Beth Fynbo of Oronoco, pitched her products for keeping babies busy and entertained, in an episode of ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank” that aired Friday.

Why a Minnesota entrepreneur walked away from a "Shark Tank" offer

Beth Fynbo says she wasn't ready to start licensing her baby products to other companies.

Minneapolis' JB Hudson sold to Gunderson's Jewelers of Iowa

March 8
JB Hudson jewelers, shown in a 2008 file photo, is being sold to an Iowa-based jewelry retailing family.
While the Hudson name will stay for now, the location of the Minneapolis mainstay will be reviewed after an expected March 31 deal closing, said Gunderson's CEO.

Sun Country reveals new details about IPO, aims to raise more than $200M

March 8
Sun Country wants to pay off emergency federal pandemic loans.
The locally-based airline will use some of the proceeds to repay an emergency loan from the government.
Business
March 7

Why your Android phone may stop connecting to your car

Q: My phone, a Google Pixel 3 XL, used to be able to play the directions from Google Maps through its wireless connection to my…
Business
March 7

Business people

Moving upKraus-Anderson Insurance, Burnsville, promoted Jon Diessner to executive vice president. He was vice president of operations and has been with the company since 2009.Hazelden…
Business
March 7

Minnesota mergers and acquisitions

Target AcquirerDate Location Location Description2/25 Best Buy Co. Inc. Best Buy Co. Inc. Best Buy Co. has authorized a $3 billion share-repurchase program and plans…
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March 7

Recent bankruptcy filings in Minneapolis and St. Paul

MINNEAPOLISThe Evergreens of Apple Valley L.L.P., 6011 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center; filed Feb 26, 21-40334; Chap. 11; no schedules filed. Robert A. Hopman, general…
Business
March 7

Making shared leadership work on your teams

Q: Is leadership about formal authority or capability?A: If you believe leadership is less about formal position and more about capability, shared leadership may be…
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March 7
Registered nurce Darcey McCampbell measured a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for Susan Murr of South St. Paul.

Business leaders should focus on vaccinating workforce

As lawmakers debate various policies and relief measures, a different type of stimulus package will soon be available to the business community: COVID-19 vaccines.The arrival…
Business
March 7

Insider trading

Best Buy Co. Inc.Mario Jesus Marte directorShares sold: 7 Price: $101.13Date: Mar. 1 Directly holds: naCLEARFIELD inc.patrick GOepel directorShares sold: 1,166 Price: $32Date: Feb. 26…
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March 7
The Paul Smith high-end fashion store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles is down to 200 customers a week from a pre-pandemic flow of about 1,300.

A year into pandemic, L.A.'s trendy Melrose Avenue still struggling

Melrose Avenue, once home to gawkers and popular restaurants, is trying to recover from riots, pandemic.
Business
March 7
Independent pharmacist Elias Usso was able to reopen his remodeled Seward Pharmacy near E. Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue.

Businesses damaged in riots after death of George Floyd still fighting for assistance

Ahmed Muhumud, co-owner of Midtown Eye Care, sought refuge for the business last fall in the Midtown Global Market after it was burned down in…
Business
March 7
FILE — Inside an Amazon fulfillment center in Kent, Wash., May 29, 2020. New research suggests that when big companies increase wages, like Amazon d

When Amazon raises wages, local companies follow suit

Amazon has embarked on an advertising blitz this winter, urging Congress to follow the company's lead and raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an…
Business
March 7

ER physician puts skills to work as Urgency Room leader in pandemic

Urgency Room medical director Dr. Craig Matticks has helped lead the recovery of the group of three hybrid urgent care-emergency departments, which adapted to offer…
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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State's top 50 public companies – with No. 1 at $242B in revenue
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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
March 7

Celebrating women's history this month

History will long remember 2021 for many reasons, not the least is the sound of the glass ceiling starting to shatter. With the swearing-in of…
Business
March 7
Best Home Care owner Andre Best, seen with personal care attendant Mesuda Hudug, said smaller agencies may close if state reimbursement rates don’t

Minnesota home-health workers, PCA industry could use a financial boost

Mesuda Hudug, a veteran home-health aide and licensed nursing assistant, is pleased with the recently negotiated contract between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and…
Business
March 6
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Writers need to learn and practice the principles of clarity

A language virus, rampant in our culture, may not be deadly, but it fogs the mind and conveys a meaning contrary to what a writer…
Business
March 6
man puts insulation in his loft

Cut energy use by improving insulation and sealing air leaks

The latest issue of Checkbook magazine shares 32 changes you can make around your home to help save energy. Because heating is by far the…
Business
March 6
SPS Commerce CEO Archie Black encourages executives and business owners to first look inside their own businesses before jumping into a high-profile p

Schafer: How a St. Thomas professor helps execs learn 'historical recovery'

If business executives are still puzzling over how to make a difference on racial injustice, they can start by going back to class. That's what…
Business
March 6
Xcel Energy’s Sherco Power Plant in Becker, Minn., in 2010. Xcel has converted major coal plants to gas in the Twin Cities, and it plans to close it

Xcel, environmentalists square off over planned gas-fired power plant

Company cites need for grid reliability; opponents push for end to fossil fuel.
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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March 6
South Dakota, where WH Group’s Smithfield runs a massive pork plant in Sioux Falls, may not begin vaccinating food and agriculture workers until Apr

States take uneven approaches to getting vaccines to meatpacking workers

COVID-19 vaccines are making their way into the arms of U.S. meat and agriculture workers, but companies and union officials said progress needs to be…
Coronavirus
March 6
Friends Abigail Peterson and Jessica Stoe toasted with a cocktail as they waited to be escorted to their six-course dinner served in a private room at

For Minnesota hotel industry, normal could be a year or more away

The hospitality sector has taken a devastating hit from COVID. But with vaccinations rising, operators predict a brighter 2021.
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March 6
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3 ways to get socially distanced tax prep this year

Before COVID-19, doing your taxes often meant carrying a box of paperwork to someone's office for a long, in-person visit. For many people, that's no…