The ingredient list on a package of food, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.

What the heck is potassium sorbate? Demystifying common 'chemical sounding' food ingredients

For those aspiring to eat mainly "clean ingredients," a little chemistry knowledge is often useful for deciphering packaged food labels.

Social media is constantly changing, and the way your company uses it also must shift

January 29
Consultant Arik Hanson says social media has become so vast, when you are marketing your brand you need to make choices on what channel to use.
Twin Cities consultant Arik Hanson works with midsize and large companies, helping them with a strategy and practical advice when it comes to the fast-changing business.

Minnesota's Emmer, still a crypto booster, says Congress needs to step up oversight of regulators

January 28
Majority Whip Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., accompanied by other House GOP leaders, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, J
The influential industry — and the collapse of FTX — present Congress with a conundrum.
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Honeywell has about 1,500 employees in the Twin Cities.

Honeywell and union strike deal, averting lockout at Twin Cities plants

The Minnesota workers represented by The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1145 ratified new contract in vote Sunday.
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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Jan. 2, 2023, in St. Paul, Minn.

A Twin Cities pool contractor must pay more than $2 million for deceiving customers

Attorney General Keith Ellison's office first sued MN Crete Pools last August. A Scott County judge issued a default judgement late last week.
Business
January 29
The late John Wooden, the great UCLA basketball coach, included competitive greatness as one of his attributes of success.

Harvey Mackay: In business like sports, competition is healthy

Start with knowing your competition, then come up with a plan, show up and try to execute it.
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January 28
José Hernández, owner of La Petaca in Minneapolis, with some of the medicinal herbs he sells to help with kidney stones. 

From suitcases to medicinal herbs: How one small business survived COVID

A business that opened at the start of the pandemic shifted to selling medicinal herbs to meet a need in Minnesota's Latino community.
Agriculture
January 28
New Cargill CEO Inc. Brian Sikes: “We link people together. And we do it around the world.”

New Cargill CEO on role in global food chain: 'Food can't be weaponized'

Brian Sikes took the helm at America's largest private company on Jan. 1, at a moment in time full of volatility and international upheaval.
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Agriculture
January 28
Dave MacLennan, CEO of Cargill and one of Minnesota’s most globally influential/high profile leaders, gave his final interview in his office before

Cargill's ex-CEO 'DMac' reflects: 'The next 10 years will be far more volatile'

Dave MacLennan led the agribusiness behemoth through some of its most dynamic years of change, with the last three among the wildest in the company's recent memory.
Business
January 28
The role of immigrants and immigration in Minnesota’s economy touches a nerve with some readers.

Ramstad: You had a lot to say about my first columns, especially on immigration. Here's my response

Readers pointed out some gaps in data and thinking this month.
Business
January 28
ChatGPT has the potential to be highly disruptive to the knowledge creative class.

Isaac Cheifetz: ChatGPT will be extremely disruptive to business knowledge class

B2B and B2C writing, plus maintenance coding, will likely be areas among the most affected.
Business
January 28
If you bought a home that you hate, figure out how to move on.

Unhappy with a big decision? How to move on

When we get stuck thinking about how something could have been different, we face a choice — we either hold on or move on.
Duluth
January 27
The Edwin H. Gott prepares to pass under the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth in 2020.

Twin Ports grain shipments hit lowest level in 133 years

The Duluth-Superior shipping season finished with a 7.6% overall drop in tonnage from 2021 but general cargo tonnage made strong gains.
Business
January 27
Medtronic’s campus at Interstate 35W and Hwy. 10

Medtronic recommends shareholders reject below-market mini-tender offer

The offer comes from a Canadian firm with a history of trying to buy discounted bulk shares in several large companies.
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The top five companies on the Star Tribune 50 each had double-digit revenue gains in 2021. The group as a whole has grown as well. The addition of new companies over the past few years have helped raised the floor from $88.3 million in 2018 to $233.4 million this year.
Coronavirus
January 27
Mason Nadolney got his second COVID-19 vaccine shot during a mobile vaccine event at Chanhassen High School in July.

What to know about COVID omicron variant, Minnesota testing, vaccines

Expert advice on masking, testing, vaccines and boosters is evolving along with coronavirus variants. Here's the latest from Minnesota and the CDC.
Business
January 27

General Mills sells chip brand Food Should Taste Good

The Minnesota food maker owned the brand for a decade before quietly selling it to a New Jersey-based snack company this month.
Business
January 27
Greg and Betsy Amundson own InstaTrim, which recently won an arbitration case against counterfeit sellers using Amazon’s process.

St. Anthony: Minnesota maker of InstaTrim back on track after a win against counterfeit sellers on Amazon

Family-owned InstaTrim was saved by a process that removed copycats from Amazon.
Business
January 27
A 2012 file photo shows the Shutterfly headquarters in Redwood City, Calif.

Shutterfly plans to lay off nearly 100 workers in Shakopee in downsizing

The photo gifts company plans to relocate a couple of departments to other locations.
Business
January 26
Specialty eggs, which include organic, pasture-raised and free-range, have at times been less expensive than conventional eggs as the latter faced sha

For a moment, organic, cage-free and other specialty eggs beat conventional prices

It may still be happening, depending on where you shop.
Politics
January 26
Banning hair discrimination is a step toward further acceptance for Black and brown hair, said Melissa Taylor, who owns the Beauty Lounge in Minneapol

Minnesota Legislature passes CROWN Act prohibiting hair discrimination

The bill, whose name stands for "Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair," prohibits discrimination based on hair texture and type,
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January 26
Xcel will add battery storage at its properties in Becker.

Xcel plans to install battery in Becker to store electricity

Batteries of all kinds — but particularly those with long duration storage — are critical to building a carbon-free electrical grid.
Business
January 26
A farmer stands to address legislative agriculture leaders at the headquarters of Smude Sunflower Oil in Pierz, Minn., on Jan. 20.

Minnesota farmers meet over meatballs, talk legislation

An informal gathering billed as a "listening session" by organizers found legislative agriculture leaders seated in a Pierz machine shop, hearing directly from farmers from across the state.
Rochester
January 26
Holly Masek

Head of Rochester Downtown Alliance leaving for Bloomington

Holly Masek will lead Bloomington's port authority starting next month.

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