Business
May 21
Post Consumer Brands is seeing "trading down" from its higher-end brands like Nutrish and Nature's Recipe as shoppers seek deals amid rapid pet food i

Post's billion-dollar pet food business sees shoppers flock to value brands

Lakeville-based Post Consumer Brands is putting more money behind brands like Rachael Ray Nutrish and 9 Lives a year after buying into the pet food business.
Business
May 21
Center for Energy and Environment HVAC consultant Taylor Smith sets a programmable thermostat on Oct. 13, 2022, in Minneapolis.

Minnesotans find Xcel's dynamic pricing plan too aggressive, not worth energy savings

"Time-of-use" electric rates — like a surcharge during busy hours for rideshares — is becoming more common in the U.S., but consumers, state officials and nonprofit advocates don't feel the two-year pilot program proved the rates work.
Business
May 21
TrueToForm was started by sisters Margaret and Janice Tam.

Rochester company uses AI to create virtual mannequins for hard-to-fit bodies

Sisters launched company during pandemic when finding clothes became too much of a challenge.
Business
May 20
Workers from TruNorth Solar install a rooftop solar panel power system on April 4 in Golden Valley.

DFL resolves division on permitting and community solar credits in energy legislation

Despite late-session negotiations, energy legislation passed without any major upheaval.
Business
May 20
Target stores have improved their position in grocery sales in the Twin Cities area. A look at the grocery area at Target store in downtown Minneapoli

Target cuts prices on thousands of basic items to lure budget shoppers away from Walmart

About 5,000 products will have reduced prices this summer as the Minneapolis retailer tries to appeal to deal seekers.
Local
May 20
Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, holds up a copy of the rideshare bill and objected to a provision on Sunday.

What did — and did not — pass in the Minnesota Legislature's chaotic final days of session

From cannabis changes to sports betting, a look at what managed to pass as negotiations broke down between the two parties.
Business
May 20
Shopping around for insurance is essential to finding the best deal and having the right coverage.

No one likes shopping for home or auto insurance. Here are tips to make saving less onerous.

Shopping around for insurance has always been essential to finding the best deal and having the right coverage for unexpected emergencies. But as the costs to repair and replace possessions continue to rise — and the prevalence of extreme weather also increases — choosing an insurance carrier and coverage has become an even more important decision.
Science
May 18
Liz Barbour, manager of the Cinch Buckle Ranch in Broadus, Mont., rides out to check cattle on the morning of April 22, 2024. The Cinch Buckle borders

Biden and oil companies like this climate tech. Many Americans do not.

ExxonMobil and the Biden administration see in a grassy 100,000 acres a launchpad for one of the world's most audacious climate experiments, a plan to take emissions spewing from power plants and factories and trap them underground.
Election
May 18
Royce White takes the stage at the GOP convention after winning the party's endorsement to run against Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

In surprise, Minnesota GOP backs Royce White to run against Klobuchar

The former basketball star-turned-activist was introduced by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.
Minneapolis
May 18
Michael Mokhalad, owner of Mrs. Dessert & Kumpir in northeast Minneapolis.

Dispute over Ramadan hours leaves owner of Turkish cafe facing drop in business

City officials say the owner ignored repeated citations for operating after hours that he received following a late-night shooting near his business.
Business
May 17
Alicia Doty, right, has been a peer mentor to Kristin Nottingham in her recovery by helping her navigate some of the logistics in her sober life based

'Peer specialists' emerge to support patients amid constrained mental health care access

Peer specialists provide support based on personal experience with addiction, mental health or other emotional and social challenges.
Business
May 17
Construction in 2021 on the 204-unit Astor House Apartments in Eagan.

As apartment construction stalls and vacancies fall, Twin Cities rents are likely to rise

Nearly 20,000 new apartments have been built in the Twin Cities area over the past two years, but construction is quickly tapering.
Business
May 17
Jonathan Bram, left, of Global Infrastructure Partners, and Palak Trivedi of Canadian Pension Plan chat with Allete CEO Bethany Owen after the Minneso

World's largest asset manager behind Duluth energy company Allete's $6.2B sale

BlackRock is buying Global Infrastructure Partners, which would be the majority owner of Allete if regulators approve the deal. That has raised some eyebrows among consumer advocates.
Business
May 17
Pictured is Wyoming Machine in Stacy, north of the Twin Cities. Minnesota manufacturers indicated continued growth in June, but the index was lower th

New overtime pay rules start July 1. Employers say that's too soon.

While several business groups bemoaned the change, employment advocates and job placement experts applauded the update, saying it was long overdue.
Business
May 17
Target stores, including the one on Nicollet Mall, offer a variety of rainbow-themed pride merchandise. ] JIM GEHRZïjames.gehrz@startribune.com (

Target rolling back Pride product availability is a step backward, LGBTQ advocates say

While all Pride products will still be available online this year, the move is a reaction to conservative backlash last year that caused Target to pull some merchandise entirely.
Business
May 17
Colette Campbell, Chief People and Culture Officer at Bremer Bank, poses for a photo at the Star Tribune office in Capella Tower in Minneapolis, Minn.

As criticism of DEI grows, Colette Campbell tries to keep it a priority at Bremer Bank

Q&A: Bremer's new people and culture officer talks DEI and why cultural representation matters in the banking industry.
Business
May 16
Robb Lutz, of St. Paul, a member of the Minnesota National Guard, talked with Jenny Nielsen, talent acquisition specialist for ATK Sporting Group, dur

Minnesota continues to add jobs as labor market shows signs of loosening

But the state still has two jobs for every job seeker.
Business
May 16
Maple Grove-based Nortech Systems does complex engineering and manufacturing of electromedical and electromechanical parts for clients in the medical,

Nortech Systems closing Blue Earth facility prompting 74 layoffs

Electronics manufacturer Nortech Systems closing Blue Earth Minnesota facility 74 layoffs
Business
May 16
Ellen Ewald, who worked at the Norwegian Consulate in Minneapolis, successfully sued for pay discrimination. Though Ewald won, she lost career opportu

The gender wage gap continues to plague Minnesota, U.S.

The gender pay gap exists at all income levels, but it widens as women earn more. Race exacerbates the disparity.
Business
May 16
Skyrocketing property values and taxes priced Caitlin Benson and her family out of their house. Now renting in Uptown, Benson makes ends meet as a fre

Why Minnesota millennials feel worse off than their parents

The specter of the 2008 recession continues to haunt many millennials, whose income started slow and might not catch up to their parents.

Business

Complete coverage of business news in the Twin Cities, Minnesota and elsewhere, including Fortune 500 Minnesota companies: UnitedHealth Group, Target, Best Buy, 3M, CHS, U.S. Bancorp, General Mills, C.H. Robinson, Land O’Lakes, Ecolab, Ameriprise Financial, Xcel Energy, Hormel Foods, Thrivent Financial, Polaris, Securian Financial Group, Fastenal and Patterson Cos.