Make or Break

Jay Debertin

Jay Debertin

Jay Debertin, who took the helm of agribusiness giant CHS in 2017, faces major uncertainties because U.S. trade conflicts have disrupted world markets. When he reported financial results over the
Jodi Harpstead

Jodi Harpstead

So what is going on at DHS? Governor Tim Walz hopes that Jodi Harpstead, whom he appointed in August, can straighten things out. Stories of the summer turmoil at the
Martin Pochtaruk

Martin Pochtaruk

The Iron Range city of Mountain Iron might seem a curious place to manufacture solar panels, but Ontario-based Heliene is betting $18 million that it can work. Also anteing up
George Goldfarb

George Goldfarb

Last spring, New Jersey-based women’s clothing retailer Ascena Group, whose brands include Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant, sold its majority stake in Duluth-based Maurices to London-based private equity firm OpCapita.
Jeff Sommers and Lara Hammel

Jeff Sommers and Lara Hammel

Watch out, Ben & Jerry’s—Izzy’s is coming for you. After 19 years as a local favorite, with a shop on each side of the river and statewide distribution to restaurants
Brian Whiting

Brian Whiting

In Chicago, businesses have signed up sight unseen for space being developed by Brian Whiting. His firm, Telos Group, has transformed well-known Chicago structures including Willis (Sears) Tower, Prudential Plaza,
Tim Peterman

Tim Peterman

It’s time once again to save ValueVision Media. Or Evine Live. Make that iMedia Brands. Tim Peterman, who had served as CFO and COO, started his second tour of duty
John Wilgers

John Wilgers

As workplace giving to United Way has waned, the philanthropic organization developed a new long-range plan and hired John Wilgers to lead its transformation. He accepted the top job this
MayKao Hang

MayKao Hang

After nearly a decade leading the Wilder Foundation, MayKao Hang recently was selected by St. Thomas to establish a College of Health. University president Julie Sullivan chose Hang because of
Lisa Goodman

Lisa Goodman

Lisa Goodman has been a player in Minneapolis politics, an often low-key power center in municipal leadership, known for her deep knowledge of housing issues and pragmatic, constituent-oriented approach to
Cory Hepola

Cory Hepola

Cory Hepola departed a weekend anchor role at KARE-11 TV and landed a reasonably prominent shift on the Good Neighbor early this year. His brand of high-energy, sports-passionate, self-improvement-driven talk
Gersson Rosas

Gersson Rosas

Gersson Rosas took over the Timberwolves this summer, the latest attempt by earnest owner Glen Taylor to find a savior for his franchise who can figure out a way to
Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern’s take on a Chinese restaurant (in St. Louis Park’s West End shops) opened to huge crowds, then fell to earth laboring under relentless demand and ultimately saw patronage
Dr. Craig Samitt

Dr. Craig Samitt

BCBS of Minnesota is a nonprofit, and it’s a big one: For 2018, the health plan provider had revenue of $13.1 billion. Dr. Craig Samitt arrived at its Eagan headquarters
Chuck Fletcher

Chuck Fletcher

“This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” Chuck Fletcher said July 4, 2012, when the Wild rocked the hockey world. The team signed the NHL’s
Jude Bricker

Jude Bricker

2021, Alumni: Following record operating results in 2019, the world expected more growth and an IPO from Sun Country. Instead, Covid-19 brought the industry to its knees. But between Jude
Jeff Harmening

Jeff Harmening

Within weeks of taking over as General Mills’ chief executive in June, Jeff Harmening laid out a five-point plan that he believes will turn around the Golden Valley-based food company,

Arthur Valdez

Considering Target’s retailing prowess, its deep and intractable supply-chain problems strike many observers as a puzzlement. Those problems took down its ambitious Canadian expansion and continue to bedevil the company,
Mark Walchirk

Mark Walchirk

Patterson Cos., a Mendota Heights-based maker of dental and veterinary supplies, was a surprise addition to Minnesota’s list of Fortune 500 companies in 2017. A phenomenal fiscal 2016 saw sales
Medaria Arradondo

Medaria Arradondo

Medaria Arradondo took the reins of the Minneapolis Police Department following the ouster of Janeé Harteau following the disastrous fatal shooting of Justine Damond in the Fulton neighborhood by a