The acquisition of luxury motorhome maker Newmar helped increase sales for Winnebago.

New consumers driven to the RVing lifestyle fuel solid growth for Winnebago

Fourth-quarter earnings for the recreational vehicle company exceeded expectations, as people turned to outdoor activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Schafer: What looks like a giveaway to Google is actually a bet against decline in Becker

Xcel Energy’s Sherco Power Plant in Becker, Minn.
As much as people hate taxpayer assistance for big businesses like Google, doing nothing won't be popular, either.

Minneapolis health insurance startup Bind Benefits raises $105 million

Tony Miller, CEO of Bind Benefits.
The startup is launching fully insured health plans in dozens of states in 2021.
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Ethanol producer Poet-DSM's $275 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa.

Iowa reaches settlement on ethanol plant closure

The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved a settlement with Poet DSM Advanced Biofuels last week.
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An empty Zeitgeist theater in Duluth in September. Hospitality and food service jobs have dropped by 30% over the past year in the region.

Job seekers drop out in Duluth leaving smallest workforce in decades

Retirements, parents staying at home to care for children and COVID-19 concerns are all a factor.
Eat & Drink
Famous Dave's made a deal with another restaurant chain to increase takeout/delivery options.

Famous Dave's creating 'ghost kitchens,' dual concept through Johnny Carino's deal

Agreement allows chain to open kitchens or sites with Johnny Carino's.
A rendering shows the familiar building in Uptown, which is being renamed Seven Points. New construction may include apartments.

Calhoun Square gets new name, with remake to follow

Redevelopment to reopen Lake and Hennepin entrance, add mix of office and retail.
South Metro
October 20
Amazon's Shakopee fulfillment center.

Lakeville approves plans for new Amazon fulfillment center

Amazon expects to open a 750,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Lakeville next summer, following a unanimous City Council vote Monday to approve the tech giant's plans.The…
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October 20 in North Mankato can't find enough workers for Halloween rush.

Minnesota retailers adjust as pandemic brings Halloween tricks and treats

Some stores are making accommodations for social distancing, while others can't find enough workers to fill orders.
October 20

Kohl's betting on new focus on leisure apparel

Retailer to put more focus on leisure apparel.
October 20
Jamie Davila of Ultranauts, where 75% of employees are on the autism scale, says the goal is to create a safe space for everyone to be heard.

Company's remote workspace values employees' differences

Ultranauts has made a priority of diversity and inclusion.
October 20
Pentair's executive offices in Golden Valley. (GLEN STUBBE/

Pentair had good quarter thanks to people investing in their pools

Home improvements attributed to the pandemic helped overall performance, analysts say.
October 20

Tribes make new move to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline

Native American tribes opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline once again have asked a federal judge to stop the flow of oil while the legal battle over the line's future plays out.
West Metro
October 19
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a Minnetonka company is recalling about 11 tons of frozen meat pro

Minnetonka company recalls frozen meat products

More than 20,000 pounds of frozen hot dish and sloppy joe products recalled because of lack of inspections.
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.
State's top 50 public companies – with No. 1 at $242B in revenue
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October 19
Low interest rates are helping Twin Cities housing market.

Low interest rates keep Twin Cities home sales rolling along

Low interest rates fuel surge in demand in September, when sales usually slow down.
October 19
Target is going to give 350,000 of its hourly employees another $200 bonus because of the pandemic. Shown is a Target store in Westwood, Mass.

Target offers another $200 bonus to front-line employees because of pandemic

Retailer will spend more than $70 million on this round of bonuses.
St. Paul
October 19
An office in the former Ecolab headquarters is shown in August 2017 before it was redeveloped into Osborn370, a tech center in Downtown St. Paul. (Sta

St. Paul office market holding up in pandemic as vacancy rates decline

Downtown St. Paul office vacancies fell this year, despite the pandemic
October 18

How digital transformation enhances businesses

It breaks down to two main groups, the enablers and the touch points.
October 18

Recent bankruptcy filings in Minneapolis and St. Paul

St. Paul Shaky Town Express LLC, Emmons, Minn.; filed Oct. 14, 20-32409; Chap. 11; assets, $937,875; liabilities, $1,128,953. Steve Petersen, president.   Michael William Carlson,…
October 18
Julia Dapkus and her 8-year-old daughter Isabelle, who has developmental disabilities, distance learn on her laptop with her fidget mouse in Plymouth,

This company reinvented the computer mouse, with good reason

The multisensory device is covered in silicon nubs, wireless and minimizes noises to avoid distraction
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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October 18

Insider trading

Best Buy Co. Inc. Richard M. Schulze,  beneficial owner Shares sold: 750,000 Price: Date: Oct. 6-7 $115.08-$118.16 Indirectly holds:…
October 18

Mackay: The ABCs of good management

Advice that fits the bill from A to Z.
October 18
A pulse survey can reveal unexpected problems employees currently face in their home work situations.

Forum: COVID upended the workplace. Here's the key to determining what's next

Firms must constantly and sometimes very quickly adapt to the changing fundamental human needs of employees.