Chris Brooks, left, and Paul Campbell, co-founders and general partners of Brown Venture Group met at Golden Thyme Coffee in St. Paul on Jan. 12.

Minneapolis-based venture-capital firm for founders of color aims to raise $50 million

Brown Venture Group is the first in Minn. to focus on Black, Latino and Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Florida company accused of selling fake 3M masks to HCMC hit with injunction

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3M lawsuit alleges Nationwide Source sold fake masks at inflated prices, including to HCMC.

Construction to begin on apartments at former Flyte Tyme Studios site in Edina

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Construction is beginning on a 70 unit affordable apartment complex this week in Edina. The $23 million project is expected to open in 2022. (Renderin
The 70 apartments are aimed at renters making 60% or less of the area median income.
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Michael Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, waits to go into the West Wing of the White House, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Washington.

Dominion Voting Systems threatens to sue Mike Lindell, MyPillow CEO, over false claims.

Officials with Dominion Voting Systems have sent Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, a legal letter warning of pending litigation over his baseless claims of…
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Rohit Chopra

Biden picks Chopra, Gensler for financial oversight roles

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Rohit Chopra to be the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tapping a progressive ally of Sen.…
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January 17

Alexander: RoboKiller app may block good phone calls as well as junk

Q: My iPhone XS Max uses the RoboKiller app that's supposed to intercept junk phone calls. I expected it to block the 15 to 25…
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January 17

Business people

Moving upMackayMitchell Envelope Co., Minneapolis, promoted David Mitchell to chief operating officer. He was vice president of sales and marketing and formerly served in various…
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January 17

Minnesota mergers and acquisitions

Target AcquirerDate Location Location Description1/4 Unlimi-Tech HelpSystems LLC HelpSystems has acquired Unlimi-Tech Software, a provider of software thatSoftware Inc. Eden Prairie accelerates and optimizes file…
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January 17
Chief Operating Officer Karina Zumba, left, and CEO/founder Kristen Denzer of Minneapolis-based Tierra Encantada, a Spanish-immersion day-care center

Tierra Encantada's owner has built the day care business she wanted for her kids

Kristen Denzer was touring a day-care center in Roseville for her two toddlers in 2013 when she spotted particularly unappetizing lunches."I thought if I'm going…
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January 17

Mackay: In praise of health care professionals

Seems like every conversation these days begins with "How are you doing?" or "Are you managing to keep busy during lockdown?" and ends with "Stay…
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January 17

Recent bankruptcy filings in Minneapolis and St. Paul

MINNEAPOLISTyler Allan Ebert, as surety for Hermitage House LLC, Finishline Displays, Forward Finish and Thiede Legecy LLC, doing business as Theide Manufacturing, 2050 Ridge Dr.,…
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January 17

Insider trading

Best Buy Co. Inc.Corie S. Barry CEOExercised options: 2,125 Price: $35.67Date: Jan. 12 Directly holds: naIntriCon Corp.Michael P. Geraci officerShares sold: 8,600 Price: $17.49Date: Jan.…
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January 17

Winthrop & Weinstine's first female president draws on council experience in pursuing projects

Tammera "Tami" Diehm knew she would begin serving as president of Minneapolis business law firm Winthrop & Weinstine in 2021.The coronavirus pandemic, however, upended plans…
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January 17
A janitor sweeps the floor in the massive Gonda Building.   Mayo Clinic employs over 59,000 people, 33,000 at its Rochester, MN location and system-wi

COVID sparks more job protection for workers

One of the few bright spots shining through the coronavirus pandemic for employees is the attention directed to greater job security, particularly for lower-level employees…
The annual Star Tribune 50 looks at the state's largest public companies. Combined, the companies on the list employ more than 1.2 million people.
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January 17

Why you need to embrace 'always be helping,' to grow sales in pandemic

Q: How have sales leaders and processes changed in the wake of the pandemic?A: The principles of professional relationship selling remain at the forefront, but…
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January 17
A handful of shoppers strolled through the Water Tower Place — which any other time would be bustling — earlier this month in Chicago.

Chicago's Magnificent Mile is 'not invincible.' Flagship mall faces huge challenges

Macy's and other longtime retailers are closing shop, none more visible than gaps at Water Tower Place.
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January 16
Melissa DeWoskin fears her 14-year-old daughter Mckenna’s developmental disability came from drinking polluted well water when she was pregnant.

State's $850M settlement plans to address 3M 'forever chemicals' hit resistance in east metro

Three options are in play for spending $850 million settlement with 3M over toxic PFAS.
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January 16
Be cautious when taking out an auto loan.

4 financial 'experts' who could steer you wrong

None of us knows everything we need to know about money, so we may turn to experts for help. But some money professionals who offer…
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January 16
Anahi Ibarra, a Hy-Vee employee shopping for e-customers, picked items for Hy-Vee’s online home delivery and curbside pickup program Wednesday in Ea

Hy-Vee, other Twin Cities supermarkets add incentives to keep new e-commerce customers

Consulting firm Mercatus predicts that online purchases will double by 2025.
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January 16
Americans don’t trust businesses, don’t trust nonprofits, don’t trust their media sources of information and they really don’t trust their gov

Schafer: Distrust is all around, especially in America

The authors of the annual Edelman report on people's trust in major institutions should be forgiven for declaring a bankruptcy in their most recent annual…
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Working-from-home arrangements predate pandemic

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January 16
The former U.S. Bank building on University and Raymond avenues in St. Paul is slated for demolition to make way for a $50 million apartment project.

After riots, St. Paul's Midway works to turn blight to bright

After years of challenges including light rail construction and last summer's rioting, St. Paul's Midway area is rebuilding and recovering.
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January 16
Two critical pillars when it comes to retirement planning are working longer and filing for Social Security later.

Will your savings last in retirement? This approach may help

The fear strikes when retirement becomes a realistic option: Will I run out of money?The question is pressing since corporate America abandoned pensions for 401(k)s.…