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Catherine Roberts

Team Leader | Business
Phone: 612-673-4292

Business team leader Catherine Roberts oversees the retail, manufacturing and energy beats as well as business special projects. Throughout her career, she has covered topics as varied as cop/fire news to health care, higher education, arts and the advertising industry. 


After jobs in Illinois and upstate New York in business and metro news as well as features, Roberts moved to Apple Valley at the end of 2014 with her journalist husband and their two sons and has enjoyed exploring Minnesota, from the giant ball of twine to Lake Pepin, Twin Cities landmarks, town baseball and the Twins. Find her on Instagram at @cathy_robertsstrib.
Recent content from Catherine Roberts
A Target employee at the Nicollet Mall store holds a device used to identify items bought online. The order was being fulfilled in the store.  (Courtn

Target unveils new plan to deliver online deliveries faster

The process will be tested in the Twin Cities before being rolled out elsewhere.
IMedia is now managing the Christopher & Banks brand. (GLEN STUBBE/Star Tribune)

Eden Prairie's iMedia wants to give Christopher & Banks a new life

The owner of ShopHQ plans to launch a weekly TV show featuring the brand and also will run the online store.
Best Buy has made a deal to provide an array of services for seniors via the Apple Watch platform. (Shari L. Gross/Star Tribune)

Best Buy makes deal to provide its senior services on Apple Watch

The platform will be the first to use Apple's fall detection technology.
Winners are chosen based on the feedback employees gave in a survey.

38 Minnesota companies make national Top Workplaces list

Energage has partnered with the Star Tribune for more than a decade to produce a Top Workplaces list for Minnesota. For the first time, it has produced a national list that recognizes companies that "prioritize a people-centered culture."
Rendering of an in-Target Apple center. Target plans to open these over the next few years. (Provided by Target)

Specialized mini Apple stores to open in Target locations, online

The deal also means more Apple products will be available
The Best Buy store in Arlington Heights, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Best Buy will give employees time off for COVID-19 vaccine, announces bonuses

Full-time workers will receive $500, plus eight hours PTO if they get the vaccine.
A commuter waits for a bus by Target's corporate headquarters along South 11th Street. (DAVID JOLES/Star Tribune)

Target postpones return to downtown Mpls. HQ until fall

The retailer had told employees they would return in June. Target still lists 8,500 employees as based at its headquarters.
Top Workplaces deadline extended until March 19

Top Workplaces deadline extended until March 19

Any business with 50 employees in Minnesota can be nominated.
Pictured is the Protolabs plant in Rosemount. (SHARI L. GROSS/Star Tribune)

Maple Plain-based Protolabs expands 3-D printing business with $280M acquisition

3D Hubs offers an online ordering platform with over 200 manufacturing partners.
Lakeville plastics factory to close, 122 workers affected

Lakeville plastics factory to close, 122 workers affected

Closing follows the sale of Imperial Plastics last spring; 122 workers to be affected.
Nominations open for Star Tribune's Top Workplaces 2021

Nominations open for Star Tribune's Top Workplaces 2021

Winners, who must allow their employees to complete a 24-question survey, will be publicly announced in June.
Small and independent businesses in downtown Minneapolis will be eligible for grant money. Shown is Nicollet Mall in October. (RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER,

Minneapolis Downtown Council to offer $1.6M in small business grants

Big companies provided the money, led by a $1 million Target contribution.
Crews prepared for the 2020 Twin Cities Auto Show in March at the Minneapolis Convention Center. (BRIAN PETERSON/Star Tribune)

Twin Cities Auto Show moving to State Fairgrounds

The annual event also is moving to May because of the pandemic.
3M headquarters in Maplewood.

3M to cut 2,900 positions next year in response to changes in global economy

The pandemic's economic effects made it more key to react quickly to trends, CEO says.
Shoppers walked past a large Moose made out of Christmas lights during the holiday season in 2019 at Rosedale Center.

Rosedale offering augmented reality ride instead of in-person Santa because of COVID-19

The mall also will lean on Instagram to boost online sales for its tenants.
Camille Nelson left , an employee with Finley’s Bakery checked pet snacks as co-owner of Finley’s Angie Gallus looks on.

Chaska company turns dog treats into jobs, futures for young adults with special needs

Job development is baked into mission of Chaska-based Finley's Barkery
Ecolab corporate headquarters building in St. Paul.

Ecolab results improve as economy picks up

The St. Paul-based company rallied from COVID-19 losses.
A Regis salon in downtown Minneapolis.

Leader of chicken sandwich wars named CEO of Regis

He will take over the St. Louis Park-based company after current CEO retires in October.
Medtronic operational headquarters in Fridley. (Star Tribune file photo)

Medtronic hopes to expand share of diabetes management market with new acquisition

Companion Medical will help the company expand its diabetes management offerings.
3M headquarters in Maplewood.

3M has spent $100M on PFAS cleanup in Alabama; it agreed Friday to pay much more

Maplewood-based 3M agrees to interim deal with Alabama and the EPA to clean up chemical contamination.
A robot at Graco assembles air hose needle valves at Graco's Minneapolis plant.

Recession caused by coronavirus hits Graco, Pentair hard in Q2

Both companies saw decreases of more than 10%; earnings were down more than 25%.
"Paw Patrol Live" is produced by VStar Entertainment in Fridley.

Nearly 140 in Twin Cities lose jobs as Cirque de Soleil files for bankruptcy

VStar Entertainment Group in Fridley was bought up two years ago in an expansion push.
Lana Jones, interim CEO of J.L. Buchanan, said firms need to avoid a hasty response to crisis.

Minnesota's Top Workplaces leaders on turning a crisis into an opportunity for improvement

Top Workplaces special-award winners explain how leadership sets the tone amid new challenges.
Minnesota companies have window to have meaningful discussions about workplace culture

Minnesota companies have window to have meaningful discussions about workplace culture

Minnesota's Top Workplaces have had a head start in reacting to a crisis.
Dan Cates, Regions Hospital Infection Prevention practitioner, demonstrated how used 3M N95 masks were sterilized by a Xenex robot.

Minnesota manufacturers must weigh worker safety, changing sector demands

3M’s respirators, especially N95 masks, are in so much demand, the Maplewood-based company’s plants making them are at full capacity and another production line is…
Macy’s will open its stores in malls that are operating: Burnsville Center, Crossroads Center in St. Cloud, Maplewood Mall, Ridgedale Center in Minn

Macy's, Kohl's stores reopening today in Minnesota

The stores will be open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hy-Vee is offering free full-service gas at its stations, including this one in Robbinsdale.

Hy-Vee offering free full-service gas service

The service will be available at select pumps at all stations.
3M cautioned that one element of the order gives it concern — that it must cease exporting respirators made in the U.S. to Canada and Latin America.

Mask maker 3M lashes back at criticism: 'We are doing everything we can to fight COVID-19'

3M said it would work with the government to boost the availability of its respirator masks in the U.S., but rejected suggestions that it was helping customers elsewhere ahead of sick Americans.
JB Hudson President Nick Pechman, far left, in 2018

Carousel Motor Group, JB Hudson jewelry closed until April 30 because of coronavirus

Pohlad Companies, which owns the retailers, will pay employees affected by the move.
Shown is the Christopher & Banks store in Mall of America.

Plymouth-based Christopher & Banks closes stores through end of month

The women's clothing chain had been in the middle of a turnaround effort that had been showing positive results.

Last week to nominate a company for 2020 Star Tribune Top Workplaces

Deadline is Friday for the 11th annual listing of Minnesota companies.
Wells Fargo is increasing its minimum wage across the U.S. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Wells Fargo's hourly minimum wage in the Twin Cities will increase to $16

The bank has adjusted minimum wages based on the standard of living in different metro markets.
Manufacturing activity in Minnesota and the Midwest slowed in February as parts shipments were constrained by coronavirus.

Impact of coronavirus arrives on doorstep of Minnesota companies

Surveys show virus has caused supply slowdown
Star Tribune Top Workplaces nomination deadline extended

Star Tribune Top Workplaces nomination deadline extended

The nomination deadline for the 2020 Star Tribune Top Workplaces has been extended to March 20.This is the 11th year for Minnesota's Top Workplaces, a…
Front-end developer Kjrsten Holt worked with colleagues in the kitchen at the Clockwork office in Minneapolis. The company topped the Top Workplaces l

Top Workplaces nominations closing soon

Employees will take five-minute, 24-question surveys to help determine 2020's best.
Polaris reported earnings that beat Wall Street expectations.

Polaris CEO says company has become more 'nimble' setting up a better 2020

Polaris CEO Scott Wine said he expects a "no drama" 2020. Wine said the company has become more "nimble" with its sales organization, and trade-tariff…
Pentair’s North American headquarters in Golden Valley.

Pentair positions itself to become bigger player in residential clean-water market

Pentair is making a big play in the residential water-quality market, offering "whole home" solutions from pool maintenance to filtration systems for drinking water.In the…
The Mall of America M&Ms store will include a two-story footprint of its “chocolate wall.” The company traces its history to Minneapolis.

M&Ms 'experiential' store to open in American Girl space at Mall of America

"Chocolate wall" to be a feature of 3-story American Girl space.
At SDG, the top-ranked midsize company in 2019, employees have a tabletop-gaming group.

Nominations for 2020 Minnesota Top Workplaces now open

This is the 11th year that the Star Tribune, Energage have produced the listing.

White Elephant gift site sells creepy clowns, thrift shop Santas to raise money for homelessness nonprofit

The Periscope marketing group created the site to help combat homelessness.
Brandon Elliottt, CEO of Northern Oil and Gas, will step down on Dec. 31. (Provided photo)

Minnetonka's Northern Oil and Gas names new CEO

Nicholas O'Grady, current chief financial officer, will take over on Jan. 1 from Brandon Elliott.
Love Your Melon will start selling Star Wars hats on Dec. 20.

Love Your Melon releasing Star Wars-branded hats as part of Disney collaboration

The hats — which will be available the day the movie opens, Dec. 20 — will feature R2-D2, Darth Vader and Yoda.
Shoppers in the Christopher & Banks store on Black Friday 2019 at the Mall of America.

Christopher & Banks turnaround plan starts showing promise

Retailer posts a profit in the third quarter after several losses in previous periods.
Regis sold more than 120 of its Smart Style salons located in Walmarts.

Regis sells 121 of its SmartStyle salons inside Walmarts

The SmartStyle locations are in Walmart Supercenters.
Softies President Tim Murphy stood among boxes in his Edina warehouse that were to be sent after making Oprah’s Favorite Things list for the third y

The Oprah effect has helped Edina pajama company more than triple in size

Making the favorites list of O magazine for three consecutive years has helped bring success to the Edina company — along with a host of new challenges.
Bite Squad is ceasing service in Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester.

Bite Squad stopping service in Duluth, St. Cloud, Rochester

Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester are losing the food-delivery service.
Isabel Bercaw, left, and sister Caroline continue to be the creative force behind their company, Da Bomb Bath Fizzers.

Edina teens' bath bomb company hits $20M in sales

"Sisterpreneurs" juggle $20M bath fizzers company as they look to their futures.
Mark Cuban congratulates Scott and Gina Davis after agreeing to invest $250,000 in their company, Dog Threads, in return for a 25% stake.

Long Lake couple win $250K investment from Mark Cuban on 'Shark Tank'

Dog Threads makes matching outfits for the whole family — including the dog.
Twins Melanie Fountaine and Melissa Danielsen operate Joshin, an app that connects caregivers with families with a child or adult with special needs.

Twin sisters launch app to match special needs clients with caregivers

Inspired by their older brother, the sisters launch a service to pair families with special needs children and caregivers.
North Dakota oil and gas production levels hit new highs in August.

Heavy September rains will put damper on oil production momentum in North Dakota

In August, the country's second-largest oil-producing state, hit records in both oil and natural gas production.
Duluth Pack has introduced co-branded boots with Merrell.

Duluth Pack introduces co-branded boots with Merrell

Duluth Pack and Michigan outdoor boot-maker Merrell have launched a co-branded work boot.
Atif Siddiqi, CEO of Branch.

Minneapolis fin-tech startup offers debit card for paycheck advances

Branch works with employers to offer financial benefits mostly for hourly workers; the new
H&M is opening a store Thursday in Rosedale Center.

H&M opening at Rosedale, plus new stores at Ridgedale

At Ridgedale, Tradehome Shoes and Lovisa will be opening before the holiday shopping season.

Star Tribune, Google team up to expand News in Education program

Initiative will study news consumption and foster news literacy among younger audiences.
Oliver Cabell, an online retailer in Plymouth, has introduced a sneaker made of recycled bottles.

Minnesota online retailer launches shoe made of recycled bottles

Plymouth's Oliver Cabell introduced a recycled plastic sneaker made from 3-D technology.
Askov Finlayson, the retailer Eric Dayton owns with his brother, Andrew, is refocusing on winter outerwear.

Askov Finlayson to reopen with new focus: selling its own brand of winter outerwear

The retailer, owned by Eric and Andrew Dayton, will reopen its North Loop store in November.

How Minnesota companies have made the cut on Top Workplaces in all 10 years

The employers that make Top Workplaces every year focus on the fundamentals ­— and on the future.
SunTrust educator Drew Eagan led a session in its Momentum OnUp financial-education program, which it offers to employers.

Back to the basics: More companies offering financial education

With workers feeling strain of their own money issues, more companies are doing something about it: offering education.

Teamsters strike at Murphy Warehouse Company throughout the Twin Cities

The company says it cannot understand the impasse and thinks it offered a good deal.
Concern about plastic bottles becoming pollution led to the startup HiBar, which has introduced salon-quality shampoos and conditioners in bar form.

Raising the bar: Mpls. entrepreneurs think they have a game-changing product for hair care

Minneapolis startup HiBar thinks it has hit gold with salon-quality shampoos and conditioners in bar form.
Kathryn Anderson, a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, took advantage of PwC’s paid family leave to be with husband Colin and son Emmett.

Paid family leave gaining momentum among large employers

Public sentiment, empirical evidence showing retention, productivity and morale improvement and a tight labor market are all factors in paid-leave policies gaining traction in both state legislatures and private companies.
McHale

Graco production misstep meant a Q1 miss

Despite a sluggish Q1, firm's executives believe that business will pick up.
Corie Barry will take over as Best Buy’s CEO in June. She has had many roles at the company, from financial analyst to interim president of the Geek

New CEO Corie Barry moved upward for two decades at Best Buy

Barry, who turns 44 this week, will take over as chief executive of the Richfield-based consumer electronics giant after the annual meeting on June 11, becoming one of seven Fortune 100 female CEOs and one of the youngest chief executives among top public companies.
Best Buy's Hubert Joly

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly turning reins over to Corie Barry

Joly, 59, whose leadership in turning around Best Buy has been lauded by Wall Street and employees, will become executive chairman. Barry will become the company's first female CEO.
Blake’s Joshua Enebo held up a bar he’d pulled off a Providence Academy player to end a play. “The concern for safety is real,” says TackleBar

Amid concussion fears, St. Paul couple aims to change youth football

St. Paul company enters Super Bowl business competition with its TackleBar, which could spur a new kind of league.
Evine Live, the Eden Prairie-based home shopping network, did a segment on Swagway, or self-balancing scooters, in 2015.

President of Eden Prairie-based Evine shopping network resigns

Anne Martin-Vachon had been with the shopping network for four months.
Dan Gardner, left, and Gaurav Gaur co-founded ProcessBolt to help streamline digital risk management of vendors’ IT systems to avoid serious problem

Minneapolis-based ProcessBolt aims to close cybersecurity gaps that large firms find in smaller ones

The startup works with companies and their vendors to streamline risk management assessments.
Josh Domingues’ Flashfood app, a Techstars startup, helps identify food that is nearing its expiration dates for quick sale and reduced waste.

Flashfood offers app to buy food near expiration dates at deep discount

Startup offers expiring items at deep discounts to shoppers and creates a new revenue stream for grocery retailers.
Runerra has created an app that allows people to pick up something from a store or restaurant and receive a fee for delivering it to their neighbors.

Twin Cities entrepreneurs' app Runerra gets trial with Target

Company's Gen Z founders were veterans in local startup scene before landing trial with Target.
Ava the rabbit, at the heart of the app created by startup Uncle William, rewards children for time spent on educational apps with “recess time.”

Minneapolis startup UncleWilliam.org releases app that helps parents manage young children's screen time

With "Ava — Kids Screen Time Mentor," a rabbit rewards children for time spent on educational apps with "recess time."
Executives with Ecolab, based in downtown St. Paul, expressed confidence about the new year after reporting a 54-percent jump in fourth-quarter profit

Ecolab quarterly net income increases 54 percent

The St. Paul-based company expects growth this year in every segment.
Sisters Isabel, left, and Caroline Bercaw say that after the success they have enjoyed nationally, they are ready to pursue international distribution

Edina family's gambit on Da Bomb Bath Fizzers is a smash hit

A summer project for two preteen sisters has morphed into a $10 million bath products company that sells its wares in more than 7,000 stores and employs 150 people.