Impending Closure of St. Cloud Electrolux Plant to Impact Over 300 Jobs Held by Disabled Workers

Approximately 312 disabled Electrolux employees are expected to lose their jobs when the appliance manufacturer’s factory closes at the end of the year.

Toro Acquires Charles Machine Works, Maker of Ditch Witch, in $700M Cash Deal

The deal, ranking among Toro’s largest, adds new brands to its portfolio and deepens its stake in the underground construction market.

Former Ashby Farmers Grain Elevator Manager Pleads Guilty to 15-Year, $5.3M Scheme

The charges were brought against Jerome Robert Hennessey after an investigation found he’d committed mail fraud and tax evasion while working at the Ashby Farmers Co-Operative Elevator Company.

AT&T’s Industry-First 5G Network Coming to Twin Cities This Year

The phone company’s new 5G network and hot spot offering features data speeds of 200-300 megabits per second. Tech companies are especially expected to benefit, as 5G rolls out in Minneapolis, Chicago, and other select cities in 2019.

Minnesota Bankers Define Terms for Growth in 2019

Despite concerns over trade and weakness in the agriculture sector, Minnesota bankers expect to see the state’s economy continue to grow this year.

Office Envy: Lola Red PR

The public relations agency's new HQ is a shining star in the Warehouse District—literally.

How Popular is Amy Klobuchar in Minnesota’s Trump Country?

Part of Klobuchar’s case to win the Democratic nomination for president is her ability to appeal to Trump voters. How strong is that ability?

Target Retains Crown as Top Employer in Minneapolis

An annual report by the Minneapolis Downtown Council revealed that amid a population hike, top employers in the city relatively consistent, though some glaring changes from 2017 did occur.

McGough Underway on 402-Unit Apartment Project Near Mall of America

The Fenley is the latest project at the Bloomington Central Station site.

Minnesota’s Solar Workforce Has More Than Doubled Since 2015

A survey conducted by nonprofit organization The Solar Foundation found Minnesota’s solar job total has increased from 1,995 in 2015 to 4,602 in 2018, making it 15th in the nation for solar workforce size.

UnitedHealthcare Teams with Techstars for Business Accelerator

Startups with a digital health and wellness solutions focus are encouraged to apply.

Will Minnesota Legalize Sports Betting This Session? It Doesn’t Seem to Be in the Cards

The chair of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association has made it clear to legislative leaders that the state’s casino-owning tribes aren’t interested in adding sports betting to their offerings.

Minnesota Adds 500 Jobs in December, Unemployment Rate Steady at 2.8 Percent

The state's unemployment rate remained as is for the fourth straight month.

Medtronic Launches Mobile App Linking Pacemaker to Your Smartphone

In addition to debuting the MyCareLink Heart app this week, Medtronic also enrolled its first patient for a new study examining an alternative, safer solution to oral opioids for back pain treatment.

A Look at The Super Bowl’s Super Effect on Google Search Habits

Among other findings, a study by New York-based digital research firm Yext revealed that search views for certain hospitality and related businesses increased when Minneapolis hosted the Super Bowl last year.

Speedy Internet for All Minnesotans? Not Even the Most Ambitious Bill Will Make It Happen

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing to allocate $70 million for internet projects. But even that funding would only go so far toward the state’s ultimate goal — to bring much faster universal internet to everyone in Minnesota by 2016.

Owners of Burnsville Sushi Restaurant Charged with Using Zappers to Hide Sales

Two Eagan men who own and operate Shogun Burnsville allegedly used sales suppression software to cheat the State of Minnesota out of sales tax revenue over a three-year period.

Ex-Medtech Entrepreneur Howard Root to Unveil World’s First Electric Luxury Fiberglass Pontoon

“This is really tailored for Minnesota lakes,” says Root of the Elux Marine pontoon. “It’s designed for a three-hour sun cruise, not to be a boat you take down a river or across the ocean.”

Government Shutdown Costing $25M in Revenue This Month, Says Delta CEO

Delta CEO Ed Bastian discussed the impacts of the shutdown on Delta, citing long lines in airports due to dwindled staff, and a delay in launching its new plane.

Pioneer Press Owner Makes Bid for Media Mega-Deal

Digital First Media has floated an offer for Gannett, owner of USA Today and St. Cloud Times.

The Kinkos of Same-Day Videos? It's Coming...Soona

The founder of Minneapolis-based Mighteor is launching same-day professional video and photo content studios in Minneapolis and Denver.

Resetting for the Year Ahead: ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners

Make time for yourself and industry friends with that winter downtime. Otherwise, before you know it, finding time for yourself and others will be scarce.

Bibelot Shops Acquired By Another Longtime Local Retailer, GoodThings

White Bear Lake-based GoodThings will keep two top performing Bibelot stores open and rebrand them.

Target Boasts Holiday Sales Growth of 5.7 Percent, Outpacing Rivals

The retailer’s November and December sales grew as the average shopper spent more than a year ago during each trip. Target’s digital sales also saw a 29 percent boost.

SBA Loan Approvals on Hold in Government Shutdown

Millions of dollars in Minnesota small business loans can’t be completed without federal approval.

U of M President Kaler Asks for Over $300M More in Funding, Offers Advice in Last Pitch to Legislature

If his funding request is adopted, Kaler said he thinks the U of M could keep tuition increases at inflationary levels at the Twin Cities campus and at zero at the other four campuses in the system.

In First Speech as Governor, Walz Sticks to ‘Fundamentals’ — Schools, Health Care, and Infrastructure

Education was featured prominently in Gov. Tim Walz’s remarks, but he also highlighted a theme that was a big part of his campaign — that the state has addressed tough problems in the past and can do so again.

Give the Northwest Angle to Canada? Minnesotans Say No Way, No How

A look at why a recently launched petition to “give the Northwest Angle back to Canada” to “correct a critical survey error” will never be successful, and why Angle business owners would never want it to be.

Askov Finlayson to Close Temporarily; Stop Selling Third-Party Brands

The North Loop store will be closed for several months while the company works on expanding its product line, including women’s apparel.

Smart Security Systems Maker Alula Moving Headquarters From Wisconsin to St. Paul

In a $1.8 million project, the company is relocating to a 68,000 square-foot space in St. Paul’s Midway Innovation Center. The move will add 135 jobs to the city’s labor market.

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