Business
April 4

Business people

Moving upTimco Construction, Plymouth, promoted Jeffrey Heide to president. He was vice president and senior project manager and has an extensive background in design and…
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April 4

Minnesota mergers and acquisitions

Target AcquirerDate Location Location Description3/24 Pelco Products Inc. Northstar Capital LLC Northstar Capital has invested in Pelco Products, a provider of trafficEdmond, Okla. Minneapolis signaling…
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April 4

How to find experts — before problems erupt

When the office photocopies began to look faint, the office manager called in a local repair service. The friendly technician inspected the equipment and informed…
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April 4

Preparing a small business for sale

Q: How do I prepare my business for a sale?A: If you know that you are ready to sell your business, start by compiling information…
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April 4

Recent bankruptcy filings in Minneapolis and St. Paul

MINNEAPOLISNicholas F. Steine, as surety for Steine Cold Storage Inc., 501 Carlson Pkwy., Hopkins; filed March 30, 21-40541; Chap. 7; assets, $25,250; liabilities, $1,067,931.
Business
April 4

Foods from afar hope to catch the eye of American shoppers

Brand identity, display vital when selling unfamiliar products to mainstream markets, analysts say.
Business
April 4
President Joe Biden’s infrastructure spending plan includes money for roads, bridges, housing, schools and a better electrical grid — all things t

FDR had the Great Depression, but Biden has Big Data

President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar plans to revitalize the U.S. economy are rightfully drawing comparisons to his predecessor Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But while it's the same…
Business
April 3
Xcel will be switching on a large solar farm in North Branch in December, which alone should roughly triple the amount of solar online in Minnesota. ]

At least 55 of America's largest firms paid no U.S. taxes in 2020

Just as the Biden administration is pushing to raise corporate taxes, a new study finds that at least 55 of America's largest companies paid no…
Business
April 3
Shannon O’Leary of the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation. O’Leary has increased investment in several U.S. manufacturing and distribution companies.

A plan to invest more in America from two Twin Cities investors

Shannon O'Leary, chief investment officer of the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation, was thinking about the vulnerability of supply lines for American companies before COVID-19…
Business
April 3
Houses usually are built by hand, one at a time and on-site. Because of how this model works, bigger homes are more profitable.

Schafer: Mpls. Fed economist explains how modern monopolies hurt workers

The kind of monopolists described in this research don't just charge a lot for their product. They keep far lower-cost substitutes from ever reaching consumers.
Business
April 3
The government was able to use existing infrastructure to funnel stimulus payments through the Internal Revenue Service.

Pandemic relief has worked fairly well but missed some people, Minneapolis Fed researchers say

Relief reached many, but economists say it also missed marginalized populations.
Business
April 3
Farmers plan to sow 91.1 million acres with corn this year and 87.6 million acres with soybeans, the USDA said. The acreage fell below analyst expecta

USDA sees constraints on corn, soybean plantings this year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's forecasts for corn and soybean plantings this spring fell below analyst expectations, sending futures prices for both upward.Smaller-than-expected plantings of…
Business
April 3
Like many personal finance issues, there is no one right answer.

Your money management style needs to fit your personality

The key to choosing the "right" strategy is understanding your disposition and your circumstances.
Business
April 3
A writer should never cause a reader to stop in midsentence and ask, “Wait, what is that supposed to mean?”

Missing words can confuse readers

They can change the meaning of a sentence to the opposite of what a writer intends.
Business
April 3
Gary Findell, center, with Dana Taylor, left, and Jim Erchul in St. Paul. NeuHus founder Findell plans to launch a modular-housing factory in the Midw

St. Paul development changes how affordable housing is built

With a star architect and high-end materials and construction techniques, the Village on Rivoli shatters many stereotypes about the quality and character of affordable housing.
Business
April 3

Like saving, retirement spending also requires a plan

Here are some tips to get started.
Business
April 3
MBA predicts that the average rate on a 30-year fixed loan will be 3.6% by the end of 2021.

Mortgage rates are rising, but it's nothing to worry about if you want a cheap loan

Many people will still be able to secure great loan rates, and millions of homeowners could still potentially save by refinancing.
Business
April 2
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How to find the best garden plants for the best price in the Twin Cities area

Twin Cities Consumers' Checkbook is offering free access to its ratings of area garden centers to Star Tribune readers.
Business
April 1
Workers build a new home at a construction site in Woodbury in March 2020. (Staff photo by Leila Navidi / leila.navidi@startribune.com) BACKGROUND INF

Twin Cities homebuilding up 50% in March

Although demand remains strong for single-family homes, rising prices and mortgage rates begins to weigh on market.
Business
April 1
Cale Johnston, founder and CEO of ClickSwitch, in a file photo. The Minneapolis company was purchased by Q2 Holdings of Austin, Texas.

Minneapolis fintech ClickSwitch is sold to Q2 Holdings

The Mpls. company, which simplifies switching to a new bank, will keep its office here.