Ravi Norman, Thor Companies CEO, shown last year outside the company's new headquarters.

Thor Companies runs into financial bind, raising questions

It comes months after the state's largest minority-owned company moved into a new North Side headquarters partially funded by Hennepin County.

With farmers unable to cash checks, one agency is ordered back open

January 16
The USDA ordered the temporary opening of about 2,500 Farm Service Agency offices on Thursday, Friday and next Tuesday to handle transactions that kee
About 800 Farm Service Agency offices will reopen to process loans as pressure grows.

MNsure sign-ups rise slightly, bucking national trend

January 16
MNsure has signed up more people this year than last.
Premiums declined while the enrollment grew for a fifth consecutive year.
Business
January 16
Beer was bountiful Wednesday at Fair State Brewing, but its founder said the shutdown is slowing plans for expansion.

Minnesota breweries facing delays because of shutdown

In Minnesota, where the thriving craft beer industry's estimated annual economic impact is roughly $2 billion, the uncertainty has some brewers on edge and making plans in case there's no breakthrough.
Local
January 16
Unpaid hospital debt in Minnesota surged 25 percent in 2017, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Minnesota hospitals see spike in unpaid bills

It is the biggest jump since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2013, according to a report released by the Minnesota Hospital Association.
Business
January 16
The Internal Revenue Service faces difficulty in hiring seasonal workers to help process returns and a slowdown in getting critical IRS guidance to ta

Even if the shutdown ends right away, the IRS may not issue you a timely tax refund

This year's tax season is expected to be challenging.
Was your company one of the Top Workplaces of 2018?
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Minneapolis
January 16
A rendering of a proposed three-story building on the corner of 44th Street and Upton Avenue S. in Minneapolis. The facade of the building is facing U

Quiet reception for proposed development in Linden Hills

Development plans in the commercial district have previously caused strife.
Business
January 16
U.S. Bancorp said its profit rose 10 percent in the last three months of 2018.

With loans growing and profits high, U.S. Bank is upbeat about 2019

After record profit in 2018, banking giant sees strong loan growth continuing.
Business
January 16
Doug and Mary Ketchum, in their Memphis liquor store with their daughter, Stacie, are challenging Tennessee’s restrictions.

Century after Prohibition, U.S. Supreme Court considers liquor law

One justice worried that striking down law could lead to "Amazon of liquor."
Business
January 16

HomeServices of America taps new CEO to lead expansion

Gino Blefari replaces HomeServices of America founder Ron Peltier, who will become executive chairman.
ST50: 2018 ranking of Minnesota companies
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St. Paul
January 16

Canadian Pacific derailment spills diesel fuel into Battle Creek

A Canadian Pacific locomotive jumped the track and punctured its fuel tank Tuesday night at a rail yard southeast of downtown St. Paul, dumping just…
Business
January 16

Minnesota Senate Republicans push for direct primary care

They proposed regulating managers who can affect prescription drug cost and access.
Business
January 16

Outgoing Target CFO Smith will stay on at full pay through May 2020

She also will get paid $1.5 million to sign a 2-year non-compete.
Business
January 16

Great Clips among top 10 franchise companies.

Great Clips was ranked eighth in Entrepreneur magazine's 40th annual list of top franchise companies in North America.
Local
January 16
TSA employees worked without pay Tuesday at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Federal shutdown hasn't caused MSP security delays — yet

The upcoming long weekend and continued shutdown could test the airport and travelers.
Business
January 16

Alexander: How to stream PC music to another device

Making the connection between a PC and a Blu-ray player is easier than it sounds.
Richard TsongTaatarii/rtsong-taatarii@startribune.com St. Paul, MN; 05/08/11;left to right ] At University of St. Thomas, the Anderson Athletic and Re
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TV & Media
January 16
Financial cutbacks have led to the shutdown of nearly 1,800 daily and weekly newspapers since 2004. File photo of the New York Post with an illustrati

In era of news deserts, no easy fix for local news struggles

The local news industry hasn't been the subject of much good news itself, lately.
National
January 16
In this Jan. 14, 2019, photo, bottles, freshly filled with beer, move on a belt at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. The federal shutdown is impacting t

Craft beer taps squeezed as shutdown delays new releases

The nation's craft beer taps are being squeezed by the government shutdown, which has put new releases on hold, prevented new breweries from opening and stopped shipments of some suds across state lines.
Variety
January 16
President Donald Trump talks to the press about the table full of fast food in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14

Burger King trolls Trump on Twitter misspelling

Burger King is needling President Donald Trump for his tweet about ordering more than 1,000 "hamberders" for the Clemson University Tigers' visit to the White House.
Business
January 15

Denmark picks Minnesota as its 'bridge' to U.S. med-tech

A new $1.3 million economic-development initiative called MedTech Bridge is trying to capitalize on Denmark's strengths.
Business
January 15
South Korea in the 1990s became one of the first countries to switch from dial-up modems to broadband, making the country one the most wired in the wo

Why U.S. continues to fall behind as Asia leads wired world

Americans don't seek change because we don't know what's missing, Harvard professor said.
Business
January 15
The Optum unit of UnitedHealth Group passed a revenue milestone in 2018, crossing $100 billion. If it were a standalone company, it would be Minnesota

UnitedHealth grows Medicare business by 400,000

Health care giant expects more than 400,000 enrollees in its Medicare Advantage plans.
Business
January 15
Bart Becht, chairman of JAB Holdings, which owns Caribou Coffee and other major food brands, stepped down Monday in a shakeup at the investment firm c

Chairman of Caribou's German parent resigns, reportedly over strategy

It signals a turning point for Caribou's parent company.