Valencia Hardy, who dropped out of high school, was hired by Doug Speedling Builders after attending Summit Academy.

For dropouts and other workers on the edge, employers have jobs

Employers are seeking ways to expand hiring pool amid surging economy.

In western Minnesota, a hack to the food supply chain could help local farmers

September 21
Les Olson, center, and Russ Swenson, left, of Big Stone Garlic, center, loaded their first shipment of garlic onto a semi outside Bonnie’s Hometown
Experiment finds room in the back of empty trucks returning to distribution hubs.

Little appetite for effort to bolster ag trade with Cuba

September 21
U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., has tried to find a way to use the Cuban market to expand agricultural exports to ease farmers’ struggles.
Minnesota farmers, Midwest lawmakers are fighting uphill battle to find new markets.
Business
September 22

Review: New iPhone models the new excess

It says a lot about our era of digital bingeing that Apple will probably sell the Xs Max like hot cakes.
Business
September 22

Report: Machines to handle over half workplace tasks by 2025

More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, organizers of the Davos economic forum said in a report…
Business
September 22
The Ferrari Monza SP1 in Maranello, Italy. The sports-car maker said it would launch 15 new models.

Market recap: Ferrari plans for new models revs up stock

Revved up: Ferrari rose 4.2 percent to $138.32 after the sportscar maker announced plans to launch 15 new models in five years as it looks…
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Business
September 22
Xcel Energy, a leader in energy produced from renewable resources, powers 20 percent-plus of its multistate system with wind.

Business warming to greener economy that combats climate change

The trends in corporate America, and the environmental movement, are too strong to bend to current anti-environment rhetoric.
Local
September 22

Millions allegedly stolen from Minn. grain elevator, spent on hunting safaris and taxidermy

General manager Jerry Hennessey disappeared two weeks ago just as authorities began looking into a major problem with the elevator's books.
Business
September 22
Slow wage growth continues to be puzzling, particularly so far into a long economic expansion.

Schafer: Rising costs are canceling out wage increases for most workers

The Trump administration insists wages are increasing. Many economists seem pretty sure that if so, the growth rate rounds to zero.
Business
September 22
CEO Rolf Nordstrom said the Great Plains Institute’s mission is to transform the energy system to help the economy and environment.

Great Plains Institute helps drive a greener, more efficient Minnesota economy

The nonprofit works to forge common ground among utilities, business, labor and environmental groups on energy solutions.
ST50: 2018 ranking of Minnesota companies
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The Star Tribune 50 is a measure of the largest publicly held companies with headquarters in Minnesota ranked by revenue.
Business
September 22
Married women typically sacrifice more Social Security wealth than married men when they retire early, a recent study finds.

How women who retire with their husbands often lose out

The retirement trends working against them should give women pause.
Business
September 22
Credit cards

What really matters with your first credit card

Look for a card that will reward you for the spending you are already doing to avoid overspending to land a sign-up bonus.
Business
September 22
Graduates line up to enter The Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Ma. for the 2017 Berkshire Community College graduation ceremony on Friday, June 2, 2017.

College is still a wise investment, but choose carefully

The experience of the past decade suggests much of the conventional wisdom about the value of a college education remains correct.
Business
September 22
Donaldson’s e-commerce system now serves its industrial air filtration, compressed air and process filtration, engine and hydraulic customers.

Donaldson Co.'s 2016 upgrade made new global, e-commerce system possible

At Donaldson, a tricky companywide system upgrade in 2016 made a new e-commerce system possible this year.
Business
September 22

Is Disneyland exempt from Anaheim's 'living wage' ballot measure? The debate rages

When voters in Anaheim, Calif., go to the polls Nov. 6, they will decide whether large hospitality companies that receive a tax rebate from the…
Business
September 22
Amber Venz Box, president and co-founder of Reward Style, at company headquarters in Dallas.

Meet the influencers who are making millions online

Amber Venz Box leads a company that drives more than $1 billion in sales. She and her RewardStyle co-founder, husband Baxter Box, have a global…
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Business
September 22
Alaska Airlines plans to launch a bare-bones fare that limits passengers’ seat choices.

Alaska Airlines' new bare-bones airfare will likely put you in a middle seat in the back

Big airlines are taking aim at smaller rivals with fares aimed at budget travelers.
Business
September 22
This photo taken Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, shows an Amazon Alexa display at a store in Hialeah, Fla.

Amazon's Alexa is coming for your microwave, clock and more

New gadgets give retailer more presence in our lives.
Business
September 21
The maker of the Carla avocado said that its product has been copied by a competitor and that a DNA test will prove it.

Is your avocado an illegal clone? Grower sues Miami competitor over trendy hot-seller

A patent holder is in Miami federal court suing to protect its exclusive rights to sell a valuable product sought by trendy foodies.
Business
September 21
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How your net worth compares — and what matters more

Too much focus on net worth may be missing some more valuable measures of the health of your financial situation.
Business
September 21

Five benefits of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike

Here is how you can take advantage of the positive outcomes.
Business
September 21

Pulitzer winner Chris Hedges raises questions in 'America: The Farewell Tour'

"America: The Farewell Tour," Chris Hedges, Simon & Schuster, 388 pages, $27. In his current book, Pulitzer Prize winner and former New York Times reporter…
Local
September 21
Judge Donovan Frank’s ruling settled a key legal question that could have implications for future transgender health litigation, attorneys said.

Minnesota judge: Federal law bars denying insurance coverage for transgender medicine

A woman sued her Duluth employer when its health insurance didn't cover her son's treatment.