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Jackie Crosby

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Location: Minneapolis
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Jackie Crosby is a general assignment business reporter who also writes about workplace issues and aging. She has also covered health care, city government and sports. 

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., she has somehow figured out how to survive the Minnesota winters.
Recent content from Jackie Crosby
These days, there is a lot more to getting a store ready for the holiday shopping season than hanging up Christmas decorations.

Best Buy, Target in good position headed into holidays

Retailers are entering the all-important holiday season with strong momentum and customers wanting to spend.
Signs beckoning would-be job hunters are all over, including this Baggallini store at MOA.

The war is on as Target, other retailers fight for seasonal laborers

Retailers offer perks, better pay to entice seasonal workers.
Known for sales of electronics like TVs, Best Buy’s appliance division accounted for 10 percent of sales and $3.5 billion in revenue last year — t

Best Buy could gain in appliance sales with Sears' bankruptcy

Bankruptcy filing expected to especially help Best Buy's growing push into appliances.

Congress funds first step for national caregiving strategy

Lawmakers direct $300,000 to establish advisory council in bipartisan effort to support family caregivers.
Herb Sam

Herb Sam, Ojibwe leader and healer with broad influence in Minnesota, dies at 76

Sam centered his life around guiding everyday people through tough times.
Former Allen Edmunds CEO Paul Grangaard, at 60, decided to launch a new online-only “aspirational” men’s clothing line, Circle Rock, to support

Former Allen Edmonds CEO launches online upscale clothier CircleRock

Paul Grangaard's online custom clothier will help Minnesota United look natty.
Some of the book titles affected by the word changes on the Target website are pictured.

Publishers call out Target for replacing 'queer' and 'transgender' in online book descriptions

"Oversight" replaced some words in book details.
Target plans to increase its 2018 holiday seasonal hiring by 20 percent over last year.

Target adds supermodel Chrissy Teigen's cookware line

Target lands Teigen kitchen line, boosts holiday hiring.
Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Anastasija Sevastova, of Latvia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept.

Serena Williams speaks at Target's annual employee meeting in Minneapolis

Serena Williams spoke to 3,000 employees at annual meeting in Minneapolis.
Target workers in Long Island vote against forming union

Target workers in Long Island vote against forming union

Lopsided vote came from second Long Island store to reject representation.

Merger creates largest UFCW local in five-state area

A recent merger between the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) locals in Brooklyn Center and Worthington, Minn., has created one of the state’s largest…
FILE - This Wednesday, May 3, 2017, file photo shows a Target store in Omaha, Neb. Target has long argued against the necessity of unions, saying its

Target employees at store in New York to vote on union

The action is rare among front-line workers at Target Corp., where none of the retailer's more than 1,800 stores are unionized.
Best Buy reported upbeat sales and earnings numbers for the second quarter of 2018.

Best Buy sales in second quarter best in 15 years; company raises forecast

The company now expects same-store sales to rise 3.5 to 4.5 percent.
The home-decor department of Target played a big role in its strong second quarter: Sales in that sector were up 10 percent.

Target sales up 6.5 percent, highest in more than a decade

Company raises profit outlook for the year, predicting a strong holiday season.
HOM Furniture works to make their warehouse operations extremely efficent. Lights in a warehouse aisle turn on only when an operator is working there.

Hom Furniture seeks to double flagship store, which could trigger Gabberts move

Hom Furniture is seeking approval to double the retail floor space surrounding its flagship Hom store on Interstate 494 in Bloomington, a project that potentially…

Caring for children, elders in rural areas hits working caregivers harder

Stress-relieving assistance systems unequal, study finds.
The first acquisition for Best Buy since Hubert Joly became CEO in 2012 moves the company squarely into the aging and health services space.

Best Buy makes $800 million investment in aging America

Retailer buys GreatCall, one of the nation's largest providers of health and personal emergency response calls.
The model is wearing a $55 pair of Kendra Scott earrings from nordstrom.com.

Kendra Scott jewelry designs coming to MOA by year's end

Separately, mall launches service so Chinese tourists can use mobile payments.
Minneapolis-based Bite Squad said Wednesday it has added 100 new U.S. cities to its service area so far this year, with 100 more to come.

Bite Squad on pace to serve 400 cities by end of year

Minneapolis-based restaurant meals delivery company continues rapid growth through acquisition and organic growth.
Inge Thulin, 3M executive chairman, will soon leave 3M Global Headquarters in Maplewood and relocate to the company’s operations in Austin, Texas.

Chairman Inge Thulin talks about turning over the reins of 3M

He now moves into a new post as executive chairman of the board, where he hopes to serve as an adviser and sounding board for the new CEO.
Star Tribune social media producer Rachel Chazin, shown in 2016.

Rachel Chazin, Star Tribune social media producer, dies at 27

Proud to be a journalist, she also found humor in everyday moments that helped feed her online posts.
As part of the Juniper program, Gail Johnson, center, led a tai ji quan class adapted for seniors at the Kingsley Commons building in Minneapolis.

New Minnesota program boosts participation in senior fitness classes

Getting doctors and insurance companies involved turns out to be "the secret sauce."
Mike Roman will become chief executive officer of Maplewood-based 3M on Sunday.

Mike Roman ready to continue momentum at 3M as he takes over as CEO

He takes the helm from Inge Thulin at a time of expected growth.
Dr. Dan Trajano, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Caregivers can play a big role in holding down medical costs and spotting issues Trajano said

Blue Cross' Dr. Dan Trajano talks about the business case to support caregivers

At least 600,000 Minnesotans care for an older parent, spouse, neighbor or friend. Research by AARP shows that almost half do medical tasks —…
Brick-and-mortar businesses, including Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. Inc., have long complained that they are disadvantaged by having to charge sales

Target, Best Buy laud decision allowing states to collect taxes from online retailers

Target, Best Buy and others have long criticized the lack of online sales tax.
Christine Hoffman launched the Twin Cities Flower Exchange to link buyers to farmers in the region growing chemical-free flowers.

Twin Cities Flower Exchange embraces 'field-to-vase' movement

It is inspired by the "slow flower" movement, which aims to build a more robust market for U.S.-grown plants that focuses on seasonality and avoids chemical use.
Fourteen Twin Cities companies that drive growth.

Companies come, companies go. Do headquarters still matter?

The region's strength may lie in the wide variety of Twin Cities firms
In an Aug. 21, 2017 photo, workers make sure that each section of the replacement Line 3 that is joined passes muster. Enbridge already has started bu

Supporters of new Enbridge pipeline deliver petitions to Gov. Mark Dayton's office

More than 1,200 people signed postcards and petitions, emphasizing economic benefits of the project.
Dawn Lindberg sat with her mother, Elsa, after she was admitted to Hennepin County Medical Center. Her children have sacrificed to keep her in her hom

'Invisible workforce' of caregivers wearing out with age

More Americans face the challenge of caring for an aging parent or other loved one, a burden that will skyrocket as 76 million baby boomers move into their 80s. Meanwhile, family sizes are shrinking and demand for health care workers is growing.
Christian Fritzberg and his partner, John Glover, at left, bought the house next door so Fritzberg could take care of his mother, Barbara.

Working caregivers take on a second shift in an aging America

More than two-thirds of those caring for their loved ones suffer job-related difficulties, but the U.S. is one of the few industrialized nations that doesn't guarantee workers paid leave to care for family members, and it's a rare employee perk.

How this caregiving project was born: a personal and universal story

As reporter Jackie Crosby cared for her parents, her friends and colleagues were facing the same complex, taxing work — and with little support.
Land O'Lakes CEO Chris Policinski speaks to member farmers at a workshop held at Mercer-Vu Farms in Pennsylvania. He announced his retirement on Thurs

Land O'Lakes CEO Policinski to retire after nearly 13 years

Chris Policinski led the global dairy cooperative to explosive growth during his tenure.
CEO Daniel Florness says Fastenal’s space will hold 400 to 600 workers.

Fastenal plans new office park to bring 400 jobs to downtown Winona

Project on Winona waterfront expected to begin in late 2019.
Pulte Homes, a unit of Del Webb, will build a community of homes for seniors near Maple Grove.

Minnesota's first Del Webb senior community planned for Corcoran

The development is the first under the Del Webb brand in Minnesota.
MPR has settled with Garrison Keillor over access to “Prairie Home Companion” and other issues.

MPR, Garrison Keillor reach agreement

The deal allows public access to thousands of past 'Prairie Home Companion' shows. MPR will pay Keillor $275,000 for money owed through past contracts. In return, Keillor agreed not to take legal action.
Menards sues maker of moving walkways over injuries in some of its stores

Menards sues maker of moving walkways over injuries in some of its stores

The home improvement chain is accusing ThyssenKrupp Elevator of breach of contract and failing to defend pending injury cases.
Virginia Hyvarinen

Virginia Hyvarinen, social crusader and librarian, dies at 95

For more than two decades, Virginia Hyvarinen worked for the Duluth Public Library.
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.
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