Dave Bortnem, chief executive of online insurance marketplace Direct Benefits, is planning for a future that will blend the flexibilities of remote wo

How Minnesota companies can make 'hybrid' workplaces work

As more companies consider having remote and office-based employees, leaders are wondering how to play fair.

38 Minnesota companies make national Top Workplace list

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Winners are chosen based on the feedback employees gave in a survey.
Energage has partnered with the Star Tribune for more than a decade to produce a Top Workplaces list for Minnesota. For the first time, it has produced a national list that recognizes companies that "prioritize a people-centered culture."

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February 27
Minnesota’s power companies don’t really count on wind turbines to contribute much during cold snaps.
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February 27
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

Downtown Minneapolis businesses torn: Project confidence or board up for Derek Chauvin trial?

Some don't want to send a wrong message; others fear more damage could do them in.
Local
February 27
The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced Friday that it will increase the maximum annual crisis benefit in its Energy Assistance Program from $6

Minnesota Department of Commerce doubles crisis benefits to help heat homes

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has doubled the amount of assistance families can qualify for to help cover the costs to heat their homes following…
Business
February 27
Nick Schneider, Arctic Wolf’s president, and Kristin Dean, senior vice president of people.

Eden Prairie's Arctic Wolf is employee-focused — and growing

Arctic Wolf, a cybersecurity firm that moved its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Eden Prairie last year, is growing fast.
Business
February 27
People Using Laptop and Credit Score Concept on Table

More consumers complain about errors on their credit reports

Add this to the financial fallout from the pandemic: More consumers are complaining about errors on their credit reports, and many are frustrated when trying…
Business
February 27
Companies that took good care of their employees during the pandemic will see lasting good will with workers. (iStock)

Employee treatment during COVID-19 will have effect on brand reputation

It will affect everything from productivity and turnover to customer retention and recruiting.
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February 27
Peter Sellers and Melvyn Douglas in “Being There.”

5 guidelines for assessing the effectiveness of leaders' intellect

The balance between "simple" and "brilliant" is often seen differently by the lenses of history.
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February 27
Entropy, order devolving into disorder, is guaranteed to occur at any major life shift.

Learning to handle disorder is key facet of solid financial planning

I am not an expert on thermodynamics, but the second law is about entropy. Ordered systems tend to become disordered. Throw money into the equation…
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February 26
General Mills bought Annie’s Homegrown in 2014, and its popularity has skyrocketed during the pandemic as homebound consumers turn to packaged food.

Annie's pledges purge of phthalates chemicals from its mac and cheese

The General Mills-owned company said it will work with supply chain on goal.
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February 26
A St. Paul food distribution company is recalling ready-to-eat meat and poultry salads and wraps because of possible listeria contamination, the U.S.

St. Paul company recalls salads and wraps due to possible listeria contamination

A St. Paul food distribution company is recalling ready-to-eat meat and poultry salads and wraps because of possible listeria contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture…
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February 26

CEO Pay Watch: H.B. Fuller's James Owens made nearly $6.8M last year

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February 26
Minneapolis City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Rent control measure moves forward in Minneapolis

City leaders say steep increases in rents are disproportionately affecting Minneapolis residents of color.
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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February 26
Juan Salinas powder-coated decorative heat vents last week at JIT Powder Coating in Farmington. JIT used a $550,000 PPP loan to pay 60 employees for 1

Minnesota lawmakers consider matching tax forgiveness on pandemic aid

It took a fight between Congress and the Treasury Department for the pandemic aid to become tax-free on the federal level. State legislators are thinking about whether to do the same thing.
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February 26
Small airplanes sat behind Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth on Monday June 29, 2020.

Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft sales hurt by pandemic, rebounded late in 2020

Second-quarter sales dropped nearly 40% but by year end shipments were 10% off 2019 levels.
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February 26
Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery during a game in 2019.

Ex-Lynx guard Montgomery becomes part owner of Atlanta team

The team was sold after former Sen. Kelly Loeffler came under fire from players in the league. Messaging from players played a role in Loeffler's U.S. Senate defeat.
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February 26

38 Minnesota companies make national Top Workplace list

Learn more about Arctic Wolf and the 37 other companies on the list, plus how employers can make the "hybrid" workplace work.
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February 26
Omnia Fishing co-founders CEO Matt Johnson, Dan Wick and Chris Morgal in the company's 10,000-square-foot warehouse in Golden Valley. (Provided by

Golden Valley startup selling fishing tackle, gear hooks $2.1M in investments

Omnia not only sells the gear, it helps consumers pick out what they need for specific lakes.
Business
February 25
Zillow is now so confident in its ability to estimate the value of a home without ever setting foot inside, it will make a cash offer on select houses

Zillow to make cash offers for houses in Twin Cities based on its 'Zestimates'

Zillow, other iBuyers say their approach makes selling a house easier; others are not so sure.
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February 25
Scott Koecheler, co-owner Bogart’s Entertainment Center, spoke about the lawsuit and how state restrictions are affecting his business, at a press c

Amusement operators sue Walz over curfew, other restrictions on bars

The lawsuit notes that other establishments, such as retail stores, aren't subject to the same constraints.
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February 25
Tennant's thrid autonomous mobile robot, the T16AMR, is made for logistics centers and industrial facilities. (Provided by Tennant)

Tennant still being hit by COVID-19 effects

Revenue and earnings fell in 2020, but the company is off to a busy 2021 highlighted by a CEO change, new product introductions and the sale of one of its units.
Business
February 25
Dr. Joseph Lee, currently medical director of Hazelden Betty Ford, will become its CEO in June. (Provided by Hazelden)

Hazelden Betty Ford promoting its medical director to chief executive

Dr. Joseph Lee — who will be the first physician and person of color to lead the addiction treatment organization — specializes in child and adolescent addiction.