AAA expects a huge jump in travel over Memorial Day weekend

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If you’re traveling over the Memorial Day weekend, expect lots of company. The AAA auto club said Tuesday, May 11, that more than 37 million America
U.S. highways will be far busier over the Memorial Day holiday weekend than last year, but traffic still won't reach pre-pandemic levels, according to a forecast by the AAA auto club.

US job openings soar to highest level on record

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A sign advertising job openings at a restaurant in Detroit on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
U.S. employers posted a record number of available jobs in March, illustrating starkly the desperation of businesses trying to find new workers as the country emerges from the pandemic and the economy expands.
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A quad test used by the Sanford Health System in South Dakota. The test looks for multiple pathogens with a single sample.

Is it COVID or the flu? New combo tests can find out.

Quad test is available at thousands of hospitals and clinics around the country.
Business
May 10

Minnesota companies acquired by NAMSA

NAMSA has acquired four companies in the Twin Cities since 2009 to expand its offerings in medical-device testing and consulting. Deal prices were not disclosed.…
Business
May 10
Christophe Berthoux became chief executive of NAMSA in March.

NAMSA in growth mode under new leadership

Recent changes in ownership, executive leadership signal moves for near-term expansion.
Business
May 10
U.S. Bank is adding a new travel rewards card, called Connect, to its Altitude series of cards that started last year with Go. The cards are verticall

With travel poised for rebound, U.S. Bank launches new rewards card

U.S. Bank originally planned to offer the travel perks card last year, but the pandemic kept people home.
Nation
May 10
Travelers board a Jet Blue flight from Orlando to Washington. The Federal Aviation Administration said it had fielded 1,300 complaints of unruly passe

Cases of unruly airline fliers are soaring, and so are fines

The FAA has received more than 1,300 unruly-passenger reports from airlines since February. In the previous decade, the agency said, it took enforcement actions against 1,300 passengers total.
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Photography
May 10

Shipping container as backyard office? Meet TikiTainer

Andy Berg had a great job as a civil engineer, working with architects and designers on projects. When the pandemic hit, he began working first from his garage, then from a camper trailer parked in his back yard. With two kids home schooling, he needed his own space and began noodling on an idea to use discarded shipping containers for backyard offices. He and his wife launched Latitude Studios and now are marketing "TikiTainers" (tiki bars) and offices.
Celebrities
May 9
Melinda Gates, seen in 2018, had begun meeting with divorce lawyers by at least 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Melinda Gates reportedly met with divorce lawyers in 2019

Melinda Gates had begun meeting with divorce lawyers by at least 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing sources and documents.The couple announced their…
Local
May 9
The Omni Viking Lakes Hotel is a cornerstone of the Vikings Lake development. An updated plan for the land vetoes a second hotel.

New plan for Viking Lakes: No second hotel, city of Eagan gets use of plaza

The new plan also reconfigures housing on the site, eliminating medium-density housing in favor of all high-density rental housing — mostly four-story apartments with garages below. The first 261 apartments will open in September.
Business
May 9

Viewing photos that are stored in outdated digital formats

Q: I found an old floppy disk with pictures of my grandfather. But the picture files have the suffix ".max" and I don't have the…
Business
May 9

Business people

Moving upFullerton Building Systems, Minneapolis, named Cathy Schmidt as chief executive. She has an extensive background in leadership positions including president of Surfacequest Solutions, president…
Business
May 9

Minnesota mergers and acquisitions

Target AcquirerDate Location Location Description4/29 Ideal Ceridian HCM Holdings Inc. Ceridian HCM Holdings, a human capital management (HCM) company, hasToronto Bloomington acquired Ideal, a provider…
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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2019 will likely be remembered as the last full year of an economic expansion that lasted more than a decade. Next year's Star Tribune 50 is likely to look very different because of the coronavirus disruption.
Business
May 9

Incompetence can become your Titanic

The Titanic was state of the art. No expense had been spared to make sure that it would be unsinkable. The officers were unconcerned by…
Business
May 9
CenterPoint tallied $2.2 billion in extra gas costs — including about $500 million in Minnesota.

Xcel, CenterPoint make millions while customers face big bills

The PUC is investigating the gas-price spike, which will cost Minnesota consumers around $800 million. The average CenterPoint customer would get hit the hardest, paying $354 for storm-related gas costs.
Business
May 9

Recent bankruptcy filings in Minneapolis and St. Paul

MINNEAPOLISWarren Gerald Olson, as surety for DCW Fitness Inc., doing business as Snap Fitness 24/7, and as surety for Primetimefitness Inc., doing business as Snap…
Business
May 9

Give your company a boost by committing to improving society

Q: Why should a business have societal impact as part of its strategy?A: High-quality business schools are working together toward achieving a positive societal impact.…
Business
May 9

Insider trading

3m Co.Ivan K. Fong general counselExercised options: 12,059 Price: $89.25Shares sold: 12,059 Price: $198.46Date: April 30 Directly holds: 35,813Mojdeh Poul officerExercised options: 778 Price: $87.89Shares…
Business
May 9
President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan would mean 20,000 miles of rebuilt roads, repairs to the 10 most economically important bridges an

America's bridges need greater investment to survive

In the debate over President Joe Biden's infrastructure and climate bill, it was perhaps inevitable that some policymakers would object to including anything other than…
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 9

Martell CEO leads startup's push to commercialize breast cancer blood test

CEO Michelle Edwards is leading Martell Diagnostic Laboratories' commercialization of its new diagnostic test for managing breast cancer treatment.Martell raised $2 million from angel investors…
Business
May 8
A Cub Foods in Apple Valley. Since the 1990s, Cub has dominated the Twin Cities market.

As the Twin Cities supermarket battle heats up, who is No. 1?

The pandemic not only increased grocery profits as restrictions forced people to eat at home, it also intensified an already competitive market in the Twin Cities area.
Business
May 8
Car prices, even for used cars, are rising as a shortage appears because of reduced production of chips needed inside them.

Schafer: Why cars, chips, lumber and other goods are suddenly more expensive

Small changes in end-user buying lead to bigger swings in the operations of suppliers down the value chain.