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Business
March 18
Two winemakers fight on in court against state-grape law

Two winemakers fight on in court against state-grape law

Alexis Bailly Vineyard and Next Chapter Winery are challenging Minnesota's "unusual and severe winemaking restriction" as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause.
Business
March 15

Abbott heart device gets wider audience

FDA says $25,000 device can be used in a larger population of people with heart failure symptoms
Business
March 14
Ecolab launches free tool to help companies track water practices

Ecolab launches free tool to help companies track water practices

The St. Paul-based Ecolab launched the online tool to help accelerate water conservation worldwide.
Business
March 13
JPMorgan Chase will open branch offices in the Twin Cities

JPMorgan Chase will open branch offices in the Twin Cities

New York-based Chase plans to add 90 branches and 700 employees this year in the Twin Cities, eight other new markets and three existing East Coast cities.
Local
March 11
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz

Gov. Walz wants $9 million for a new Minnesota Innovation Collaborative

Gov. Tim Walz's budget proposal includes $9 million to create a new Minnesota Innovation Collaborative aimed at providing grant and aid to innovative start up firms.
Business
March 7

Sofia Fund makes another investment in female-led business

Sofia Fund, led by female veterans of business and investments, has made its 17th investment in several years in a women-run company.
Business
March 4

Shelly Ibach, CEO of Sleep Number, named sleep editor-at-large at Thrive Global

Sleep Number CEO Shelly Ibach is sharing sleep and wellness tips with the media companies of Arianna Huffington and Katie Couric
Business
March 1

Amplifon moves headquarters to downtown Minneapolis

Amplifon, which employs 470 in North America, has moved 180 headquarters jobs downtown from Plymouth.
Business
February 27

Ex-offenders generally pose no greater threat to landlords than overall affordable-housing renters

A Wilder Research study for for affordable-housing managers found that most ex-offenders do not cause problems at greater rates than other renters.
Business
February 26

FBI searching for victims of alleged insurance-fraud scheme

The FBI is trying to determine if Minnesota companies were victimized by an alleged, California-based insurance-and-pension fraud scheme.
Business
February 21
If the Chemical Bank-TCF merger goes through, TCF might be on the Cobo Center.

Will Cobo Center in Detroit be named TCF by the end of the year?

Michigan-based Chemical Financial won the re-naming rights deal for Detroit's Cobo Center but the name will change to TCF Center at the end of this year after the merger with TCF Financial.
Business
February 13

UnitedHealth Group employment hits 300,000

The Minnetonka-based health care giant added about 40,000 workers last year due in part to an acquisition in South America.
Business
February 12

Solar jobs are up in Minnesota, but down nationally

Minnesota posted a nice gain in solar industry employment in 2018, but nationally jobs fell for the second consecutive year.
Blogs
February 12

Solar jobs are up in Minnesota, but down nationally

Minnesota posted a nice gain in solar industry employment in 2018, but nationally jobs fell for the second consecutive year.
Business
February 8

Bob Hoffman to succeed Zierdt at Greater Mankato Growth

Hoffman, a veteran business and civic leader, will succeed the ailing Jonathon Zierdt, who has battled cancer for several years.
Business
February 7

Indian firm expands Magnet360 business in St. Louis Park

Magnet360, acquired by IT firm Mindtree in 2016 for up to $50 million, is expanding as part of the digital-marketing business of India-based Mindtree.
Business
February 5

Schowalter jumping to HealthPartners

Jim Schowalter is stepping down as chief executive of the trade group for Minnesota's nonprofit health insurers.
Business
February 1

3M Co. pays $1 billion for M*Modal's technology business

3M completes $1 billion acquisition of M*Modal's artificial intelligence health information technology.
Business
January 28

UnitedHealthcare growing in West Virginia

The nation's largest health insurer recently won a contract to administer the health plan for public workers in West Virginia
Business
January 25

Paclitaxel devices for the legs still recommended, but

As questions hang over vascular devices for the legs containing the drug paclitaxel, medical group urges doctors to disclose potential risks to patients
Business
January 24
The sun shines down in 2015 on solar panels that are part of the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association's community gardens in Rockford, Min

SunShare reaches community solar garden milestone

Anchored by projects in Minnesota, the solar garden developer has crossed the 100 megawatt mark for total electricity capacity.
Business
January 24

Pentair opens water treatment innovation center in North Carolina

Pentair opens new innovation center in North Carolina
Business
January 22
Polaris to relocate newly acquired Larson Boat Group to Indiana

Polaris to relocate newly acquired Larson Boat Group to Indiana

Larson Boat Group will move from Pulaski, Wis. near Green Bay to Indiana.
Business
January 18

HomeSpotter buys Spacio, adds office in Vancouver

The deal gives Minneapolis-based HomeSpotter products for all the steps in the way that real estate agents work with people shopping for homes.
Business
January 17
Cathy Smith

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.