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Marilyn Carlson

Marilyn Carlson

What is Carlson, whom Forbes magazine named one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, doing for an encore after handing control of her $37 billion company to her daughter,
Glen Taylor

Glen Taylor

The newspaper business is in transition. Fortunately, Glen Taylor knows a thing or two about reinvention. The civic-minded Taylor, who’s evolved from farm boy to printing tycoon to state senator
Douglas Baker Jr.

Douglas Baker Jr.

Doug Baker is rewarding Ecolab shareholders with higher-than-expected earnings for 2014, thanks mainly to last year’s strategic acquisition of Champion Technologies, which is tapping the booming energy market. He is
George Sherman

George Sherman

You aren’t likely to see George Sherman at real estate industry networking events; he has too much work to do. Since founding Minneapolis-based Sherman Associates in 1979, Sherman has developed
Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

The classic overachiever, Amy Klobuchar became the valedictorian of her Wayzata High School class and has never stopped working. From her law-and-order platform as Hennepin County attorney, she outmaneuvered other
Robert Senkler

Robert Senkler

St. Paul booster and native Robert Senkler worked his way up from an actuarial trainee in 1974 to CEO of St. Paul’s privately held insurance giant Securian. As CEO, he
William Cooper

William Cooper

The board at TCF Financial Corp. was sad to see Bill Cooper go in 2005. So sad, in fact, that they beseeched him to return in 2008 to steer the

Pete Mihajlov

Though his longtime partner Phil Roberts is far better known among foodies and the restaurant-going public, Pete Mihajlov is the partner best known in the local restaurant industry. Legendary for
Penny Wheeler

Penny Wheeler

Allina Health’s Penny Wheeler is unique—in a world where neither women nor physicians usually serve as CEOs of major health care organizations, she is both. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Wheeler took
Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

At 76, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, one of Minnesota’s most influential business owners, is co-teaching a course on corporate responsibility at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Recipient of
Bill George

Bill George

You could say Bill George hasn’t had a job since he retired as CEO of Medtronic in 2001 after leading the company for a decade. But he has never been
John Noseworthy

John Noseworthy

Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy says the giant health care provider has made it through the troubled waters of health care reform in good shape and is now “ready to
John Wiehoff

John Wiehoff

The Eden Prairie-based Fortune 500 company, one of the world’s largest logistics-services providers, continues to expand, doubling the size of its European workforce in three years. In October it announced
Tom Bakk

Tom Bakk

Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) has a safe seat in the state Senate’s geographically largest district. (It includes most of the Iron Range and North Shore, including parts of Duluth all the
H. Theodore Grindal

H. Theodore Grindal

You can thank Ted Grindal when you walk into a bar or restaurant and don’t have to breathe cigarette smoke: His lobbying work on behalf of ClearWay Minnesota helped pass
Dr. John Noseworthy

Dr. John Noseworthy

Under Dr. John Noseworthy, named CEO in 2009, the Mayo Clinic has improved its financial position, launched what is likely the biggest local economic development project in the history of

David Berg

By the time you read this, the parent of the Radisson and Country Inns may have a new name. But CEO David Berg will still be overseeing more than 1,400