Business
February 20
Delta Airlines is extending its middle seat blocking policy through April 30.

Schafer: How Delta fared better than other airlines while leaving middle seats open

A lot of people must only care about price when buying airline tickets.Nothing else explains why there's not only travel websites such as Expedia but…
Business
February 20
Allen Dahmen, who owns Pierz Foods along with his wife, Jill, stocked a freezer in Pierz, Minn. “The only thing I compete against the big stores wit

Rural grocers in Minnesota feel the pinch amid stiff competition

Dollar stores, big-box retailers bring stiff competition, but buy-local trend giving mom-and-pop store owners optimism.
Business
February 20
Vanna White and Pat Sajak of “Wheel of Fortune.”

Focus on precision in your writing

Years ago I ambled from my backyard to a neighbor's and told him I admired the trellis he was building. He wheeled toward me and…
Agriculture
February 20
Seed corn.

USDA sees record plantings of corn, soybeans, but tight supplies too

The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast domestic supplies of soybeans would remain historically tight into 2022 despite its projection for a record-large harvest this autumn.The…
Business
February 20
Settling an estate typically involves tracking down and appraising assets, paying bills and creditors, filing final tax returns and distributing whate

Have you been asked to be an executor? You might want to run

Being asked to be an executor is an honor you might want to pass up.Settling an estate typically involves tracking down and appraising assets,…
Business
February 20
You can trick yourself into productivity by rethinking how you approach your financial to-do list.

How to finally tackle tough money tasks

Nothing sparks procrastination quite like a to-do list of financial tasks. But delaying these tasks can cost you a lot in the long run.Thankfully, you…
Business
February 20
When Realtor Mark Parrish listed a $1.35 million house in Edina in early January, the first people who looked at it made a full-price offer on the fir

What's hot in Twin Cities area real estate: Million-dollar homes

Upper-bracket home sales are being fueled by record low mortgage rates, rising home equity and a hot stock market that's enabling wealthy homeowners to trade up to even more expensive homes.
Business
February 20
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Retiring early? Tap your 401(k), wait until 70 for Social Security

For all the advice that working longer is one of the best ways to shore up your retirement plan, it isn't always practical. Even before…
Business
February 20

It's easy to forget given other noise, but earnings still matter

These days in financial news, politics grab all the headlines, the Fed gets all the credit and coronavirus takes all the blame. With those three…
Agriculture
February 19
Newly marked pigs at a Centerville, S.D., farm are ready to be shipped to a meatpacking facility. Some employees at slaughterhouse facilities want the

As Oklahoma pork plant speeds up slaughtering, workers report more injuries

A regulatory change in 2019 is starting to make the day-to-day duties more difficult in pork slaughterhouses.
Business
February 19
“[Recycling] contributes $15 billion to the state’s economy and 36,000 direct and indirect jobs,” said the MPCA’s Laura Bishop.

4 Minnesota recyclers receive grants totaling $400,000 from state program

The Recycling Market Development grants range from $50,000 to $149,000.
Business
February 19
Sara Ausman, Twin Cities regional president of North Dakota-based Alerus Financial. She runs the business from downtown Minneapolis on 6th Street.

How North Dakota-based Alerus Financial built a sizable Minnesota franchise

A North Dakota-based financial-services firm, fresh off a 2020 initial public offering of stock and record earnings, is getting most of its growth from the…
Business
February 19
Securian Financial is based in St. Paul.

St. Paul's Securian Financial sees 44% annual income drop because of COVID-19

The firm's life insurance businesses paid off more policies due to deaths caused by the virus.
Business
February 19
Cars move slowly through falling snow on Plano Road near Renner Road as a second winter storm hit Texas on Tuesday night. The power crisis that hit so

Power failures from giant Texas storm reach into Minnesota

Some customers along Minnesota's western border were hit by outages earlier this week.
Business
February 19
Office equipment supplier Loffler Companies will convert a former Sam’s Club in St. Louis Park into the company’s new corporate headquarters. (Ren

Shuttered Sam's Club in St. Louis Park will become a corporate headquarters

400 employees of Loffler Companies are slated to move from Bloomington under consolidation plan
Business
February 19
Downtown Rochester shown in April 2017. (Staff photo by Glen Stubbe/glen.stubbe@startribune.com)  ORG XMIT: MIN1705011357084164

Google will open first office in Minnesota, and it's not in the Twin Cities

Rochester location fits with the tech giant's Mayo Clinic collaboration.
Business
February 18
University of Minnesota Duluth Joel Labovitz leads a class at UMD in October 1984. Labovitz taught some of the first entrepreneurships at the college,

'Towering ambassador' for Duluth business Joel Labovitz dies at 92

He made Maurices a national retailer, developed hotels and mentored generations of entrepreneurs.
Business
February 18
Enbridge utility contractors worked to identify and mark an older Enbridge pipeline, Line 16, at one of the Line 3 work sites in Carlton, Minn. on Fri

Majority of those working on Enbridge pipeline from outside Minnesota

The goal was to hire 50% in-state workers.
Business
February 18
Tim Peterman, CEO of iMedia Brands. (GLEN STUBBE/Star Tribune)

Eden Prairie's iMedia hopes to raise $20M in stock offering

The struggling parent of ShopHQ home shopping network's offering is underwritten by Craig-Hallum Capital Group.
Business
February 18
2021 Power Max 826 OHAE snowblower  Credit: Consumer Product Safety Commission

Toro recalls 6,700 snowblowers due to 'amputation hazard'

Action came after reports of the auger continuing to whir after the control lever is released. No injuries reported.