The Firm Prepares for a Changed Fitness Industry Post-Pandemic

Members are told the Minneapolis gym may not reopen, but owners say they aren't giving up.

Fitness Industry Grapples with Coronavirus

Studio closures pile up and companies in the businesses of healthy living try to offer clients at-home alternatives.

Paid for Play

Will letting college athletes monetize their gam blow holes in the U's budgets? The U doesn't want to talk about it.

Are Fines Dandy?

Putting the punitive back into work.

Affinity Plus Credit Union Secures Sponsorship Agreement at The Fillmore

The St. Paul-based credit union has locked down a seven-year sponsorship agreement with the new concert venue.

Great Clips Announces Multi-Year Partnership with NCAA

The agreement makes the Bloomington-based hair company the “Official Hair Salon” of the college sports league and gives it exclusive marketing and media rights.

Minnesota Wild Finally Land NHL Winter Classic Game

The 13th annual outdoor game will be held at Target Field.

Holiday Haunt on the Hunt for a New Home

A local non-profit hosts an off-season scare attraction as it prepares to seek a new location for 2020.

Minnesota's Classic Question

Is 2021 the year the state finally attracts the NHL's signature game?

Life Time Inc. Opens Mall Anchor Location At Southdale Center

Filling the location vacated in 2017 by JCPenney, the new facility features an athletic resort, indoor soccer fields, coworking space, spa, and cafe.

The Røkkr Esports Team Is Ready to Roll

The Minnesota Vikings-linked Call of Duty esports team will begin competing in January 2020.

From the Ordway to Broadway

Why a New York producer chose St. Paul for a pre-Broadway run of “Six.”

Minnesotans Pony Up for The Athletic

The sports website is thriving against strong local competition.

Sportradar Acquires Sports Betting and Gaming Platform Optima

The deal follows a recent partnership with TV provider Dish.

Life Time Takes Club Experience to New Level in Edina

The most expensive Life Time ever built in Minnesota will include indoor soccer fields and other firsts.

Sportradar Is Now Dish Network’s Official Sports Data Provider

Sportradar has clinched a number of similar deals over the last few months.

TCB Q&A: A Whole New Ballgame for the Vikings’ Andrew Miller

Miller cut his professional teeth working under renowned baseball exec Mark Shapiro at the Cleveland Indians. Now, he’s shifting gears to help boost fan engagement and drive new business opportunities for the Vikings.

Rough Waters for the Whitecaps

League problems threaten stability of local women's pro hockey.

Timberwolves, U.S. Bank Refurbish Four Basketball Courts

The charity program spruced up courts in Thief River Falls, Fridley, Marshall, and Little Falls.

First Batch of Twins Playoff Tickets Sold Out in Less Than a Day

Hopeful fans shelled out as much as $3,000 to lock in seats for potential post-season play. More will be sold next week.

A Minnesota State Fair Staple Slides into a New Era

A look at the business of the Giant Slide, a State Fair icon celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Vikings Tap Canadian Baseball Exec as COO

Andrew Miller joins the team after managing business operations for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fillmore Minneapolis to Open in Mid-February

Forthcoming concert venue would have roughly the same capacity as First Avenue.

Feet First

Football academies are commonplace, but this local one is just about getting kicks.

Sever’s Fall Festival Finds Permanent Home

The family operating the fest announced that it's purchased new land in Shakopee.

Does No Study Mean No Impact?

Despite the lack of a report, the X Games still pack a punch.

Twins’ TV Ratings Skyrocket

Amid a record-breaking year, the team’s TV ratings in the first half of the 2019 season grew 41 percent year over year, according to Fox Sports North.

Twin Cities Bars Scored Big During Women’s World Cup

Brit’s Pub, the Black Hart of Saint Paul, and La Doña Cervecería, were among local bars that drew massive crowds for the FIFA U.S. World Cup games.

Vikings-backed Investment Fund to Launch Esports Team

Based in Eagan, the franchise will compete in the Call of Duty league.

On Target

The New Gun Club That's On Target

The Ultimate Summer Guide to Twin Cities Golf

A roundup of golf outings and tournaments across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro.

Diversity Driver: A Word with Outgoing Vikings COO Kevin Warren

Warren shares his thoughts on leadership, management, and diversity as he gears up to leave the team for a new gig with the Big Ten Conference.

The Twins Bet on Upgraded Security Tech

Thanks to a security system upgrade, guests will be able to keep personal items in their pockets when entering the field, the team’s leaders say.

St. Thomas Pushed Out of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

University is being removed over concerns about ‘athletic competitive parity,’ MIAC says.

Sports Minneapolis Wins National Honor For Bringing Top Events to Town

Sports Minneapolis, the organization designated by city tourism entity Meet Minneapolis to focus on bringing national sports events to the Twin Cities was named Sports Commission of the Year on Wednesday.

Will $5 Tickets Get You to a Twins Game?

Although the team is off to a strong start this season, home game attendance is at a record low, likely due to lousy weather and a losing past. Twins president Dave St. Peter hopes ticket discounts will bring fans back to the ballpark.

Dr. Bill McGuire's Stadium-Sized Goals for MN United

MN United's managing partner takes TCB inside the Twin Cities' youngest sports franchise as it prepares to move into its new facility and its next era.

Timberwolves' Fast Break into E-Sports

Timberwolves’ bank shot into competitive gaming is turning costly. Will it rebound?

Target Field Nabs Another Environmental Honor, Supporting its Title as “The Greenest Ballpark in America”

For the second time, Target Field achieves the highest level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) recognition.

Sportradar and SportsGrid Launch First Free, 24-hour Betting Network

The exclusive partnership between the SportRadar, which has offices in Minneapolis, and New York-based Sport Grid will improve statistics insights for fans, as well as bookmakers’ advertising efforts.

Timberwolves Announce Prince Record Giveaway, Gaming League Schedule

As the team’s new affiliated NBA 2K League gaming team launches its season, the T-Wolves close out theirs with a final Prince-themed “City Edition” home game.

Final Four Tickets in Minneapolis: “More Affordable than the Super Bowl”

Plenty of seating options are available on resale markets for last-minute buyers.

Final Four Pop-Ups and Partnerships: How Local Businesses are Seizing a Slam Dunk Opportunity

General Mills and Mall of America are among the local businesses getting in on the action of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships that’s expected to bring 94,000 visitors to Minnesota.

Target Field's Gate 34 Experience is a Major League First

The makeover of the Twins' main entryway will entice fans with pop-up shops, lawn games, live music and activities.

Twin Cities Film Fest Debuts Initiative to Connect Businesses with Local Filmmakers

The St. Louis Park-based nonprofit has launched a Production Services initiative to connect members in its artist network to businesses in need of low-cost, high-quality video productions.

Red Bull’s High-Flying Flugtag Event Returns to St. Paul This September

The last time St. Paul hosted the human-powered aircrafts competition was in 2010, when a team set the world record for furthest distance traveled.

Soap Factory Safe for Now, Following Deal to Resolve $3.8 Million Debt Issue

RJM will take over ownership of the Soap Factory building in Southeast Minneapolis and allow the arts organization to remain there for two years rent-free.

Twins Debut Subscription-Style Ticket Plan ‘Twins Pass’ for 2019 Season

Fans could enter Target Field for as little as $3.72 per person each game for 79 home games this year under the cheapest Twins Pass plan.

How the Minnesota Lynx Went from Also-Rans to Outperforming the WNBA

As other NBA owners, or WNBA owners, have walked away from their WNBA franchises, the Lynx have been profitable. The secret: winning.

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.

Allianz Field Construction Complete

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

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.

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.

Art Lab Rx Takes Therapy on the Road

The new art studio bus delivers art therapy straight to clients.

Sportradar Partnership Will Bring Interactive Data Visuals to Sports Publications Worldwide

New York-based Arkadium’s InHabit technology will use data collected by Sportradar, which runs its U.S. operational HQ out of Minneapolis, to spice up online sports articles.

Jason Matheson's Disney Obsession Sparks New Media Project

TV/radio personality Jason Matheson’s Goofy fixation is the subject of his latest media project.

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.

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.”

The Real Winners of the Jared Allen Curling Hype: The Hosting Club, Restaurant in Blaine

Hype over the former Minnesota Vikings player’s return to the state, this time in slick curling shoes and with a broom, pushed fans of both sports to pour into the Four Seasons Curling Club and connected restaurant, Sticks and Stones.

Minnesota’s First Indoor Skydiving Venue Opening This Week at Ridgedale Mall

For visitors of almost all ages, the Texas-based company iFly offers a realistic skydiving experience with 150 mile-per-hour wind tunnels, plus skydiving instruction, flight-themed STEM education programs, and more.

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.

Life Time’s First Built Facility in Eagan Gets $7M Renovation

The project, involving a new basketball court, new studios and an enhanced LifeCafe, is the largest portion of $30 million total spent in 2018 on improvements to several different company facilities.

Breaking Down the Business Deal Behind the Timberwolves’ Prince Jerseys

Nike gave special preference to the royal purple kit it designed through a partnership with the Prince estate. More Prince-themed Nike gear could become available, and new Prince music may even make its way to Target Center.

Inside a St. Paul Company's Quest to Crowdfund a Board Game

How a game about 19th-century Afghanistan raised nearly a quarter million dollars.

Mega-Waterpark for MOA? New Plan Could Cost $250M

Mall of America owner Triple Five and the city of Bloomington are weighing a deal for the massive complex.

Prince Documentary Coming to Netflix from Oscar-Nominated Director Ava DuVernay

The renowned filmmaker has reportedly been working on the multiple-part Prince documentary for several months. The project is being supported by the Prince estate.

First Avenue Inks Deal with MPR to Acquire St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theatre

MPR will continue to hold events at the 1,000-seat Fitzgerald Theatre despite the sale.

Head Impact-Monitoring Mouthguard Maker Prevent Biometrics Buys X2 Biosystems Technology

Both companies monitor head impacts using a similar approach: by having athletes outfitted with a device capable of sharing the data from every hit or tackle.

Twins Aim to Use Off-Season to Rework Right Field Entrance, Incorporate Pop-Up Marketplace

The proposed improvements are expected to wrap up before the start of the 2019 season.

Minnesota United FC Expected to Break Decades-Old State Soccer Attendance Record

The 50,000-plus ticket holders expected to attend the team’s last home game of the season, and last ever at TCF Bank Stadium ahead of the move to Allianz Field, will topple a record set by the Minnesota Kicks in 1976.

Minneapolis to Host Cross Country Skiing World Cup in 2020

Minnesota native and Olympic champion Jessie Diggins played a pivotal role in securing the hosting rights. She spoke with TCB about bringing the skiing event home for the first time.

Virtual Wellness: Coming to an Office Near You

Wellbeats expands its on-demand fitness classes to employers.

Mayo Clinic Documentary from Renowned Filmmaker Ken Burns Airs Tuesday Night on PBS

The two-hour documentary looks at the history of Mayo Clinic, how it handles the challenges of healthcare today, and what the industry as a whole can learn from Mayo Clinic’s operations.

Minneapolis Scores Hosting Duties for NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four in 2022

With a pitch theme of “Your Home Court Awaits,” the Minneapolis Bid Committee beat out seven other cities to host the tournament – which will return to Minneapolis for the first time in more than two decades.

Target Center Renovations Continue with $2.5M Project

The investment from the Timberwolves and Lynx organization will allow for a total makeover of its premium Club TI area, as well as concession upgrades for fans in the upper ring of the sports complex.

First Look: Inside Topgolf’s Brooklyn Center Site

The golf-centric facility will open this September, but an official open date won’t be revealed until next week.

From Football to Fútbol: Life Time Launching Youth Sports Initiative at Viking’s Winter Park

As it continues to expand business beyond gyms, the Chanhassen-based fitness company is debuting a flexible, no-pressure soccer program for kids at the Viking’s former practice facility in Eden Prairie.

Minnesota State Fair Breaks Overall Attendance Record (And More Fun Facts from the 2018 Great Minnesota Get-Together)

Including how many animals were born at the CHS Miracle at Birth Center and total attendance from this year’s Grandstand performances.

Can the Minnesota State Fair Set a New Attendance Record?

Here’s how it plans on breaking past 2 million visitors.

Ye Old Mill Ride at MN State Fair Launches for 102nd Year With New Owners, Extensive Renovations

This year, the third generation of Old Millers — John and Marna Keenan, who are in their 70s — enjoyed their first truly relaxing summer ever, after the family sold the historic ride in January to the State Fair.

Will Singer Sam Smith Embrace the Style of the North?

Xcel Energy Center gifts the king of love ballads a Duluth Pack bag.

Football Tech Startup GoRout Lands $1M in Seed Financing, New City Loan

Proceeds from the Rochester loan will be used to expand operations, create jobs and develop a new product, identified as “on field-mixed reality training.”

Meet Hodder, the Production Co. Making Hollywood Magic in Minnesota

A look at a Minneapolis-based production company that’s flown under the radar while creating TV specials for high-profile clients such as UnitedHealth Group, ABC, the CW, and Amazon.

Minneapolis Startup NoSweat Inks Deal to Be Official Licensed Partner of PGA Tour

The agreement boosts the “validity” of the company’s product, which eliminates sweat from headwear, and marks big growth as NoSweat anticipates dipping into new market ventures.

Minneapolis Tries to Woo the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four

The voting committee’s visit was timed to coincide with the WNBA All-Star Game.

Is Minnesota Experiencing Festival Fatigue?

Despite a glut, local organizers say the more the merrier.

Spark DJ Refocuses Its Music Tech to Appeal to Businesses

The Rochester startup is developing an interactive curation system for businesses.

Cambria Introduces “Cambria Kitchen” for Live Culinary Demos at State Fair

Built as an update to Le Sueur-based Cambria’s fair space, the kitchen will feature appearances from renowned chef Andrew Zimmern and HGTV host Scott McGillivray.

At New Alamo Drafthouse in Woodbury: Don’t Be Tardy or You’ll Miss the Party

The Austin-based Cinema opens its first Midwest location.

Latino-Influenced Brewery with Attached Soccer Field Opening in Minneapolis

La Doña Cerveceria, located in the Harrison neighborhood of Minneapolis, will include a taproom, art gallery and patio soccer field for a 3 vs. 3 league.

Topgolf Using Intel Gathering, Games to Hire 500 Staffers for New Brooklyn Center Venue

The golf-themed activity venue is now hiring for all positions. Front-of-house candidates are invited to participate in unique task and game-based “auditions,” starting early August.

Cirque du Soleil Swings Into Children, Family Market by Acquiring MN-Based VStar Entertainment

VStar’s operations will remain here as an “autonomous division” of the circus arts giant.

Music Tech Innovator Zivix’s Latest Crowdfunding Campaign Generates Over $500K

The Minnesota company raked in more than 6 times its intended goal on an Indiegogo campaign for its two latest products. This is the third consecutive fundraising campaign from the company that far surpassed its target.

Sony, Prince Estate Establish Re-release Distribution Deal for 35 Albums

The agreement involves 19 album titles from Prince’s work between 1995 and 2010, other material released after ‘95, and a 2021 rights extension for works from 1978-96; but no new material.

The Ultimate Buzz: Inside Surly's Infatuation With Ultimate Frisbee

It's not business or pleasure...it's both.

Minnesota Lands 7-Year Deal for Annual 3M-Sponsored PGA Tour Event

The event, set to be held at TPC Twin Cities golf club in Blaine, will elevate the state’s golf tournament bonafides and benefit charities through the 3M Open Fund sponsorship

Rush Creek Golf Club General Manager Heading to PGA Professional Championship

At 47, Derek Stendahl will compete on the national stage for the first time.

Actor Owen Wilson Visits Minneapolis, Becomes Enamored By City’s Sauna Hot Spots

The movie star frequented sauna events held by local sauna business founders John Pederson and Rod Buhrsmith.

Richfield Rocks Curling Club Gets Rolling with Help from U.S. Curling Association, Former Olympian

On the heels of a U.S. Olympic curling victory, Richfield resident Lisa DeMore Rudolph has launched the Twin Cities’ newest club.

Polaris Makes Big Splash in Boat Business

The deal to buy Boat Holdings LLC for $805 million ranks as the largest in the Medina-based company’s history.

Super Bowl LII Drew in $370M in New Spending for Twin Cities

The economic impact report issued by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee reveals several positive aspects of the game festivities’ impact on Minneapolis and St. Paul.

A League of His Own: Inside the Northwoods League's Rise to Prominence

The Northwoods League has quietly become the dominant baseball league in the Upper Midwest. Has Rochester’s Dick Radatz, Jr. built a better business model?

Plymouth Startup Hits the Road with Its Smart Motorcycle Helmets

After a successful Kickstarter campaign in April, the tech company kicked off production in May.

Swim Cap Startup Aims to Reduce Aquatic Head Injuries

Their protective cap is the first major safety evolution in swim cap design in more than a century.

This E-Retailer's Strategic Decision Led to a Hole-In-One

Three years after transitioning to e-commerce, Jeremy Segal's business is bigger than ever.

U.S. Boating Sales Highest in a Decade, Minnesota Among Top Five Buyers

A report showed sales of various types of boats and related products and services grew significantly last year, with Minnesota sales ranking near the top among the nation.

Inside Minnesota’s Legal Sports Gambling Advantage and the ‘Big Money’ Impact

One expert suggests tax from sports betting in the state won’t trump what the lottery brings in, but this could change over time.

Minnesota Women’s Hockey Team, the Whitecaps, Joins the NWHL

The local team, which boasts major talent, will turn professional as it officially joins the league’s four existing teams for the upcoming season.

Allianz Field Named as a Host for 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

The under-construction future home of the Minnesota United soccer team will host two matches in next year’s tournament between national teams of the Caribbean and North and Central America.

Fishing Season Opening Day Celebration Hits Spicer Saturday

The annual event led by Explore Minnesota is expected to draw more than 500,000 fishing enthusiasts.

2019 Final Four Expected to Draw in 94,000 Visitors, $142M Economic Impact

Rockport Analytics, which provided traffic and spending amounts for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, assembled a financial impact report for the next major sporting event coming to U.S. Bank Stadium.

Great Clips Salon Chain Lands NHL Partnership

The industry-leading company from Bloomington kicked off its new partnership with a hair-themed campaign tied to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Can Zivix Strike Another Chord with Its Newest Smart Guitar?

The Golden Valley music tech company is once again on track to surpass its crowdfunding goal.

Mall of America’s New Movie Theater to Feature New Industry Concept: A Food Hall

CMX Cinemas will debut May 4 at the mall with a new concept of a self-serve food and beverage market and cocktail-capable bar.

What Ever Happened to Albertville's "Mall of Entertainment"?

A highly touted theme park proposal appears stymied.

Minnesota United FC Season Tickets Sell Out, Starts Waitlist

Ticket sales show promise for match attendance in impending new Allianz Stadium.

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival Among Hardest Hit by Weekend Blizzard

Turnout was less than half of last year’s Saturday opening, although the next day was about par with last year’s Sunday, which was Easter.

Olympic Champion Jessie Diggins Shines Gold on Minnesota

The Afton native wants to bring home cross country skiing’s world championship.

Rochester’s Chateau Theater, Seen as Key DMC Asset, Gets Funding Boost

The shuttered 1920s theater will host ‘interim uses’ with a $1 million infusion.

Minneapolis Lands Two-Year Extension as X Games Host

In addition to hosting the 2017 and 2018 summer competitions, the city will play host through 2020.

Polaris Facing Class-Action Lawsuit for Faulty Vehicles

The lawsuit was filed days after the company was hit with a $27.3 million punishment from government.

Polaris Agrees to $27M Penalty for Not Immediately Reporting Vehicle Hazards

The company will be improving its compliance program as a result and recalling another 107,000 of its Ranger off-road vehicles.

Small Ball Meets Big Data: Inside the Twins' Swing Toward Analytics-Driven Decision Making

As the analytics revolution washes over Target Field, we look at how data is changing the Minnesota Twins.

Ryder Cup Returning to Chaska’s Hazeltine in 2028

With it, the state stands to receive another major economic impact from the event, which a year and a half ago was said to be around $135 million.

Four Entrepreneurs Strike Gold With Whimsical Mini Golf Course

Just over a year since opening, Can Can Wonderland has doubled its staff size and is preparing for a big expansion.

The Super Bowl Pregame that Wasn't

Hopes of turning the weekend prior to the big game into a major visitor magnet were not realized.

Toro Purchases Commercial Lawn Care Equipment Maker L.T. Rich Products

L.T. Rich is known for its line of Z-Spray and Z-Plug brand of spreaders, sprayers and aerators.

‘Black Panther’ Threw a Spotlight on Diversity and the Twin Cities is Taking Note

A look at what local leaders think of the groundbreaking film, and the area’s own contributions to industry evolution.

U of M Signs Distribution Deal for New Tool Used to 'Score' Athlete's Body Mass Composition

Massachusetts-based Hologic Inc. landed the U.S. rights for the University of Minnesota's 'Dexalytics' athletic performance software.

Snowmobiling Becomes Niche Sport in Minnesota

High costs and susceptibility to weather conditions have created challenges for the industry.

Crown Bank Awarded More Than $600K in Suit Against Former Viking Adrian Peterson

In total, the running back will have to repay the Edina-based bank about $639,000 to cover a $2.4 million loan he agreed to in 2016.

Sleep Number Locks Down NFL Partnership, Will Give Free Smart Beds to Football Players

For the next five years, rookie players will also have the option to receive a free Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed when they join the league.

How to Make Sense of the NFL's Fanciful Super Bowl Economic Impact Numbers

"Economists have a rough rule of thumb: Move the decimal point one place to left, and you're far more likely to come up a better measure of economic impact than the NFL number."

Construction of $27M Sports and Wellness Project in Bemidji Pushed Back

Officials originally planned to break ground on the Sanford Family Sports and Wellness Complex later this year, but construction now may not start until 2019.

Minnesota's Sports Tech Scene is Heating Up

Several startups are suiting up in hopes of getting scouted and drafted by investors.

Finnegans Brew Co. is 'Taking On the System' with Augmented Reality Super Bowl Ad

A Minneapolis-based beer-making nonprofit is incorporating augmented reality and virtual beer to cut promotional costs during the Big Game.

Book Review: “Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL”

Author Jen Welter speaks to businesspeople and their teams, both on and off the field, and to women, with a personal story that’s timely and powerfully unforgettable.

The Twins Return to AM Radio

Why the ball club moved back to WCCO.

Minnesota State Fair’s $7.2M Upgrade Looks to Preserve Nostalgia While Preparing for the Future

The improvements include updates to existing attractions, as well as investments in infrastructure that will help the “The Great Minnesota Get-together” bring in state-of-the-art traveling exhibits.

Life Time Fitness Wipes Cable News from Gym TVs

A spokeswoman for the fitness center chain said the decision came from requests from its members who were tired of seeing “consistently negative or politically-charged content.”

Racing to Save the Trucking Industry

A local entrepreneur’s new racing series is igniting interest among motorheads across the nation.

You Better Pay the Sportswriter

The Athletic takes aim at local newspaper sports sections.

Is the Party Over?

High-profile workplace holiday parties may be on the decline, but two of the region’s most lavish events soldier on.

This Minnesota Training Center Wants to Change the Economics of Hockey

Entirely unique to Competitive Edge Hockey’s facility is the Crossover Flywheel, a giant spinning disc designed to build strength and acceleration in skaters.

Two Minnesota Retailers Land Partnership with MLB

From TV broadcast plugs to in-ballpark promotions, Gander Outdoors and The House will soon be featured on all things Major League Baseball.

Chris Wright Named First CEO of Minnesota United FC

The long-time president of the Timberwolves and Lynx organization will officially make the transition to Minnesota United on October 6.

Vikings Hire 18-Year-Old "Gen Z" Consultant

The latest generation is entering the workforce—and emerging as a powerful group of consumers.

Educational Game Maker MindWare Buys Competitor Peaceable Kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom was founded in 1983 by the family of Clement Hurd, illustrator of the popular children’s book “Good Night Moon”.

Valleyfair Looks to Hire 700 Seasonal Employees

The amusement park is gearing up for its annual ValleyScare event, which runs from mid-September to end of October period.

Smart Hunting

How two entrepreneurs are using smartphone technology to take hunting to the next level.

Twins' Ballpark Pass: Fair or Foul?

Was the all-you-can-stand pass a home run?

They're Stealing Our Skiers!

Lutsen says expansion is key to keep Midwestern skiers local.

How Raman Kazama’s Owner Balances Two Careers: in Food and Music

Matthew Kazama’s journey to Ramen Kazama, at the corner of 34th and S. Nicollet Avenue, started in Hawaii, where he was born, and in Matsue, Japan.

What's the ROI of a Convention Center Event?

Was a youth volleyball tournament really worth $50 million to Minneapolis? A look at the opaque world of convention-bureau math.

Minnesota United Reveals Name of New Stadium

Insurance giant Allianz acquired the naming rights of the new stadium, which will be called Allianz Field.

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

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

Pontoon Maker Premier Marine Files for Bankruptcy

The company, headquartered 30 miles north of Minneapolis, employed 225 people and purchased a majority of its boat building materials from local vendors.

Disney-Pixar Sued for Allegedly Stealing ‘Inside Out’ Idea from MN Child Development Expert

Denise Daniels is suing the entertainment company for “an amount to be determined at trial.”

Fitbit Inks Partnership Deal with Timberwolves, Lynx

The three-year deal will not only impact the players’ jerseys, but also the concession stands.

Minnesota Film and TV Board Names New Executive Director

Former executive director Lucinda Winter announced her departure last November.

Arctic Cat Recalls 2,700 Snowmobiles

The drive clutch in some of the company’s snowmobiles was found to fracture, posing an impact hazard.

Cirrus Vision Jet Receives Approval for Flight in Europe, Australia

The personal aircraft maker is hoping to tap new markets for its innovative jet.

The Loons Rise

This spring, Minnesota United FC ascends to soccer's big time. What's its business plan in a sports-saturated market?

Funkytown Remains Lucrative
Kickstarting Innovation: Pre-Civil War Era Saloon Launches Kickstarter

A local lawyer is looking for financial assistance in restoring an almost-demolished limestone saloon from the 1850s.

Universal Music Experiencing Buyer’s Remorse Over Prince Music Deal

A conflict with Warner Music Group may mean Universal has limited access to the late artist’s unreleased recordings.

How The Legalization Of Gambling On Sports Could Impact MN Companies

For years, the parent company of Minneapolis-based Sportradar US has provided sports statistics to international gambling operators. A change in U.S. law could result in a significant uptick in the data and security services it provides to national companies.

The Twins' Clean-Sheet Reset

The Twins’ president discusses his organization’s lost half-decade and the clean-sheet reset underway at Target Field.

The Truth Behind The Founder

Ray Kroc/McDonald’s biopic is Twin Cities-centric.

Chisholm Moves To Cut Ties With Ironbound Studios

The mayor of the Iron Range city said the two parties should “go their own ways” as it moves to evict the movie studio from its basement due to unmet payments.

LeMond Companies Raises $4.8M In Latest Funding Round

The company will soon launch a subsidiary geared toward low-cost carbon fiber production.

Allianz Reportedly Secures Naming Rights For Minnesota United Soccer Stadium

If confirmed, the German insurance company will own naming rights to seven stadiums on four continents.

The Escape Game To Open In Mall Of America This Summer

The experiential concept has proven to be a popular choice for friends, family and even as a corporate outing.

Vibes Unable To Make ‘Shark Tank’ Investors Bite On Deal

The Minneapolis startup was looking for a $100,000 investment in exchange for 20 percent stake.

State Fair Admission, Parking Rates Increase For 2017 Season

Expect to pay $1 more to park and $1 more to walk through the gates at this year’s State Fair.

Target Center Renovation Cost Climbs Back To $150 Million

The Timberwolves and Lynx are seeking additional upgrades.

Minneapolis Startup Vibes To Appear On ‘Shark Tank’

The company produces earplugs that protect your ears at live events without sacrificing the sound quality.

The Fight Over Funding U.S. Bank Stadium Isn't Over

In response to complaints by two prominent former politicians, the Minneapolis City Council recently directed city staff to examine how it can more closely monitor stadium costs.

MN Court Confirms New Administrator Of Prince’s Estate

Comerica Bank & Trust has been named the new special administrator of Prince's estate, replacing St. Paul-based Bremer Trust.

Polaris Ending Victory Motorcycle Line

CEO Scott Wine said the 18-year-old subsidiary’s sales peaked in 2012 and had been eating money ever since.

Cirrus Unveils New 2017 G6 Planes

The Duluth aircraft company’s new planes include an improved flight deck and lighting system.

Boat Sales Are Making Waves In Minnesota

How water enthusiasts are spending billions of dollars each year enjoying the land of 10,000 lakes

Sportradar Launches ‘Acceleradar,’ Free Program For Sports Tech Startups

The sports data company claims the program to be “the industry’s first free data program” that is aimed at early-stage startups.

New Faces At Capitol Give Hope To Those Pushing An Old Issue: Overturning Minnesota's Ban On Sunday

In all, there will be 21 new state senators and 23 new House members in the 201-seat Legislature when the 2017 session convenes — more than enough votes to swing the issue.

Sportradar Strengthens Ties To AP Through Content Sharing Deal

The Minneapolis arm of the global sports data company will now be able to use Associated Press premium content in the products it sells to clients.

Timberwolves, Lynx Name First-Ever Group Of ‘Founding Partners’

Among the group of five partners are three Minnesota-based companies: U.S. Bank, Federated Insurance and Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday Provide Big Boost To MN Retailers

The Mall of America recorded its highest single-day traffic draw in its 24-year history, while big box and local retailers throughout Minnesota reported strong sales increases.

Roller Derby Thrives In Minnesota

Minnesota’s premier roller derby league sees value in its players beyond the flat track

Fantasy Sports Startup SportsHub Technologies Announces Two Acquisitions

The two deals now bring the sports technology company’s annual acquisition total up to four.

Survey: Twin Cities Holiday Shoppers Will Spend Record Amounts

Most of the shopping is expected to occur at shopping malls and downtown stores, although respondents are increasingly turning to online retailers for their gift buying.

Paisley Park Adds New Tours For Fans To Use Studio, Eat Prince’s Favorite Foods

Two of the three new tour experiences will be exclusive for VIP ticket purchasers, which currently run at $100 a piece.

How An Athletic Program For Minneapolis Girls Led To Startup Designing Sportswear For Muslim Women E

“Muslim girls want to play sports,” says Asiya founder Fatimah Hussein. “They want to do what other girls are doing. But there are barriers.”

Toro Bolsters Its Irrigation Portfolio With Deal For German Company

The products manufactured by Regnerbau Calw GmbH will complement Toro’s current product line of sprinklers and equipment for sports fields and agricultural applications.

Universal Chosen As The Exclusive Publisher Of Prince’s Unreleased Music

Prince’s estate will maintain ownership rights for the recordings, leaving Universal with the right to assemble and repackage the music for sale.

Everything But Net: A Q&A With Glen Taylor

Glen Taylor opens up about three years of tragedy and turmoil at the Timberwolves and his future in the NBA.

Ultimate Hoops Treats Average Joes Like Basketball Pros

Life Time Fitness threw an alley-oop to a local startup and created a national basketball craze.

Paisley Park Is Officially A Museum

The Chanhassen City Council gave unanimous approval to rezone Prince’s home, which can now be used as a recording studio, hotel, office and event center, as well.

Timberwolves, Lynx Announce China-Based TCL As ‘Official TV' Partner

This marks the first partnership the basketball organizations have made with a Chinese business since Lizhang Jiang became a minority stakeholder in the summer.

Prince Exhibit With Never-Before-Shown Items Opens At Mall Of America

The exhibit will include branded merchandise and is expected to draw an international audience.

How Natural Sodas Line Joia Altered Its Formula To Bolster Sales

After studying how customers used its product, St. Louis Park-based Joia took that information and developed a new product that’s attracting deals with the Target Center and even a Vegas hotel chain.

Prince Estate Looks To Sell Vault Of Unreleased Music For $35M

It’s uncertain how much music is contained within the vault, but those close to Prince believe the number of unreleased tracks to be in the thousands.

Polaris Makes $665M Strategic Acquisition Of Transamerican Auto Parts

The off-road vehicles company hopes its purchase of Transamerican Auto Parts will gain it market share in a more than $10 billion a year Jeep and truck accessory market.

Sportradar Plays The Numbers Game

Big data and pro sports are now one, and a Minneapolis company controls much of the supply.

Could Mogadishu, Minnesota Become The State’s Largest-Ever Film Production?

According to early production estimates, it could, so long as HBO green lights the show and keeps the production in Minnesota.

Hotel Room Prices Soar During Ryder Cup

Some hotels near Chaska, where the golf event is being held, are said to have quadrupled their rates.

Sportradar Signs Comprehensive Partnership Deal With The NBA

After inking a purported $250 million deal, the sports data company now holds official partnerships with three of the four major U.S. leagues.

Prevent Biometrics Launches Beta Test For Concussion-Monitoring Mouth Guard

The company’s CEO said its device is the “most accurate head sensor product on the market” compared to the competition, which places sensors on the skin or inside the helmet.

Media Powerhouse On The Prairie

The empire-building of Forum Communications continues unabated.

Lola Red Tackles Athletes In Its Newest Venture

The public relations firm is helping athletes like Kyle Rudolph boost their image.

Sportradar Inks Deal With NHL To Monitor Gambling Activity

The sports data company will play the role of watchdog for the NHL as it looks for atypical bets being placed on regular-season and postseason games.

Toro Declares 2-For-1 Stock Split

The price of its stock has risen by more than $22—or 33 percent—in the last year, making the current $94 stock price too expensive for some small investors.

St. Paul To Approve MLS Stadium Despite Questions About Surrounding Development

Council members want assurances — first promised a year ago — that once the stadium is approved, the redevelopment of the shopping center adjacent to the stadium site will move ahead.

A St. Louis Park Carpet Cleaner Is Suing The U.S. Olympic Committee

“The notion that we can’t tweet or do a social post congratulating a Minnesota athlete…was too much to take,” the company’s co-owner said.

The Vikings Stadium's Payoff

The results are almost in. Will U.S. Bank Stadium deliver on its promises?

Reviving Block E With Mayo And Jerky

New tenants all but complete former Block E, validating developers’ vision.

Joel Hodgson Announces Netflix Deal For Mystery Science Theater 3000 Revival

The show, which adds commentary over B-movies, managed to raise $6.3 million from 47,000 backers to produce a new season.

Ironbound Studios Head Jerry Seppala Arrested On Fraud Charges

Investors claim Seppala and two other men stole more than $12 million in funds intended for various film projects.

HCMC Partners With US Bank Stadium

The hospital will provide emergency services during events.

Kickstarting Innovation: The Biggest MN-Made Game Since Oregon Trail

Duluth resident Nick Turinetti talks about how his team is building a dinosaur video game that’s more accurate than Jurassic Park.

Why Sportradar’s Deal With AP, VICE Could Be A Game Changer

Sportradar believes it can provide America’s largest media outlets with “next-gen data” that would cater to the age of big data.

Study: Don’t Even Think About Driving To The St. Paul Soccer Stadium

The study notes that fans driving to the stadium in hopes of finding parking are almost assuredly going to find themselves out of luck.

Few States Spend More On Boating Than Minnesota, Report Finds

Data shows there is one boat in Minnesota for every 2.8 households.

Lady Dynamite Shines The Spotlight On Minnesota’s Film Industry

Separately, the state’s Film and TV Board is set to have its budget quadrupled pending Governor Dayton’s approval.

Game Of Thrones Star Leads Latest Film To Shoot In Minnesota

With Spinning Man set to shoot starting June 8, the state could see an economic boost as local talent is utilized in the film’s production.

Mystic Lake Isn't Playing The Odds

As casino-operating tribes diversify to sustain their income base, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux continue to place most of their chips on Mystic Lake Casino.

Polaris Q1 Profits Fell By Nearly Half, Hurt By Sluggish Off-Road Vehicle Sales

Yet the powersports vehicle maker said its motorcycle division posted strong sales growth.

Hubbard Radio Tops Chart With 2015’s Highest Revenue-Generating Station

The company’s news station in Washington, D.C. made more last year than other news and music stations from Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago.

Schell’s, Summit Ranked Among Top-Selling Craft Brewers

Both breweries produce more than 130,000 barrels of beer annually.

In St. Paul, A Tiff Over TIF Looms For Soccer Stadium Development

Mayor Chris Coleman says the stadium will be a “catalyst” for the area. So why does the city need to provide public dollars to spur further development?

5-8 Club Begins Partnership Program With Local Breweries

The restaurant aims to highlight independent breweries that are “as local as possible.”

Two Minnesota Companies Are “Best Companies To Work For”

Both were chosen for offering unusual on-site perks and benefits.

Target Unveils Design Partnership With Finnish Brand Marimekko

The bold patterns and colors of Marimekko will be featured in Target stores on a number of items, such as paddle boards, dinnerware and bocce ball sets.

How Fan HQ Built Its Brand

The sports apparel and memorabilia store builds buzz by getting players to show up.

Minnesota Sports Move Away From Paper Tickets

The Timberwolves are the first local pro franchise to eliminate the paper ticket.

Minnesota Winery Finds Niche In Entertainment Industry

Four Daughters was featured at Sundance.

Phoji Channels Angel Investors To Spread Nationally

The smartphone app is on a 90-day charge to raise $2 million to $5 million to broaden its reach outside of Minnesota.

Explore Minnesota’s #OnlyinMN Campaign Boosts Tourism

A study found that every dollar invested in its 2015 spring/summer campaign generated a $75 return for Minnesota.

Ecolab Joins Ranks Of U.S. Bank Stadium Partners

Several high-profile companies have already struck agreements likely valued in the millions.

The Current Expands To Duluth With New FM Frequency

Much of the Twin Cities station’s programs will broadcast from Duluth, yet the station plans to hire a new radio personality to host a local show.

Prevent Biometrics Seeking $2.5M In Equity Financing

$300,000 has already been raised.

Best Buy Lowers Guidance After Holiday Revenue Drops

News of the electronics retailer’s sales decline resulted in a sharp drop in company stock.

Local Businesses Contribute $7.5M To Downtown East Park

After the latest round of fundraising, the park project nears the halfway mark to its $22 million goal.

Walker Art Center Cuts Catering Ties With D’Amico, Hires Culinaire

The Minneapolis museum and Culinaire will team up to design a new restaurant to complement the opening of its $75 million expansion.

Minnesota On The CES Floor

Dozens of Minnesota companies are making the trip to Las Vegas this week to promote a wide range of products and services.

Octane Fitness Sold To Bowflex, Schwinn Equipment Maker For $115M

Nautilus bought the company after a year-and-a-half long search for “a strategic acquisition” to grow its equipment portfolio.

Q&A: Adrian Slobin, Global Innovation Lead At SapientNitro

As virtual reality innovators like Slobin shape the tech’s future, product-consumer interactions could change how we interact with the world.

FAA, MnDOT Require All Drones Users To Register Their Aircrafts

Even casual drone users will have to comply with the new requirements.

Pentair Becomes Founding Partner At US Bank Stadium

The 10-year deal will name a gate after the company and allow Pentair to use their water-filtering technology at filling stations throughout the stadium.

Vikings To Give $2M To Commons Park Construction

The city and others involved in the fundraising effort have been prodding the Vikings to up their contribution.

Chicago Sports Tech Firm Moves To Minneapolis

Player’s Health tracks injuries in youth sports.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Achieves Crowdfunding Comeback

The cult show, which got its start on an independent station in the Twin Cities, raised more than $1 million in its first day of fundraising.

Polaris Becomes Founding Partner At US Bank Stadium

The deal allows Polaris to showcase its products on game days.

U Of M, United States Golf Association Form Research Partnership

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

Has The Armory's Time Finally Come?

A new concert and event venue may finally repurpose the Minneapolis landmark.

Medtronic Strikes Naming Rights Deal For Stadium Plaza

The open space in front of the stadium will be named Medtronic Plaza for at least 10 years.

The Devil Is In The Details When It Comes To St. Paul’s Soccer Stadium Hopes

What is the best-case scenario for St. Paul soccer? I spoke with a few of St. Paul’s most interested parties to find out their hopes for any soccer stadium deal at Snelling and University Avenues.

Why The U Of M's Decision To Postpone A Vote On The 'Athletics Village' Is Good News

The Board of Regents' decision to delay a vote on the project means that the Gopher's track programs may finally be a priority.

Q&A: 30 Watt, Makers Of Prank Packs And Amusing Everyday Items

The founders of 30 Watt break down how they created an alternative humor products brand that procured shelf space at nearly every major retailer across the U.S.

A Fair With No Fowl

A plan for dealing with the empty poultry barns at the State Fair.

Tough Jobs: Stadium Clean-Up Director

You think your job is difficult? Try having this one.

Fitness Video Maker Wellbeats Receives $2.8M In Backing

LFE Capital is financing Wellbeats as the company aims to expand its video catalog and range of availability.

Minneapolis' next craft brewery wants to be different. Just not 'Minnesota different'

Modist Brewing Company plans on making beers that "don’t necessarily currently exist." What they don't plan to offer: growlers.

Arctic Cat Posts Slipping Sales

ATV sales slump the most as Arctic Cat attempts “to aggressively reduce non-current inventory.”

Coleman: St. Paul 'only viable path' for Minnesota pro-soccer stadium

Coleman indicated St. Paul may present the best hope “…to make sure Minnesota has a Major League Soccer team.”

Horse Racing Is Dying In America. So Why Is Canterbury Park Thriving?

The track is booming, thanks to a well-timed deal with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and a focus on attracting younger patrons. The zebra races don't hurt either.

Does The Soccer Stadium Saga Mean MLS Is The Smartest Professional Sports League-Or The Most Fickle?

Over a three-month period, the MLS went from awarding a new franchise in Minnesota to threatening to yank it away.

Snow Me the Money: Rebate Program Brings Hollywood To Minnesota

Snowbate likely means $1.5 million rebate for “Wilson” producers.

Met Council Awards Cleanup Grants To Former Macy’s, Superior Plating Site

Twenty percent of the awarded grants will go to decontaminating the Macy’s building of asbestos and lead-based paint.

Q&A: Bob Fuchs, Manager Of The Electric Fetus

How the popular music landmark is tackling changing trends and maintaining relevance in the dawn of digital.

Vikings Stadium Naming Rights Go To U.S. Bank

Stadium to be named after the fifth-largest commercial bank in the U.S.

Are Minnesota United's Owners Looking At Alternative Stadium Sites - Outside Minneapolis?

A remark made by a team official during a public forum earlier this month gave life to a rumor that a frustrated a ownership group is considering St. Paul as a host.

Amid Private Talks With Minneapolis, MN United Officials Take Case For Soccer Stadium Public

“When we sit down with policy makers and cut through the noise, most people are supportive,” says Minnesota United President Nick Rogers.

Minnesota United: July Stadium Deadline Has “Wiggle Room”

Will legislature act in final days on proposed soccer stadium?

Say Goodbye To Hollywood? Why Lawmakers Are Considering Putting MN's Film Board Out of Business

Once home to one of the country’s leading film incentive programs, Minnesota’s Film and TV Board is facing the prospect of not existing at all.

Mayweather-Pacquiao: Too Rich for Buffalo Wild Wings

Fight will only air in 9 corporate locations, dozens of franchise restaurants.

Greg LeMond's Next Ride

Can America's only Tour de France winner conquer business?

Garth Brooks' Gargantuan Run: By The Numbers

The economic impact of the country music legend's November Target Center run.

How An Athletic Program For Minneapolis Girls Led To Startup Designing Sportswear For Muslim Women E

“Muslim girls want to play sports,” says Asiya founder Fatimah Hussein. “They want to do what other girls are doing. But there are barriers.”

Universal Chosen As The Exclusive Publisher Of Prince’s Unreleased Music

Prince’s estate will maintain ownership rights for the recordings, leaving Universal with the right to assemble and repackage the music for sale.

Toro Bolsters Its Irrigation Portfolio With Deal For German Company

The products manufactured by Regnerbau Calw GmbH will complement Toro’s current product line of sprinklers and equipment for sports fields and agricultural applications.

Everything But Net: A Q&A With Glen Taylor

Glen Taylor opens up about three years of tragedy and turmoil at the Timberwolves and his future in the NBA.

Ultimate Hoops Treats Average Joes Like Basketball Pros

Life Time Fitness threw an alley-oop to a local startup and created a national basketball craze.

Paisley Park Is Officially A Museum

The Chanhassen City Council gave unanimous approval to rezone Prince’s home, which can now be used as a recording studio, hotel, office and event center, as well.

Timberwolves, Lynx Announce China-Based TCL As ‘Official TV' Partner

This marks the first partnership the basketball organizations have made with a Chinese business since Lizhang Jiang became a minority stakeholder in the summer.

Prince Exhibit With Never-Before-Shown Items Opens At Mall Of America

The exhibit will include branded merchandise and is expected to draw an international audience.

How Natural Sodas Line Joia Altered Its Formula To Bolster Sales

After studying how customers used its product, St. Louis Park-based Joia took that information and developed a new product that’s attracting deals with the Target Center and even a Vegas hotel chain.

Prince Estate Looks To Sell Vault Of Unreleased Music For $35M

It’s uncertain how much music is contained within the vault, but those close to Prince believe the number of unreleased tracks to be in the thousands.

Polaris Makes $665M Strategic Acquisition Of Transamerican Auto Parts

The off-road vehicles company hopes its purchase of Transamerican Auto Parts will gain it market share in a more than $10 billion a year Jeep and truck accessory market.

Could Mogadishu, Minnesota Become The State’s Largest-Ever Film Production?

According to early production estimates, it could, so long as HBO green lights the show and keeps the production in Minnesota.

Hotel Room Prices Soar During Ryder Cup

Some hotels near Chaska, where the golf event is being held, are said to have quadrupled their rates.

Sportradar Signs Comprehensive Partnership Deal With The NBA

After inking a purported $250 million deal, the sports data company now holds official partnerships with three of the four major U.S. leagues.

Sportradar Plays The Numbers Game

Big data and pro sports are now one, and a Minneapolis company controls much of the supply.

Prevent Biometrics Launches Beta Test For Concussion-Monitoring Mouth Guard

The company’s CEO said its device is the “most accurate head sensor product on the market” compared to the competition, which places sensors on the skin or inside the helmet.

Lola Red Tackles Athletes In Its Newest Venture

The public relations firm is helping athletes like Kyle Rudolph boost their image.

Media Powerhouse On The Prairie

The empire-building of Forum Communications continues unabated.

Sportradar Inks Deal With NHL To Monitor Gambling Activity

The sports data company will play the role of watchdog for the NHL as it looks for atypical bets being placed on regular-season and postseason games.

Toro Declares 2-For-1 Stock Split

The price of its stock has risen by more than $22—or 33 percent—in the last year, making the current $94 stock price too expensive for some small investors.

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