The Ultimate Scraper is made in North Dakota and Minnesota. (Provided photo)

Minnesota company's product trick to scraping ice from your driveway

His effective sidewalk device is environmental alternative to ice melters.

Target's sales grew $15B last year, more than last 11 combined

March 2
Target gained $9 billion in market share this past fiscal year.
Now the Minneapolis-based retailer plans to invest $4B a year to be ready for whatever the next disruption will be.

Shoreview company's 'Small Business Revolution' comes home to help Black-owned firms

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Amanda Brinkman, Deluxe’s chief brand and content officer, and host of "Small Business Revolution." (Provided by Deluxe)
Deluxe's reality series has focused on small towns, but after George Floyd's killing and the unrest that followed, the company decided to focus on Twin Cities.
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Entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota.

U to expand study of whether common diabetes drug could treat COVID

Early research suggests metformin, an inexpensive drug used for diabetes and weight loss, can help women infected with the virus avoid serious illness.
Business
March 1
Villaume Industries of Eagan must hire more women as part of an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Eagan truss and pallet maker to pay $90K over 'blatant gender discrimination'

Eagan company will pay $90,000, agrees to change hiring, training practices.
Business
March 1
Stuart Simeko is about to start site work on a subdivision in Hastings that’s aimed at people who are 55 and older. He’s already overwelmed by the

Single-family homebuilding surges 32% in Twin Cities

Metro builders lament lack of supply amid dramatic increase in demand for housing.
Business
March 1

Stratasys says recent moves, including expanded Airbus deal, should put it back on track

The company, based in Eden Prairie and Israel, shows sequential quarterly improvement and anticipates trends will continue as it launches new initiatives in 2021.
Business
March 1

Bill Flies, tech pioneer and restorer of Old Frontenac, Minn., dies at 78

Bill Flies, a southern Minnesota farm boy who invented technology, started companies and helped restore a historic Minnesota village on the Mississippi River, died Feb.…
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March 1
Lab workers log in specimen samples at the Mayo Clinic Superior Drive facility in March 2020 in Rochester.  (Staff photo by David Joles/david.joles@st

Mayo Clinic posts $728 million in income despite pandemic

After an initial hit, demand for COVID test helps to drive strong results.
Business
March 1
Boxes and furniture fill a packed storage unit  at Twin Cities Self Storage in 2014. (Staff photo by Aaron Lavinsky/ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com)

Twin Cities added 1.2 million square feet of storage space in 2020

The metro now ranks among the 10 largest in the U.S. for storage units.
Business
March 1
A security guard stood in an aisle at Greenway Liquors in Loring Park, where numerous looting incidents prompted the owner to put up boards on windows

Mpls. businesses are torn: Show confidence or board up for trial?

Some don't want to send a wrong message; others fear more damage could do them in.
Business
March 1
Alex Golden-Wolf, who is Ojibwe, quit her restaurant jobs in the Duluth area to move to Camp Migizi, near Cloquet, to protest Line 3.

Enbridge's Line 3 deal-making divides Ojibwe bands in Minn.

Two offers, one accepted and one rejected, underscore Enbridge's attempts to win over the Ojibwe bands in Minnesota — and the tensions those efforts have caused as construction of the controversial pipeline enters its fourth month.
Business
March 1
Polaris headquarters in Medina. (Provided by Polaris)

Polaris' first full-size electric ATV should be available by early 2022

New all electric Ranger will be designed and developed in Minnesota and built in Alabama.
Business
February 28

Alexander: Don't miss calls because the phone didn't ring or vibrate

Q: My iPhone XS, now 26 months old, has a ringing problem, even though it's never been dropped or damaged. The phone often doesn't ring…
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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2019 will likely be remembered as the last full year of an economic expansion that lasted more than a decade. Next year's Star Tribune 50 is likely to look very different because of the coronavirus disruption.
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February 28
Minnesota Diversified Industries CEO Peter McDermott, left, and Eric Black, who will succeed McDermott as MDI’s chief executive in April.

MDI, a pioneer in workforce inclusion, seeks further expansion

One morning last week, Steve Reinardy, a nine-year employee of Minnesota Diversified Industries in northeast Minneapolis, sanitized surfaces to guard against the coronavirus."I clean everything…
Business
February 28

Business people

Moving upMargaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, Eden Prairie, promoted Jason Cole to program director, environment. Cole has served as program officer since joining the company in…
Business
February 28

A rush to judgment can lead to disaster or regrets

A bird was searching for a home to lay her eggs so they would be safe during the coming rainy season. In her search, she…
Business
February 28

What to consider before buying a franchise post-pandemic

Q: What are things to consider before buying a franchise in the post-COVID future?A: Many things will have changed as we begin to move past…
Business
February 28

Recent bankruptcy filings in Minneapolis and St. Paul

MINNEAPOLISLundberg Farms Partnership, Murdock, Minn., filed Feb. 19, 21-40285; Chap. 12; assets, $2,306,060; liabilities, $4,441,023. Kevin Lundberg, managing partner.St. PaulBuehring Farms LLC, Rush City, Minn.;…
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February 28

Insider trading

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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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February 28
Shoppers try to beat the snowstorm before the holidays Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 at a Target Super Store in Richfield, Minnesota.

Target's investment in stores — which paid off during pandemic — isn't over

The retailer has focused on store-centric fulfillment for years and it boosted growth during the pandemic.
Business
February 28
Former President Trump’s economics and Treasury officials waited to speak to him about tax reform in 2017 at the White House.

Time for corporate leaders to get serious about diversity efforts

James Carville's famous slogan, "It's the economy, stupid," is still commonly used when the answer to a question is staring you right in the face.…
Business
February 28
Laura Orcutt, senior vice president/director of product at Bell Bank.

Bell Bank's new product director a 'quarterback' for strategy, development of financial tools

Laura Orcutt is applying her extensive banking industry experience to serve as an organizational "quarterback" as senior vice president/director of product at Bell Bank.Orcutt most…