The choir group Known MPLS performed at last year’s Juneteenth Community Festival in north Minneapolis.

U.S. Bank branches to close for Juneteenth, other Minn.-based companies make it a work holiday

As part of diversity and inclusion efforts, many corporations have either made the day a holiday or a volunteer day and also have scheduled educational programming around it.

U.S. Supreme Court rules for Cargill, Nestle in lawsuit over child slavery in cocoa production

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The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit accusing Cargill and Nestle of helping to perpetuate the use of child labor in the harvest of cocoa in Afri
The nation's high court sided with cocoa companies in the long-running child labor case, stopping short of granting corporate immunity for all overseas human rights violations.

Minnesota showed steady job growth in May

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Minnesota added 12,300 jobs last month and has recovered about 60% of the jobs lost at the start of the pandemic.
As unemployment inched down to 4%, Minnesota has recovered 60% of the jobs it lost at the start of the pandemic.
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An aerial view near Park Rapids, Minn., June 6, 2021, of construction of the Line 3 pipeline project. (

PUC tells Enbridge to provide more information to Line 3 landowners

At the same time the PUC rejected a broader challenge to the company's "landowner choice" program.
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The James J. Hill Center in downtown St. Paul has been sold to Minneapolis-based First & First.

Historic J.J. Hill Center in downtown St. Paul finds a buyer

Minneapolis-based First & First plans to upgrade the former business reference library and operate it as an events center.
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Allianz is formulating on a hybrid work plan based on what types of work needs to be done where.

Worker expectations change at Minnesota firms as pandemic retreats

The key is seeking balance. Flexible work arrangements depend on the type of job, the workflow and needs of employees.
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As the end of the pandemic arrives, some businesses are finding that the challenges they faced before it happened are still there.

Schafer: Back to normal means the normal challenges are back, too

The news that General Mills is cutting jobs after its stellar response to the pandemic, and the results that followed, shows that going back to where things were was never going to be easy.
Business
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Is your company on the list of Minnesota's 2021 Top Workplaces?

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June 16
Professional beekeeper Ben Grout, center, with Kraus-Anderson employees Tonya Kostick, Amber Emly and Mike Smoczyk.

Minnesota companies finding time to connect with workers who miss daily interaction

Top firms work harder to keep employees at home engaged, with fun and community service.
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June 16
If the thought of returning to your physical workplace unsettles you, this guide is for you.

How to negotiate continued remote work

Have you been working from home since March 2020? Hearing rumblings that you will be expected to go back to in-person work this year? If…
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June 16

Successful training programs are all about trajectory

Harvard economist Lawrence Katz and a team of researchers studied worker-training programs to identify traits that align with enrollees' success.They searched for programs that propel…
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June 16

JBS, Waste Management follow other companies in offering tuition benefit

JBS and Waste Management are both adding college tuition for workers and their children to attract new employees.
Business
June 16

Minnesota CEOs, in their own words, on lessons learned in 2020

We asked the Special Award winners in leadership and management to share lessons of 2020 and how they would apply them moving forward. Here are their answers in their own words, edited for length and clarity.
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June 16
Doctors took part in an improv session at Brave New Workshop as part of a HealthPartners program on communication and stress.

Brave New Workshop teaches how the magic behind improv can help businesses

Brave New Workshop CEO says mind-set is as important as skills and technology.
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.
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J.L. Buchanan is a retail consulting firm for brands and suppliers to Target stores. It’s also a “results-only work environment,” or ROWE, where

How small Top Workplaces adapted to working remotely during the pandemic

Flexibility, opportunity for upward mobility are among the elements that help small businesses thrive.
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Sezzle General Counsel Candice Ciresi said the company sent employees company swag, including rubber chickens, to “keep joy in the workplace.”

About that rubber chicken — how Minn. companies still had fun during remote work

Top Workplaces firms said creativity was key to improving communications — or keeping them strong — during the pandemic year.
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June 16
Tile Shop Holdings shares will return to the main Nasdaq trading board on Thursday, after a controversial delisting in October 2019.

Tile Shop stock returns to main Nasdaq on Thursday

The Plymouth-based retailer took itself off the main Nasdaq exchange in late 2019, surprising its investors. After a business rebound last year, new investors pushed for its return.
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June 16
Margret Aldrich of Little Free Library, left, with Colle McVoy employees who worked on the “Read in Color” project, including Puja Shah, top right

Top Workplaces are learning to walk the walk on diversity

Large and midsize Top Workplaces refocus their efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion.
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June 16
Mike Mikan, CEO of Bright Health, which is seeking to raise $1.55 billion from its IPO.

Bright Health sets terms for IPO, could raise $1.55 billion

Minnesota companies are on pace for six IPOs in 2021, which would be the most in more than 20 years.
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June 16
Cargill’s new joint venture began construction on a new facility in Eddyville, Iowa, where it will create a plant-based alternative to synthetic pla

Cargill backs corn as substitute for plastic, builds new plant in Iowa

The Minnetonka-based agribusiness is building a new facility in Iowa to create a corn-based alternative to petroleum-based plastics used in certain consumer goods.
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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June 16
Kelsey Devine and Alex Bauman planted the window box at their new house in Minneapolis. The couple were aggressive with their offer and waived an insp

Twin Cities housing market stays strong as median price hits $342,500 in May

Buyers still outnumber sellers in much of the metro area and prices are rising at a rapid clip, though one survey showed a slight uptick in price cuts.
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June 16
Pictured from March is City Center, including the empty Brooks Brothers space. Bell Bank now occupies the space.

City Center in downtown Minneapolis signs four new tenants, including two restaurants

The news has downtown watchers cautiously optimistic.
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June 15
Bayer’s coated seeds. ] RENÉE JONES SCHNEIDER reneejones@startribune.com

Land O'Lakes agrees to help clean up contaminated site in Nebraska

A Land O'Lakes unit had shipped discarded seed that was coated with pesticides and fungicides to a Nebraska ethanol plant.