Coronavirus
March 24
Chippewa Valley Ethanol in Benson, Minn.

Minnesota ethanol producer ramping up production of industrial alcohol used in sanitizers

A biofuels downturn has been exacerbated by the coronavirus shutdown.
Coronavirus
March 24
The rebuilding of the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, seen here in October 2019, will be suspended over COVID-19 concerns.

Husky Energy halts $750 million project to rebuild Superior refinery

The refinery was damaged in a 2018 explosion and fire.
Coronavirus
March 24
Steve Grove, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, in a 2019 file photo.

Minnesota offers emergency loans to help small business stay afloat

The program is designed as a stopgap until federal money starts flowing.
Coronavirus
March 24

What's open, closed or canceled in Minnesota because of the coronavirus

An easy-to-use directory of closures and openings in Minnesota due to COVID-19.
Coronavirus
March 24
Minnesota Realtors is calling for a halt to all real estate open houses statewide as a precuation to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Minnesota Realtors group says open houses should be halted

Agents are encouraged to use virtual house tours to minimize contact.
Coronavirus
March 24
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, shown finishing a press conference on coronavirus last week, and other top political leaders are confronting fundamental ethi

Trump, Walz, other leaders face fundamental choices between health and wealth

As economic toll rises, hard choices are being rethought by officials at every level.
Coronavirus
March 23
Polaris is shutting down its factories for a week, it said Monday.

Polaris, Winnebago temporarily closing factories

Polaris and Winnebago have suspended manufacturing as demand screeches to a halt.
Coronavirus
March 23
U.S. Bank is raising the pay of 30,000 "critical front-line" staffers by 20% for at least a month. Executives said branch employees, staffers in call

U.S. Bank lifts pay for 30,000 'front-line' workers by 20%

U.S. Bank will boost the wages of about 30,000 "critical front-line" staffers at its bank branches, call centers and technical operations by 20% for the…
Business
March 23
An HVAC worker at Daikin Applied Americas in Faribault, Minn., is among many factory workers having to adjust to work in the coronavirus era.

Minnesota factories still churning out goods despite coronavirus

Factories are trying to protect employees, reconfigure their operations
Business
March 23

SBA ramps up business loans as Fed pledges action

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opened the spigot for low-interest federal-disaster loans for working capital to Minnesota small businesses suffering economic injury as a…
Coronavirus
March 23
Ecolab corporate headquarters building in St. Paul.

Ecolab seeing sharp rise in sales of disinfectants that can neutralize coronavirus

Sales have risen 10-fold for some Ecolab disinfectants that neutralize the novel coronavirus causing a worldwide pandemic.St. Paul-based Ecolab already has 13 separate products
Coronavirus
March 23
Registered nurse Kim Lutes left, and others carried 1,200 N95 masks donated by Rich Forstner, president of White Bear Lake contracting firm Mavo Syste

Mask by mask, scores answer call for gear for health care workers

The nationwide and state effort stretched the gamut, from huge corporations exponentially multiplying their mask production to a neighbor in Victoria driving to a nurse's house to deliver three leftover masks.
Coronavirus
March 23
Bartender/server Penny Masuku, left, and co-owner Barb Gardiner shut down Hen House restaurant in downtown Minneapolis on Monday.

Twin Cities restaurant workers are among first victims of shutdown

Eateries were ordered shut except for takeout, so many had to lay off employees.
Coronavirus
March 23
A technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island.

Like patients, Minnesota doctors are frustrated by virus test, supply shortages

Physicians try coping with shortages in tests and supplies.
Business
March 22
Lisa K. Johnson is director of production at independent Minneapolis ad agency Solve.

Elevating role of video is new production director's aim at Solve ad agency

Ad agency Solve expands in-house services.
Business
March 22

Making the most of your business posts on Facebook

Using Facebook to retain existing customers makes sense because they are the ones mostly likely to follow a brand on social media.
Business
March 22

Reyer: How to coach a manager who is struggling to manage

It might not be easy to break through, but once you can get him to reflect on his management style, growth can occur.
Business
March 22
Lou Holtz wrote down 107 things that he wanted to do in his life, then when he achieved them all he wrote 100 more.

Mackay: The bucket list can be a powerful motivator

It helps keeps you motivated and goal-oriented.
Coronavirus
March 22
Shoppers looked into the closed Apple Store at the Mall of America on Tuesday in Bloomington. In Minnesota, 4% of the state’s workforce sought unemp

Economic crisis in wake of virus has Minnesota shaking all week

The coronavirus pandemic and the measures meant to fight the spread of the virus brought a shocking new business reality to the state. But unlike a flood or hurricane, no one knows when it will end.
Business
March 22
Dan Larson, senior vice president of marketing at Arctic Wolf (left) and Chief Revenue Officer Nick Schneider are based in Eden Prairie.

How Silicon Valley's Arctic Wolf made it to Minnesota's 'Silicon Prairie'

Arctic Wolf looks to double the size of its cybersecurity office in Minnesota.