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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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Hundreds get last look at St. Paul Woolworth store before it becomes offices

Hundreds get last look at St. Paul Woolworth store before it becomes offices

The store closed in 1994 and the space on the corner of Minnesota Street and 7th Place E. has been vacant since. Its revival is the latest in downtown St. Paul's makeover.
Minneapolis surpasses $1 billion in building permits — again, but faster

Minneapolis surpasses $1 billion in building permits — again, but faster

It's the fifth straight year Minneapolis passed the $1 billion level in construction permits.

Colle+McVoy launches new Minneapolis design firm

Minneapolis advertising agency Colle+McVoy has spun out a new stand-alone design firm called 10 Thousand Design. Ed Bennett, founder and executive design director of 10 Thousand Design, said it wants to pursue national clients and work on larger-scale assignments that had been difficult to attract as part of an ad agency.
Minnesota attorney general sues Jamaican company for 'phantom' debt calls

Minnesota attorney general sues Jamaican company for 'phantom' debt calls

Company made up debts and then bullied people with phone calls, state says.
Fallon moves on after co-founder's death, but Mpls. ad agency can't quite let go

Fallon moves on after co-founder's death, but Mpls. ad agency can't quite let go

The Minneapolis advertising agency is celebrating its 35th anniversary but also still mourning Pat Fallon, who died in November at age 70.
Minneapolis staff recommends Sherman proposal for Mill District site

Minneapolis staff recommends Sherman proposal for Mill District site

There's now a plan for the last piece of vacant land along Washington Avenue.
New owner of France Av. office park in Edina plans $100 million overhaul

New owner of France Av. office park in Edina plans $100 million overhaul

In the 60 years since Southdale Center was built on Edina farmland, becoming the nation’s first indoor mall, more shopping projects were built on its…
Capella Education to stay in namesake tower in downtown Minneapolis

Capella Education to stay in namesake tower in downtown Minneapolis

The for-profit education firm will reduce its space by about 17 percent.
Fifth Street Towers in downtown Mpls. begin overhaul costing millions

Fifth Street Towers in downtown Mpls. begin overhaul costing millions

The almost-twin tower complex in downtown Minneapolis is about to embark on a multimillion-dollar renovation, its largest makeover, in hopes of attracting new tenants and shedding a look that screams 1980s.
Construction activity levels off in Twin Cities

Construction activity levels off in Twin Cities

A quarterly Construction Cost Index report released this week by Mortenson Construction shows that construction costs have grown at a normal rate while construction employment numbers have stalled.
Vikings select architect and construction company for Eagan headquarters

Vikings select architect and construction company for Eagan headquarters

The Minnesota Vikings selected Crawford Architects and Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. to design and build their new headquarters and practice facility in Eagan. Work began earlier…
Hilton Minneapolis, biggest hotel in Minnesota, sells for $143 million

Hilton Minneapolis, biggest hotel in Minnesota, sells for $143 million

The buyer wasn't disclosed but appears to be a Chicago investment firm.

Former Rainbow site in south Minneapolis to be redeveloped

Longfellow center is likely to get a new tenant mix.
Treasure Island breaks ground on $86 million resort renovation

Treasure Island breaks ground on $86 million resort renovation

"Very high" room demand sparked upgrades, expansion.
Surly expanding fermentation space to brew more beer

Surly expanding fermentation space to brew more beer

The company is doubling its production capacity as sales grow outside Minnesota.
New brewery, taproom coming to northeast Minneapolis

New brewery, taproom coming to northeast Minneapolis

A new brewery is moving into the Miller Textile building in northeast Minneapolis. HeadFlyer Brewing will open its taproom and brewery in a 9,435 square-foot…
New Minneapolis Wells Fargo towers showcase change, history

New Minneapolis Wells Fargo towers showcase change, history

The company's two East Town towers are unveiled as part of a $300 million project helping to transform downtown.

Dubbs & O'Meara selected to handle media for 2018 Super Bowl

Plymouth-based agency will handle promotion for nongame events .
Twin Cities businesses try to catch Pokémon Go players

Twin Cities businesses try to catch Pokémon Go players

Firms want to capitalize on the mobile game's popularity.
CBRE report ranks Minneapolis highly as a lure of tech talent

CBRE report ranks Minneapolis highly as a lure of tech talent

Minneapolis improves its standing as a market able to draw tech talent Minneapolis is getting a few steps closer to becoming a true tech hub,…
Office tower atop parking garage next to Vikings stadium will be 17 stories

Office tower atop parking garage next to Vikings stadium will be 17 stories

The building is one of the final steps in Ryan's makeover of five blocks next to the stadium.
Obituary: Accountant Dan Ness was a civic leader with a pun at hand in Alexandria

Obituary: Accountant Dan Ness was a civic leader with a pun at hand in Alexandria

For a numbers guy, Harold Daniel Ness had a lively sense of humor. Never one to turn down the opportunity to share a pun, Ness,…
The Big Know is part online learning and part branding

The Big Know is part online learning and part branding

In another GoKart Labs spinoff, The Big Know helps with connection to consumers
General Mills goes digital for marketing for new cereal Tiny Toast

General Mills goes digital for marketing for new cereal Tiny Toast

The company's newest brand, Tiny Toast, targets youths via social media.
With more projects and boutiques, marketing freelancers flourish in Twin Cities

With more projects and boutiques, marketing freelancers flourish in Twin Cities

Freelancers are in high demand by marketing agencies in the Twin Cities as a way to add breadth to a team without the financial overhead that full-time staff would cost.
Clear Channel takes over advertising at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Clear Channel takes over advertising at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will start to look a little more like Times Square as a new advertising agency remakes it with video walls and more illuminated displays. Media firm Clear Channel Airports won a contract for all advertising at the airport for the next 10 years.
Toms Shoes will open store at Mall of America

Toms Shoes will open store at Mall of America

Toms Shoes has gotten its foot in the door in Minnesota, with its first local store slated to open in the Mall of America in time for the holiday season.
Minneapolis brand agency Modern Climate acquired by Clear Night Group

Minneapolis brand agency Modern Climate acquired by Clear Night Group

Clear Night Group has purchased Minneapolis brand agency Modern Climate, the fourth acquisition by the St. Paul-based holding company to create what it calls a…
Small Top Workplaces winners feel their strength is making employees feel like they matter

Small Top Workplaces winners feel their strength is making employees feel like they matter

Small company managers focus on creating an environment where people want to come to work.
Twin Cities ad industry struggling to increase diversity in ranks

Twin Cities ad industry struggling to increase diversity in ranks

The BrandLab is trying to pick up the pace by doubling percentage of minorities by 2017.

Office tower latest plan for site near U.S. Bank stadium

Ryan Cos. plans a 17-story office building at Downtown East site.
Two proposals submitted for vacant Mill District property

Two proposals submitted for vacant Mill District property

Two developers submitted proposals for a city-owned parcel in the Mill District of downtown Minneapolis, with both pushing for mixed-use development complete with housing, restaurant…
Twin Cities-created Mytasca helps companies focus college recruitment efforts

Twin Cities-created Mytasca helps companies focus college recruitment efforts

Campus Media Group's software helps businesses get a foot in the door with college graduates as they try to attract the best talent.
Minnesota attorney general sues magazine company for deceptive sales

Minnesota attorney general sues magazine company for deceptive sales

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says company posed as existing magazine providers and enrolled customers in expensive packages.

GroupM launches local agency Team Arrow Partners for Target account

"Team Arrow" will assist retailer in media buying and planning.
Jones Day opens law office in Minneapolis

Jones Day opens law office in Minneapolis

It's the 18th location in the U.S. and 44th worldwide for the giant firm.

MPR journalists vote in favor of union representation

Reporters and editors decided to join Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Donaldson beats Wall Street expectations in latest results

Donaldson beats Wall Street expectations in latest results

The profit gain came despite pressure on sales.

PadillaCRT targets food and beverage industry with acquisition of FoodMinds

With FoodMinds, Mpls. PR firm broadens expertise in the sector.
Uber-like moving service Bellhops is booming in Twin Cities, seeking workers

Uber-like moving service Bellhops is booming in Twin Cities, seeking workers

National Uber-like company says it needs more movers.
3M wins patent infringement lawsuit against German dental firm

3M wins patent infringement lawsuit against German dental firm

A German dental firm faces an injunction in 3M lawsuit.

Former Voyager Bank CEO Timothy Owens sentenced to 18 months in federal prison

The Wayzata man had pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing an investigation.
Supervalu takes another step in possible Save-A-Lot spin-off

Supervalu takes another step in possible Save-A-Lot spin-off

The Eden Prairie-based grocery retailer has renegotiated its loan agreement.
Arctic Cat making it snow all the time with its virtual reality ride

Arctic Cat making it snow all the time with its virtual reality ride

A new virtual reality ride enables Arctic Cat to market its products year round — whether rain, snow or shine.
Hormel buys organic snacks maker Justin's LLC

Hormel buys organic snacks maker Justin's LLC

The company also reported a 20 percent jump in profits in the latest quarter.
Reporter who wrote about Target breach says well-trained staff is best defense against cyberattacks

Reporter who wrote about Target breach says well-trained staff is best defense against cyberattacks

The only thing standing between a Fortune 500 company and a multimillion-dollar data breach is most likely not a malware detection tool or some other…
Health care changes keep Minnesota lawyers busy

Health care changes keep Minnesota lawyers busy

Companies are enlisting law firms to help them navigate reform and privacy issues.
Arctic Cat's losses narrow in fourth quarter

Arctic Cat's losses narrow in fourth quarter

The $16.9 million dip was less than last year's fourth quarter, but it still missed expectations.
Minnesota newlyweds travel the country in yearlong road trip with camping trailer

Minnesota newlyweds travel the country in yearlong road trip with camping trailer

A couple tows a travel trailer on a cross-country adventure, blogging all the way.
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.
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