Business
January 10
Co-founders Don Gonse and Megan Diamond of nParallel switched to building dividers, shields and kiosks to keep workers, customers and students safe.

Minnesota conference exhibit maker made COVID equipment to survive 2020

Until last March, nParallel was in the business of making booths, kiosks, stages and other equipment that brings people together at trade shows and conferences.To…
Business
January 10

Mackay: Be a mentor, not tormentor as a business leader

We never stop needing role models.That notion has been around since forever, and it's just as true today as it was in ancient Greece. In…
Business
January 10

Insider trading

Calyxt Inc.James A. Blome CEOShares sold: 4,140 Price: $4.17Date: Dec. 31 Directly holds: 186,282Daniel F. Voytas officerShares sold: 2,513 Price: $4.13Date: Jan. 4 Directly holds:…
Business
January 10

Recent bankruptcy filings in Minneapolis and St. Paul

MINNEAPOLISBrent Mitchell Lundell, as surety for Lundell Holdings LLC, Lundell Brokerage LLC, C & B Fit LLC, M & M Management Services LLC, BC Cleaners…
Business
January 10

Determing why your company exists and how it will meet its goals

Q: What is the difference between a mission statement and a corporate purpose?A: A mission statement is really about how a company plans to pursue…
Business
January 10
EmpowerU co-founders Abby Master, left, and Katie Dorn offer skill-building and one-on-one counseling online to help students cope and make lasting ch

Twin Cities entrepreneur develops mental health website for teens

EmpowerU has received $1 million in venture capital toward product.
Business
January 9
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, shown on Friday.

Albert Lea restaurant fined for defying governor's orders

The Interchange will have to pay $3,000 every day it is open.
Business
January 9
Specialist Frank Masiello is reflected in his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. U.S. stock markets plunged in

Protect yourself from a stock market drop with these basic steps

How will your household finances fare if the stock market tanks sometime this year?The stock market is not the economy. The major market indexes climbed…
Business
January 9

To raise financially savvy kids, give money lessons a reboot

The way we handle money had already been changing dramatically, but the pandemic accelerated those changes. One example: A September 2020 American Express study found…
Business
January 9
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Improve yourself in 2021 by improving your writing

A friend of mine collects self-improvement books published more than a century ago, containing wisdom their authors had gleaned long before modern gurus borrowed from…
Agriculture
January 9
A farmer planted corn at sunset near Walford, Iowa, in April. An August derecho windstorm reduced the output on 20% of Iowa’s farmland.

For Minnesota farmers, 2020 was nothing like they expected and surprisingly profitable

The continuing pandemic, a trade war and natural disaster blew apart all expectations.
Business
January 9
People walked past several empty storefronts at the Burnsville Center Thursday.

New Burnsville Center owner with checkered past optimistic about mall's future

Mike Kohan sees new chances for the mall, which was regaining traffic before COVID.
Business
January 9

World food price index rises for seventh straight month

World food prices rose for a seventh consecutive month in December, with all the major categories except sugar posting gains last month, the United Nations…
Business
January 9
People protesting the presidential election results inside the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The Capitol building was placed on lo

Schafer: If last week's chaos can't get CEOs involved for the civic good, what can?

The breathtaking actions of the mob incited by President Donald Trump to rush the Capitol Wednesday made it nearly impossible to keep your eyes off…
Business
January 9
Maribel Moreno-Musillami, owner of Purely Meat Co., watched chef Matt Ronan tie up a Wagyu prime rib to offer on the company’s direct-to-consumer we

Lessons farmers learned in the pandemic are already spurring change

There were moments, early in the pandemic, when Joseph Musillami wasn't sure how the family business would make it.Purely Meat Co., a commercial butcher in…
Business
January 9

Protect yourself from a stock market drop with these basic steps

How will your household finances fare if the stock market tanks sometime this year?The stock market is not the economy. The major market indexes climbed…
Business
January 9
Filing your tax return early typically means getting your refund sooner and could thwart identity thieves.

Start 2021 off strong with these smart money moves

Knocking off a few financial tasks early in the year can better prepare you for whatever 2021 has in store. Here are a few to…
Business
January 9
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With pandemic driving still down, push is on for insurers to keep discounted rates

When Americans abruptly cut back on driving early in the pandemic, many auto-insurance companies gave customers credits or refunds on their premiums, reflecting the lower…
Business
January 9
Young woman traveler saving and spending money on holidays trip

Key to smart spending is understanding why we make decisions we do

In the song "If I Had $1,000,000," Ed Robertson and Steven Page list a number of things that they would buy for their beloved —…
Business
January 8
Native women, dressed in red, gathered before a ceremonial bill signing to launch the first official meeting of the state Missing and Murdered Indigen

Sex trafficking could spike near Enbridge pipeline project, Minnesota warns

Native women particularly vulnerable to trafficking as Enbridge builds new Line 3.