industries are attracting talent and dollars.
Business groups have been quietly championing immigration reform—because without it, the state’s labor pool will dry up.
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 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, 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.
Mayo Clinic ranked third in the country, while four other Minnesota hospitals earned a “national ranking” on the recently released list.
Minneapolis has the ninth-most patent applications for every 10,000 metro residents in the world.
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.
The Hastings-based health club added 260 new locations in 2012, making it the fastest-growing fitness franchise in the world.
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.
Is the region content to be a niche player, or is it gearing up to be Napa Lite?
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.
Minnesota ranked highly for the well-being of its residents, according to the American Human Development Index.
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.
Minneapolis ranked fourth on a recent list that measured the percentage of women-owned businesses in 48 highly populated U.S. cities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Innovative Office Solutions, LLC, and eCapital Advisors, LLC, made the 2013 list of the 50 fastest-growing companies led or owned by women.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The local airport was among just 15 U.S. airports to make the list, which was compiled by airline and airport review organization Skytrax.
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.
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.
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.
We asked to see the numbers.
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.
At a time when talented women executives can choose where they want to work, sisterhood is powerful.
Why are the practices that offer the most personal care finding it so hard to compete?
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.”
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.
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.
3M Company, Target Corporation, and St. Jude Medical also made the list last year.
Private equity firms in the middle market had a generally busy 2012. And they have the money for more deals.
The Twin Cities ranks ninth among 358 major metros in terms of patents produced annually—and Rochester ranks third for patents issued per capita.
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.
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.
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.
Creative funding mechanisms and tax incentives are driving public and private collaborations on real estate deals.
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.
Why Polaris, Donaldson, ProtoLabs, and Northern Oil & Gas are worth watching.
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.
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.
7000 Sandell Condominiums’ homeowners association and property managers will pay $40,000 to settle allegations that they violated the Fair Housing Act.
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.
Minneapolis-based Target ranked 10th, and Edina-based ReconRobotics and three other robotics companies collectively ranked 44th.
Anytime Fitness and Code 42 Software were recognized as two of the top 100 privately held, high-growth businesses.
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.
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.”
Minnesota is behind only five other states in terms of annual tax revenue loss stemming from corporations and wealthy individuals shifting profits offshore.
A new report also found that a majority of Minnesotans plan to spend their leisure time in the state.
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.
Earlier this month, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker scored a major victory when a federal appeals court upheld a state law.
Designs on your genes.
Others that made the list include The Saint Paul Hotel, Hotel Ivy, and The Westin Edina Galleria.
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.
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?
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.
Auto dealers, auto-repair companies, and several segments within the construction industry topped the list.
It's a small-bank squeeze.
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.
Fortune’s annual list is based on employee surveys, which include questions about job satisfaction, pay and benefits, and hiring practices.
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.
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.
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.
Minneapolis was the only U.S. city on the list and was described by the magazine as an “unexpected foodie mecca.”
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.
Ten years post-Twinsville, a Target Field ballpark village may finally be rising.
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.
Morticians are readying for a surge in deaths as they provide new ways to say goodbye.
The users of dining-reservation platform OpenTable selected The Capital Grille and Restaurant Alma as two of the top 100 U.S. restaurants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eagan-based Prime Therapeutics and Bloomington-based The Nerdery are among 100 companies from across the country that received “Hire Power Awards.”
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.
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 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.
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.
Picking up the pieces after Neiman Marcus: Why high-end retail is a tough sell in the Twin Cities.
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.”
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.
Knowledge Marketing, Outsell, and SPS Commerce made Deloitte’s annual ranking, which is based on revenue growth over the past five years.
An annual study found that Twin Cities residents plan to spend $773 per household on holiday gifts this year, up from $703 last year.
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.
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.
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.
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-center startups see opportunity for new concepts.
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.”
Most local systems applaud
the recent rankings, although each is quick to identify
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.
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.
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.
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 business filings for the first three quarters of 2012 totaled 47,069, compared to 39,977 for the same period in 2011.
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.
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.
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.
Additional company executives made appearances on American Banker magazine’s 25 “women to watch” ranking and its list of top banking teams.
Minnesota’s state and local governments collected $4,587 per person in taxes in 2010—and spent $8,848.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three University of Minnesota researchers are developing technology that will use natural bacteria to purify water contaminated due to fracking.
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.
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.
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.
The bakery is continuing its reign of excellence after being crowned one of Departures magazine’s top 10 global bakeries.
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.”
Northern Oil and Gas has reportedly been riding high on the recent oil-production boom in western North Dakota and Montana.
The two companies were also named to Forbes’ inaugural list last year, but their rankings dropped this year.
The Minnesota Vikings’ valuation climbed 22 percent year-over-year to $975 million, ranking it 22nd among NFL teams.
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 isn’t the first Minnesota company expanding to western North Dakota, where oil production has spiked in recent years.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
The list, which includes some familiar names, is based on each company’s percent revenue growth between 2008 and 2011.
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.
Chad Anderson and Troy Huston each face up to five years in prison for allegedly brokering fraudulent mortgage loans.
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.
Local companies on the list are Dero Bike Racks, Clientek, Colle+McVoy, Renters Warehouse, Quality Bicycle Products, Caldrea Company, and Haberman.
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.
Year-to-date, the number of new business filings in Minnesota is up 16 percent from the same period last year.
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.
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.
Five years from now, Minnesota will be the second-best state to live in, behind only Utah, according to a recent national poll.
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.
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.
Florness is known for his tight expense and inventory control measures, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems claims that Chanhassen-based Cardiocom infringed on six of its patents, but Cardiocom denied the allegations.
How new trends in space utilization anticipate the needs of office workers.
Companies are turning to workers for ideas on how boost sustainability—and many are seeing cost savings and other benefits, too.
Jon Charles Salon is taking the mobile services trend to hair-raising heights.
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.
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.
Prepare to be surprised.
Bayers Do It Best Hardware and Settergrens Ace Hardware compete in Linden Hills—a one-hardware-store kind of neighborhood.
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.
UnitedHealth Group, Target, Best Buy, Supervalu, and 3M all fell in Fortune’s annual ranking, while CHS jumped almost 100 spots.
Foxy Falafel owner Erica Strait is planning a permanent storefront in the former Café Caribe space in St. Paul.
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.
For every white Twin Cities resident who was unemployed in 2011, more than three blacks were unemployed, according to a recent study.
Many contracts have implications for your intellectual property—or for whether you'll be on the hook in somebody else's infringement suit.
What Minnesotans are doing to put returning soldiers to work.
How much should we trust the monthly unemployment reports?
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.
The City of Minneapolis spent $467,139 on staff and contract lobbyists last year, the most of any local government in the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Kimberly Michele Burkett, former director of the Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce, reportedly faces two theft charges in connection with the allegations.
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.
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.
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.
Chino Latino, Fogo de Chao, La Belle Vie, and The Oceanaire Seafood Room are the four local restaurants that made the cut.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is downtown Minneapolis big enough for two dueling-piano bars?
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.
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.
Joseph W. Traxler-who taught a fraud class at the Minnesota School of Business in Shakopee-also must pay $5.4 million in restitution.
The Twin Cities metro area has a variety of attractions that are either free or offered at discounts, according to Livability.
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.
Forbes used four metrics to determine its list of the 2,000 largest public companies in the world: sales, profits, assets, and market value.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 claims that a recently published article that analyzed deaths tied to defibrillator leads contains "substantial errors" and a "biased analysis."
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.
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.
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.
How local printer Studio on Fire ended up chronicled by a German art-book publisher.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The same Minnesotans who were on Forbes' 2011 list of the world's billionaires made the list this year.
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."
Local marketing agency GdB bans e-mails one day each week.
Is the KQRS era ending or is a new ratings technology blind to its hard-working, middle-class audience?
3M, Target, St. Jude, and General Mills are among Fortune's 50 most-admired companies.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Sugar says it is two-thirds of the way finished processing last year's beets, and "the window for reaching an agreement is closing."
Gerald Greenfield was sentenced for helping Brett Thielen, who was executing a mortgage fraud scheme involving a Minneapolis condo building, launder illegal profits.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says a proposal for a Minneapolis Vikings stadium that involves funding for Target Center renovations is "unbalanced" and "inequitable."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped another 0.2 percent in December to reach 5.7 percent, as the state added 7,900 jobs.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After a disappointing sixth-place finish in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced she has ended her presidential campaign.
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.
The Missoni commercial’s postproduction work was performed entirely in Minneapolis.
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.
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.
A local company believes that the market can support a new crutch design.
The Minnesota Chamber’s Grow Minnesota and
Business Connection programs offer a private-sector
approach to economic development.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Barry Rubin rewrites his business plan for his newer customers.
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.
Twin Cities Business' Quarterly Economic Indicator survey found that the state's employers remain optimistic, despite growing pessimism over the national economy and government.
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.
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.
Golden Valley-based Winmark Corporation led the Minnesota companies on Forbes' list, ranking 11th overall.
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.
Whitebox Advisors is soliciting research papers that could benefit the investment community-and the winning submission will net a $25,000 prize.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new notification service can track marathoners and provide real-time progress updates to friends and family via text message.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bork brothers allegedly orchestrated a $4 million mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded 24 area lenders.
CyberSpace picks up, inventories and photographs, and makes accessible via Internet every item you choose to store in its Minneapolis warehouse.
SheerWind, based in Chaska, is developing the Invelox wind-energy system.
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.
Magnetic Productions’ search for the not-too-proud and the brave.
Social enterprise is good, but how to put corporate structure to it?
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.
The electronics retailer has partnered with online game CityVille's developer-Zynga-to allow players to build in-game Best Buy stores.