Obituaries
January 8
Florence Francis

Florence Francis, CEO of the Barbers Inc., dies at 85

She was a savvy businesswoman known for celebrating people.
Business
January 8

Could cloud computing services be the electricity of the 21st century?

The services are being used to expand companies' computing capacity without them having to buy their own equipment. But outages are testing potential weaknesses.
Business
January 8
One of the first steps to financial success is building good credit.

For young adults, building credit starts now

It takes diligence to build a credit score, but it can pay off in many ways as you grow older.
Business
January 8
Buyers pushed soybean prices even higher at the end of 2021.

Demand for soybeans, corn continues to rise on global markets

The biggest buying streak in more than a year for soybeans happened over the holidays.
Agriculture
January 8
Michael Oracecz walked the rows picking sample bunches of grapes for testing on Aug. 31 in Geyserville, Calif., at Mila Family Vineyards. While the re

Sonoma County farm strikes black truffle gold after 9 years of waiting

The U.S. truffle market is expected to increase by $235.23 million from 2020 to 2025 — but truffle farming is rife with uncertainty.
Business
January 8
A corporate sponsorship Toyota decal on the helmet of Victor Rask of the Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota's pro teams find new source of revenue with ad placement on uniforms

The Minnesota Timberwolves, Wild and Vikings all entered new agreements for jersey and helmet ad placements in 2021.
Business
January 8
Cub Foods, led by CEO Mike Stigers, remains the dominant grocer in the Twin Cities after being on the sale block, facing a major challenger and then t

New owner of Cub Foods put it on sale, then decided to keep it

Here's how the top grocery chain in the Twin Cities won over its new owner by steering through competitive threats, the pandemic and riot damage.
Business
January 8
Wind turbines stand in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany.

401(k) Adviser: Understanding ESG investing and when it makes sense for you

The least expensive approach to investing with a socially conscious agenda is through an ETF.
Business
January 8
CEO Greg Ridderbusch of Connexus Energy

St. Anthony: Why Connexus Energy won't raise electric rates for a fifth year

The north-suburban cooperative credits renewable energy investments, and also seeks independence from Great River Energy.
Business
January 8

Farrell: These books can put teens and young adults on the path to wealth

Here are seven books that will help people get started on their fortune at a young age.
Business
January 8
At a certain age, it’s time to plan for the end.

Levin: The last challenge in planning your finances is one of the hardest

For people of a certain age, there's no time like the present to plan for the end.
January 7

Biden pledges aid for Colorado fire victims

The president and first lady comforted those grappling with rebuilding homes and businesses destroyed by a rare wind-whipped, winter fire after touring damage in Louisville.
Business
January 7
Auctioneers with Fladeboe Land took bids in December on a 409-acre farm that was donated to Willmar’s Calvary Lutheran Church. The church made $4.5

Land donated by a bachelor farmer creates windfall for Willmar church

Escalating farmland values pushed up bids at auction to $4.5 million, shocking leaders at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar.
Business
January 7
An Iowa farm that supplies hogs to Hormel.

Activist group pushes Hormel for better antibiotic reporting in shareholder proposal

The Shareholder Commons brought a similar proposal to McDonald's and Yum Brands last year.
Business
January 6
Great River Energy will manage a transmission line from Coal Creek power plant in North Dakota.

Great River deal to sell key power line to the Twin Cities gets regulatory OK

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 to approve the sale in the last big hurdle for the controversial deal to offload its massive North Dakota coal plant.
Local
January 6
This Hornets uniform was worn in the 2013 boys hockey Class AA state tournament championship game won by Edina.

After Edina school district is sued, hornet logo to be a sting of the past

School superintendent said the rift over copyright ended without resolution.
West Metro
January 6
The $88.4 million Via Sol mixed-use project in St. Louis Park is positioned near Highway 7, Cedar Lake Trail and the future Southwest light-rail line.

Often-delayed affordable housing project in St. Louis Park will welcome tenants this year

Pandemic and complexities of nonprofit, affordable housing development caused delays.
January 6
A second daily Amtrak train between the Twin Cities and Chicago would operate on Canadian Pacific freight track.

Rail agreement could fast-track second Amtrak train from St. Paul to Chicago

Acquisition involving two freight rail giants could mean that service will begin sooner than expected.
Business
January 6
University Enterprise Labs in St. Paul

Greater MSP competing to land $100 million for biotech business cluster

The development organization named a finalist in federal competition.
Business
January 6
Hydraulic pump shafts are manufactured by Kurt Manufacturing for Eaton, shown in 2004.

Federal court orders previous trustee of Minneapolis ESOP to restore $9.3M

Officers of Kurt Manufacturing Co. also must pay a penalty.