Patterson's headquarters in Mendota Heights. (GLEN STUBBE/Star Tribune)

Increased pet ownership during pandemic helps Mendota Heights' company double quarterly earnings

Increased pet ownership helped Patterson's third quarter results while dental practices are still struggling to get back to pre-pandemic patient levels.

Best Buy makes deal to provide its senior services on Apple Watch

March 3
The platform will be the first to use Apple's fall detection technology.

Communications Systems to become Pineapple, switch focus to home solar industry

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The Minnetonka company already has sold two businesses and plans to divest its other holdings in the broadband industry to fund the merger and new company.
Business
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Jeff Gau

St. Cloud-based Marco's CEO retiring

Gau started as a sales rep there 37 years ago; firm's president will take his job.
Business
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Twin Cities retail stores, hotels and offices saw vacancy rates rise in the second half of last year.

Second half of 2020 tough for much of Twin Cities commercial real estate

Apartment and industrial properties stay strong while offices and hotels struggle, report says
Agriculture
March 3
Bonnie Haugen and her family have been farming near Canton, Minn., near the Iowa border since the 1990s.

Minnesota farmers prepare for new direction from Washington

A new year brings new reasons for optimism for Minnesota's farmers, fueled by a booming export market with China and forecasts for a strong 2021 harvest. But the new administration has farmers wondering what's in store.
Business
March 2
The Ultimate Scraper is made in North Dakota and Minnesota. (Provided photo)

Minnesota product is the trick to scraping ice from your driveway

His effective sidewalk device is environmental alternative to ice melters.
Business
March 2
Amanda Brinkman, Deluxe’s chief brand and content officer, and host of "Small Business Revolution." (Provided by Deluxe)

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

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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March 2
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 2
Target gained $9 billion in market share this past fiscal year. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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

Now the Minneapolis-based retailer plans to invest $4B a year to be ready for whatever the next disruption will be.
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.…
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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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 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
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…