Change-maker: Lynne Robertson, CEO and owner of Fame, toasted clients and employees working on an account on Aug. 1. She bought back the Minneapolis a

Women are changing the game at Twin Cities ad agencies

As more female creatives step into the C-suite, they are shifting the way agencies do business.

Daikin Americas, with its home base in Minnesota, aims to become continent's No. 1 HVAC brand

August 17
Troy Bussert and Jay Ugland assembled one of DAIKIN's largest HVAC units in the Faribault plant.
With plants in Faribault and Owatonna, Daikin Applied Americas is making Minnesota home.

Schafer: Key to apartment development is yield, and it's slim these days

August 17
When it comes to apartment projects, without money for investors and bankers, nothing happens, no matter how brilliant the vision.
If public officials don't take the time to really get it, odds seem high that the problem of not enough lower-cost housing gets worse in the Twin Cities.
Business
August 18
You want an adviser who can relate to your life stage and financial situation.

Your parents' money guru may not be right for you

Young investors looking for a money guru are smart to do their own research, and not just rely on insights from mom and dad.
Minneapolis
August 18
Fans used a new system that reads tickets from a cell phone before the Minnesota Vikings took on the Jacksonville Jaguars at US Bank Stadium, Saturday

Vikings transition to all-digital tickets without a glitch Saturday

The team is one of a handful of football teams moving this year away from print tickets.
Business
August 18
The Longview Power coal plant in Maidsville, W. Va., Jan. 18, 2018. President Donald Trump is expected to use an Aug. 21, 2018, rally in West Virginia

New Trump power plant plan would release hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 into the air

Proposal would roll back Obama rule and could save coal industry $400 million.
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St. Paul
August 18
Lake Monster Brewing, on Vandalia Avenue between I-94 and University Avenue, has become a popular gathering spot in a part of St. Paul known as a Crea

In St. Paul's growing Creative Enterprise Zone, businesses seek ways to preserve artistic identity

Area increasingly known for creative enterprises is hoping St. Paul can nurture it.
Business
August 18

Flour from tofu? Fertilizer from coffee beans? Innovators look for new ways to use food waste

A growing number of companies face many barriers in a food system that wasn't designed for recycled food.
Business
August 18
Despoliation of Lake Superior was seen as a grave danger by the 1970s, but conservationists sought to turn that risk around.

Grant Merritt offers insider's look at the epic Reserve Mining battle

His candid, pointed book is about his work and the often tumultuous, barbed and politically contentious environmental flaps involved.
Business
August 18
Bob Koch, an entomologist with the University of Minnesota Extension, says the harmful variety of stink bug is finding ways to live through harsh wint

Keep an eye out for the brown marmorated stink bug, and yes, there's an app for that

The U and Purdue University partnered to develop an app to help stop the march of an invasive bug that harms crops.
ST50: 2018 ranking of Minnesota companies
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Business
August 18
Joel Lebewitz of the Lurie accounting firm is excited about MEDA’s move to the Thor Cos. building on the North Side, putting it in the heart of a ma

Nonprofit development adviser MEDA ready for next chapter helping small minority firms

Move to north Minneapolis wil help MEDA do more good, Lurie's Joel Lebewitz says.
Business
August 18
Closeup of 529 Plan paper note -- college saving plan concept

Attention, retirement savers: College 529 plans aren't just for kids

The number of retirees using them is still small. Here are some points to consider.
Business
August 18

Scammers told my wife she was inheriting $25 million

Advance-fee schemes, in which victims pay upfront for an expected opportunity or financial windfall, resulted in almost $58 million in reported losses last year.
Business
August 18

Investors need to hedge their bets to fend off hackers

What we can do as individuals is limited.
Business
August 17
Medtronic’s EV ICD system delivers high-voltage shocks to restart the heart or re-establish normal rhythm without using wires that physically touch

Medtronic testing defibrillator that uses wires outside the heart, veins

Devices can reset heart rhythms without using wires in the heart.
Minneapolis
August 17
Ralph Strangis

Minneapolis lawyer Ralph Strangis, who put together big deals, dies at 82

Strangis helped drive airline merger, got Target Field off the ground.
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Business
August 17
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, in happier times at the introduction of the Model X SUV in 2016.

Schafer: How Minneapolis' top tech watcher views the Tesla and Musk drama

After talking to Gene Munster, it's clear he's remaining as professional as possible when sharing his thoughts on a potential transaction that was disclosed in the wackiest possible way.
St. Paul
August 17
The exterior of the 428 Building, once the old Woolworth’s store in downtown St. Paul.

Much-loved St. Paul Woolworth's reopens as eco-forward office space

Former St. Paul landmark now includes co-working space called Wellworth.
Business
August 17
A federal appeals court has tossed out a $1.4 billion Tax Court ruling favoring Medtronic in a dispute about the value of heart devices made in Puerto

Federal appeals court tosses out $1.4B tax ruling favorable to Medtronic

IRS officials say the company has shifted income on paper to lower its tax bill.
Business
August 17
Wes LeBlanc and Todd Heiser of Gensler showed some data used to design the new office space.

From seat sensors to infrared cameras, Big Brother-type tech could have a hand in designing your next office

Employers, and the design firms they hire, are collecting reams of data about how employees use their workspaces.
Business
August 17
General Motors headquarters in downtown Detroit on Nov. 17, 2010.

Some GM employees to get 'direct-to-employer' health care option

ConnectedCare will make GM the largest employer right now in Michigan to directly contract with a hospital system for health care.
Business
August 17

Gadgets: Samsung Note9 will be available Friday

The company's product event follows a quarter of disappointing sales of Samsung's Galaxy S9.
Business
August 17

Business bookshelf: 'Amity and Prosperity'

"Amity and Prosperity," Eliza Griswold, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 318 pages, $27. The Pennsylvania governor, the federal government, thousands of people across rural America have…