Aspirity Energy until around 2016 made money on energy futures and electricity contracts, commodities traded on exchange floors like this one in New Y

Investors criticize former owner, bankruptcy trustee in Aspirity Energy fraud claims

Investors are furious trustee did not pursue litigation against former owner who they believe took millions from failed Minneapolis energy trading firm.

What will best keep Xcel's grid reliable in a pinch: Gas plants or batteries?

January 23
Minnesota Power and Xcel Energy have proposed gas-fired power plants that will last 40 years, despite pledges from both utilities to produce all carbo
Xcel wants two new gas peaking plants, while clean power groups say the job can be done with grid batteries, as Minnesota's largest utility plans how to replace its coal plants in Becker.

Stocks drop sharply as market eyes Fed, Ukraine tensions

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FILE - A trader, right, talks to a pedestrian outside the New York Stock exchange, Jan. 14, 2022, in the Financial District. Shares are mostly lower i
Stocks fell sharply on Monday as investors anticipated inflation-fighting measures from the Federal Reserve and fretted over the possibility of conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Business
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Liz Giorgi, right, and Hayley Anderson, founders of Soona.

On-demand product photo company Soona raises another $35M

The Minneapolis provider of photo and video services for e-commerce is quickly adding employees and expanding its systems.
Business
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SEIU added workers at Allina Health through organizing efforts since Labor Day. Shown is picketing took place outside the Allina Commons at the Global

Minnesota union memberships rise in 2021, bucking national trend

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that unionization memberships nationwide fell in 2021. Minnesota bucked trend and rises.
Business
January 23

How to improve internal and external communications

Q: Everything that happened in 2021 made our internal and external communication efforts haphazard. How can we set a better tone for the new year?A:…
Business
January 23
Impact’s veteran owners Mark Anderson and Tim Johnson are investing about $4 million in technology and renovated space this winter.

Impact invests in print plant, solar power in North Minneapolis

After surviving more than 30 years as commercial printing consolidated, owners of Impact design a transition plan.
Business
January 23
Online services that appear to have taken data off your computer may not have done so.

Alexander: Keep copies of data on your computer and in the cloud

Online storage services also help keep data on your PC.
Is your company on the list of Minnesota's 2021 Top Workplaces?
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Is your company on the list of Minnesota's 2021 Top Workplaces?
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Worker expectations change at Minnesota firms as pandemic retreats.
Coronavirus
January 22
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.
Local
January 22
Dave New did some shopping in the Twin Cities Mobile Market bus as it stopped at Parkway Gardens Senior Apartment Community in St. Paul.

After record year, Market Bucks program for low-income Minnesotans expands this spring

The statewide program, which offers incentives for Minnesotans on food stamps to purchase fresh, locally grown foods, landed a federal grant that will double its budget this year.
Obituaries
January 22
William Dunlap

William Dunlap, former CEO of Minneapolis ad agency Campbell Mithun, has died

At Campbell Mithun, he worked with brands including 3M, General Mills, Dairy Queen and United Airlines.
Business
January 22
Tim Buckley, CEO of Vanguard

Vanguard execs: Stock investors will be stepping off the gas for years to come

In an online forum this month, leaders at the nation's largest mutual fund provider said stock returns will be around 2%-4% annually in the 2020s.
Agriculture
January 22
Canada is buying more corn from the U.S. this winter than it has in two decades. File photo of a corn harvest near Hector, Minn.

Hungry, cold cows in Canada fuel rare buying-spree of U.S. corn

Canada is buying more U.S. corn right now than it has in two decades.
Business
January 22
Older adults are experimenting with different ways to find purpose and a paycheck after their formal retirement.

Unretirement remains a thing among the recently retired

But pandemic has pushed more retirees to the sidelines as they take health precautions.
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 22
All the major tax preparation firms are offering free services, but there are limits before fees start to appear.

Tax preparation firms boast about free services, but the constraints are high

One major tax preparer, Jackson Hewitt, is bucking the fee complexity game with a flat $25 offer for all filers.
Business
January 22
Carolina Saldaña sang with toddlers at the Rainbow Child Development Center in St. Paul earlier this month. The center is grappling with staffing sho

Minnesota's child-care providers face staff shortages, rising costs

With profits evaporating, child-care providers are asking parents to pay more — or they're going out of business.
Business
January 22
New homes rise in Butler County, Pa., where the local pension fund found success by shifting into index-based investments.

In two Pennsylvania counties, local investment boards embrace an index-only strategy

Small pension funds found bigger returns by cutting out professional money managers and advisers.
Business
January 22
Most adults don’t want a life of pure leisure, says Barbara O’Neill, who built a career helping people save up for retirement.

How to have a retirement worth saving for

Work also provides people with a sense of meaning. And when work ends, a new struggle can begin.
Business
January 22
Volunteer Gerard Bodell leads the board of Minnesota Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA).

St. Anthony: Retired Target manager fighting to shore up court advocate volunteer program serving foster kids

The ranks have declined, both because of COVID-19 and because a training program was suspended.
Business
January 22
Lee Schafer in his home office in St. Paul.

Schafer: What do you really need to retire?

Columnist Lee Schafer signs off grateful for the richness of life.
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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Minneapolis
January 21
Server Luis Gonzalez brought food to Jasheena Bond and Erica Mooring on Friday at Smack Shack in Minneapolis. Owners of the restaurant were part of th

Restaurant owners sue Mpls. and Frey over vaccine mandate

Plaintiffs say the requirements of the vaccine pose challenges and go against guidance from medical experts.
Duluth
January 21
Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson wants to add underwater lodging to Burlington Bay, with the help of an anonymous adviser. The town’s city council vo

An underwater hotel on Lake Superior? Two Harbors' mayor is raising eyebrows

Chris Swanson has big plans and guidance from an anonymous self-proclaimed billionaire.
Business
January 21
In its defamation lawsuit against Mike Lindell, a prominent Trump supporter and CEO of the Chaska-based MyPillow, voting technology company Smartmatic

Second voting technology company sues MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for defamation

Smartmatic says Lindell falsely accused it of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.