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Continued: Inside Track: Donaldson engineer & D.C. role model?

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 19, 2013 - 12:20 PM

“Otherwise, the project won’t be ready,” Bradley said.



• Mark Sellner, independent tax adviser and adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, reports that Minnesota Vikings seat licenses are not tax-deductible for business purposes. “The amount deductible for any sports ticket used for business entertainment is limited to the face value of the ticket,” Sellner said. “This rule kicks out seat licenses and scalper fees. The IRS allows a tax break for seat licenses at college sports, but not for professional sports.

“In the case of a corporate skybox lease, the amount allowable as a deduction may not exceed the sum of the face value of non-luxury box seat tickets. That doesn’t mean that some of those costs won’t sneak through an expenses report as marketing expense, but it’s not right.”

• Minnesota is more than halfway toward a statewide goal of 1,000 “Energy Star” certified buildings and has more than doubled the number of certifications since 2010, according to a new report by the Great Plains Institute (, which works with diverse interests on energy and environmental issues. “Energy Star-certified buildings in Minnesota have grown from three buildings in 1999 to 561 buildings in 2013,” said report author Amir Nadave. “Since 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the most efficient buildings in the country with an Energy Star.

• The Autism Society of Minnesota will host a forum on “Autism & Employment” on Thursday at Cargill Excelsior Crossings. Jon Ander Badiola, president of Cargill Foods of Venezuela, will deliver the forum’s keynote presentation on developing social and occupational skills in people with intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities. Participants will include hiring managers, business owners, family members and local employers; employees with autism will speak about their employment journeys. More information at:

• Carmichael Lynch Spong boss Doug Spong has won a lifetime achievement award from the Public Relations Society of America. Earlier this year, Carmichael was named “Creative Agency of the Year” by trade journal The Homes Report. Carmichael Lynch Spong is one of the 25 largest U.S. agencies.

David Phelps


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