Q&A: Radisson CEO John Kidd

Under his second owner post-Carlson, Radisson's CEO explains the game plan to return to "player" status in the global hotel biz.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Breathe99 is developing a high-tech breathing mask that offers protection—and looks cool.

Plastic Pushback: Three New Products Designed to Reduce Waste

The future of the planet may be uncertain, but these new Twin Cities–based brands are doing their part to reduce plastic waste.

With a $1.6 Million Investment, DHL Relocates Airport Service Center to New Facility

The facility will be operated by 100 employees and utilize 70 vehicles. The move was driven by e-commerce, and a strong Twin Cities economy.

Minnesota Adds 1,300 Jobs in March, Yet Unemployment Ticks Up to 3.2 Percent

Construction led all industries, adding 2,800 positions, while manufacturing shed 1,100, the most job losses of any sector.

Defense Tech Co. Northrop Grumman Pursuing $1.5 Million-Plus Expansion in Plymouth

The expansion of the company’s Armament Systems unit headquarters is expected to generate 60 new jobs, and will receive $1.3 million in financial support from DEED.

How Different Groups are Faring in Minnesota’s Economy

A look at different statistics for 17 cultural groups in Minnesota helps illustrate how different residents are doing economically.

Best Buy to Serve as Exclusive Retailer of Remote Medical Exam Device TytoHome

The handheld device from Tyto Care makes it possible to get a medical exam from home, which fits Best Buy’s growing focus on health tech.

Irwin Jacobs and Wife Alexandra’s Cause of Death Confirmed by Medical Examiner as Murder-Suicide

Two days after the bodies of the couple were found in their home, the Medical Examiner determined both died from multiple gunshot wounds—Irwin by suicide, Alexandra by homicide.

Hormel Completes $465 Million Sale of CytoSport Protein Business to PepsiCo

The sale comes just five years after the Austin-based branded food company purchased CytoSport, known for its Muscle Milk protein powder products, for $450 million.

VStar Entertainment’s Expanded 5-Year Partnership with Nickelodeon Will Kick Off with Fall Production

The debut show, Nick Jr. Live! “Move to the Music," will bring various Nickelodeon characters together on stage for the first time.

Allianz Field Construction Complete

Minnesota United stadium is ready for its inaugural home game in April.

Minneapolis Sports Data Firm Sportradar Strikes Multi-Year Partnership with MLB

The collaboration takes baseball gambling to the next level starting this season by providing real-time statistics and audio-visual feeds to global media markets and betting organizations.

3M Opens State-of-the-Art Retail Lab at its Maplewood Headquarters

How to makes sense of today’s consumer habits? Study them, scientifically. That’s the goal of 3M’s Multimillion-Dollar Consumer Data Science and Merchandising Lab.

Coffee, Beer and Books. Downtown Hopkins Lands Indie Bookstore, With a Twist

Cream & Amber, selling new and used books, is Mainstreet’s first independently owned bookstore in more than a decade.

Target’s Retail Curation Fixation Grows (But This Time Online) with Target +

The new invite-only program will partner the retailer with third-party vendors in an attempt to create “thoughtfully selected” assortments of its more popular shopping categories.

Hotel Occupancy, Convention Center Revenue Topped Expectations in 2018, Says Meet Minneapolis

However, the total number of tourists that adventured to Minneapolis last year—on the back of the Super Bowl, X Games and other events—won’t be known until June.

Local Movie Theaters Feel the Impact of Working in Netflix's Shadow

Multiplexes and standalone movie theaters in Minnesota find the streaming era has been largely positive for business.

Electric Coaches, New Transit Routes at Heart of Walz’s $324M Transportation Package

The regional bus system is facing a deficit of more than $53 million over the next two years — and more than $250 million over the next decade, according to state estimates.

Oscars Red Carpet Photos—Straight From Duluth

A Minnesota company delivers Hollywood fashion to the world faster than ever with new AI tech premiering at the Academy Awards.

Equity Grant Concerns Have Walz Administration Considering New Ways to Address Disparity in MN

DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said there was a move away from putting more money into grants he described as “siloed, carve-out programs,” but instead to “bring the philosophy of equity to all that we do.”

St. Thomas Partners with gener8tor for New Business Accelerator

The program is aimed at students with fledgling startup concepts.

Walz Budget Plan Includes Restoration of Angel Tax Credit Program

The Medical Alley Tech Association lauds the move, noting that the Angel Investment Tax Credit generated at least $108 million in investment in the state’s health tech industry over a five-year period.

Lunar Startups Taps 7 More Businesses for Incubator Program

The majority of the companies chosen are led by a person of color and/or by women.

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.

Serial Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Formula for Startup Success

Scott Litman and Dan Mallin are the sages of the local tech startup world.

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.

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.

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