Abbott Labs, with headquarters in the Chicago area, has a significant presence Minnesota following the company’s acquisition of St. Jude Medical.

Suit by fired Abbott Labs sales rep claims gender, age discrimination

Abbott Labs denies the claims, laid out in a lawsuit that alleged multiple instances of favoritism toward younger and less-experienced men in the sales of medical devices.

Bright Health's revenue jumps to $1.1B in first quarterly report as public company

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Bright Health has its headquarters in Bloomington. The management team includes UnitedHealth Group veterans.
The health insurer, which this summer issued the state's largest-ever initial public offering of stock, posted a loss of $43.7 million for the second quarter.

JPMorgan Chase CEO says rise in COVID-19 cases won't derail economic recovery

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JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said hello Monday to Tsedenya Mengiste, a personal banker at Chase’s Ventura Village branch on East Franklin Ave.
Jamie Dimon was in Minneapolis Monday. The nation's largest bank has been rapidly expanding in the Twin Cities after opening its first branch here in 2019.
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Melissa Sanders Carroll, executive director of Ideag, the organization that puts on Farmfest.

Minnesota's Farmfest back after a year off

The yearly farm show in southwestern Minnesota starts Tuesday after a year off
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August 2

Minnesota Human Rights Department finds St. Paul dentist engaged in age discrimination

Natural Dental owner denies charges, agrees to pay fired business manager $54,000 and take steps to prevent further issues.
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August 2
Back-to-school supplies await shoppers at a Massachusetts story in July.

Minnesotans plan to spend more on back to school than national average

A Deloitte survey found that parents in the state will spend $682 per child, 16% more than the national average. There is an emphasis on electronics because while most kids are heading back to the classroom, parents are planning just in case.
August 2
Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford will usher in the company’s 100th anniversary along with rising profits.

No one thought farmers could work together — then came Land O'Lakes

CEO Beth Ford continues to chart new paths for the 100-year old cooperative, which took its name from a stick of butter.
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August 1
Maria Workman, a foreman working with PSG Contracting, watched as labor apprentice Francis Kirunda took measurements on the Southwest Light Rail line.

Diversity goals rarely met on Minn. construction projects

In dozens of instances over the past two years, companies contracting with the state did not employ a single woman or person of color as part of their construction team.
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August 1
What happens when a PC slows down before a Windows 10 update?

Alexander: Why a PC may slow down if a Windows 10 update is pending

The download process may affect other operations on a computer.
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August 1

Going public through an SPAC has advantages

A special-purpose acquisition company already has gone through the regulatory hurdles, and going public through the SPAC could increase a company's sale price.
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August 1
CEO Michael Howe (left) of the Good Clinic, and CEO Larry Diamond of parent company Mitesco.

Former MinuteClinic principals open walk-in clinic in Minneapolis, plan 3 more this year

The Good Clinic, a subsidiary of Mitesco in Minnetonka, plans to open 50 primary-care clinics nationally over three years.
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August 1

Impact of giving drew George Family Foundation president to philanthropy

Sean Malone, the new president, will help the foundation support community-building opportunities.
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July 31
Pro team sponsors pay to have their brands displayed in stadiums. During the pandemic, teams like Minnesota United had to get creative in fulfilling t

Minnesota pro sports teams switched playbook on sponsorships because of pandemic

The teams had to become creative and find more ways to connect their sponsor to fans through digital means, and some of those ideas will stick even as stadiums fill with fans again.
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July 31
Diners at Teeth, a bar in San Francisco, on July 9, 2021. Teeth began using digital menus based on QR code technology in August.Ê (Ulysses Ortega/The

More restaurants use QR codes, which worries privacy experts

When people enter Teeth, a bar in San Francisco's Mission district, the bouncer gives them options. They can order food and drinks at the bar,…
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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Revenue for the companies on the Star Tribune 50 list as a whole increased 5.5% to a cumulative $621.8 billion.
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July 31
Members of Bridgemakers MN held a celebratory picnic at Boom Island in Minneapolis. From top left, Jose Perez, Walter Cortina, Matt Norris, policy dir

How students helped change a state law that barred them from receiving unemployment benefits

A diverse coalition of students spent more than a year making their case to legislators, elected officials and the media
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July 31
Mai V. Yang, left, listened to Keich Hepburn, of Ramsey-Washington County Community Action,  explain an energy bill assistance program while she waite

Moratorium on utility disconnections ends Monday, as past-due bills accumulate

For Xcel, the average past-due amount in June was more than $500. The utility, along with others in the state, is trying to connect customers with assistance.
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July 31
Gary Kirt, former owner of Bell Mortgage, is shown with a house he purchased for $6,500 when he was 17.

Bell Mortgage's retired owner remembers his roots, steps up focus on homelessness and needy kids

Gary Kirt, son of the working class, bought his first house for $6,500 when he was in high school.
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July 31
A Landline van departed from St. Cloud Regional Airport to MSP. Along with shuttle service, the company can check bags and make reservations for trave

No St. Cloud connecting flights to MSP? Think again

New Landline service offers shuttle connection with Sun Country
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July 31
Some people can’t wait, but others do not want to go back to the office.

One thing's for sure: Not everyone wants to go back to the office

Managers will need to figure out what each worker will need to be more efficient.
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July 31
To understand motivations, ask the opposite question to the one you’re now asking.

Levin: Ask questions in a different way to zero in on financial motivations (and others)

To understand yourself, sometimes you might need to make an Opposite Day.
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July 31
Solid wood is durable but not indestructible, and it’s just one of many choices consumers face in the hunt for flooring.

Shopping for new flooring takes research, and a knack for sorting many options

For home remodelers, the first choice in flooring is about materials. Then comes color, finish and a lot more.
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July 31
While it’s easier to get your credit score, inaccuracies abound and the notion of a “free” score is sometimes misleading.

Weston: We deserve a better credit reporting system

The credit reporting system has improved, but there are changes that still need to be made — and Congress may need to do it.
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July 31
Money for a down payment is a significant obstacle for many people in the home-buying process.

Schafer: The maze to get down payment assistance must be simplified

The gap in homeownership in Minnesota could be narrowed, maybe significantly, if these programs were made more simple and uniform.