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John Ewoldt

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Portrait of a young Prince to be auctioned at MCAD Friday

Portrait of a young Prince to be auctioned at MCAD Friday

Sale of 1977 Robert Whitman photo of Prince will aid Mpls. College of Art & Design
Glen Nelson, health care innovator and ex-Park Nicollet exec, dies at 79

Glen Nelson, health care innovator and ex-Park Nicollet exec, dies at 79

The husband of Marilyn Carlson Nelson went from the operating room to boardroom.
Cub Foods takes on Hy-Vee in Oakdale

Cub Foods takes on Hy-Vee in Oakdale

A new Cub takes on Hy-Vee in Oakdale as metro shopping options grow.
Prince's estate highlights the value of creating a will

Prince's estate highlights the value of creating a will

The taxes and financial hassle of an estate going through probate court ought to be enough to convince anyone -- even those with modest estates -- to have your affairs in order.
Mulberrys Garment Care launches app for delivery service in Minneapolis

Mulberrys Garment Care launches app for delivery service in Minneapolis

If Uber can transport Dan Miller when he travels, and Instacart delivers his groceries, why not a mobile app to pick up dry cleaning in…
Saks Off 5th outlet store opens Thursday in City Center

Saks Off 5th outlet store opens Thursday in City Center

Saks Off 5th, the outlet store of the Saks Fifth Avenue, is reopening Thursday in downtown Minneapolis, just across the street from a location it…
Scolding and shaming: The best retirement savings motivation?

Scolding and shaming: The best retirement savings motivation?

Are we in the middle class wearing blinders about retirement? We’re told that more than 60 percent of Americans have less than $25,000 saved for…
Soup biz heats up in Shakopee

Soup biz heats up in Shakopee

After almost 30 years, the Maggie and Mary's line is close to an overnight success with help from QVC and Sam's Club.
Minnesota-inspired Boathouse to open in Shanghai Disney

Minnesota-inspired Boathouse to open in Shanghai Disney

Schussler Creative is expanding its Boathouse restaurant to China after a successful year in Orlando's Disney Springs.
Oldest men's store in Minneapolis celebrates century in business

Oldest men's store in Minneapolis celebrates century in business

As Hubert White menswear turns 100, its longevity can be traced to staff, luck and a willingness to expand beyond suits and ties.
Solar `speed dating' matches consumers with firms that are building solar gardens

Solar `speed dating' matches consumers with firms that are building solar gardens

At Saturday's event, consumers can meet with six vendors and compare their contracts.
More stores join trend of charging customers for loyalty programs

More stores join trend of charging customers for loyalty programs

The vast majority of loyalty programs are free to consumers, but Restoration Hardware home furnishings stores recently joined a growing number of retailers to start charging a fee to get the rewards of shopping loyalty.
Costco sets June switchover from AmEx to Visa

Costco sets June switchover from AmEx to Visa

The warehouse retailer will then make the full switch to Citigroup Visa.
John Goodman, builder of senior-living communities, dies at 66

John Goodman, builder of senior-living communities, dies at 66

He designed homes that aimed to enhance residents' well-being
PlayStation Vue debuts in Twin Cities with streaming TV, sports

PlayStation Vue debuts in Twin Cities with streaming TV, sports

Sports fans — the group of consumers least likely to be cord cutters — just got a new temptation to drop cable or satellite TV.
Why don't businesses have people for customers' calls?

Why don't businesses have people for customers' calls?

When luxury retailers sell a simple gray T-shirt for about $100, it boggles the mind that it imitates Aldi and refuses to have store phone numbers.
Twin Cities Auto Show scraps Green Room for all Electric

Twin Cities Auto Show scraps Green Room for all Electric

The 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show has a roomful of electric vehicles, supplanting past years' Green Room.

Opitz Outlet to open a new Annex store in Minneapolis

Opitz Outlet, the popular Twin Cities discount boutique for designer clothing, is setting up shop in Minneapolis.An Annex store, similar to the one in St.…
Aldi embracing credit cards, healthier options after Minnesota test

Aldi embracing credit cards, healthier options after Minnesota test

The discount grocer said a test run in Minnesota was a hit.
Soda pop retailer hopes to duplicate craft beer's hipness

Soda pop retailer hopes to duplicate craft beer's hipness

Craft sodas have flourished in the rise of local and "craft" products, from beers to chocolates and other foods.
Von Maur will add a second Twin Cities store in Rosedale

Von Maur will add a second Twin Cities store in Rosedale

The Davenport, Iowa-based department store will occupy a two-story, 140,000-square-foot expansion space at the mall, Pat Trudgeon, Roseville city manager, said Wednesday.
Obituary: Lynn Elling was warrior for world peace

Obituary: Lynn Elling was warrior for world peace

Many World War II veterans kept silent about their experience. Lynn Elling used the horrors he witnessed in war to try to end future ones.…
Time to reconsider the time-share market?

Time to reconsider the time-share market?

What's spring break without the enticement of a time-share? Should you take the bait and get a freebie in exchange for four hours of your vacation?
Gravitational wave breakthrough used Burnsville firm's supercomputing system

Gravitational wave breakthrough used Burnsville firm's supercomputing system

When scientists last September heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, they did it with a high-performance cluster of computers designed and built by Nor-Tech
Home remodeler creates bundled services to lower cost, save time

Home remodeler creates bundled services to lower cost, save time

The St. Louis Park company offers itemized packages to end sticker shock.
While Chipotle is closed Monday, Freshii tempts customers with deal

While Chipotle is closed Monday, Freshii tempts customers with deal

On Monday, all Chipotle restaurants are closing until midafternoon, missing the lunchtime rush, for employees to receive health and food safety training after customers in Minnesota and elsewhere.
Decor superstore At Home arrives in Burnsville with 3,000 pillows

Decor superstore At Home arrives in Burnsville with 3,000 pillows

The Texas retailer opens a location in Burnsville with plenty of fanfare and more than 3,000 accent pillows.
Free recycling of your old TVs and monitors is on the decline

Free recycling of your old TVs and monitors is on the decline

Best Buy joins Hennepin County and Carver County and many other government recycling agencies across the country that now charge nominal fees for disposal.
Rainforest Cafe, a little less wet, reopens at the Mall of America

Rainforest Cafe, a little less wet, reopens at the Mall of America

The restaurant kept most of its features but lost water elements as it starts fresh
Your best financial adviser? Start with your employer

Your best financial adviser? Start with your employer

When I attempted to become a financial planner years ago, I realized that a successful adviser has to be a good salesperson first and an educator and adviser second.
Dayton's scion Bob Dayton, who owned the Harold store, dies

Dayton's scion Bob Dayton, who owned the Harold store, dies

He spent his early career in the family business before buying Harold department store.
Gold buyers, sellers wait for precious metal's luster to return

Gold buyers, sellers wait for precious metal's luster to return

With prices far below their peak, no one is rushing to get cash for old jewelry.
Eagan company's gear will warm Vikings, Seahawks in Sunday's subzero temps

Eagan company's gear will warm Vikings, Seahawks in Sunday's subzero temps

WSI Sports in Eagan will supply layers for Sunday's subzero temps.
Warmer holiday shopping season ends with discounts on cold-weather gear

Warmer holiday shopping season ends with discounts on cold-weather gear

Outdoors retailers have struggled to sell cold-weather gear so far
Love the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Today is your day

Love the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Today is your day

As procrastination reigns, Super Saturday could eclipse Black Friday.
More retailers create friendlier return policies

More retailers create friendlier return policies

There’s good news for consumers this holiday season. The chances of getting many happy returns after Christmas have improved a bit. According to the annual…
CVS completes acquisition of Target pharmacy and clinic business

CVS completes acquisition of Target pharmacy and clinic business

Target Corp. and CVS Health Corp. announced Wednesday the completion of CVS' acquisition of Target's pharmacy and clinic businesses for $1.9 billion.
Most popular gift of the season was probably made in the Twin Cities

Most popular gift of the season was probably made in the Twin Cities

Last-minute holiday shoppers won't find "Made in Minnesota" on a gift card they snap up in the next few days, but chances are it was.
Gabberts mulls leaving Galleria as shopping center weighs expansion

Gabberts mulls leaving Galleria as shopping center weighs expansion

Retailer could join the growing list if it isn't given the OK to raise its ceilings.
Old Friend Footwear begins to raise its profile in its Twin Cities home

Old Friend Footwear begins to raise its profile in its Twin Cities home

The company is holding the first of what will likely become an annual warehouse sale on Saturday.
Record traffic on Cyber Monday led to site troubles for Target, others

Record traffic on Cyber Monday led to site troubles for Target, others

Site crashes aside, Cyber Monday's likely $3B in sales underscored retail's evolution.
For small retailers like Patina, the make-or-break holidays take a year of preparation

For small retailers like Patina, the make-or-break holidays take a year of preparation

There were no “doorbuster deals” and no one busting down the door at the Patina lifestyle store in south Minneapolis on the morning of Black…
For hard-core holiday shoppers, Thanksgiving is the new king

For hard-core holiday shoppers, Thanksgiving is the new king

Families making retail stops an annual tradition as officials say Thanksgiving sales were promising.
At Magers & Quinn, big-box critics cast shadow on store's Thanksgiving tradition

At Magers & Quinn, big-box critics cast shadow on store's Thanksgiving tradition

For 13 years, Magers & Quinn has opened on Thanksgiving, but now it has critics
Obituary: Carl Weschcke built Llewellyn into prolific publisherabout spirituality, mysticism

Obituary: Carl Weschcke built Llewellyn into prolific publisherabout spirituality, mysticism

Time waits for no one, including a spiritualist philosopher who studied the afterlife extensively. Carl Weschcke told many friends he expected to live to age…
Low prices intensify competition among Twin Cities supermarkets

Low prices intensify competition among Twin Cities supermarkets

Rainbow is out. Hy-Vee is in. The Twin Cities supermarket scene is the most competitive it's been in a decade.
Less trash, more cash for Minnesota thrift stores

Less trash, more cash for Minnesota thrift stores

Charities are generating more revenue by accepting the salvageable stuff they used to refuse.
Holiday lights failing? Recycle instead of tossing them out

Holiday lights failing? Recycle instead of tossing them out

Hanging holiday lights in this unseasonably warm weather? Many people toss burned-out or tangled strings in the trash before they buy more. But now holiday lights can be recycled once the twinkle is gone. Here's how.
'Deer widows' are highly sought by malls, casinos and entertainers

'Deer widows' are highly sought by malls, casinos and entertainers

Deer hunters won’t be the only ones chasing big bucks this weekend during the firearm deer season opener. Shopping malls and outlet centers, casinos and…
You don't have to pay top dollar for gutter guards

You don't have to pay top dollar for gutter guards

Confession: One of the main reasons that I sold my single-family house several years ago was to avoid raking and cleaning out the gutters. That…
Free financial planning with no catch

Free financial planning with no catch

Last week's event gave attendees practical tips on 401(k) investment choices and more.
Target's Redcard holders getting new credit cards and PINs

Target's Redcard holders getting new credit cards and PINs

Target Corp., the first major credit card issuer to opt for a chip-embedded card that requires users to enter a four-digit code instead a signature, is in the process of mailing out new Redcards.
Morrie's Auto Group owner selling 11 car dealerships

Morrie's Auto Group owner selling 11 car dealerships

Company CEO and investment firm are buying dealerships. They do not plan to make any material changes to the staffing, management or dealerships.
Sports Authority, Walgreens opening on Nicollet Mall

Sports Authority, Walgreens opening on Nicollet Mall

They filled key vacant spaces as the downtown Minneapolis pedestrian mall undergoes remodeling.
Mills family to sell Fleet Farm chain of megastores

Mills family to sell Fleet Farm chain of megastores

Mills Fleet Farm, the Brainerd-based chain of giant stores of farm, hunting and home supplies that dot small towns and suburbs in the Upper Midwest, is for sale.
Twin Cities supporting two outlet malls just fine

Twin Cities supporting two outlet malls just fine

A year after the Twin Cities became home to two outlets, both are thriving
Galleria in Edina adds Robert Redford's Sundance store

Galleria in Edina adds Robert Redford's Sundance store

The Galleria in Edina just boosted its star quality. The newest retailer to open in the high-end specialty mall is Sundance, an apparel, accessories and…
Sun Country to drop flights between MSP and Chicago

Sun Country to drop flights between MSP and Chicago

Sun Country Airlines' last flight between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Chicago Midway is Sept. 28.
Target makes new plan after Minnetonka rejects liquor license

Target makes new plan after Minnetonka rejects liquor license

The Minnetonka City Council rejection of Target Corp.'s application for a liquor store has sent the company back to the drawing board and raised questions about the prospects for another national retailer, Total Wine & More, to enter the suburb.
Delta's SkyMiles changes shake up frequent-flier programs

Delta's SkyMiles changes shake up frequent-flier programs

The latest effort by the nation's airlines — led by Delta — to lower the value of frequent-flier miles is this: More will be needed to get on a flight that's popular.
Sports souvenir shop next to Metrodome is moving St. Louis Park

Sports souvenir shop next to Metrodome is moving St. Louis Park

Sporting goods store that sat next to old Metrodome is moving.
Obituary: Bernie Barnett was a Big Brother and a big charmer

Obituary: Bernie Barnett was a Big Brother and a big charmer

Six weeks before Bernie Barnett died, he told his wife, Barb O’Neal, that he wanted to write a bucket list. Considering that her 88-year-old husband…
Faribault Woolen Mill celebrates 150 years

Faribault Woolen Mill celebrates 150 years

Faribault's revitalized mill marks its anniversary Saturday
Hobby Lobby opens store in Maple Grove

Hobby Lobby opens store in Maple Grove

The grand opening of Hobby Lobby in Maple Grove on Monday will mark the eighth Minnesota location for the crafts and home decor retailer, which…
Discount chain Gordmans opens in Edina's Southdale

Discount chain Gordmans opens in Edina's Southdale

Retailer, Dave & Busters help fuel mall's rebound.
Blu Dot modern furniture opens outlet store in Minneapolis

Blu Dot modern furniture opens outlet store in Minneapolis

From the beginning, the founders of Blu Dot wanted to make modern furniture at a reasonable price. “Design what you can actually afford,” said Chief…
Recliners, free video games and soda refills welcome moviegoers back to St. Michael

Recliners, free video games and soda refills welcome moviegoers back to St. Michael

On the northwest edge of the metro, a cineplex unlike any other has reopened
Between empty-nesters and millennials, furniture resellers see opportunity

Between empty-nesters and millennials, furniture resellers see opportunity

Entrepreneurs see a market in downsizing boomers, nesting millennials
Blu Dot sets July 18 open for Minneapolis outlet

Blu Dot sets July 18 open for Minneapolis outlet

Blu Dot, the Minneapolis-based manufacturer of modern furniture, said Thursday that its new outlet store will open July 18.The store will sell closeouts, samples and…
Eyewear company Warby Parker opening showroom in Askov Finlayson

Eyewear company Warby Parker opening showroom in Askov Finlayson

The Dayton brothers have attracted Warby Parker to their fashion outpost in the North Loop.
Total Wine has uncorked booze pricing battle in Minnesota

Total Wine has uncorked booze pricing battle in Minnesota

In an unfolding price war the cost of wine and spirits has plunged, and while a few sellers have closed, others have fiercely fought back, taking advantage of Minnesota's quirky liquor laws.

Christopher & Banks shareholders re-elect board despite criticism

Shareholders voted for directors despite criticism from major investor.
St. Paul inventor's toys are retro but eco-friendly

St. Paul inventor's toys are retro but eco-friendly

Yoxo building sets with chipboard cutouts of "X," "Y," and "O" have a retro-chic appeal. And when kids are done playing with them, they can recycle them.
Adding Christie's brings buzz to MCAD auction, local art scene

Adding Christie's brings buzz to MCAD auction, local art scene

The spotlight coming with the partnership with the world renowned auction house energizes artists and art enthusiasts.
BBB offers advice for handling door-to-door sales pitches

BBB offers advice for handling door-to-door sales pitches

Many consumers get ripped off by door-to-door contractors out of "convenience."
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