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21st Century Watkins Man

What would lure Mark Jacobs (Irwin Jacobs’ son) from Manhattan to Winona to run an old-fashioned door-to-door business? The chance to apply entrepreneurial liniment to a tired, aching brand.

Further to Fall

Stu Utgaard was the Twin Cities’ biggest dealmaker in the ’80s and ’90s, a master of M&A. Then he made his own acquisition, Sportsman’s Warehouse, and built a single store into a $718 million retail

It’s All About Loyalty

Since meeting in the early 1980s and building Northwest Airlines’ WorldPerks frequent-flyer program, Mark Lacek and Peter Brennan have started five businesses, with a sixth on the way—nearly all devoted to helping businesses keep their

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Editor’s Note-Fallen Castles

Faced with disagreeable circumstances of our own making, we determine that they are inevitable, desirable, or someone else’s fault.

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A Fresh Revenue Source

With a new, proprietary product line, Burnsville’s Valley Natural Foods co-op is looking to a bigger market.

All Hopped Up

Surly makes a new extreme beer. What’s driving the bitter-beer trend?

Clean More Than Green

Segetis produces bio-based plastics and chemicals. But it’s emphasizing value more than values.

Joint Effort

At OrthoCor, a venture capitalist and an electrical engineer create “a next-generation heating pad” for troubled knees.

Miles to Megawatts

“The year of the burger” last year in the Twin Cities—openings of Burger Jones, Galaxy Drive-In, American Burger Bar, and Smashburger, to cite just a few—continued into 2010 with this winter’s Food Wars face-off on

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“The year of the burger” last year in the Twin Cities—openings of Burger Jones, Galaxy Drive-In, American Burger Bar, and Smashburger, to cite just a few—continued into 2010 with this winter’s Food Wars face-off on