File art of the rebranded line of Hamburger Helper meals, photographed at the General Mills offices in Golden Valley, Minn., on Tuesday, June 25, 2

General Mills to sell Hamburger Helper, other brands for $610 million

With the divestiture, the Minnesota company diminishes its presence in the boxed-food category it pioneered 50 years ago.

Farm income remains strong despite inflation, says Minneapolis Fed

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FILE-Minnesota farmers beat drought and supply chain snags to post near-record profits in 2021.
A new survey of lenders by the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis found farm incomes in Minnesota, Dakotas and other states off to a strong start in 2022 despite higher costs of business.

Best Buy prepares for a 'slowdown' as sales slip amid declining demand

May 24
Best Buy’s latest financial results missed diminished expectations.
Best Buy executives lowered their sales outlook and forecast ongoing pressure on profits this year.
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Janssen Hang, executive director and co-founder of HAFA Farm in rural Dakota County, welcomes visitors from the Farm Credit Administration on Tuesday,

U.S. farm bank regulators tour Minnesota, tout plan to increase credit for emerging farmers

Farm Credit Administration leaders swung through southern Minnesota last week, touring farms and other rural sites with the goal of spreading awareness about credit available for new farmers.
Business
May 24
FILE-The Minnesota Legislature addressed a number of issues that had clouded the future of the state’s hemp industry.

Minnesota greenlights small doses of THC derived from legal hemp

Among a suite of changes to the state's hemp industry, up to 5 mg of hemp-derived THC will be allowed in food and beverages.
Business
May 24
Real estate developer Dan Coleman, right to left, P.J. Hill and Billy Jones, who owns ForReal Coffeehouse at 3740 Chicago Av. in Minneapolis and grew

St. Anthony: There's hope for more Black entrepreneurs around George Floyd Square

Two years after riots devastated area businesses following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, owners are working to rebuild.
Business
May 24
Toro’s new robotic lawn mowers for residential markets will be available in 2023.

Toro's new robot mower is like a Roomba for your lawn

Toro announced the introduction of robotic lawn mower for the residential market that uses optical sensors.
St. Paul
May 24
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St. Paul business climate bouncing back after pandemic, says chamber's B Kyle

Chamber CEO talks about surviving a loss of downtown employees and continuing to help businesses connect.
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Worker expectations change at Minnesota firms as pandemic retreats.
Business
May 24
The city’s reconstruction plan for the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue will involve the entire public right-of-way and will include n

At George Floyd Square, 'all the businesses ... are still struggling'

A lack of parking due to concrete barricades and sculptures at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis is hindering customer traffic, they say.
Business
May 24
Two administrative law judges ruled in favor of CenterPoint, the state’s largest natural gas provider, and other utilities in how much they can char

Judges: Minn. customers should bear full $660M in costs from Feb. 2021 storm

Two administrative law judges said CenterPoint Energy, Xcel and the state's other natural gas utilities acted "prudently" in their actions.
Business
May 23
Developers hope $200M update brings Northstar Center back to life

Developers hope $200M update brings Northstar Center back to life

Sherman Associates joins Polaris Properties in a long-awaited overhaul of a complex that covers nearly an entire block.
Business
May 23
UnitedHealth Group is No. 5 on this year’s Fortune 500.

Sixteen Minnesota companies make Fortune 500 list

UnitedHealth Group retains spot as fifth largest public company in U.S.
Business
May 23
They may not look like it, but farmers markets are struggling in Minneapolis

They may not look like it, but farmers markets are struggling in Minneapolis

A farmers market in northeast Minneapolis is having difficulty raising funds. Another is taking the year off.
Business
May 22
The inventor of Dyson vacuum cleaners took 15 years to get it right.

Mackay: You gotta want success

Desire is a key ingredient to developing an idea or building a career.
These are the top 50 public companies in Minnesota ranked by revenue
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These are the top 50 public companies in Minnesota ranked by revenue
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The top five companies on the Star Tribune 50 each had double-digit revenue gains in 2021. The group as a whole has grown as well. The addition of new companies over the past few years have helped raised the floor from $88.3 million in 2018 to $233.4 million this year.
Business
May 22
You need to make sure you are prepared and that you treat the worker with dignity when you fire someone, professionals say.

Firing someone is hard. Here's how to prepare.

There are legal and emotional effects when it's time to dismiss someone, or many people, from a job.
Business
May 22
Millions of amateur investors are confronting their first big downturn in the stock market.

Amateur investors who joined the market during the pandemic confront first big pullback

An estimated 20 million people started trading on their own in the pandemic.
Business
May 22
Reach out to job search services to help update your résumé and figure out next steps.

Being fired is hard. Here's how to protect your rights in Minnesota — and move on

You need to figure out your finances, then reach out for help with your résumé and job hunt.
Business
May 21
Co-owner Mary Lau served the lunchtime crowd at her restaurant, the Peking Garden in St. Paul, which had to relocate after the riots in May 2020. She

Riot-damaged businesses on St. Paul's University Avenue recovering — finally

The corridor, heavily damaged in the unrest that followed George Floyd's murder, is now starting to see renovated buildings and funds to help with more.
Coronavirus
May 21
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 omicron variant, Minnesota testing, vaccines and more

Advice is evolving along with the coronavirus. Here's the latest from staff and news service reports.
Business
May 21
The water tower in Warren, Minn.

The summer Minnesota's wells dried up

The extreme drought of 2021 brought a record drawdown in private wells — often exacerbated by agricultural irrigators — pitting neighbors against one another in rural pockets of the state's western edge.
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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Business
May 21
These are the top 50 public companies in Minnesota ranked by revenue

These are the top 50 public companies in Minnesota ranked by revenue

The top five companies on the Star Tribune 50 each had double-digit revenue gains in 2021. The group as a whole has grown as well. The addition of new companies over the past few years have helped raised the floor from $88.3 million in 2018 to $233.4 million this year.
Business
May 21
Life Time fitness went public for the second time last year. Shown is the Chanhassen club.

For second straight year, Minnesota added more public companies than it lost

Minnesota added eight new public companies by IPO but lost some more along the way.
Business
May 21
Doug Baker retired on May 5 as executive chairman of Ecolab after working at the St. Paul-based company since 1989.

Ecolab's Doug Baker has already started his next chapter

Doug Baker retired from Ecolab but has several ventures underway to keep his fingers in the local economy.