Minnesota invests $412,515 into four expanding plants. Gains 35 new jobs

Minnesota DEED awards four businesses funds to help them expand in St. Cloud, Bloomington, Buffalo and Elk River.
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Minnesota wreath maker, one of nation's largest, started with tradition brought from Norway

December 9
Founder John Mickman and brother Chris Mickman at state land being reforested by Mickman Brothers contributions.
Mickman Brothers of Ham Lake will post about $20 million this year in wholesale revenue, making it one of the nation's largest wreath producers.
Medical marijuana

Medical cannabis firm Vireo Health appears mellow about challenges

December 6
Medical cannabis firm Vireo Health appears mellow about challenges
The news that Minnesota's health commissioner has authorized expansion of medical marijuana to chronic pain and some eye conditions, can't hurt Vireo Health. The multistate cannabis grower, processor, retailer and owner of Minnesota Medical Solutions is trying to get scale in a tough trade.
Business
December 7
For South High senior Jordan Dotson, the Step Up program “has been one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve gone from filing papers to finaliz

Accomplished Minneapolis South High senior is a top student, creative soul and Best Buy veteran

Jordan Dotson, who got her first internship the summer after eighth grade, is a recent star of Minneapolis Step Up.
Business
December 6
Target offers 10% off Target gift cards this Sunday, Dec. 8

Target offers 10% off Target gift cards this Sunday, Dec. 8

Target dropped its Cyber Monday 15% off site-wide promotion but held on to the gift card promo.
Business
December 5
Veteran Twin Cities nonprofit executive will take over as CEO of YWCA Minneapolis

Veteran Twin Cities nonprofit executive will take over as CEO of YWCA Minneapolis

Michelle Basham, a veteran nonprofit executive who founded a youth-homelessness agency at 19, will take over as CEO of YWCA Minneapolis in January.
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
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Who took the top spot? See where Target, UnitedHealth, Best Buy and other massive companies landed in our 28th annual report.
Business
December 3

Female-led Abilitech Medical raises $7.4 million

Abilitech Medical, which won the grand prize of this fall's Minnesota Cup entrepreneur competition, has closed on a $7.4 million round of investor capital to bring to market its flagship product: a wearable device that empowers a person with muscular dystrophy or other condition that precludes arm movement.
Business
December 2
Gene Koehler of Ramsey, Graco’s longest-serving active employee, plans to retire after 50 years next spring. He started at age 19.

Retiring Graco factory worker looks back on 50-year career

Gene Koehler underscores that ethic about the "dignity of work," fair wages and the right of the worker to prosper.
Business
December 2
Cyber Monday deals from Twin Cities retailers from Haskell's to Target

Cyber Monday deals from Twin Cities retailers from Haskell's to Target

Locals having deal include Essence One, Sol Oranics, Buca, Haskell's, and Pranko.
Business
November 29
Costco's website outages on Thanksgiving continue into Black Friday

Costco's website outages on Thanksgiving continue into Black Friday

The warehouse retailer is honoring Thanksgiving Day-only specials on Friday, but outages persist.
Minnesota's 4 largest member-owned firms add depth, diversity to state's economy
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Minnesota's 4 largest member-owned firms add depth, diversity to state's economy
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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…
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November 29
Ecolab CEO Doug Baker

Ecolab CEO gets the 'Dayton Award'

CEO Doug Baker of Ecolab has received the Dayton Award in Moral Capitalism from the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism, partly for driving his company to be a better environmental citizen.
Business
November 27
Senior apartments and hotel proposed near Carlson Towers in Minnetonka

Senior apartments and hotel proposed near Carlson Towers in Minnetonka

United Properties plans senior apartments and hotel proposed near Carlson Towers in Minnetonka.
Business
November 27
Twin Cities home improvement stores offer 50% off storewide on Black Friday

Twin Cities home improvement stores offer 50% off storewide on Black Friday

Only a recent, large shipment of hand tools already discounted 60% is exempted from the additional discount.
Business
November 27
Out of town for Thanksgiving? App clears drive, sidewalks when you're gone.

Out of town for Thanksgiving? App clears drive, sidewalks when you're gone.

Out of town for Thanksgiving? Use an app to clear your drive, sidewalks while you're gone. These apps clear driveway, sidewalk snow until you return after Thanksgiving
Business
November 26

Securian to acquire a Houston-based employee benefits enrollment company

Securian's deal for an employee benefits enrollment company adds new services and should cement their spot in future Fortune 500 lists.
Business
November 26
Maud Borup President Christine Lantinen

Maud Borup expanding southern Minnesota candy factory

Plymouth-based Maud Borup, the century-old candy and food gift company, will break ground in December on a $5.5 million expansion of its LeCenter manufacturing plant and warehouse that should increase employment from 120 to 150 next year.
Business
November 25
Twin Cities exec's blog-turned-book now required reading at St. Thomas

Twin Cities exec's blog-turned-book now required reading at St. Thomas

Nancy Dahl's 'Grounded' focuses on leadership.
Business
November 23
“Our [2019] fiscal year was driven by key initiatives that the team delivered,” CEO Ron Konezny of Digi told investors.

Hopkins' Digi International has breakout year; earnings jump from $1.6M to $10M

Share prices have jumped by 20% since Nov. 15 alone, after the company announced record fiscal 2019 performance, a promising acquisition and a bright outlook for next year.
Business
November 22
It's a good sale weekend at Thymes, MCAD art, Eversharp Knives

It's a good sale weekend at Thymes, MCAD art, Eversharp Knives

Smaller, local businesses offer great sales before Black Friday hits.
Business
November 22

CTUL gets grant to work on wage theft, dangerous conditions

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) has received a $150,000 grant from The Workers Lab 2019 Innovation Fund.
Business
November 22
Minnesota Chamber study finds mixed-bag economy

Minnesota Chamber study finds mixed-bag economy

Minnesota's business climate continues to be a mixed bag for economic growth, according to the 2020 Minnesota Business Benchmarks report, commissioned by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
Business
November 19
Digi shares soar on earnings, outlook for 2020

Digi shares soar on earnings, outlook for 2020

The shares of Digi International have risen 25 percent since Thursday's market close, when the company announced record fiscal 2019 performance and a bright outlook for next year.
Business
November 18
Brad Hewitt, former Thrivent CEO, has been named to Habitat for Humanity board.

Habitat for Humanity names former Thrivent CEO as chairman of its board of directors

Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity International named Brad Hewitt as chairman of its board.