Claims have been filed by more than 250,000 veterans and military personnel alleging they suffered hearing loss while wearing a certain type of earplu

3M ordered to pay $110 million in latest earplug suit

A Florida jury's $110 million verdict against 3M over the Maplewood-based company's allegedly defective earplugs is twice as large as all other related earplug verdicts combined.

State car repair grants available to help low-income workers get to jobs

January 28
Low-income workers with car issues can apply for state grants to get their vehicles repaired.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced $475,000 in Getting to Work grants.
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Exurbs rise to the top in ranking of Twin Cities area's hottest housing markets

January 28
A line of several home shoppers and their real estate agents formed as they waited to view a home for sale in March 2021.
Space and lower prices helped cities on the edge climb to the top of the Star Tribune's latest Hot Housing Index. More on the hot Twin Cities market coming Sunday.
St. Paul
January 28
Lee Krueger of the St. Paul Port Authority, left, with St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. Krueger was involved in some of the city’s biggest redevelopmen

Lee Krueger to step down as St. Paul Port Authority president

As president of the agency, Krueger led significant development projects in the capital city.
January 28
Nathaniel Spears was booked into jail Thursday. Three other adults charged had yet to be arrested as of late Friday afternoon.

6 people charged in organized ambush thefts from Twin Cities stores during Black Friday

The thefts "by an organized group shocked those who witnessed it first-hand as well as the retail community and law-abiding shoppers," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.
Inspired
January 28
Moorhead’s Noreen Thomas, with husband, Lee, has won a two-year grant to figure out how to turn food waste into fertilizer.

Dirty jobs: Moorhead's Noreen Thomas wins a prize to turn food waste into fertilizer

Two-year grant will address local food waste
Business
January 28
Trucks left the Port of Los Angeles on Oct. 30, 2021.

Wages rise at fastest pace since 2002 as inflation continues to run hot

Price gains are chipping away at consumer confidence.
Coronavirus
January 28
Mason Nadolney got his second COVID-19 vaccine shot during a mobile vaccine event at Chanhassen High School in July.

What you need to know about COVID variants, Minnesota mask requirements and more

Advice is evolving along with the coronavirus. Here's the latest from staff and news service reports.
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Worker expectations change at Minnesota firms as pandemic retreats.
Local
January 28

New Yorker sentenced in stock scheme that forced Breezy Point council member to resign

The defendants issued false press releases and business filings designed to pump up hijacked companies' stock prices, then sold their holdings at fraudulently inflated prices.
Variety
January 28
The Team USA Blanket Collection by Minnesota’s Faribault features the Olympic logo.

Minnesota-made blankets to cheer on U.S. Olympians

The Team USA Blanket Collection is designed and made in Minnesota by Faribault Woolen Mill.
Minneapolis
January 27
The towers of the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Union locals, Hennepin County reach deal to avert strike

Union members to start voting on the proposal on Wednesday.
Minneapolis
January 27
Rendering of the 110-apartment residential-commercial complex planned to replace the riot-destroyed Wells Fargo branch office at Lake Street and Nicol

Minneapolis city funding solidifies plan for $50M Lake St. affordable housing

The city announced $15.7 million in funding for 10 projects in areas affected by the riots following the police killing of George Floyd.
Minneapolis
January 27
Two years ago, at the start of the pandemic lockdown, traffic in the theater district was light as the marquee message above Brave New Workshop on Hen

Brooks: Downtown boosters work on 'Reanimating Minneapolis'

Downtown Minneapolis shifts from trying to get through COVID to learning to live with it
Local
January 27
Every Minnesota county and more than 140 cities signed onto a massive settlement that could bring up to $296 million to the state to help respond to t

Last eligible Minnesota city signs on to $300M opioid settlement

Holdout city Burnsville opted into the settlement one day before the deadline.
Companies managed their costs and liquidity through the pandemic, but collectively, the 50 companies saw net income decline more than 12% as the broad
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Minnesota's top 50 public companies ranked by revenue – with No. 1 hitting $257 billion
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Revenue for the companies on the Star Tribune 50 list as a whole increased 5.5% to a cumulative $621.8 billion.
Business
January 27
An iron ore project in Nashwauk that was first proposed in 2007 is still in limbo. Pictured is a file photo from 2014.

Court backs DNR in axing leases for beleaguered Nashwauk iron ore project

Judge rules state acted properly after Mesabi Metallics failed to put up $200 million by May 2021 deadline
January 27
Air travel at MSP Airport experienced a strong recovery in 2021.

More passengers returned to MSP in 2021, though not yet at pre-pandemic levels

Air travel appears to be trending strongly so far this year.
Duluth
January 27
The University of Minnesota plans to expand its medical and pharmacy programs with a new Duluth medical district academic building.

University of Minnesota plans academic building in Duluth's medical district

A fall 2025 opening is the goal.
Business
January 27
Betty and Don Cooke of Minnetonka watched a men’s basketball game between the Minnesota Gophers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday at Williams

As omicron surged, Minnesotans adjusted quickly, kept going out

Crowds didn't shrink at public events as much, and businesses didn't see as much of a drop as in previous COVID-19 waves.
Business
January 27
Ameriprise Financial reported its fourth quarter adjusted operating earnings per share were a record $6.15

Ameriprise is ready for rising interest rates

Ameriprise's adjusted operating earnings in the fourth quarter rose to a record $6.15 a share.
Coronavirus
January 27
Hy-Vee’s more than 275 pharmacy locations in eight Midwestern states began receiving N95 masks from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Free N95 masks from government trickling in across Minnesota

Pharmacies say high-filtration face coverings are starting to arrive with more expected in Minnesota as soon as today.
The Louriston Dairy near Murdock, built and operated by Riverview LLP, is home to 9,500 cows, 40 times more than the average American dairy. The compa
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Business
January 27
Xcel CEO Bob Frenzel said the utility had a solid year.

Xcel fourth-quarter profits up 7%, mostly on tax benefits

Minnesota's largest utility company closed 2021 by meeting profit forecasts for 17th straight year.
Minneapolis
January 26
Minneapolis currently requires bar and restaurant patrons to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

Restaurant owners, Mpls. face off over vaccine mandate

The case is raising questions about how much authority the city has to enact emergency measures during the pandemic. The judge presiding over the case didn't issue a ruling Wednesday but promised to do so "as soon as I can."
Local
January 26
Renters and community members organized by Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia and United Renters For Justice protested moves to end the state’s evicitio

State announces Friday deadline for rental assistance applications

Officials say Minnesota is running out of federal funds for the program.