An ethanol plant next to a cornfield in Iowa, the nation's leader in ethanol production. Minnesota ranks fourth, behind Nebraska and Illinois.

Why ethanol endures as important market for Midwestern farmers

The biofuel's intended uses for energy independence and greenhouse gas reduction have become matters of debate. But no one questions its political clout, economic importance or staying power.

Schafer: Investing in college doesn't always pay

There are benefits to a college education besides making more money. And in some ways, the financial benefits are still there.
The thing that matters is whether you got value out of what you paid for.

With boomers in mind, Catholic Eldercare expands creative programs for seniors

Johnson, the outgoing president and chief executive of Minneapolis-based Catholic Eldercare, also knows that sometimes pictures alone aren’t enough
Residents find new and creative ways to share their lives.
Mayo’s former CEO Dr. John Noseworthy received pay of $3.5 million in 2018. Mayo paid excise tax on his and four others’ pay.

Health care groups pay tax on CEO pay

Three large Minnesota nonprofits collectively paid more than $1.6 million.
Best Buy's board is looking into an anonymously-written letter questioning a relationship that CEO Corie Barry, shown in a file photo on Thanksgiving

Best Buy board investigates CEO Barry over relationship allegation

The review was sparked by an anonymous letter signed "We are Best Buy" that purported to represent "a group of employees."
Closure of Alorica call center in Mendota Heights seen as trend

Closure of Alorica call center in Mendota Heights seen as trend

It's among several moves by the company to cut jobs nationwide.
Ranking Minnesota's health care, education, social service and other nonprofits.
Nonprofit 100 Who's No. 1? Our annual ranking of Minnesota's top nonprofits
updated 6 hours 57 mins. ago
The list has long been dominated by the state's large nonprofit health care sector. Forty-six of the 100 organizations on the list are in health care, and they account for 90% of the overall revenue on the list.
Corralling unproductive emotions, or financial biases, is the most valuable service an advisor can deliver. (Dreamstime/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1486846

Don't let your lack of funds stop you from seeking help from a financial adviser

With a little coaching and practical advice, behavior can be changed into habits that help instead of hurt.
Following two rules puts you on the path to a good score: Pay bills on time and use less than 30% of your credit card limits.

How to take charge of your credit this year

Once you have revisited the basics, sit back and enjoy the perks of good credit.
“Everybody thinks of this as telemarketing, and it’s just so not,” said Jody Weinberg, chief executive and founder of J. Teleconnections.

Dialing the phone can still be an effective sales strategy

Jody Weinberg is a champion of using a telephone to fill a pipeline of potential sales contacts.

Index fund takeover worries don't change basic facts

Putting money into a portfolio that matches the performance of an index like the S&P 500 is cheap, simple and savvy.
The annual Star Tribune 50 looks at the state's largest public companies. Combined, the companies on the list employ more than 1.2 million people.
Star Tribune 50 Our top 50 public companies – with No. 1 at $226B in revenue
updated 3 hours 34 mins. ago
Who took the top spot? See where Target, UnitedHealth, Best Buy and other massive companies landed in our 28th annual report.
A specialist on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange checks a screen, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

Big news seldom fazes markets, but keep an eye on smaller stuff

Your Twitter feed may be on fire with the latest jaw-dropping intrigue, but the stock indexes just keep rolling along
January 18
FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo a worker carries shingles for a roof of a house under construction in a Brandon, Miss., neighborhood.

Market roundup: Mortgage bankers send up share prices for homebuilders

The response came after the Mortgage Bankers Association said home-loan applications jumped 30% last week from a week earlier.
January 18

Gadgets: Skip the cheap drones and spend a bit more for DJI Mavic Mini

Yes, DJI's Mavic Mini is a bit expensive. But it's unbelievably easy to fly.
January 17
Experts urge users of such devices as Ring to change passwords every 90 days and use two-factor authentication.

Here's how homeowners can get smarter about their smart devices

Recent reports of cyberhacking has several people wary.
January 17

'Green is good.' Is Wall Street's new motto sustainable?

If you have gone to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s internet home page since mid-December, it would be reasonable to wonder if you had stumbled into…
January 17
FILE - This April 13, 2014, file photo, shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building Washington.

Like last year, this tax season will not be much fun

It also might be another disappointing year for taxpayers expecting a hefty refund.
Minnesota's 4 largest member-owned firms add depth, diversity to state's economy
Minnesota's 4 largest member-owned firms add depth, diversity to state's economy
updated 21 hours 26 mins. ago
There are more ways for companies to have shareholders other than trading on a major stock exchange. And if you use a broadened definition, as…
January 17

Business bookshelf: There's a reason why robotics hasn't revolutionized the construction industry

‘SAM’   Jonathan Waldman, Avid Reader, 288 pages, $28. Bricklaying is one of the most ancient crafts around, one that hasn’t — as Jonathan Waldman…
January 17
Vice Premier Liu He of China and President Donald Trump shook hands this week after signing a limited trade agreement at the White House.

Analysis: Phase one U.S.-China trade deal leaves thorniest issues unresolved

A return to acrimony could have major consequences for China and leader Xi Jinping.
January 17
PolyMet Mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn.

Cameras will be allowed at PolyMet mine hearing, judge rules

The Star Tribune, MinnPost and KSTP TV objected to PolyMet's attempt to ban cameras.
January 17
Boeing’s struggles with its long-grounded 737 Max airliner put pressure on U.S. manufacturing last year. Analysts are hoping for a rebound in the se

Factory slump a blip in good economy

Factory output weak spot in 2019, Fed report says
January 17
Fastenal's latest results were weakened by the slower industrial work during the yearend holidays and by the ongoing tariff dispute with China.

Holidays, tariffs trip up Fastenal a bit

Manufacturing bellwether's latest profit missed expectations partly due to holiday slowdown.
January 17
Sezzle and California regulators settled a dispute that will allow the Minneapolis fintech firm to offer its e-commerce payment system in the state. T

Sezzle settles dispute with California regulators, returns about $300K to customers

The fintech startup's shares recovered most of the value they lost two weeks ago.
January 17
Theresa Carter, right, who started a petition calling for Target to end use of plastic bags, along with supporters delivered her petitions in December

Why aren't Target, Whole Foods charging 5 cents for plastic bags in Minneapolis?

Retailers are adjusting to a new rule in the city, and have a few months before penalties kick in.