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Neal St. Anthony

Columnist, reporter | Business
phone: 612-673-7144
Neal St. Anthony has been a business columnist and reporter for the Star Tribune for 30 years. He also has worked in financial communications for two publicly held companies.
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Ousted United Language Group CEO Jeff Brink battles Northern Pacific Group

Ousted United Language Group CEO Jeff Brink battles Northern Pacific Group

The former executive claims in a lawsuit he was unjustly fired by a private equity firm that took his ideas and defamed him to employees.
For a century, YMCA at U of M has lifted thousands to new heights

For a century, YMCA at U of M has lifted thousands to new heights

Brenda Hernandez, 22, a senior at the University of Minnesota, bumps into her dad once in awhile on campus. Her father, a once-undocumented Mexican immigrant,…
Makin Bacon inventor says business is threatened by online impostors

Makin Bacon inventor says business is threatened by online impostors

Makin Bacon is threatened by online peddlers such as China's Alibaba Group and eBay that they say allow counterfeiters to sell on their websites.
Ron Harris started as a fast-food worker and is now a restaurant owner

Ron Harris started as a fast-food worker and is now a restaurant owner

Starting out with a $3.35 per-hour job at Taco Bell is long odds for success.After all, the restaurant industry is know for high turnover, part-time…
As tipping falls out of favor, search is on for alternative

As tipping falls out of favor, search is on for alternative

Saru Jayaraman, director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, advocates abolishing restaurant tipping in favor of the $15-an-hour minimum…
TCF Financial touts progress, but investors remain cautious

TCF Financial touts progress, but investors remain cautious

CEO Craig Dahl acknowledges there is work to do, but the "coach" insists the bank has a winning strategy.

Securian Financial saw earnings dip in 2016

The St. Paul-based financial firm said life insurance payouts affected its bottom line.
Mpls. cafe owners charge ahead with pay changes

Mpls. cafe owners charge ahead with pay changes

Two owners have decided to move ahead with front-to-back-of-the-house wage increases to at least $12.40 per hour by raising prices and discouraging tipping. And a third plans to take up the matter soon with staff.
WorkOutLoud is sold on customer collaboration

WorkOutLoud is sold on customer collaboration

WorkOutLoud says it can help clients retain their relationships.
When it comes to immigration, business owners ahead of the politicians

When it comes to immigration, business owners ahead of the politicians

Luis Fitch, immigrant artist and businessman, is co-founder of Uno Branding, the Minneapolis marketing agency with an office in Mexico City. Uno is working on…
Golden Valley-based Allianz Life tops $1 billion in operating profit and 2,225 employees in 2016

Golden Valley-based Allianz Life tops $1 billion in operating profit and 2,225 employees in 2016

U.S. arm of the German financial services giant said net income rose 15%.
York Solutions' training program specializes in second chances

York Solutions' training program specializes in second chances

Deynn “Dee” Hampton started her IT career a few months ago and she’s already a certified “scrum master,” working on software projects at 3M Co.…
Drive-through dispute came with a side of resentment for Twin Cities man

Drive-through dispute came with a side of resentment for Twin Cities man

Harry Kelley, a 30-year customer service manager, is a stickler for good service. And he says he didn't get it one day last month when he visited his St. Louis Park McDonald's.
Bill Cooper, TCF executive and ex-MN GOP leader, dies at 73

Bill Cooper, TCF executive and ex-MN GOP leader, dies at 73

Bill Cooper, who turned a failing savings and loan into Minnesota's third-largest banking company, TCF Financial Corp., and was a dominating figure in the state's business and political communities, has died. He was 73.
GovDelivery founder leaves firm in wake of Vista Partners acquisition

GovDelivery founder leaves firm in wake of Vista Partners acquisition

CEO Scott Burns, the entrepreneur who started St. Paul-based GovDelivery in 2001 and sold it for $153 million last fall, has stepped down from the…
For fledgling bakery, sewer access fee was big surprise

For fledgling bakery, sewer access fee was big surprise

"It was either pay for it or wait for the appeal that could have taken weeks," Rise Bagel owner Jen Lloyd said. "It's costly to delay."

Manufacturing executives will visit Washington to advise President Trump

President Donald Trump has announced a manufacturing jobs initiative that he said will include meetings with the CEOs of America’s largest manufacturing firms, including 3M…
Republican bakery-cafe owner in Mpls. scores with 'The Donald' sandwich

Republican bakery-cafe owner in Mpls. scores with 'The Donald' sandwich

Tina Rexing is an immigrant, Republican business owner who opposed Donald Trump last year but has now found a way to make money from his election.
Minnesota corporate deals topped $50B in 2016

Minnesota corporate deals topped $50B in 2016

The St. Jude Medical blockbuster countered a slight decline from 2015.

Merchants Financial leads resurgent Minnesota bank industry

Generations-old Merchants Financial Group has grown organically and through acquisitions to 21 banks from Apple Valley to southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. It also is…
Great Northern roll out looks to add muscle to local winter fests

Great Northern roll out looks to add muscle to local winter fests

The “Great Northern” is underway. The inaugural run of the 10-day outdoor celebration seeks to integrate and amplify the festive-to-economic impacts of the sport-to-food-to-art events…
Fridley bus company plans expansion to dormant site on North Side

Fridley bus company plans expansion to dormant site on North Side

The Lyndale Avenue N. site will be redeveloped into a regional operations hub for expanding school-bus company Metropolitan Transportation Network.
Thor Cos. headquarters move expected to be catalyst for near-North Side economy

Thor Cos. headquarters move expected to be catalyst for near-North Side economy

North Minneapolis business owner Tara Watson was pleased to learn last week about Thor Cos. moving its headquarters from the suburbs to a new building…
Banker Paul Grangaard found calling at Allen Edmonds making shoes

Banker Paul Grangaard found calling at Allen Edmonds making shoes

Paul Grangaard spent 25 years in commercial banking, investment banking and at private equity firm Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison. He left in 2008 to…
St. Anthony: Hidrate Spark bottle founders work through hiccups

St. Anthony: Hidrate Spark bottle founders work through hiccups

Young entrepreneur Nadya Nguyen and her three partners at HidrateMe, have discovered that entrepreneurship is not an easy drink of water. Nguyen, 24, a University…
Thor Construction headquarters project gets Target backing

Thor Construction headquarters project gets Target backing

The $36 million project will include offices and retail on the north side of Minneapolis.
Reeher LLC helps colleges polish their fundraising efforts

Reeher LLC helps colleges polish their fundraising efforts

The big news among area higher-education fundraisers last week was the $10 million gift to the College of Saint Benedict from an anonymous donor to…

Minnesota, America turning over good economy to Donald Trump

Donald Trump is inheriting a good economy, as well as inspiring some enthusiasm with his growth plans. The National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) index…
Heat turned back up on push for pre-K pact in Minnesota

Heat turned back up on push for pre-K pact in Minnesota

We're set for the years-old argument over different approaches to solve an issue on which opponents agree: getting more kids ready for kindergarten.
Obituary: Star Tribune news editor Tom Holten was 'island of calm' despite hectic deadlines

Obituary: Star Tribune news editor Tom Holten was 'island of calm' despite hectic deadlines

Tolman "Tom" Holten worked into the early morning hours to produce the latest news for Star Tribune readers for more than 30 years. When asked…
St. Anthony: Hennepin County focuses on shaping tomorrow's workforce

St. Anthony: Hennepin County focuses on shaping tomorrow's workforce

Tonya Jordan, an apprentice electrician at Noble Conservation Solutions, is bursting through the achievement gap. Jordan, 30, a high school dropout, worked at minimum-wage retail…
The Food Group taps volunteer, business help in hunger-relief effort

The Food Group taps volunteer, business help in hunger-relief effort

Chief Executive Lori Kratchmer of the Food Group points to Sal Daggett as evidence of how Minnesota’s biggest supplier of free to low-cost food to…
Fourth-generation Mpls. furrier adapts to times, tastes

Fourth-generation Mpls. furrier adapts to times, tastes

If it snowed more than 7 inches on New Year’s Day, customers who had bought a fur, leather or other coat at Ribnick Luxury Outerwear…
Book looks back on Ford Motor's glory days in Minnesota

Book looks back on Ford Motor's glory days in Minnesota

Brian McMahon, an architect and commercial developer from Brooklyn, N.Y., moved his family to the Twin Cities more than 30 years ago amid a real…

Inside track briefs: Minnesota's hottest stock hits a turning point

TechnologyMinnesota's hottest stock hits a turning pointGolden Valley-based CyberOptics Corp., which was the hottest stock in Minnesota last year, cooled off over the past three…
2nd Swing returns to form with innovations for golf buffs

2nd Swing returns to form with innovations for golf buffs

The golf retailer's revival has shown that innovation can include tapping into some tried-and-true ideas.
Human connections give job seekers a leg up beyond LinkedIn and other electronic contacts

Human connections give job seekers a leg up beyond LinkedIn and other electronic contacts

While you might have to submit your résumé online, it's best to network, because knowing someone still gets that résumé to the top of the stack.
Tina Rexing ditched a lucrative corporate career for T-Rex Cookie and cafe

Tina Rexing ditched a lucrative corporate career for T-Rex Cookie and cafe

Tina Rexing owns T-Rex Cookie Co. and bakery-restaurant at 33rd and University Avenue SE. in Minneapolis. “I work seven days a week, but the business…

Investors optimistic about U.S. economy

Investors are optimistic about the stock market in the wake of good news about economic and corporate-earnings growth in the second half of 2016. The…
"Navigator" office to help small businesses in Mpls.

"Navigator" office to help small businesses in Mpls.

A recent gathering at City Hall celebrated an agreement to open a Minneapolis small-business "navigator" office. It should help fledgling businesses with a soup-to-nuts checklist and hands-on coaching to get them through a simpler, streamlined process.
Helped by mentor's big bet, Activated Research gains traction

Helped by mentor's big bet, Activated Research gains traction

Brad Cleveland and his wife, Pat, donated millions to the Mayo Clinic, where he was treated for years, to charities and a few promising businesses. One of them, Activated Research Co. (ARC), is led by Andrew Jones, who was a chemical engineering student Cleveland mentored a decade ago at the University of Minnesota.
Itasca Project's work on racial disparities highlighted in new book

Itasca Project's work on racial disparities highlighted in new book

Itasca, started in 2003, is a business-education-foundation collaboration that studies big issues and transcends boundaries in seeking solutions with partners.
Second act for Minneapolis deli Delmonico's on hold

Second act for Minneapolis deli Delmonico's on hold

"I admit I've made mistakes," said Jessica Rivera, who bought the business from the Delmonicos a couple of years ago.

Minneapolis offers matching grants for pollution-cutting businesses

Businesses can reduce air pollution and make the city healthier with help from the city of Minneapolis.
Small business tells Minneapolis it needs one-stop development guide

Small business tells Minneapolis it needs one-stop development guide

A "navigator" office plan to help with rules, regulations goes to the full Mpls. council.
As Digi draws bids, CEO seeks more time to work strategy

As Digi draws bids, CEO seeks more time to work strategy

Since he was hired two years ago, Digi International CEO Ron Konezny has received good marks for streamlining the company, jettisoning a business that didn't…
Owner of Willful gift shop in south Minneapolis 'still bootstrapping it'

Owner of Willful gift shop in south Minneapolis 'still bootstrapping it'

Araya Jensen, owner of Willful in south Minneapolis, had no designs on becoming a retail entrepreneur when she was laid off in 2010 as a…
Mendota Heights business finds new life for old banners

Mendota Heights business finds new life for old banners

The new owners of Relan invested an unspecified six-figure sum and went without salaries for three years. They changed the old Relan business model and slowly started to attract clients.
Mary Lynn and Warren Staley recognized for charity work

Mary Lynn and Warren Staley recognized for charity work

Warren and Mary Lynn Staley have done just what they wanted for nearly a decade of retirement. And they continue to be quiet, key supporters of educational and charitable causes in Minnesota and elsewhere.
MN Commerce chief says elder financial abuse needs urgent response

MN Commerce chief says elder financial abuse needs urgent response

John Heath is part of a boom industry. Financial exploitation of the elderly. Heath, 45, an Edina financial adviser, is scheduled to be sentenced in…
Minneapolis-based ID Insight helps financial institutions pinpoint account theft

Minneapolis-based ID Insight helps financial institutions pinpoint account theft

Founder Adam Elliott's software company ID Insight is sort of a microbrewer in the land of the Budweisers that dominate the technology war against cybercriminals.

Recombinetics, Smart Information Flow Technologies lead winners of Tekne awards

The Minnesota High Tech Association honored 14 companies.
Investors take stock of a Trumped-up market

Investors take stock of a Trumped-up market

Shaking off the campaign rhetoric, market watchers are embracing the prospect
Founder Anett Grant of Executive Speaking teaches with new tools

Founder Anett Grant of Executive Speaking teaches with new tools

Anett Grant, a four-decade pioneer of the local executive-speaking circuit, had just about had it with the business a couple of years ago. “I was…
Apparel firm Asiya eyes female hijab sportswear niche

Apparel firm Asiya eyes female hijab sportswear niche

The vision of a Somali immigrant and her Minnesota-born business partner to outfit the growing ranks of Muslim-girl athletes through a line of customized sportswear…
Red Lake Band of northern Minn. plans for all-solar electric generation

Red Lake Band of northern Minn. plans for all-solar electric generation

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa in northern Minnesota intends to build enough solar energy capability on tribal lands over the next several years to…
Todd Klingel, former Minneapolis chamber CEO, dies at 63

Todd Klingel, former Minneapolis chamber CEO, dies at 63

The former publishing executive also played a key role in starting the Step-Up internship program
At tail end of boom, hotelier jumps in with 'dream' project

At tail end of boom, hotelier jumps in with 'dream' project

Independent hotelier Harshal Patel has started construction on what may be downtown’s smallest hotel at what may be the tail end of the hotel boom.…

Women want leaders who can compromise, according to Ginger Consulting

Female opinion leaders are less worried about the economy this year than in 2012 and want national political leaders who can compromise. Every fall, the…
Twin Cities need more 'girls who code'

Twin Cities need more 'girls who code'

Reshma Saujani thinks Nailah Abdullah is all that, particularly if she majors in computer science. Saujani is CEO of Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit…
Burnsville office-supply firm carves out growth in shrinking industry

Burnsville office-supply firm carves out growth in shrinking industry

High-tech systems and high-touch customer service are secret sauce for Innovative Office Solutions
Uponor North America expanded plant; hiring is bigger challenge

Uponor North America expanded plant; hiring is bigger challenge

Uponor North America, which has added enough manufacturing space at its Apple Valley flagship campus over the last couple of years to accommodate a huge…
Fast-growing Atomic Data thinks outside box to diversify tech workforce

Fast-growing Atomic Data thinks outside box to diversify tech workforce

Angelina Courtney and Ezell Jones, employees at Atomic Data’s downtown data center, could be the face of a diversifying tech workforce. “If we want a…
CEO Lee Oberg plans to expand Massage Retreat & Spa through franchisees

CEO Lee Oberg plans to expand Massage Retreat & Spa through franchisees

Lee Oberg, a former Life Time Fitness manager, started his first Massage Retreat & Spa nine years ago at a Plymouth shopping mall. “We started…
Tom Hubler, one-time family therapist, joins Platinum Group to work on family-business issues

Tom Hubler, one-time family therapist, joins Platinum Group to work on family-business issues

Family business Tom Hubler’s next stop: Merger with investment bank to help families Tom Hubler, a one-time family therapist who years ago started a business…
Low-profile ECMC Group pursues controversial expansion plan

Low-profile ECMC Group pursues controversial expansion plan

A low-profile enterprise moved its headquarters and more than 500 employees last month from Oakdale to Washington Square in downtown Minneapolis. There’s room for up…

Actua made big money owning GovDelivery

Pennsylvania-based Actua Corp., which is selling its St. Paul-based GovDelivery to a huge private equity group for $153 million, realized pretty good value from its…
MDI CEO Peter McDermott discusses the power of an inclusive workplace

MDI CEO Peter McDermott discusses the power of an inclusive workplace

Peter McDermott is a veteran accountant, business manager and industrial-development executive who took over then-struggling Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI) in 2008.
American Indian Community Development Corp. delivers housing on E. Franklin Av.

American Indian Community Development Corp. delivers housing on E. Franklin Av.

Gabriel Corbesia works as a security guard and recently graduated from Summit Academy near the top of his carpentry class. Corbesia, a member of the…
Twin Cities entrepreneurs share secrets on how to get beyond survival

Twin Cities entrepreneurs share secrets on how to get beyond survival

Gloria Freeman became an entrepreneur when she was laid off from her job as an insurance underwriter in 1999. She followed her heart, drew on…
IPO market remains a shadow of its former self

IPO market remains a shadow of its former self

Investment banks have not seen initial offering revenue this low since mid-1990s.
U's tech office to partner with Wisconsin business accelerator

U's tech office to partner with Wisconsin business accelerator

Partnership is aimed at allowing start-ups to tap into a broader network of potential investors.
$153M sale to Vista Equity will allow GovDelivery to step up growth

$153M sale to Vista Equity will allow GovDelivery to step up growth

St. Paul-based software firm GovDelivery bought by Vista Equity Partners.
Prime Digital Academy is moving to Grain Exchange building

Prime Digital Academy is moving to Grain Exchange building

Prime Digital Academy, the employer-driven software-training certificate program, will move from Bloomington to expanded quarters in the Minneapolis Grain Exchange in January.
April 2016: CoCo's new minority fellowships part of local tech scene's efforts to recruit people of color

April 2016: CoCo's new minority fellowships part of local tech scene's efforts to recruit people of color

Alex Ro­dri­guez, not to be con­fused with the New York Yan­kee, is a prom­is­ing play­er in the Twin Cities tech­nol­o­gy scene.
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