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.

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.

Mall of America’s Sea Life Aquarium Introducing “Brave the Rainforest” Adventure in 2019

The $1 million project, set to be completed by next spring, is transforming an existing exhibit space into a section that will feature close encounters with crocodiles, piranhas, cockroaches, snakes, and more.

Could Legalized Sports Betting Come to Minnesota As Soon As 2019?

Legislation is already being drafted for lawmakers to take up the issue in 2019, the passage of which would add Minnesota to a growing list of states that have legalized betting on professional and college sports.

Minneapolis Institute of Art Director Kaywin Feldman Tapped to Lead National Gallery of Art

When Feldman moves on the Washington D.C. gallery in March 2019 to replace retiring director Earl Powell, she’ll end a highly successful 10 years with Mia, as well as become the first woman to head the National Gallery.

Book Review: “None of My Business”

If it’s your job to keep a finger on the checkbook, you’ll enjoy this book because it makes cents and you’ll laugh. If you’re not deep into money matters, then “None of My Business” will hold none of your interest.

Two-Story Aquarium Coming to Rosedale Center Early Next Year

The 23,000 square-foot facility will be interactive and feature exhibits of marine animals, birds and reptiles from around the world. The project is expected to create 75 jobs.

Stuck on What to Gift? Mall of America’s Hologram Ellie the Elf Offers New Way to Shop

Powered by hologram software from California-based company VNTANA, the “industry-first” Ellie the Elf is a 3D-animated chatbot stationed at the mall’s Holiday Cottage on North, where it offers gift recommendations, directions, and more.

How to Attract High-End Clients: ILEA Quick Tips for Event Planners

In order to succeed, prove to them you’re worth partnering with and make sure you meet their expectations.

Twin Cities to Receive Estimated $11M Windfall from NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championships Next Week

Tickets to the volleyball tournament are nearly sold out. A nearby volleyball coaches convention is also expected to draw more than 2,800 people into Minneapolis.

Ecolab to Acquire Cleaning Products Supplier Holchem, Makes Offer for Bioquell

The price and specifics of the deal were not disclosed, but by teaming up with Holchem, a supplier of hygiene and cleaning products, Ecolab is looking to better serve European markets.

On Listening Tour, Walz Gets an Earful, and Offers an Admission: ‘I Will Fail You at Times’

Even while the tour raised expectations of an open and inclusive administration, Walz admitted that he might not always meet those expectations.

Chicago is Losing Citizens and Many of Them are Moving to Minnesota

Of the 100 biggest metro areas in the U.S., Chicago is one of just 10 that lost population.

Medtronic Pays $50.9M to Settle Three Federal Cases

The medical device giant isn’t admitting wrongdoing in any of the cases but will pay $13 million in relation to its own STRATIS Registry, and the remaining amount for issues involving products and activities of two subsidiaries: Covidien and ev3.

Seven Minnesota Business Leaders Share Their Goals for 2019

From mental health support to launching a stadium, local businesspeople are already looking at what’s on their plate next year.

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly's Advice on Leading with Purpose

TCB's 2018 Person of the Year on being clear, being authentic, and shareholder buy-in.

WCCO Radio Hires KARE 11’s Cory Hepola to Host Mid-Morning Show

The weekend TV anchor is leaving the job he once called his dream for the chance to help the iconic AM radio station find a younger audience.

U of M Launches Startup Developing Bioengineered Tissue That Could Shake Up Medical Device Market

The Stillwater-based startup, Vascudyne Inc., will move to commercialize two cardiovascular-related products that utilize its novel technology: living replacement tissue made of skin cells.

Romaine Recall Continues to Toss Up Trouble for Restaurants

The FDA says it’s safe to eat most romaine lettuce again—but will you? Skyway salad spots say the impact of the recall will be tough to overcome.

The Founders of a Minneapolis Gift Box Business Pranked ‘Shark Tank’ and Won an Investment

Two sharks jumped on Prank-O’s pitch, but only one landed a deal. (Hint: The chosen shark also owns the Dallas Mavericks.)

Target Shakes Up Techstars Accelerator Program with New German Partner Metro Ag

The partnership, which involves the renaming of the program to Metro Target Retail Accelerator, aims to enhance the accelerator program’s reach.

First Avenue, Ragstock Ring in Holiday Season with Ugly Sweater Collaboration

Each company is claiming rights to their own sweater: Ragstock will sell the seasonal red sweater, while First Avenue will sell a black version.

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