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Nicole Norfleet

Reporter | St. Paul public safety
phone: 612-673-4495
Nicole Norfleet started as the St. Paul public safety reporter in 2013. She was previously a night public safety reporter, Minneapolis general assignment reporter and a member of the Star Tribune's Whistleblower team. Prior to covering Minneapolis, she worked at the paper's south bureau and wrote about parts of Dakota County.
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Carlson Wagonlit moves forward under new leadership

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.

War for talent: Twin Cities accounting firms face mounting competition for workers

First comes tax season, then it's recruitment and retention time.
Viewpoint: Q&A with Peterson Milla Hooks' David Denham

Viewpoint: Q&A with Peterson Milla Hooks' David Denham

David Denham wants to create "want" as the new president of Minneapolis independent creative agency Peterson Milla Hooks.
Carlson Cos. move to sell hotel business reflects the era in the industry

Carlson Cos. move to sell hotel business reflects the era in the industry

Sale of hotels business accepts the reality of a more competitive and consolidating industry.
Maurices' new HQ is top downtown development in Duluth's history

Maurices' new HQ is top downtown development in Duluth's history

The $80 million building is the biggest downtown development in the city's history.
Social media responses to Prince's death spark debate in local marketing community

Social media responses to Prince's death spark debate in local marketing community

Companies' social media tributes to Prince spark debate in the marketing community.
Minnesota college students create anti-extremism marketing campaign as part of class

Minnesota college students create anti-extremism marketing campaign as part of class

Students in Detroit Lakes designed the plan as part of a national project.

Star Tribune Media investing $5 million in press system upgrade at Minneapolis plant

The Heritage plant in Minneapolis will get new electronic control system.
Whistleblower lawsuit accuses Minn. Commerce Department chief of staff of sexual harassment

Whistleblower lawsuit accuses Minn. Commerce Department chief of staff of sexual harassment

Timothy Vande Hey claims he was sexually harassed at work at the state Department of Commerce.
Target to move media business from Haworth to GroupM

Target to move media business from Haworth to GroupM

GroupM would get Target business, but Haworth could get a Wal-Mart account.

Clear Night Group acquires Minneapolis marketing firm Ackmann and Dickenson

Part of Evening Post Industries, CNG is planning to build a network of marketing agencies.
Summit tackles the new reality of the advertising and marketing fields

Summit tackles the new reality of the advertising and marketing fields

A "convergence summit" examined the new realities of business communications
No fooling: Caribou, Uber partner for skyway pedicab service in Mpls.

No fooling: Caribou, Uber partner for skyway pedicab service in Mpls.

Many dismissed it as an April Fool's prank, until the pedicabs started roaming the skyways for the day.
Tesla unveils Model 3, and customers were ready

Tesla unveils Model 3, and customers were ready

Lines formed at the Eden Prairie dealership in order to reserve the affordable new model.
Obituary: Appliance store owner A.C. Carlson loved people, never gave up

Obituary: Appliance store owner A.C. Carlson loved people, never gave up

Alton Carroll "A.C." Carlson was not one to give up.After an arsonist in 1982 burned down his appliance and furniture store in Crystal, he put…
The lessons of the shakeup at Mithun ad agency

The lessons of the shakeup at Mithun ad agency

The loss of the Mithun brand is a lesson in adjusting to challenges of today's marketplace.
Periscope selects ad industry veteran Peter Nicholson as chief creative officer

Periscope selects ad industry veteran Peter Nicholson as chief creative officer

The advertising agency selected a heavy hitter for the new position.
St. Thomas business school adds options for master's degrees

St. Thomas business school adds options for master's degrees

The Opus College of Business introduces new specialized master's degrees and flexible MBAs to adapt to changing workforce needs.
Viewpoint: Suzanne Pontinen on why Volunteer Lawyers Network's services are needed

Viewpoint: Suzanne Pontinen on why Volunteer Lawyers Network's services are needed

The Volunteer Lawyers Network has provided free legal services to low-income individuals for 50 years. Suzanne Pontinen has served as the executive director for the organization since 2008.

One Day University Business School to be held in Minneapolis on Friday

Top business professors will give presentations during the Mpls. event.
Twin Cities marketers are testing out virtual reality

Twin Cities marketers are testing out virtual reality

Many Twin Cities marketers are helping clients gauge how they can use the technology to interact with customers and possibly employees.
Minneapolis ad giant Olson gets bigger with consolidation by parent company ICF

Minneapolis ad giant Olson gets bigger with consolidation by parent company ICF

A consolidation by Olson's parent company ICF International means the Minneapolis advertising giant will expand its global reach.

One Day University, Star Tribune to play host to top business professors

Topics will range from corporate culture to global capitalism at Mpls. event.
Ad agencies create real-time content labs and other digital-focused spaces

Ad agencies create real-time content labs and other digital-focused spaces

From goofy quick hits to testing bigger campaigns, ad firms are jumping in.
Minn. AG sues seller of service contracts for cars already under warranty

Minn. AG sues seller of service contracts for cars already under warranty

She alleges deceptive practices were used to sell needless pacts.
Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union enhances service through data analysis

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union enhances service through data analysis

With the help of a data scientist, a St. Paul-based credit union saved members millions on their mortgages.
Local ad agencies, companies catch digital fever around Super Bowl

Local ad agencies, companies catch digital fever around Super Bowl

It took 48 wings drenched in Blazin' sauce, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and some reconfigured GoPro cameras for Buffalo Wild Wings to create its Super Bowl ad.

U.S. lawyers have 'very alarming' alcohol problem, study finds

The rate of problem drinking among lawyers is three times higher than for the adult population as a whole, the study of 15,000 lawyers found.
Arctic Cat's turnaround hits another bump with third-quarter loss

Arctic Cat's turnaround hits another bump with third-quarter loss

The company's stock fell as investors reacted to a loss they didn't expect.
Mithun name going away with firm rebranded as McCann Minneapolis

Mithun name going away with firm rebranded as McCann Minneapolis

An unspecified number of layoffs accompany the move.
Polaris lays off 100 workers, half in Twin Cities

Polaris lays off 100 workers, half in Twin Cities

The company announced a drop in fourth-quarter profit and warned of a steeper one in the first quarter.
U.S. Bank launches new branding campaign with help from Minneapolis agencies

U.S. Bank launches new branding campaign with help from Minneapolis agencies

Minneapolis agencies Carmichael Lynch, Little and Co. crafted the strategy and ads.
In a competitive marketplace, colleges pay more attention to branding

In a competitive marketplace, colleges pay more attention to branding

Thorburn Group and other agencies help to connect with prospective students.
Carlson may explore options for its hotel business

Carlson may explore options for its hotel business

Report says it's looking at alternatives for its Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
Meet the new generation of Twin Cities black leaders

Meet the new generation of Twin Cities black leaders

For many, the civil-rights work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. remains unfinished. A new generation of black leaders in the Twin Cities area has emerged to carry their message of justice forward.

Tom O'Neill named new CEO of the Nerdery

Tom O'Neill, who was president, is now chief of the software design firm.
How to hire the best talent in a tight job market

How to hire the best talent in a tight job market

Companies will need to update their playbooks to snag the best employees.
Mpls.-based Oppenheimer merger part of trend of law firms combining

Mpls.-based Oppenheimer merger part of trend of law firms combining

Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly's merger follows a nationwide consolidation trend.
3M sues for alleged patent infringement of paint protection films

3M sues for alleged patent infringement of paint protection films

The federal suit is filed against XPEL Technologies for its paint protection film product.
Honeybear is hoping to shake up the apple scene with Pazazz

Honeybear is hoping to shake up the apple scene with Pazazz

After years of development, Honeybear is positioning its new apple on national scene.
After fatal St. Paul shooting, brother says police 'were supposed to help'

After fatal St. Paul shooting, brother says police 'were supposed to help'

Philip Quinn knew he needed help. After recently telling St. Paul hospital staff that he planned to kill himself, Quinn tried to get into a…
Pentair another founding partner for new Vikings stadium

Pentair another founding partner for new Vikings stadium

Company to provide sustainable water for U.S. Bank Stadium.
Obituary: 100-year-old Fred Hall spent his life logging and helping residents

Obituary: 100-year-old Fred Hall spent his life logging and helping residents

Fred Arvid Hall spent much of the last century rooted to the wilderness of northern Minnesota where he grew up.His family described the 100-year-old logger…
Charitable giving up and evolved post-recession

Charitable giving up and evolved post-recession

Even as giving to Twin Cities nonprofits has rebounded in recent years, organizations face new challenges in getting their share of the money.Donors are likely…
Broadhead evolves its business with three new companies

Broadhead evolves its business with three new companies

The marketing agency forms independent sister branches.
Doug Spong stepping down from his powerhouse PR agency

Doug Spong stepping down from his powerhouse PR agency

Spong's move comes after he helped usher in a new president for the company last month and recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the firm's launch.

Piper Jaffray buys energy specialist Simmons & Co. for $139 million

It bought Simmons & Co. International for $139 million.

Minnesota ACLU launches app to help citizens record police interactions

Advocates say the Mobile Justice MN app is meant to hold law enforcement officers more accountable.

St. Paul police interactions with residents key to policing

Officer Lou Ferraro has patrolled St. Paul’s East Side for six years. Although he’s usually busy responding to calls, Ferraro tries to find time to…

Man charged in St. Paul shooting outside bar

A St. Paul man was charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a man outside a bar.
St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith says he will retire in 2016

St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith says he will retire in 2016

Smith, lauded by the mayor and other leaders, made community engagement a hallmark of his six-year tenure.

Minnesota Historical Society plans to buy archdiocese building in St. Paul

The Minnesota Historical Society has agreed to buy the Monsignor Ambrose Hayden Center from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for $4.5 million to…

St. Paul woman is last defendant sentenced in large sex trafficking ring

Group trafficked more than 100 women across 14 states, prosecutors said.

Victim testifies how sexual abuse by Minnesota priest altered his life

The 52-year-old man continued his testimony Thursday in a clergy abuse case against the Diocese of Duluth.

Serial peeping Tom charged with new offenses in St. Paul

A St. Paul man with a history of peeping into women’s windows was charged again Wednesday after police searched his home and found numerous videos…

Minneapolis woman charged in fatal shooting of St. Paul woman

She is 4th person charged in death of mother, 24.

Third man charged in fatal shooting of St. Paul woman

A 30-year-old Minneapolis man was charged with murder Monday in the fatal shooting of a St. Paul woman after he and two other men burglarized…

St. Paul officials release results of audit of police review board

St. Paul's police-civilian review board needs changes, auditors say.
St. Paul police make headway in solving spurt of fatal shootings on the East Side

St. Paul police make headway in solving spurt of fatal shootings on the East Side

Over the course of two days, police arrested five suspects in two of the deaths.
Run of fatal Twin Cities shootings alarms police veterans

Run of fatal Twin Cities shootings alarms police veterans

In a span of one week, eight people have been fatally shot in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Two arrests made in fatal shooting of woman on St. Paul's East Side

Two arrests made in fatal shooting of woman on St. Paul's East Side

St. Paul police have arrested a 42-year-old woman and 24-year-old man with extensive criminal histories in connection with the fatal shooting Sunday of a young…
Oct. 22: 24-year-old St. Paul mom fatally shot steps from her front door

Oct. 22: 24-year-old St. Paul mom fatally shot steps from her front door

No arrests have been made in what is the city's 10th homicide this year.
Minneapolis and St. Paul endure 5 homicides in one week

Minneapolis and St. Paul endure 5 homicides in one week

Five people have been shot dead in three days, and no arrests have been made.
Man shot and killed at St. Paul vigil is identified

Man shot and killed at St. Paul vigil is identified

Synika G. James, 37, of St. Paul , was shot during a vigil for woman murdered in 2012.
Another search planned on Saturday for Henry McCabe

Another search planned on Saturday for Henry McCabe

Searchers will be back out again this weekend looking for a Mounds View man who has been missing since early September. Henry McCabe, 32, was…
St. Paul family mourns father shot while getting backpack from car

St. Paul family mourns father shot while getting backpack from car

Relatives believe Htoo Baw, 54, died in what was a robbery attempt. Police are still searching for a suspect.
Oct. 1: Protesters will demonstrate at but not interfere with marathon

Oct. 1: Protesters will demonstrate at but not interfere with marathon

After meeting with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Thursday, Black Lives Matter organizer Rashad Turner said, "Our voices are being listened to."

Historical Society plans racial equity event at CHS Field

Twin Cities leaders who made trip to Selma are behind Wednesday's gathering in St. Paul.
St. Paul NAACP to investigate arrest of 15-year-old boy

St. Paul NAACP to investigate arrest of 15-year-old boy

St. Paul police are reviewing an arrest of a 15-year-old boy who was taken into custody after he said that police disrespected his mother.

Boy, 9, raises money for St. Paul police K-9 unit

  Most 9-year-old boys want toys for their birthday. Perhaps an action figure. Maybe an Xbox game, if they’re lucky. Ethan Flint celebrates his birthday…
Woman found dead in St. Paul home; man arrested

Woman found dead in St. Paul home; man arrested

Victim's family said the woman had wanted to end the relationship.
Judge orders evaluation of 90-year-old Maplewood man charged with killing son

Judge orders evaluation of 90-year-old Maplewood man charged with killing son

A 90-year-old Maplewood man charged with fatally shooting his oldest son during an argument over watching television will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if…
Maplewood man shot son over dispute about TV, police say

Maplewood man shot son over dispute about TV, police say

90-year-old told police there was also friction over son caring for him.
Mpls. police officer Jordan Davis pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Mpls. police officer Jordan Davis pleads not guilty to corruption charges

The Minneapolis police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, cannot carry a gun.

18-year-old charged in St. Paul shooting of good Samaritan who tried to stop robbery

Two others teens have pleaded guilty to robbery in the case.
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