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Jackie Crosby

Reporter | The generations
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Jackie Crosby writes about the boomers, GenXers, millennials and beyond.
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Target, other companies turn to 'reverse mentoring' to tap millennials' knowledge

Target, other companies turn to 'reverse mentoring' to tap millennials' knowledge

Programs help meet business goals and keep employees.
Viewpoint: Helping companies resolve clashes among generations

Viewpoint: Helping companies resolve clashes among generations

Debra Arbit describes herself and her small staff at BridgeWorks as generational junkies. “We eat, sleep, live, breathe the generational topic 24 hours a day,”…

Simon & Schuster to market Hazelden books

The agreement, which begins on Jan. 1, is an attempt by the Center City-based Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to get its print and digital books into the hands of more consumers.
Minneapolis data start-up Sport Ngin is acquired by NBC Sports

Minneapolis data start-up Sport Ngin is acquired by NBC Sports

Minneapolis sports data start-up has grown quickly in 8 years

St. Jude to pay $39.25 million to investors over faulty leads

Class-action had accused company of misleading shareholders about problems with defibrillator leads.
Minnesota a national leader in telecommuting trend

Minnesota a national leader in telecommuting trend

Growing numbers of Minnesotans are working from home as technology makes telecommuting easier and employers realize that some workers are happier and more productive away…
Blue Cross to limit individual health insurance plans in Minn.

Blue Cross to limit individual health insurance plans in Minn.

Blue Cross will take away flexible policies for those not on workplace plans.
Transparency and straight talk are not just buzzwords at top large companies

Transparency and straight talk are not just buzzwords at top large companies

Whether it's working through a business setback or a strategy to keep top employees, communication is key for large firms.
Amazon opens tech office in downtown Minneapolis

Amazon opens tech office in downtown Minneapolis

The Seattle-based online giant said it will open a new technology development center in downtown Minneapolis and will hire about 100 software engineers and managers to fill it.

Ashley Furniture agrees to $1.75M fine for safety violations

Wisconsin firm and OSHA reach broad settlement after reports of serious injuries at several plants.
Stratasys CEO David Reis retiring

Stratasys CEO David Reis retiring

He will be replaced by Ilan Levin, the former president of Objet, the Rehovot, Israel-based firm that merged with Stratasys.
Manufacturing in Minnesota is slowly picking up

Manufacturing in Minnesota is slowly picking up

Surveys showed growth across the Midwest and the nation.
ShoreSox puts a sock in soil erosion

ShoreSox puts a sock in soil erosion

Minnetonka-based ShoreSox says it has an environmentally friendly way to stabilize shorelines of lakes and rivers.
How psychology, history is used to help ultrarich retain fortunes

How psychology, history is used to help ultrarich retain fortunes

In a new approach, financial firms are digging into genealogy records and pulling out the therapy couch to help families avoid frittering away their fortunes.
Even with gains and losses, state's business climate has remained remarkably resilient

Even with gains and losses, state's business climate has remained remarkably resilient

With 25 years of gains and losses, Minnesota's economic climate has stayed strong, thanks to the state's unique business culture.
Minnesota businessman, civic leader Wheelock Whitney dies at 89

Minnesota businessman, civic leader Wheelock Whitney dies at 89

Whitney left investment banking to teach and played a big role in Minnesota pro sports.
Obituary: Artist Bob Johnson changed local outdoor advertising with his Ewald Bros' cows

Obituary: Artist Bob Johnson changed local outdoor advertising with his Ewald Bros' cows

You might say that Bob Johnson was a mooover and a shaker. In a career that spanned more than 60 years, Johnson created scores of…
Mother's Day: Yes, it's still about the flowers

Mother's Day: Yes, it's still about the flowers

Americans will spend $2.4B, and Edina's Artistic Floral is ready
U nursing school is studying the effectiveness of Healthsense monitors

U nursing school is studying the effectiveness of Healthsense monitors

U nursing school is studying the effectiveness of Healthsense monitors with Alzheimer's and dementia.
Carlson Wagonlit moves forward under new leadership

Carlson Wagonlit moves forward under new leadership

The travel management division, now Carlson Cos.' sole corporate business, is moving forward under a new chief executive.

Fired Muslim workers claim discrimination at plant in Owatonna

21 former workers file federal EEOC complaint against AmesburyTruth and Doherty staffing, saying they weren't allowed to pray.
Prestige candlemaker Illume of Bloomington sold to California firm

Prestige candlemaker Illume of Bloomington sold to California firm

Bloomington firm acquired by Regent Holding of California
Keillor's looming exit has 'Prairie Home' affiliates concerned

Keillor's looming exit has 'Prairie Home' affiliates concerned

As Garrison Keillor wraps up his farewell tour over the next 12 weeks, the public radio world is anxiously preparing for "A Prairie Home Companion" without him.
Wells Fargo among latest companies to offer paid leave for new parents

Wells Fargo among latest companies to offer paid leave for new parents

The nation's third-largest bank joins companies like Facebook, Twitter in offering the benefit.
Obituary: Butcher turned vegetarian Aaron Gitis remembered for gentle touch

Obituary: Butcher turned vegetarian Aaron Gitis remembered for gentle touch

Aaron Gitis spent his entire career as a butcher — cutting up whole sides of a cow, packaging special cuts for customers at his retail…
General Mills faces second age-discrimination lawsuit

General Mills faces second age-discrimination lawsuit

Company denies claim that layoffs tilted against older workers.
Ex-UnitedHealth exec to launch new health plan with $80M in funds

Ex-UnitedHealth exec to launch new health plan with $80M in funds

Bright Health received $80 million in venture capital and plans to start selling plans to consumers in 2017.
Insurer UCare to get boost from merger with Fairview Health Services

Insurer UCare to get boost from merger with Fairview Health Services

Insurer will join with PreferredOne to become a subsidiary of Fairview, which will change its name to M Health.
Financial services industry throwing out rule book to attract millennials

Financial services industry throwing out rule book to attract millennials

The 35-and-under crowd now makes up the majority of America's labor force. It's just a matter of time before they will be on their way toward financial independence — if they aren't already.
Obama economic adviser Jason Furman part of U millennial forum

Obama economic adviser Jason Furman part of U millennial forum

Top economic adviser and Klobuchar will hold forum on millennials' concerns.
Sister Mary Ashton receives prestigious Women's History Month award

Sister Mary Ashton receives prestigious Women's History Month award

Former hospital CEO, public health commissioner was at forefront of AIDS care and more.
Sailboat maker WindRider moving manufacturing to Michigan

Sailboat maker WindRider moving manufacturing to Michigan

WindRider International, a Minneapolis company that builds popular three-hulled sailboats known as trimarans, is moving its manufacturing operation to Flint, Mich.The decision comes on the…
If you see it in stores, C.H. Robinson likely helped get it there

If you see it in stores, C.H. Robinson likely helped get it there

As inventories and delivery times tighten, Eden Prairie-based C.H. Robinson has evolved into one of the top logistics companies in the country
Obituary: Craig Henderson of Brooklyn Park was Vikings fan, family man

Obituary: Craig Henderson of Brooklyn Park was Vikings fan, family man

Craig Henderson sat in the bleachers, beaming. A beloved family man in the throes of pancreatic cancer, he cheered as the gymnasium at Park Center…
Florists' business far from rosy in U.S., Minnesota

Florists' business far from rosy in U.S., Minnesota

Online discounters, supermarkets taking bite out of small florists' business.
Hancock Fabrics closing three Twin Cities stores

Hancock Fabrics closing three Twin Cities stores

Bloomington, Woodbury and Roseville outlets will close as the fabric chain reorganizes.

U.S. building boom drives strong results for Graco

Minneapolis-based global manufacturer of paint sprayers, pumps and lubricants still dogged by exchange rates, but profit far exceeds Wall Street's dismal forecast.
Virtual reality brings architect's blueprints to life

Virtual reality brings architect's blueprints to life

Virtual reality used to be the domain of fantastical video games or frontier-pushing researchers in multimillion dollar labs. But as the technology gets less expensive, VR could transform the architectural world
Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce leader Klingel to retire

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce leader Klingel to retire

The 63-year old Klingel, who led business lobbying group for 13 years, will focus on cancer treatment.
Beautiful Gardens: Shoreview couple's haven is 'our treasure to share'

Beautiful Gardens: Shoreview couple's haven is 'our treasure to share'

A Shoreview couple welcome guests to their whimsical cottage garden, which beckons with waterfalls, a playhouse and flea-market finds.
Target CEO Brian Cornell pays visits to customers' homes for understanding

Target CEO Brian Cornell pays visits to customers' homes for understanding

CEO Brian Cornell is meeting Target shoppers in their homes to get to know its changing customer and adding 1,000 IT jobs to meet growing needs.
Schwan teams with up-and-coming chefs to update menu

Schwan teams with up-and-coming chefs to update menu

Schwan, best known for delivering frozen meals to consumers' doorsteps, has assembled a team it calls the "future stars of the culinary world" to help introduce new products and update existing ones.
To keep young workers, college debt relief could be next big job perk

To keep young workers, college debt relief could be next big job perk

Burdened by college loans, millennials are eagerly embracing a growing trend in employer incentives.
Imation sells Oakdale HQ, is leaving state after two decades

Imation sells Oakdale HQ, is leaving state after two decades

Troubled data-storage company Imation has sold its corporate headquarters along with two trademark licenses and is pulling up stakes in Minnesota, two decades after being…
Minnesota firm with Isis name, others in U.S., change over perceptions

Minnesota firm with Isis name, others in U.S., change over perceptions

Unwittingly and arbitrarily, a name once associated with an ancient Egyptian goddess now has become synonymous with terror.
Online shopping, lower gas prices helped holiday retail sales

Online shopping, lower gas prices helped holiday retail sales

After years of belt tightening, consumers spent 7.9 percent more than last year between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, and ponied up for furniture and other high-priced items, according to MasterCard SpendingPulse.

On the day after Christmas, stores are crowded once again

Seeking bargains or to return gifts, many Minnesotans went out on the day after Christmas.
Dayton gives Essar Steel 'final offer' to repay $66 million to state

Dayton gives Essar Steel 'final offer' to repay $66 million to state

Timetable would have the steel company make payments from February through 2020.
Store closings over MOA rally anger retailers and shoppers

Store closings over MOA rally anger retailers and shoppers

"We think the protests should be done," said the owner of two retail stores and seven kiosks at the Mall of America. "But not here, not to the retailers, not to the shoppers. Because none of us did anything."

Fired Starkey worker files whistleblower suit alleging wrongdoing

The suit claims the former high-ranking employee was fired for raising questions about the organization overstating the number of devices it gives away. The foundation denies the allegations.
New technology aims to keep patients with memory loss at home

New technology aims to keep patients with memory loss at home

U is studying Healthsense monitors to see if they help those with dementia stay in their homes longer, reduce stress on caregivers and avoid costly emergency room visits.
Aging baby boomers are opting for pint-sized pooches

Aging baby boomers are opting for pint-sized pooches

More baby boomers are scaling down to pint-sized pooches.
Eden Prairie vet helps pets and people with state's 1st nonprofit clinic

Eden Prairie vet helps pets and people with state's 1st nonprofit clinic

Mission Animal Hospital in Eden Prairie is committed to affordable help for pets.
Mall of America store will turn you into a '3-D selfie'

Mall of America store will turn you into a '3-D selfie'

The mall retail concept grew out of a computer-aided design company that makes models for builders
Hotel security becomes more sophisticated to deal with threats like Mali attacks

Hotel security becomes more sophisticated to deal with threats like Mali attacks

Staffs are trained to deal with threats from thefts to terrorism attacks like in Mali.
Obituary: Clint Shaw, WWII commander, hotel manager and befriender of stars

Obituary: Clint Shaw, WWII commander, hotel manager and befriender of stars

To Clint Shaw, the world — the galaxy, even — was his playground. In retirement, he toured the world three times aboard an educational cruise…
It's time to bury the idea of having a midlife crisis

It's time to bury the idea of having a midlife crisis

If you're feeling the angst of middle age, take heart. Chances are good that you'll emerge without resorting to a face-lift, pricey red convertible or fling with someone half your age.
Food shelf for pets? Mpls. woman on mission to open state's first this year

Food shelf for pets? Mpls. woman on mission to open state's first this year

In late December or early January, Kim Carrier plans to open Minnesota's first food shelf dedicated to pets, in an empty storefront on Bloomington Avenue S. next to her salon.
Do modern homes in old neighborhoods look cool, or like eyesores?

Do modern homes in old neighborhoods look cool, or like eyesores?

A spoonful of sugar helps soothe neighborhood anxiety when boldly contemporary homes arrive on the block.
Day trip: Osceola, Wis., defines 'Minnesconsin'

Day trip: Osceola, Wis., defines 'Minnesconsin'

Nestled into rugged bluffs of the St. Croix River, the quaint village of Osceola, Wis., has stayed true to its historical roots.
Big-game hunters find themselves in crosshairs after Cecil's killing

Big-game hunters find themselves in crosshairs after Cecil's killing

In the wake of the lion's killing by a Minnesotan in Zimbabwe, hunters defend their sport.
Luxury-loving baby boomers are driving an RV revival

Luxury-loving baby boomers are driving an RV revival

A new generation of retirees wants to bask in nature, but not if it means sleeping on the ground.
St. Paul dad creates Father's Eve to celebrate role of fathers

St. Paul dad creates Father's Eve to celebrate role of fathers

A St. Paul dad has created Father's Eve to celebrate the role of the "other" parent.
Streetscapes: Beer and where it was brewed

Streetscapes: Beer and where it was brewed

Ranging from castles to factories, old breweries were built to impress (and to produce lots of beer).
Milk Carton boat races canceled as Aquatennial trims its sails

Milk Carton boat races canceled as Aquatennial trims its sails

The Torchlight Parade will go on, but the signature Milk Carton Boat Race and the sand castle contest are being dropped as the celebration is cut from 10 days to 4.
Two business-minded refugees feed the American dream at MSP airport

Two business-minded refugees feed the American dream at MSP airport

After surviving war as children, two business partners have built a fast-growing airport business on family values.
Minneapolis documentary maker is a catalyst for change

Minneapolis documentary maker is a catalyst for change

A Minneapolis documentary filmmaker has made a name for herself by tackling tough topics.
Downsize surprise! Boomers are moving up, remodeling homes

Downsize surprise! Boomers are moving up, remodeling homes

More boomers are choosing to move up and remodel.
Minnesota's youth exodus spells trouble ahead for labor force

Minnesota's youth exodus spells trouble ahead for labor force

Every year since 2002, Minnesota has been losing residents to other states. What's worse: Young adults are leaving in the greatest numbers.
Edwin Lundie filled his houses with hand-designed touches

Edwin Lundie filled his houses with hand-designed touches

Overshadowed by others, architect/craftsman Edwin Lundie created scores of Minnesota houses notable for their artisanship.
Don't call us old: Baby boomers reject traditional terms for aging

Don't call us old: Baby boomers reject traditional terms for aging

As baby boomers reject traditional terms for aging, businesses and marketers scramble to find the right words.
The first generation of the 21st century is diverse and digital

The first generation of the 21st century is diverse and digital

The first generation of the 21st century is shaping up to be diverse and digital. But are we really going to call it Gen Z?
New generation leads revival of shape-note singing tradition

New generation leads revival of shape-note singing tradition

Young singers are breathing new life into shape note, one of the oldest forms of American music.

Surprise! Retirees 'upsize' housing

A good chunk of the 65-and-older set are moving into larger homes or sinking big bucks into remodeling projects to create the homes of their dreams.

Phone skills a major work hang-up for millennials

Raised on technology, millennials can’t get enough of their phones. They use them to take pictures, rate restaurants, get directions and cash checks — everything,…
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