Business
December 5
3M has increased its sustainability commitment. Pictured is its global headquarters in Maplewood.

3M: Every new product must meet a sustainability goal

Pledge announced at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland.
Local
December 4
Minnesota Pollution Control Commissioner John Linc Stine.

MPCA chief hears a wave of worry over Fillmore County feedlot plan

Foes of a 5,000-hog farm in Fillmore County flooded the meeting in Mabel, Minn., near the Iowa border.
South Metro
December 4
Sun Country Airlines is looking to convert a hangar on the west side of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport into its headquarters office.

Sun Country wants to move HQ from Eagan into MSP hangar

The project would require reconfiguring the hangar building, turning some cavernous space currently used to shelter airplanes into space suitable for office work.
Business
December 4
An installer strung holiday lights across a rooftop in the Puget Sound area. Most Christmas lights are imported from China and are subject to a 10 per

Christmas lights tell story of co-dependence with China

SEATTLE – Perhaps you're digging out your Christmas lights to perform the annual ritual of plugging them in and counting the dead.Maybe you made…
Business
December 4

Insys may become first corporate casualty of opioid epidemic

Sales plummet as ex-exec faces federal charges over marketing of pain drug.
Business
December 4
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, which is getting into the space business with a Lockheed Martin partnership, stood by a copper exhaust nozzle for a roc

Inside Amazon's plan to profit from space data

It seeks to capture market to process massive streams of data beamed to Earth from satellites.
Business
December 4

Artifact's pay-to-play structure angers many gamers

A new digital card game that encourages players to spend money to build their collections has been categorized as an outrage by detractors. Though its…
Business
December 4
Donaldson in Bloomington makes industrial filtration products and equipment. (ELIZABETH FLORES/STar Tribune file photo)

Bloomington-based Donaldson Co. sets pace for record year but still faces gross margin pressure

Firm facing pressure on slightly down gross margin.
Business
December 4

Thomson Reuters cutting workforce by 12 percent; Eagan layoffs complete

Company to trim 12 percent of its global staff; workers say layoffs at Eagan office ongoing.
Business
December 4
ICF Olson

Minneapolis' Olson advertising agency renamed as part of ICF Next

Change follows trend of local agencies being rebranded.
Business
December 4

Blockbuster cancer-testing startup weighs IPO

Grail is backed by two of the world's richest men.
Business
December 4

What makes stock markets so volatile?

Huge swings in Dow and other indexes driven by global fears, interest rates.
Business
December 4
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said Tuesday it’s becoming harder to write and pass a farm bill, the law Congress writes every five years to set ince

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson: Farm bill could be passed as early as next week

The bill maintains the status quo for most farmers, but it gives small dairy producers new pricing protection.
Business
December 4
Medtronic said it was resolving investigations involving conduct that occurred largely before it acquired Covidien PLC in 2015. Covidien itself bought

Medtronic to pay $51 million to resolve U.S. medical device investigations

EV3, which Medtronic now owns, will plead guilty to introducing adulterated medical devices into interstate commerce.
Business
December 4
By 2030, the Minneapolis-based utility pledges to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels in the eight states it serves.

Xcel goal to provide 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050

The Minneapolis-based utility says its pledge is the most ambitious among U.S. utilities.
Business
December 4
People in the First Ave. Main Room networked while waiting for the Demo Day program to begin.

Target will be joined by Germany's Metro in next year's Techstars program

Big retailers to invest in series of startups, offering money and expertise to create technology.
Business
December 4
Medtronic has been ordered to pay $112 million to an Indiana doctor in a dispute over devices he invented.

Indiana doctor awarded $112M in dispute with Medtronic over royalties

A northern Indiana jury has awarded a doctor $112 million in his dispute with medical device maker Medtronic over devices he invented and sold to the company.
Business
December 4
Glencore headquarters in Baar, Switzerland.

For Glencore, backer of PolyMet, sharp elbows and scrutiny are part of the climb to the top of mining

Nations and investors are questioning its aggressive business model.
Business
December 4
A farmer harvested soy beans in his combine on Oct. 17, 2017, in Welch, Minn. Minnesota's farmers exported $2.1 billion worth of soybeans in 2016, acc

For Minnesota farmers, lull in trade war may come too late

For farmers like Lance Peterson, who right now cannot break even on the sale of a bushel of soybeans because of oversupply, weather and tariffs, time is running out.
Business
December 3
3M is among several companies that have said trade tariffs are affecting its business. (JERRY HOLT/Star Tribune file photo)

Minnesota, Midwest factories see slowest growth in two years

November results show state, Midwest manufacturing not growing as fast as nation.