UnitedHealth Group, and its health insurance business UnitedHealthcare, are based in Minnetonka, Minn.

UnitedHealthcare partners with Walmart on free at-home COVID tests

Insurer says the cost of federally-mandated testing might be offset by lower health care use with pandemic surges.

Minnesota's Tru Shrimp files to go public

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A Pacific white-legged shrimp raised at Tru Shrimp’s facility in Balaton, Minn.
It's the state's first IPO registration of 2022. The indoor shrimp farming company plans to break ground on its S.D. plant this year.

General Mills seeks to give consumers what they want. Can it move fast enough?

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Bold Cultr — an animal-free cream cheese made with milk proteins produced by microflora and fermentation — is the latest product from G-Works, Gen
The company's recent reorganization changed its innovation strategy. It is taking small but more frequent bets on new products, like lactose-free cheese.
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U.S. Bancorp’s profit gain in the last quarter of 2021 was driven chiefly by the reinstatement of funds it set aside for potential loan-related loss

U.S. Bank eliminates some overdraft fees

A number of other banks have also begun making similar moves in recent weeks.
Business
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Fastenal’s results for the fourth quarter of 2021 and the year exceeded analyst expectations

Recovering industrial sector helped lift Fastenal's results

Fastenal is among the first companies to report quarterly results each quarter, so it is considered a bellwether on manufacturing trends.
Coronavirus
January 18
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 variants, Minnesota mask requirements and more

Advice is evolving along with the coronavirus. Here's the latest from staff and news service reports.
Business
January 18
Great River has made a deal for big wind farm in North Dakota.

Great River signs agreement to build big North Dakota wind farm

The project would replace some coal power transported to Minnesota in wake of controversial deal.
Business
January 18
CEO Tawanna Black of the Center for Economic Inclusion, which has launched a new tool to help businesses measure their equity and inclusion efforts.

St. Paul nonprofit creates racial equity index to help firms shrink equity gaps

The Center for Economic Inclusion on Tuesday unveiled its racial equity dividends index.
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Worker expectations change at Minnesota firms as pandemic retreats.
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January 18

Twin Cities woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud that cost state more than $860K

Seven others were also charged by the state Attorney General's Office.
Coronavirus
January 18
A health department worker handed out at-home COVID-19 test kits last month in Ohio. Minnesota health insurers are beginning to cover the cost of at-h

Health plans begin coverage for at-home COVID tests in Minnesota

State says consumers need to check first with insurers for details on how to access the new benefit.
Business
January 18
Opus Regional Vice President Beth Duyvejonck, left, and site superintendent Craig Anderson perform a site safety audit in a new activity center being

Opus' Beth Duyvejonck a leader in recruiting more women to construction field

Duyvejonck has steadily risen through ranks at Opus Design Build and wants the industry to step up recruiting of women, underrepresented populations.
Duluth
January 18
Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center will be torn down when the health care system’s new downtown Duluth hospital tower opens in 2023.

Duluth's St. Mary's hospital to be torn down

The new replacement tower will open in 2023.
Business
January 16
Medtronic’s operational headquarters in Fridley.

FDA: Medtronic slow to update, recall defective insulin pumps for diabetes patients

The medical device company, with its operational headquarters in Fridley, said it is working to comply with the FDA findings.
Business
January 16
Having photos and videos disappear on Facebook is a common issue.

Alexander: Solving the mystery of vanishing Facebook photos and videos

It's a common problem and the solution is not obvious.
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.
Business
January 16
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., shown here in a 1960 address, talked about institutional racism and how it intersects with segregation and poverty.

How should businesses commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Here's some advice

Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, lists some actions based on Martin Luther King Jr.'s writings.
Business
January 16
When I Work’s office space in Minneapolis. The company raised $200 million from investors in 2021.

Despite pandemic, investments in Minnesota startups top $1B again in 2021

For the third consecutive year, investors committed more than $1 billion to rising and privately owned Minnesota startups.
Business
January 16
CEO Andy Blackburn of Niron Magnetics

Minneapolis' Niron Magnetics still small, but intends to be big player in greener economy

The company, having raised $30 million in capital, is building a Minneapolis pilot plant to make sustainable magnets that will replace use of imported rare-earth materials.
Business
January 15
Dani Carlin handed out frozen paints for an activity at Carlin’s home-based child-care center Little Naturalists in St. Paul. The number of home-bas

Parents near breaking point as COVID adds to child-care crisis

The number of child-care slots is declining, and centers are dealing with staff shortages and pandemic rules, while parents are left with expensive bills for incomplete care.
Business
January 15
A man, donning a surgical mask, walked through a downtown Minneapolis skyway. Thousands of large Minnesota employers are balancing the emotions of its

With no federal mandate, large Minn. employers consider vaccine requirements

Employers with diverging camps in their workforces — the vaccine hesitant and the exposure averse — will now have to choose their battle.
Local
January 15
In 2019, snow removal equipment operated on a runway at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

MSP Airport Teamsters who plow snow reach tentative agreement

The union had filed a notice to go on strike.
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
January 15

When writing, think about where to put the attribution

The "internal attribution" technique can help retain the rhythm in writing.
Business
January 15
Specialist Donald Himpele Jr. worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange earlier this month.

Moderate stock valuations reduce downside risk

Stock prices went up sharply last year, but the earnings they're compared against went up far more.
Business
January 15
The Federal Reserve building in Washington.

In a blitz of hawkish speeches, Fed officials convey that rate hikes are real

Even some of the most dovish members of the central bank's rate-setting panel are talking about them.