Business
December 3, 2021
The Crowne Plaza in downtown Minneapolis has been sold.

Downtown Crowne Plaza sold, will become boutique hotel after $25M renovation

Wisconsin-based Great Lakes Management will lead a team in a $25 million renovation of the property.
Business
November 1, 2021
Employee insurance options should include flexibility, personalization and transparency.

Forum: Health insurance options should include flexibility, personalization and transparency

New insurance products may not look like the ones employees are used to seeing during open enrollment season.
Business
October 30, 2021
So many people are quitting their jobs that personal finance advisers are being hit with a surprising question: Should they pay off their home mortgag

One side effect of resignation wave: a debate over home mortgage payoffs

For many people, the house mortgage is their biggest monthly expense. But there are reasons to hang on to it.
Business
October 2, 2021
If you work for a small employer, and you fail to sign up for Medicare Part B, your insurer can deny your claims.

Still working at 65? Avoid this Medicare mistake

Sign up for Medicare Part B even if you work at a small employer past the age of 65.
Business
September 5, 2021
General Mills executive and Twin Cities Rise Chairman Donzel Leggett, right, was pictured at the Mills’ Golden Valley headquarters with TCR CEO Tom

Black General Mills executive, grateful for his success, helps others make goals

Donzel Leggett is chairman of Twin Cities Rise.
Is your company on the list of Minnesota's 2021 Top Workplaces?
Business
Is your company on the list of Minnesota's 2021 Top Workplaces?
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Worker expectations change at Minnesota firms as pandemic retreats.
Business
August 29, 2021

Ask the consultant: Improving customer service involves training, rewards

Try to "catch people doing something right" as often as possible.
Business
August 28, 2021
Ambulance service remains an expensive, and often uncovered, expense in health care.

No-surprise emergency rule changes have a glaring exception: ambulance rides

Congress outlawed "surprise" billing in emergency situations, but it left out the cost of ambulances.
Business
August 28, 2021
Fidelity Investments, the leading provider of workplace retirement accounts, found that 412,000 Americans became millionaires in their retirement acco

Retirement accounts hit record levels, but many Americans struggle to save

The number of retirement accounts worth more than $1 million hit an all-time high in the second quarter.
Business
August 22, 2021

Social responsibility isn't just a marketing ploy

Companies must show their authenticity and make social responsibility an integral part of their culture and brand.
Business
June 26, 2021

Schafer: How a hugely valuable startup succeeded without inventing anything

Bright Health went public last week in Minnesota's biggest-ever IPO.
Business
June 15, 2021
Maplewood Mall in October 2020.

Maplewood Mall owner files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Ohio-based Washington Prime Group also owns Northtown Mall in Blaine.
Companies managed their costs and liquidity through the pandemic, but collectively, the 50 companies saw net income decline more than 12% as the broad
Business
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
June 2, 2021
After investment values rose this past year, some people can afford to retire. But that’s not the total explanation for why employment is rebounding

Schafer: Retirement trends show that work just might not be worth it

The cost of work has gone up and pay is still catching up.
Business
January 30, 2021
K-tel headquarters in Plymouth, when the company announced interest in e-commerce.

Schafer: Objectives are new, but the action on Robinhood last week wasn't

Last Thursday, the stock trading firm Robinhood Markets inadvertently said it would block its users from purchasing the shares of Best Buy Co., traded under…
Business
December 27, 2020

Look for the lessons in life's financial losses

We visited our daughter and her husband the night they closed on their new home. As we were bringing things in, we heard loud crackling.…
Paul Douglas
December 10, 2020
Sunshine Odds Increasing but Late-Week Snow Potential is Iffy

Sunshine Odds Increasing but Late-Week Snow Potential is Iffy

I keep waiting for winter to kick in, but we may be waiting a few more weeks for a traditional cold/snowy pattern to return. You know, more like October was? What a strange late autumn, early winter scenario. And to think, in 13 days the Winter Solstice marks the lowest sun angle. By Christmas Day daylight will be on the increase again, for the first time since late June.
Gophers Basketball
December 8, 2020
Gophers center Liam Robbins blocked a shot in the first half of Friday night's game against North Dakota.

Robbins' shot blocking could be key for Gophers vs. Boston College

The 7-foot Drake transfer ranked among the nation's leaders in blocks last season.
Gophers Basketball
December 8, 2020
Former Shakopee star plays Gophers again, this time back home

Former Shakopee star plays Gophers again, this time back home

Boston College senior and former Shakopee star Steffon Mitchell plays the Gophers for a second time Tuesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Mitchell went from under-the-radar high school prospect to one of the top defensive players in the ACC.
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
Agriculture News and trends about Minnesota's farm economy
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The Twins Beat
December 8, 2020
Rosario, in Instagram letter, bids farewell to Twins fans

Rosario, in Instagram letter, bids farewell to Twins fans

The left fielder played six seasons in Minnesota and was non-tendered at the deadline Wednesday.
Home & Garden
December 8, 2020

Goodbye Star Tribune

I'm sad to say that this is my last entry for the Star Tribune. I've blogged here weekly for the past nine years, and I've appreciated all of the support. I've learned a lot, I've appreciated your comments, and I've truly enjoyed sharing what I know about houses. Teaching is my passion, and this has given me a platform to reach more people than I ever thought possible.
Paul Douglas
December 6, 2020
Another Mild Week With a Slushy Near-Miss

Another Mild Week With a Slushy Near-Miss

After a cloudy Sunday, sunshine and milder weather returns for the week ahead. Reading could flirt with 50F by Wednesday before a cool down this weekend.