Lee Schafer

Columnist | Business
Phone: 612-673-4302
Lee Schafer came to the Star Tribune after 15 years as a corporate officer, consultant and investment banker in the Twin Cities. He has been a columnist for Twin Cities Business magazine and was senior editor for Corporate Report Minnesota.

Recent content from Lee Schafer

Schafer: Merging law schools was smarter than closing

The obvious reaction to the merger of Hamline University’s law school with the independent William Mitchell College of Law was...

Updated: March 01, 2015, - 08:32 AM

Schafer: Fears about Medtronic debt appear misplaced

It was just plain puzzling to read in a major financial journal like Barron’s last week that the debt burden...

Updated: February 25, 2015, - 09:11 PM

Schafer: How Wal-Mart succeeded in Canada where Target failed

In the 1990s, Wal-Mart went into Canada almost the same way Target did, by acquiring an established retailer. Unlike Target, they succeeded.

Updated: February 21, 2015, - 05:24 PM

Schafer: To keep an NFL team, there's a price to be paid

To the people of St. Louis:Apologies for the unsolicited advice from up the river, but you are in one tough...

Updated: February 18, 2015, - 08:52 PM

Schafer: Regulation isn't always a problem for business

The city of Duluth is reconsidering its experiment with a deregulated taxicab market.There are still rules for them in place,...

Updated: February 14, 2015, - 04:37 PM

Schafer: Sharing some of its profits helps Delta thrive

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker explained to the Reuters news service in December that the airline industry should “move back...

Updated: February 13, 2015, - 08:00 PM

Schafer: Insiders, outsiders alike keep faith in Hutch Tech

Hutchinson Technology just reported another quarterly loss, but it still has supporters on Wall Street.

Updated: February 12, 2015, - 09:17 AM

Schafer: Long-term strategy punishes Stratasys

It’s not every day that a bunch of top securities analysts find themselves asking basically the same question over and...

Updated: February 07, 2015, - 04:52 PM

Schafer: The 529 tax break was saved, but for whom?

The president’s quick about-face on eliminating some tax benefits for owners of college savings plans will likely be remembered as...

Updated: February 05, 2015, - 09:39 AM

Schafer: For Cargill, changing climate is about risk

Business leaders looking for a smart way to influence the most controversial questions in public life can do much worse...

Updated: January 31, 2015, - 11:04 PM

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