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Jackie Crosby

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Jackie Crosby writes about the generations, focusing on the impact that aging baby boomers, GenXers, millennials and the up-and-comers are having on the economy, health care system and workplace.
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Lifetouch headquarters in Eden Prairie.

Suit: Lifetouch enriched execs as employee stockholders lost millions

The company's employee stock ownership plan has lost $850 million since 2015. The company, now being sold to Shutterfly, said it can't discuss the lawsuit.
Sun Country uses the Humphrey terminal at MSP.

Sun Country beefs up summertime service in U.S., Mexico

Move is one of biggest network expansions in company history.
Best Buy saw a 9 percent jump in comparable sales during the November through January quarter. In this photo, shoppers filled a Best Buy store in subu

Minnesota-based Best Buy reports best holiday sales in 14 years

The company's profits fell due to bonuses and costs associated with new U.S. tax law.
Hormel CEO Jim Snee (KRISTEN LEIGH PAINTER/Star Tribune file photo)

Hormel's tax savings will result in capital improvements, wage equalization and community investments

The food company's quarterly profits rose nearly 30 percent.
A Sun Country plane parked at a gate at Humphrey Terminal during a winter storm in late December last year.

Sun Country will cut 350 workers at MSP, taps Canadian firm to manage

Layoffs begin immediately, with workers given "preferable access" to reapply as soon as Wednesday.
300 dpi 5 col x 7.25 in / 246x184 mm / 837x626 pixels Michael Hogue color illustration of office cubicles staffed with older workers. The Dallas Morni

U survey pinpoints need to better understand older workforce

As labor market tightens, some are finding ways to keep older workers on job.
Production at the Gold'n Plump Poultry facility in Cold Spring, Minn, in 2016.

30 people losing jobs at former GNP corporate headquarters in St. Cloud

New owner Pilgrim's Pride moving duties to chicken company's other locations.
Hubert Walczak, who taught math at the University of St. Thomas, was awarded professor of the year in 1993. Walczak died Jan. 31, 2018.

Obituary: St. Thomas Prof. Hubert Walczak brought love of math to many

A mathematics professor for 33 years, Walczak used weather reports, music or everyday statistics to make numbers come alive.
General Mills is donating some proceeds from Nature Valley granola bar sales to the National Parks Foundation. (Provided photo)

Nature Valley ad campaign urges people to buy granola bars, help save the parks

General Mills division will pledge at least $2.5 million to benefit national parks.
Cargill Inc. has invested in facial recognition software developed by Dublin-based Cainthus to help farmers improve the health of their cattle.

Cargill invests in facial recognition — for cows, pigs too

Cargill is partnering with an Irish startup whose facial-recognition software and analytics can help dairy farmers lower their costs, increase production and take better care of their animals.
A massive stage was set up on Nicollet Mall at 8th Street for nightly shows at Super Bowl Live. With the Super Bowl events downtown, many businesses h

Morning commute OK, but Super Bowl activities disrupting afternoon traffic

Many workers have taken their bosses up on their offers to telecommute or have switched from their cars to public transit.
Nine members of Get Stitchy gathered at Thrivent where they knitted or crocheted hats and mittens in an effort to donate 5200 items for their Super Bo

'Volunteerism on steroids' fueling Super Bowl activities

In-kind contributions from employees across the Twin Cities provide an opportunity to meld business boosterism with civic pride.
An LII ice sculpture greets people at 6th Street and Nicollet Mall.

Delta, United, Southwest adding flights for Super Bowl LII

Service from Boston and Philadelphia and back for the weekend are boosted.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., was one of the authors of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Congress puts caregiving on the national agenda

The bipartisan RAISE Family Caregivers Act calls for a strategy to support family caregivers as the population ages.
In Asia, the company will sell Haagen-Daaz ice creams that blend the rice taste of mochi cakes with traditional flavors like green tea and red bean.

New flavors, mash-ups among General Mills' ode to sweetness

Lineup of its new products includes a Lucky Charms frosted cornflakes mix.
A Cargill factory worker shown in Venezuela. An oversupply of corn and soybeans on the world market cut into the company’s second-quarter efforts.

Cargill's profits squeezed by oversupply of corn, soy

Net earnings drop 6 percent, but global demand for key crops continues to grow.
Clarence Bethea, founder and CEO of Upsie Technology, said his warranty service is simpler, more transparent and less costly than big-box versions.

Minneapolis startup Upsie wants to cover your spendy gadgets

Minneapolis startup Upsie is an independent alternative to getting warranties directly from big-box stores and online

Miracle-Ear reports privacy breach of nearly 600 patients

The incident included health data, but no personal financial info.
When the 747s needed some mechanical work in 1970, they didn’t quite fit inside the hangar.

Delta's 747s, a vestige of Northwest's heyday, will visit for final time

After 16 years as a captain on Northwest Airlines 747s, Steve Bowen retired in 2005 and has since flown to many places around the world…
Delta Air Lines will fly two 747s to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday for the last time.

On farewell tour, Delta's 747 aims for flyaround at Northwest's MSP home

Delta's 747 fleet is rooted in the Minnesota airline it bought nine years ago
Production at the Gold'n Plump Poultry production facility, Tuesday, April 20, 2016 in Cold Spring, MN.

Fired Gold'n Plump worker gets 90 days for contaminating poultry

The 2016 incident at the GNP Co. plant in Cold Spring, Minn., prompted a nationwide recall.
Sun Country will start flights to Honolulu and Myrtle Beach.

Sun Country announces flights to Honolulu, Myrtle Beach

Hawaii adds cachet to the airline's vacation destinations.
In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 photo, baby turkeys stand in a poult barn at Smotherman Farms near Waco, Texas. The farm is involved in a pilot project

Cargill, Ecolab look to jump-start food innovation

Accelerator program with Techstars nurtures farm, technology innovations.
Schwan's is considering strategic alternatives, according to a CNBC report. The Marshall company's bright yellow delivery trucks (CEO Dimitrios Smyrni

Report: Schwan's considering options that could include sale

A report said the company has hired Piper Jaffray to explore a potential sale.
Bob Kaitz is president and CEO of BestPrep, a nonprofit that coordinates e-mentorships and other programs with businesses and Minnesota high schools.

New online mentoring program is seeing success

Bob Kaitz was a first-year teacher at Breck School in 1973 when he launched a partnership with Minnesota’s largest corporations to help students think about…
Diane Backis, pictured leaving the federal courthouse in Albany in 2016, was sentenced to five years in jail. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Fired Cargill employee gets five years in prison for stealing $3.1 million

Judge calls New York fired bookkeeper "piggish" in a scheme that caused more than $25 million in additional losses to the Minnetonka-based company.
Burnsville High School instructional technology coordinator Rachel Gorton listened to students Josh Holtzleiter, left, and Zach Matthews describe some

Minn. companies invest in high schools to build next labor force

A looming labor shortage, along with a growing urgency to address Minnesota's unyielding racial achievement gap, is prompting sweeping changes in the way businesses participate in hands-on learning.
Irene Slaughter-Janneh of Minneapolis rested with her daughter Serreh, 8, while shopping Friday at Mall of America.

Black Friday shoppers fill stores while also staying busy online

The action was greater at stores and malls that were closed on Thursday, but shopping all around was off to a strong start.
The Mall of America holiday decor provided the perfect selfie backdrop for shoppers. An early report had 2,500 people in lines around the mall to get

Shoppers turn out in force as Black Friday rolls into high gear

Even if the kickoff for holiday shopping has lost some of its frenzy, shoppers turned out in force. And it's become a bigger time for online sales.
While Hormel’s profit dipped, analysts saw reason for optimism because of the acquisitions of major food companies in the second half of the year.

Hormel's profit fell 11 percent on cost squeeze, still beat expectations

Analysts were upbeat about the company's long-term prospects with greater diversification.
Participants march against sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles Nov. 12.

Corporate America struggling to root out sexual harassment

As women tell their #MeToo stories and a growing tally of high-ranking men get fired or lose the support of their backers over boorish behavior, human resources professionals are doing some soul searching.
Mohamed Abshir Musa, a leader of the independence movement in Somalia, retired to Minnesota. He died on Oct. 25.

Mohamed Abshir Musa, leader of Somali independence movement, dies at 91

In one of the world’s most war-torn countries, Gen. Mohamed Abshir Musa was a peacemaker. At 32, he became commander of independent Somalia’s first national…
An app developed by the National Museums Liverpool will help the Minnesota Historical Society develop a program for caregivers of dementia patients.

Minnesota Historical Society creating an app to help care for Alzheimer's patients

The Minnesota Historical Society is moving into health and wellness with a history-rich app that will help caregivers, dementia patients.
In a ruling Friday, an administrative judge recommended that all of Stephen Frenz’s residential rental licenses be revoked.

Ruling: Minneapolis can revoke embattled landlord's licenses

The City Council will make a final decision on how to proceed with Stephen Frenz.
University of Minnesota Sociology Prof. Phyllis Moen is the founding director of the U’s Advanced Careers Initiative.

University of Minnesota program helps baby boomers find, develop encore careers

It's among the most persistent questions to dog workers at or near retirement: What comes next? Phyllis Moen wants to help. The University of Minnesota…
John Gainor, CEO of Dairy Queen, is retiring at the end of the year.

Dairy Queen, getting a new CEO, looks to freshen brand

Company veteran Troy Bader to replace retiring chief.
Courtney Lang, of Minneapolis, poses with her Nintendo SNES Classic Edition she picked up at Amazon's Treasure Truck in downtown Minneapolis.

Amazon shows power of Treasure Truck by selling hot Nintendo system in Mpls.

The megaretailer is making another foray into in-person shopping, bringing the truck to 18 cities.
A vice president at Life Time Fitness and eight others were indicted on charges of insider trading.

Former Life Time Fitness executive charged with insider trading

Federal prosecutors allege that Shane Fleming and eight people who were not employees were enriched by nearly $900,000 in illegal profits.
Target will lift its entry-level wage to $11 an hour next month and aims to have it at $15 an hour by 2020.

Target raising minimum wage to $15 by end of 2020

Mpls. retailer facing tight job market, demands for quality customer service.
Best Buy executives forecast steady growth for the next four years, setting goals for more sales and profit.

Best Buy sees solid growth ahead in 2021 thanks to turnaround

With turnaround complete, retailer aiming for steady gains in sales and profits in coming years.
Zach Dillon demonstrated an app at a Target event in Minneapolis introducing a number of innovation-related projects.

Target managers to begin 14-week 'innovation sprint' to sprout new ideas

Retailer shows off local advances ahead of annual fall employee meeting.
William Ewald and his father, Doug Ewald, are leading an effort to restore a billboard that features a pair of jutting Guernsey cows that were beloved

Seeking a face-lift for the State Fair's Golden Guernseys

Generations of Minnesotans recall the eye-catching Ewald Bros. Dairy billboard at the State Fair.
Tim McGraw says his fitness routine helps him “put on the best shows I can.” The first clubs in his partnership with Snap Fitness will open this y

Singer Tim McGraw partners with Snap Fitness to design fitness centers

The country star and workout devotee will help design "Tru Mav" clubs to mirror his own routines.
Jane Eidson

Jane Eidson, who got a college degree at 56, dies at 98

The experience solidified Eidson's belief in the power of education.
Josh Tetrick, chief executive of Hampton Creek, with the company's Just Mayo product in a 2013 file photo. The San Francisco-based food maker has lost

Target cuts ties to Just Mayo maker Hampton Creek

Target pulls Hampton Creek products off shelves after an internal review.
Geek Squad member Kyle Foresman installing a motion sensor that is part of a suite of new products to help seniors live independently.

Best Buy introduces 'smart home' service aimed at caretakers' needs

The service offers an in-home assessment with families to design the right array of monitors and devices, and Geek Squad workers install the custom-built systems.
“There’s a lack of awareness that Medicaid is really the safety net in Minnesota for so many of our seniors,” said Minnesota Department of Human

Medicaid cuts in GOP health bill could take toll on Minn. seniors

Half of Minnesota's nursing home residents get help through the program.

AARP says Minnesota ranks high in services aimed at seniors

However, even top states need to quickening pace in addressing caregiving concerns for the elder boom.
Dr. Robert Kane, renowned long term care researcher at University of Minnesota.

Obituary: U's Robert Kane, renowned expert on aging, never stopped pushing for change

Dr. Robert Kane spent his life studying aging and railing against nursing homes, burdensome regulations and a long-term care system that too often fails to…
Gene Waldowski's artwork, including this statue, and creative hardscapes accent the couple's carefully composed shade garden.

Retired teacher mixes art, math skills to create color shade garden in Ramsey

More than 120 varieties of hosta provide a backdrop for brightly colored cultivars and creative hardscapes.
CEO Michael Meek became the CEO of Lifetouch in July after serving as president and chief operating officer for nearly three years.

Lifetouch adjusting its lens to the digital age

Executives at Lifetouch Inc. like to describe their $1.5 billion company as the best-kept secret in the Twin Cities. To millions of parents and students, however, the brand is a household name.
Brian Wolslegel, owner of Custom Robotic Wildlife, combined his skills in tinkering and taxidermy to create robotic decoys of hunted animals.

Taxidermist's robotic deer used to nab poachers

Taxidermist tinkerer builds lifelike robotics used by game wardens across North America.
"One senior leader said, 'That's so simple. Why aren't we doing this?' "Amanda Daeges, an attorney at U.S. Bank in Minneapolis, recalling her presenta

Companies turn to 'reverse mentoring' to tap millennials' knowledge

Programs help meet business goals and keep employees.
BridgeWorks CEO and owner Debra Arbit focuses on generational cultures in the workplace.

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.
Sport Ngin is among a number of companies that celebrate Fridays with in-house happy hours. Workers at the Minneapolis sports data start-up were told

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.
John Gustav-Wrathall telecommutes from his home in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of Minneapolis to his job as a paralegal for a downtown patent law

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…
“The way that we were in the market was just not sustainable right now given all the instability, the volatility and all the change that continues t

Blue Cross to limit individual health insurance plans in Minn.

Blue Cross will take away flexible policies for those not on workplace plans.
Lindsey More, an account manager, laughs with her co-workers at C.H. Robinson.

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. Inc. will build a technology development center in Minneapolis with an aim of hiring about 100 software developers.

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.
David Reis will end a seven-year tenure as chief executive of Stratasys Ltd.

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.
“If the Federal Reserve telegraphs more aggressive rate hikes in the months ahead at its June meetings, the U.S. dollar is very likely to strengthen

Manufacturing in Minnesota is slowly picking up

Surveys showed growth across the Midwest and the nation.
Workers installed the ShoreSox system, which is anchored using a system of ropes and wooden stakes, along the edge of Lake Ontario in Canada.

ShoreSox puts a sock in soil erosion

Minnetonka-based ShoreSox says it has an environmentally friendly way to stabilize shorelines of lakes and rivers.
Abbot Downing chief historian Andy Anderson, right, and regional director Matt Robertson review a client’s family history.

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.
3M logo at headquarters in Maplewood

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.
Wheelock Whitney and Kathleen Blatz, his wife of 10 years and a former Minnesota Supreme Court chief justice.

Minnesota businessman, civic leader Wheelock Whitney dies at 89

Whitney left investment banking to teach and played a big role in Minnesota pro sports.
Bob Johnson’s original 3-D Golden Guernsey billboard now hangs next to the swine barn on the State Fairgrounds.

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 arrangements sat ready for delivery at Artistic Floral in Edina.

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

Americans will spend $2.4B, and Edina's Artistic Floral is ready
The Healthsense eNeighbor system makes calls to caretakers when motion is detected where patients live. Photographed at the Evans residence in St. Pau

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, the company that remains with the Carlson family after the sale of its hotel unit, provides global travel services to businesses. Ph

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.
A screen grab of Illume’s webpage. The Bloomington-based company has been purchased by Regent Holding Co. of California.

Prestige candlemaker Illume of Bloomington sold to California firm

Bloomington firm acquired by Regent Holding of California
Garrison Keillor says his successor, Chris Thile, will “create his own kind of excitement.”

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.
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