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Neal St. Anthony

Columnist, reporter | Business
Phone: 612-673-7144
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Neal St. Anthony has been a Star Tribune business columnist/reporter since 1984. 

St. Anthony's work has spanned corporate takeovers to financial markets, small businesses, and the emergence of women, immigrants and minorities in business. A native of Minneapolis who first joined the Star Tribune in 1981, St. Anthony holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and business, and an MBA. He also has worked for two publicly held companies, including former regional securities firm Dain Rauscher (1997-98). St. Anthony, who is married and the father of two children, has been a volunteer with the Minneapolis parks, several schools and nonprofit organizations.
Recent content from Neal St. Anthony
Chairman Chris Heim and CEO Kate Bolseth of HelpSystems.

Chris Heim, of Eden Prairie-based HelpSystems, quietly exits CEO life after more than 20 years

Earlier this month, two East Coast private-equity firms became the third owners since 2014 of fast-growing HelpSystems, the Eden Prairie-based software company that provides operations,…

Google will award $1 million to Minnesota nonprofits in November

Google expands support for nonprofits Google announced Wednesday that it will award $1 million through what it calls the “ Impact Challenge Minnesota,” which seeks…
Michelle Tran Maryns of We Sparkle and Dr. Andres Acosta of Phenomix Sciences were winners at the MN Cup competition.

Two entrepreneurs in different trades put a compelling face on Minnesota business

Michelle Tran Maryns, daughter of Vietnamese immigrants with a master’s degree from Harvard, and Dr. Andres Acosta, an Ecuadorian immigrant and research physician at the…
Founder Angie Conley, (middle row, left) and members of her Abilitech Medical team, as well as Minnesota Cup officials and judges, won the grand prize

Abilitech Medical is winner of the 2019 MN Cup business competition

St. Paul firm is developing a device to aid those with weakened arms.
Dr. Andres Acosta (left) of Phenomex Sciences; co-founder Shawntera Hardy of Civic Eagle and Chaitenya Razdan of Care+ Wear won an aggregate $1.2 mill

Phenomix Sciences of St. Paul wins $500,000 in Meda Challenge for minority entrepreneurs

The Mayo spinoff makes an obesity diagnostic tool.
Co-founder Aneela Idnani’s HabitAware took the grand prize Minnesota Cup and the Meda Million Dollar Challenge minority-entrepreneur competition dur

Twin Cities Startup Week, last year's diversity initiatives working, looks outstate

A winner of two awards last year points to how the event helped in "building connections and building relationships."
Chuck Denny, former CEO of ADC Telecommunications, tutored immigrants and inmates alike.

Minnesota's Chuck Denny led with dignity, empathy, humility and generosity

Dick McFarland, a friend and retired Minnesota CEO, once called Denny a Renaissance man for his varied interests and decency.
CEO Joe Payne of Code42, a Minneapolis-based data-security firm, commissioned the 2019 Global Data Exposure Report.

Report says workers are biggest data-security threat

In the increasingly digital workplace, people and data are fluid.
CEO Wendi Breuer has led SeaChange since 2014. The company's annual revenue and employment numbers are rising.

After $10M investment, Plymouth printing company's revenue more than doubles

Last month, CEO Wendi Breuer of SeaChange Print Innovations watched as a crew delivered a $2 million HP inkjet press. It is the latest investment…
IPS Solar founder Ralph Jacobson (left) has sold most of his stake in the company. He remains as chief innovation officer, and Chief Development Offic

Minnesota-based solar-energy firm sold to national investor in renewable energy

Recently formed SmartPitch Ventures is investing several million dollars into IPS Solar.
Gov. Tim Walz worked Tuesday with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity site supervisor Jesse Dinh, right, and fellow volunteer, Deluxe Corp. CEO Barry McC

40 Minnesota executives, including Gov. Walz, put to work by Habitat for Humanity

House-building agency enjoys a record year, and execs from Andersen, Toro, Schwan's and others marked that on Tuesday.
Jenny and Dan Kapernick on their small vegetable farm near Henderson, Minn., are part of the community-supported agriculture, or CSA, movement.

Family business, lifestyle growing out of Minn.'s CSA farming movement

The modest farm income sure wouldn't support the Kapernick family without off-farm employment, but the payoff is tremendous.
CEO Sondra Samuels and COO Karen Kelley-Ariwoola of the Northside Achievement Zone have the support of Stanley Druckenmiller and Geoffrey Canada, lead

North Minneapolis nonprofit already raised $25M of $35M goal to help low-income families

NAZ is starting to see success in metrics such as education and employment.
SportsEngine Inc. founders Carson Kipfer (left), Justin Kaufenberg (center) and Greg Blasko, the chief technology officer, shown in a 2014 file photo,

Founders at SportsEngine leave three years after sale to NBC Sports

Brian Bell, who joined SportsEngine in 2015, was tapped as its new CEO.
General Manager Patrick McKinney of Edina-based Precision Kiosk Technologies demonstrates a breathalyzer kiosk.

Edina firm's breathalyzer kiosk touted as game changer for authorities, parolees

Pennington County law enforcement authorities in the county seat of Thief River Falls, Minn., this month installed an electronic kiosk that can accurately measure for…
Jeff Koch, left, and brothers Brian and Kent Roers are boyhood friends and partners in low-profile Roers Cos., a Minnetonka-based multifamily housing

Minnetonka firm headed by two off-the-farm brothers has housing impact

After weathering storms, Roers Cos. has quietly developed more than $600M worth of buildings.
The fight among Irwin Jacobs' children broke into the open last weekend after a court order was obtained to stop an estate sale at their parents’ La

Son says Irwin Jacobs left more than $110 million in debts

Siblings hold differing views about the size of estate, which has led to a court battle.
May Xiong is vice president of employment readiness and Paul Williams is CEO at Project for Pride in Living in Minneapolis.

State development chief Grove has a big job-training issue on his hands

There is a growing demand for simplicity and uniformity in what DEED expects in job-placement and retention metrics.
Founder Deepinder Singh, front row at right, and employees at Burnsville-based 75F, which makes energy-management software for commercial buildings.

Minnesota grows business, jobs as it greens the local economy

Renewables now account for 25% of total Minnesota power production. Policymakers and utilities are talking about doubling that by 2030.
McKnight Foundation President Kate Wolford

McKnight Foundation will double down on greener-economy grants

McKnight Foundation to realign its $90M in giving.
Kathy Chimento, ReMax Results PR specialist and executive director of the Results Foundation, and owner John Collopy.

Minnesota real estate exec and one-time brawler looks to give away his wealth

John Collopy is legally moving ReMax Results and related entities that he values at up to $30 million into a charitable foundation.
Deepinder Singh, founder and chief executive of 75F, shown in a 2015 file photo. The Burnsville-based company just raised another $18 million in inves

Burnsville commercial controls company raises $18 million in equity funding

One energy-tech investor has likes of Gates, Bezos, Branson, Bloomberg on its board
Brothers Todd Hallada, left, and Tom Hallada, founders of 2 Bros Sports Collectibles, with their service dog, Juneau, at their Northtown Mall store.

Minnesota sports-collectible entrepreneur has relentless drive, ability and national recognition

2Bros Sports Collectibles keeps brothers financially independent and even employs their father.
Elena Gaarder, director of community wealth building, and CEO Repa Mekha of Nexus Community Partners.

Nexus Community Partners plans to further worker ownership and wealth

Nexus entered into a related partnership with the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce designed to get more small-business owners to think about selling to employees.
Managing Partner Steve Ryan and Ann Rainhart, chief operating officer, of Briggs and Morgan.

Minneapolis-based Briggs and Morgan to merge with larger Midwestern law firm

The combination will create a firm with 600 attorneys and 12 offices.
CEO Kenny Nelson, 77, and President Charlie Nelson, 47, of Tuffy’s, the expanding pet-food manufacturer in Perham, Minn.

Perham, Minn.'s, Tuffy's sniffs more success in the dog-food trade

In 2010, Barrel O’ Fun Snacks won a three-year, $1 million-a-year contract at the new Target Field. CEO Kenny Nelson, who founded the Perham, Minn.,…
“Hemp can do almost everything petroleum can do,” Winona LaDuke said, “including replacing some cotton and plastics.”

Winona LaDuke leads the hemp crop movement around Minnesota's White Earth Reservation

Winona LaDuke, environmentalist and a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is pushing hemp in Indian Country. “I’m growing hemp on my farm,”…
CEO Gregg Mast of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota and John Dunlop, a renewable-energy engineer and advocate, believe that Minnesota, partly thanks to d

Renewable energy advocates say sun is shining on Minnesota

John Dunlop, engineer and energy consultant, is a 45-year pioneer of the renewable-energy movement in Minnesota. He also was the chairman of the recent national…
Ryan Sargent, Jacob Miller and Sara Sargent are driving a self-driving, or autonomous, vehicle to a California conference.

Minnesota engineers begin 'drive' to California in self-driving car tonight

Someone from VSI Labs always will be in the driver seat, ready to take command at a moment's notice.
Carol Russell and Brian Herder have built a marketing agency with close to $5 million in revenue since joining forces at a coffee shop in Brainerd in

Minneapolis-based marketer Russell Herder is a quiet force in a loud industry

Minneapolis-based Russell Herder has carved out a niche by cultivating clients with a social purpose.
From the left, Cassidy Burns, Karen Heintz and John Taft at the new Baird offices in downtown St. Paul.

Milwaukee's Baird pulls off quiet expansion in Minneapolis

Baird, with about 1,300 licensed financial advisers, has doubled its ranks in the Twin Cities over the past five years.
Handmade tile artist Mercedes Austin employs 33 at her Mercury Mosaics in northeast Minneapolis’ Thorp Building.

Handcrafted tile shop Mercury Mosaics anchors bustling former factory in Northeast

Mercedes Austin's entrepreneurial journey has evolved into a 33-employee company that last year topped $2.2 million in revenue.
Founder Deepinder Singh of Burnsville-based 75F

Minnesota-based 75F files with SEC for $15 million stock sale

Its software enhances energy efficiency in small commercial buildings.
Gregg Mast, left, and John Dunlop will have key roles in the American Solar Energy Society’s conference in the Twin Cities.

Out ahead on solar energy, Minnesota engineer is still pushing to speed up change

John Dunlop launched his renewable-energy career amid oil embargos and the fledgling environmental movement of the 1970s. The 45-year renewable-energy pioneer, who’s an engineer and…
From left, Dr. Noela Mogga, barber Akeem Akway, real estate agent Athieei Lam and Timberwolves player Luol Deng attended the South Sudan Unite confere

Former Timberwolf Luol Deng helps South Sudanese forge a path

Deng, the son of a former Sudanese education minister who has returned to Africa, has become an economic force as well as a substantial taxpayer.
Ryan Companies, which manages the 1970s-vintage City Center, said the $3 million project will include a “monumental facade improvement.”

City Center plans face-lift for the corner of 7th and Nicollet

A $3 million makeover comes as City Center management plans to announce three new retail tenants for the property.
3M announced it would acquire Acelity of Texas, a health care equipment firm, in a deal valued at $6.7 billion.

M&A deals just keep on coming in Minnesota, U.S., but fewer since 2015

It's not as frothy as a few years ago, but a resilient economy keeps the buying and selling churning.
“Where did the money go?” asks Justin Butler, about the failure of Thor, which he says failed to pay subcontractors after Butler paid Thor last ye

Co-owner of Woodbury's Duck Donuts shop among victims in failure of Thor Construction

Justin Butler is an entrepreneur and an accountant with more than a decade of financial experience at the IRS, Bank of America, the former GE…
Richard Copeland, founder and owner of Thor Construction

Judge rules Thor Construction founder on hook for $3M bank loan

Richard Copeland was found liable for his failed construction firm's loan.
Colder Products Co., founded in 1978, is consolidating sites in St. Paul into a new, $26 million facility.

St. Paul business could get more than $4 million in subsidy for $26 million Roseville move

Colder Products Co. (CPC) of St. Paul, which operates from three facilities in St. Paul and Minneapolis, broke ground last week on a $26 million…
Dr.Kyle Kingsley, CEO of Minnesota Medical Solutions and its multi-state holding company, Courtesy of Vireo

Former Minnesota ER doctor leads one of America's largest marijuana companies

Dr. Kyle Kingsley was an emergency-room physician in Shakopee when he first considered that “medical marijuana” might do a lot more for patients than the…
Ambassador Ngosa Simbyakula from the Republic of Zambia, Cholwe Hantuba, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

Scene + Heard: Books for Africa fundraising luncheon

Books for Africa’s “Reading Is Believing” fundraising luncheon at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul featured Ambassador Ngosa Simbyakula of Zambia. Started in…
Christine Lantinen built Maud Borup into a $20 million, 120-employee food-gift company since buying it in 2005.

Revenue at century-old Minnesota chocolatier tops $20M under leadership of former Army medic

She transformed Maud Borup from a small retailer to a wholesale business that employs 120.
Jim Steele showed Dynamic Air’s pilot model pneumatic-conveyance system that transports energy-drilling waste from oil rig to ship, the subject of a

Minnesota's Dynamic Air whips an energy giant in years long legal battle

Jim Steele, 78, the 50-year founder of Vadnais Heights-based Dynamic Air, a small industrial manufacturer, has just survived a six-year, international legal brawl with the…
Project for Pride in Living’s CEO Paul Williams, left, and Vice President May Xiong oversaw the opening of the nonprofit’s new and much-needed car

Project for Pride in Living opens expanded career center in south Minneapolis

The renovated center preserves the best of the Franklin Theater while serving as another marker in the generation-long rebound of East Franklin.
Midwest Book Award-winning author Jeff Appelquist’s latest work is the travel memoir “Changing Places.”

Minn. writer, a former business lawyer and Marine, declares 'civil' war on climate change

Jeff Appelquist, business lawyer turned consultant and Midwest Book Award-winning author, has traveled the globe since he graduated from Carleton College in 1980. Uncle Sam…
Tactile Medical executive Wade Zander and CEO Jerry Mattys have presided over one of the best medical-technology IPOs.

Trade winds, economic uncertainty can't derail U.S., Minnesota stock market gains

At midyear, the resilient market is continuing to push all-time highs.
Cookie Cart’s second bakery operates in a refurbished space on St. Paul’s Payne Avenue.

Twin Cities Cookie Cart has an ambitious growth plan

The Cookie Cart on the North Side’s W. Broadway Avenue has been more than a bakery since it was launched 30-plus years ago by the…

Frandsen Financial buying Wisconsin-based Peoples Bank Midwest

Deal would push Minn. bank over $2B in assets.
Former union organizer Caitlin Rogers is the unlikely but successful owner of Minneapolis-based Next Day Animations.

Minneapolis animation studio finds nimbleness, integrity build a brand

You would not mistake Caitlin Rogers, a former nonprofit employee and union organizer, as a gung-ho entrepreneur. That said, her Next Day Animations employs 15…
Sally Mainquist, left, helped place financial professional Ruth Faalele in her job — from Faalele’s native Australia.

This Twin Cities placement exec does more than just place financial pros

Sally Mainquist, a veteran financial professional-placement executive and co-founder of Veritae Group, has hired, placed and mentored many over the last 30 years. Ruth Faalele,…
Dorsey Howard Jr., who moved into a home in Golden Valley two years ago, played basketball with his grandkids on Friday.

Ex-inmate got another chance — and made the most of it

A former addict and dealer works up to three jobs weekly, cooking, cleaning and building maintenance, and considers himself fortunate.
180 Degrees Program Manager Ariel McDonald, left, 180 Executive Director Dan Pfarr, and Chris Harris, a former drug addict who works 80 hours a week a

In tight labor market, employers hiring more ex-offenders

The Walz administration's long-term strategy is to reduce incarceration for low-level, nonviolent offenders and curtail technical parole violations that can send former inmates back to prison
Former Payday America borrower Christina Thomas, left, refinanced in 2016 with Exodus Lending, led by Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer.

Where Minnesota Legislature landed on business-related issues this past session

  The split Legislature increased K-12 education funding, lowered slightly the 2% tax on medical providers, failed to compromise on Gov. Tim Walz’s 20-cent-a-gallon gas…
Doran Cos. ranks highly with employees for leadership, communication

Doran Cos. ranks highly with employees for leadership, communication

Midsize companies: Doran Cos.' new CEO emphasizes benefits such as parental leave, profit-sharing.
The JA business company from Edison High, included Takia Thomas, center, and Brandon Arneson, center-right.

Junior Achievement produces several winning companies from Minnesota

  Takia Thomas and the rest of her Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest “company” at Minneapolis Edison High School prove you can take second…
Far and Sam Navab will keep their American Rug location in Minneapolis for drop-offs and may add a coffee shop and dog wash.

Century-old American Rug Laundry outgrows its historic Mpls. site, expands to Golden Valley

Century-old American Rug Laundry on East Lake Street is having a sale this week. That's not big news from Sam and Farzan Navab, immigrant entrepreneurs…
CEO Wendi Breuer of SeaChange Print Innovations of Plymouth

Wendi Breuer revived a print shop. Now she's Minnesota businesswoman of the year.

SeaChange Print Innovations chief executive brought in new technology and energy.
Shena Idoko, at center, in a blue dress, worked with a construction crew of volunteers and professionals this month to build a wall of her future home

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity hits record pace

Shena Idoko is about to trade rent of $1,110 per month for a new house being built in St. Paul’s North End that will cost…
Dennis Frandsen has donated several million dollars to Lakes Region Emergency Medical Services in North Branch. He is seen with a signed photo of the

Meet the North Branch banker who is helping put 100 students through college

Dennis Frandsen, 85, has worked for only himself. And it's worked out better than he dreamed.
Digi CEO Ron Konezny with devices that link industrial equipment to the internet for monitoring and software upgrades.

Minnesota tech firm Digi International's performance is increasing its visibility

Digi International, poised for a conference this week that will include 400 stakeholders and fresh off record first-half results in fiscal 2019, may have achieved…
Meda CEO Gary Cunningham, right, poses for a photo with Jashan Eison, CEO of H&B Elevators.

Twin Cities nonprofit exec Gary Cunningham moving to D.C. with his wife, ex-Mayor Hodges

Cunningham and wife Betsy Hodges will move from Twin Cities.
Nick Alm, Michelle TranMaryns, Precious Drew, Junita Flowers and Mimi Aboubaker form the first cohort of the “Finnovation Lab.”

Finnegans 'Finnovation Lab' launches first cohort of social entrepreneurs

Junita Flowers’ entrepreneurial passion for “cookies and conversation’’ events grew out of her yearslong struggle to escape an abusive marriage and establish an enterprise focused…
Boriana Strzok, a 20-year-old Bulgarian immigrant in 1995, started out working a bakery counter and attending community college. She is the founder of

5ive is a small Minneapolis marketing agency on a big mission

It has built a list of clients that strive for a different kind of brand awareness.
Lake Garda, in Garda, Italy, is the ancestral home of the CEO of Garda Capital Partners, which thrived since it split from Cargill.

Quiet Garda Capital has attracted some attention since spun out of Cargill in 2016

The spinout from Cargill's former financial-investment arm of what is now Garda Capital Partners in early 2016 has worked for the fixed-income specialty investor that…
Personal-care attendant Nora Clark playfully arm-wrestled Scott Semo after helping him eat, exercise and finish other tasks.

Home health care providers say raise for PCAs could force many to retrench

As the Minnesota Legislature enters its final week of high-stakes budget talks, a much lower-profile negotiation is underway affecting 40,000 low-income elderly and disabled people…
Founder Kelly Doran, right, has stepped down as CEO of Doran Cos. and sold 51% of his ownership to new CEO Anne Behrendt, center, and 24.5% to Chief F

Founder of Doran Cos. sells majority ownership to younger executives

COO Anne Behrendt has acquired a 51% stake and has succeeded Kelly Dornan as CEO. CFO Ryan Johnson has acquired a 24.5% stake.
C4Life Founders Jim Zimmerman, left, and Dave Rye formed the company last year after hearing testimonials about the benefits of cannabidiol.

Corporate veterans establishing foothold in wholesale CBD business

C4Life co-founders decided that the fragmented industry was ripe for a farm-to-retailer distribution model.
Architect Jamil Ford, left, real estate developer Devean George and business co-founder Aneela Kumar at a recent conference.

To expand Twin Cities economy of the future, the minority-achievement gap must shrink

Black residents have seen an almost 10% rise in employment since 2013. However, wages for black and Latino workers trail white workers.
Navigate Forward founders Teresa Daly, left, and Mary Kloehn flanked the company’s new owner Anne deBruin Sample.

Navigate Forward founders sell business to kindred spirit

Navigate has grown to 15 people, including independent consultants, and has helped 1,700-plus people seek new jobs or careers with a high-touch approach, working with 300 companies.
Local officials joined Thor founder Richard Copeland, with scissors, to celebrate the grand
opening of Thor’s $36 million headquarters building in n

Thor Construction shutting down in wake of lawsuits

Founder said that other arms of parent company Thor Cos., which provided consulting, design, and development services, will continue in some capacity, though he didn't specify which ones.
At one of the remaining northeast Minneapolis lumberyards, Tom Siwek helped Nan and Steve Brown buy wood for a raised garden bed at Siwek Lumber.

Youngblood Lumber winds down in northeast Minneapolis

Closing of Youngblood Lumber is another sign of the transformation of Central Avenue.
Randi Cowmeadow, left, and Rev. Jeff Cowmeadow, senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church since 1988, have opened with their daughters nearby Prodigal P

Minneapolis pastor opening Irish pub a couple of blocks from his church

The Prodigal Pub has quietly opened a few doors east of Nicollet Avenue, known as Whittier's "Eat Street."
Owner Josh Maslowski and partners have launched Stigma Hemp, including an online and retail store in the North Loop.

Minnesota hemp industry is growing like a weed

Millions is being invested in the budding Minnesota hemp industry, released to grow after several years of testing by the 2018 federal farm bill.
James Touchi-Peters, Berant Meyer and Jeff Meyer, partners in the Horn, are offering an alternative to Facebook that is private.

Owner of Minnesota glass company launches Facebook alternative

The Horn's founders say it's most useful to members who join with other people, such as an organization or affinity group.