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Jackie Crosby

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Phone: 612-673-7335
Location: Minneapolis
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Jackie Crosby is a general assignment business reporter who also writes about workplace issues and aging. She has also covered health care, city government and sports. 

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., she has somehow figured out how to survive the Minnesota winters.
Recent content from Jackie Crosby
Tim Peterman, chief executive of Shop HQ, in a file photo taken at the company's studios in Eden Prairie last year. The home shopping channel cut anot

ShopHQ cites virus as it slashes another 152 jobs

Host Laura Duffek is among those let go at Eden Prairie-based TV shopping network.
Gov. Tim Walz, right, gave Attorney General Keith Ellison authority to look into price gouging on items needed for the health and welfare of Minnesota

Profiteering off the pandemic? Minn. officials 'are coming after you'

Minnesota has no law against price gouging, but the widening coronavirus pandemic has led to an unprecedented number of complaints and actions by state officials against businesses seeking "unconscionably excessive" profit.
Business consultant Karen DeYoung held a video conference with her staff from her kitchen. She said she’s has connected with other small business ow

Some tips now that Minnesota is mostly a telecommuting state

Workers, businesses adapt to landscape of technology overload, isolation, child care demands and anxiety of the unknown.
Gov. Tim Walz spoke to the state of Minnesota in a livestream video Wednesday.

Minnesota businesses praise flexibility in Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order

As some companies retool, that definition could change; others may challenge status.

Parasole restaurants shutting down, laying off 1,100 workers

Final paychecks will come March 23. Future uncertain.
Sharon Scharf is a vice president at CSDZ, an insurance company that works with construction firms to help them manage risk, safety capabilities, empl

What businesses need to do now because of coronavirus

Designate someone to think ahead and develop a cohesive, consistent communication plan.
Shelves at a Target store in St. Louis Park were empty of toilet paper and hand sanitizer on Saturday.

Minnesota employers need to think past hand sanitizer to protect workplaces from coronavirus' effects

Companies are drawing up contingency plans. But the nitty-gritty can get complicated quickly.
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
Shoppers were at the Mall of America Christopher & Banks store on Black Friday.

Christopher & Banks' holiday sales boost 'validation' of turnaround plan

Preliminary results indicate a 4.5% increase from last year.
Marjory Holly

Marjory Holly, who fought off crack dealers and prostitutes to save historic homes along I-35W in Minneapolis, dies at 80

"At a time when her friends were fleeing to the suburbs and giving up on the city, we were there to stick it out," daughter Mercedes Austin said.
Julie Seydel took care of the children at her home daycare, Friday, September 20, 2019 in Andover, MN.. Seydel, who has worked as a daycare provider f

Are Minnesota's day-care costs really the highest in the nation?

Policy experts agree that child care is expensive here. But averages can be misleading, they say, and Minnesota may not be the outlier so often portrayed.
Investor Paul Mooty brought Faribault Woolen Mill back to life in 2011. Now he’s ready to pass it on to a new investment team.

Faribault Woolen Mill's Paul Mooty ready to pass on historic company to new CEO

Paul Mooty owes it all to a former worker at the shuttered Faribault Woolen Mill, who in 2011 convinced him that the historic plant with…
Mogwai Collaborative, which opened in Mankato in 2018, has partnered with five other coworking spaces in southern Minnesota to create a “pa

Southern Minnesota co-working businesses join forces

Passport program gives members access to office space in Mankato, Austin, Rochester, Red Wing, Winona and Pine Island.
A doctor takes a swab from a woman to test for the COVID-19 virus at a fever clinic in Yinan county in eastern China’s Shandong province on Wednesda

Target, Best Buy could be hit by supply disruptions because of coronavirus

Minnesota companies are scrambling to shift as suppliers struggle to ramp up production because of the epidemic.
"We believe television retailing customers prefer predictable routines of watching shows with their favorite hosts, their favorite categories and at t

Eden Prairie's ShopHQ has another management shakeup, announces programming changes

A senior executive at Eden Prairie-based ShopHQ has been let go, and the cable-shopping channel has undergone a broader organizational restructuring, a move leaders said…
A strike by nurses at Allina Health in 2016 brought thousands of pickets around Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis.

Unions shrinking but Minnesota worker activism is alive and well

The locals in Minnesota have also held several unionization votes and continue to be vocal.
The Faribault Woolen Mill Co. plans to add more apparel and accessories. Faribault is one of two woolen manufacturers in America.

Faribault Woolen Mill gets new CEO, infusion of cash

Historic Faribault company regained its footing. New leadership hopes to give it staying power.
Debbie Donovan spends mornings working as a Lyft driver (and loves it) after leaving a technology job.

Gig economy fits changing expectations of growing number of Twin Cities workers

State sees growth in temporary contract jobs that coincides with shift in mind-set.
Casey Shultz wants to make Beta.MN the go-to place for early-business founders and first-time founders across Minnesota.

New Beta.MN leader seeks a bigger tent for Minnesota startups

"I always keep coming back to startups and entrepreneurs," Casey Shultz says.
Best Buy CEO Corie Barry greeted employees and then customers as the the Richfield Best Buy store opened on Thanksgiving.

Best Buy investigation highlights workplace romance policies in the era of MeToo

Workplace-behavior policies haven't caught up with social expectations.
Theresa Carter, right, who started a petition calling for Target to end use of plastic bags, along with supporters delivered her petitions in December

Why aren't Target, Whole Foods charging for plastic bags in Minneapolis?

Retailers are adjusting to a new rule in the city, and have a few months before penalties kick in.
Best Buy's board is looking into an anonymously-written letter questioning a relationship that CEO Corie Barry, shown in a file photo on Thanksgiving

Best Buy board investigates CEO Barry over relationship allegation

The review was sparked by an anonymous letter signed "We are Best Buy" that purported to represent "a group of employees."
Among Twin Cities workplace trends as we enter the 2020s: Nearly half of the area's professionals say they'd be willing to move for a job with better

Stressed at work? Feeling underpaid or ignored? Employees still have leverage in 2020

Welcome to the start of a new year at work, where unemployment remains low and employees — in theory — have leverage to call the…
After the holidays, many consumers are dealing with returns, travel delays and service contracts.

'Your call is important to us': Not really, University of Minnesota study shows

Research from the U posits that many businesses intentionally make it hard for consumers to complain — and it works.
A UPS driver prepares to deliver packages.

Despite high hopes, still no windfall for Minnesotans from online retailers' sales tax

While Minnesota raked in about $10.9 million a month, other states didn't see big gains.
Theresa Carter, right, who started a petition on calling for the retail giant Target to end its use of plastic bags, along with supporters

Petition with more than 450K signatures asks Target to ban plastic bags

The petition, delivered to Target's headquarters, is's largest environmental petition in 2019, an official for the site said.
Target, like the rest of the retail sector, expects returns to be up this year.

Returns the new normal for Target, Best Buy and the rest of retail

Retailers battle to raise the ante in the exchange, return game
Shoppers in the Christopher & Banks store on Black Friday 2019 at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Most of the clothing retailer’s 452 stores are

Target vet hopes 'real life' style will help turn around Christopher & Banks

CEO Keri Jones works to boost morale, image and sales at women's specialty retailer as it strives to find new customers at a time of declining mall traffic.
A Goodwill-Easter Seals training program was part of an effort by the state to invest in training programs in manufacturing, truck driving and constru

Narrowing gender wage gap in Minnesota depends on where you live

Minneapolis, but not the state of Minnesota, is one of the top-ranked places for earnings equity among genders.
The state is taking steps to coordinate care for aging seniors. Shown is Mt. Olivet adult day care center in 2018.

Minnesota takes first steps to become 'age-friendly society'

The Governor's Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota likely will be formed during the first few months of next year to address demographic changes.
Jack Berg

Jack Berg, small-town pastor and fixer of broken things, dies at 89

Jack Berg was 21 years old and fresh out of the Air National Guard when he met a woman he fancied at an Arthur Murray…
A UPS man delivers a package to a residence last week in North Andover, Mass. Today is Cyber Monday, when most online retailers offer deals.

E-commerce sales hit record $7.4 billion on Black Friday

Target launched its week of daily "cyber deals" a day early, on Sunday. The Minneapolis-based retailer said that 1 million more shoppers used the Target app to shop Black Friday deals compared with last year.
Shoppers flocked to the Mall of America in Bloomington for Black Friday deals.

Black Friday shoppers at Mall of America are 'definitely looking for deals'

More than 165 million people are expected to shop between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.
Isnino Jimale and Ayni Shardi of Faribault and Roda Farah and Nora Shardi of Burnsville shopped at Mall of America on Black Friday 2018.

Shorter holiday shopping season may mean bigger deals for consumers

Key trends to watch as retailers raise the curtain on the 2019 holiday shopping season.
J.W. Hulme pop-up store at the Galleria in Edina.

Eden Prairie home-shopping network buys J.W. Hulme, signs Shaquille O'Neal

IMedia Brands, formerly Evine, purchased the St. Paul company in a stock deal.
The Herbivorous Butcher co-owners and siblings, Aubry and Kale Walch, in their Minneapolis store.

Herbivorous Butcher takes on Nestlé in David and Goliath trademark rift

The question is who can lay claim — if anyone — to the phrase "The Vegan Butcher."
Chelsea O’Brien arranged Christmas items at Electric Fetus. The retailer turns to loyal former employees and current workers to handle the holiday r

From Electric Fetus to Target, battle for seasonal staff has begun

Retailers begin recruiting early and dangle incentives to fill temporary jobs for make-or-break holiday shopping season.
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Hairless Dog Brewing Co. has seen sales of itsnon-alcoholic craft beer take off since founders Paul Pirner and Jeff Holl

'Sober curious' drive sales of nonalcoholic beer for Minnesota's craft brewers, others

Minneapolis-based Hairless Dog Brewery is tapping into the growth of the NA beer market, inking a nationwide deal with Total Wine & More.
One of the less conventional employee outings is ax-throwing, here at FlannelJax's in St. Paul. Fewer employers today sponsor teams, but many companie

Ax throwing? Escape rooms? New era of corporate team building takes hold in Minnesota

Employers seek experiences to help workers bond.
Michael Schoenman held his daughter Oaklyn at a graduation celebration at’s fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minn.

First Amazon 'upskill' training class graduates at Shakopee

The online behemoth graduated its first class from its training program at Shakopee
While Crocs are enjoying a slight comeback with U.S. teenagers, Nike reigns supreme as fashion becomes ever more casual overall.

Teens sense a slowing economy, pull back spending

Survey by Minneapolis-based Piper Jaffray takes the pulse of shifting moods of U.S. youths.
Henry Johnson

Henry Johnson, father figure to many in north Minneapolis, dies at 99

Though he never made it past seventh grade, Johnson proved himself to be an industrious worker and a man of great wisdom.
Best Buy is offering a price guarantee during its Magnolia brand promotion. It will refund the difference if Black Friday prices are less.

It has begun: Best Buy launches a Black Friday promotion

For the first time the retailer offers a price match guarantee to members of its loyalty program
Amber Leong, CEO and co-founder of Circadian Optics, makes her on an episode of the TV show "Sharktank" that aired Oct. 6.

Minneapolis entrepreneur's light therapy lamp lands $750K on 'Shark Tank'

Malaysian immigrant Amber Leong receives investment after appearing on the TV show, with Lori Greiner and Mark Cuban taking a stake in the company.
Ben Alberts and Bill Crubaugh, owners of Piff, a high-end streetwear consignment store in Minneapolis.

Piff, a favorite of Viking Stefon Diggs, draws fresh infusion of capital

Minneapolis urban streetwear boutique Piff rides wave of 'hype fashion.'
Walmart is changing its tactics in fighting assessments in Minnesota.

Walmart taking its fight against Minnesota assessments beyond tax court

Retail giant arguing Minnesota property assessors have violated its 14th Amendment right to equal protection.
Global-business consultant McKinsey & Co. is opening a store at the Mall of America to test new retail technologies.

Why would a business consulting firm open a store at MOA selling lingerie?

Modern Retail Collective, which opens Friday, will be as much of a living laboratory as a high-tech shopping experience.
The Minnesota Talent and Recruiting Network (MNTRN) held a “Lunch and Learn” event, examining the impact of aging workforce trends on the state’

Persistent age discrimination could stymie economic growth in Minnesota

The gap in Minnesota's workforce needs could be met by hanging on to older workers, respecting their experience.
Workers laid off from the Pipestone location will be able to apply for jobs at J&B Group's St. Michael operations, shown here in a file photo.

J&B meat plant in Pipestone to close, taking 145 jobs with it

J&B Group will consolidate in St. Michael; city leaders hope to woo new employer.
Southdale Center in Edina continues to reshape itself as online shopping and other habits are bringing fewer shoppers to malls.

Southdale Center in Edina continues transformation from retail hub to lifestyle destination

New RH concept store the latest piece of owner Simon Property Group's strategy.
Kohl’s started a streamlined version of its rewards program in eight markets more than a year ago, and has added five more while still considering i

Target, other top retailers push hard to enhance customer rewards programs

Retailers try to distinguish themselves in giving steady customers incentives to come back
Target has told suppliers to pick up the cost of China tariffs.

Target tells suppliers to pick up cost of China trade tariffs

The pointed memo to hundreds of national-brand vendors highlights the ripple effect of the Trump administration's ongoing trade war with China.
Glen Taylor has retaken the helm of Taylor Corp., the Mankato-based communications services company.

Glen Taylor is back as CEO of Taylor Corp. after niece steps aside

Niece Deb Taylor had served as CEO since 2015.
Tim Peterman, CEO of iMedia Brands, formerly Evine and the parent company of ShopHQ. (GLEN STUBBE/Star Tribune)

Losses continue at Eden Prairie's ShopHQ, but at a slower pace

Company expects sales to slide this year as it adjusts product mix and improves operations.
Philip Xiao, left, led a panel about the Generation Z workforce at a gathering of Twin Cities business leaders assembled by Greater MSP. Sharing the s

What does Generation Z want out of Minnesota workplaces?

Companies need to adjust their approach to attract the newest crop of workers.
Tim Peterman, CEO of Evine Live, said the Evine name never resonated with customers. As of Wednesday, the home shopping network will be called Shop HQ

Starting today, Eden Prairie home shopping network will be ShopHQ again

Evine is rebranding to the name it stopped using in 2015 as part of a broader effort to try to reignite sales.
Mynul Khan, founder of Field Nation: “It’s no longer about being a matchmaker. Now we’re making the entire engagement simpler.”

Gig economy is here to stay, Field Nation's Mynul Khan says

The company finds contract jobs for IT workers — and the firm has only grown.
Marsheela Outlaw, left, talked to Tom Reese about the networking she’s been doing during a meeting at the CareerForce office in Bloomington.

U research digs into why people with generous unemployment benefits take longer to find work

Time pressure forces people to find work more quickly, but with more strain.
Tim Krieger, a former star wrestler, is being accused of a multimillion fraud -- a charge he denies.

Former energy trader, star wrestler accused of multimillion-dollar fraud

Timothy Krieger countered that everything "was blessed" by the SEC and tax accountants.

One man dead after a night of three shootings in Minneapolis

The latest homicide capped a violent week in the city.

Suspect arrested in shooting in Virginia, Minn.

Police in Eveleth, Minn., have arrested a 30-year-old.
Amazon Robotic drives fit under pods filled with various items and move them around the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee.

Robots helping Amazon improve its game in Shakopee

Amazon fulfillment centers in Shakopee and across the country use advanced technologies to assist human workers.
Tim Peterman, the new CEO of Evine Live, which is changing its corporate name to iMedia Brands and returning to the ShopHQ name on TV.

It's official: ShopHQ is in, Evine is out as retailer rebrands again

The Eden Prairie TV shopping network will resurrect its former name.
Back to school already: Target exec Jill Sando showed the retailer’s More than Magic line, its first full brand aimed at “tween” girls.

Target launches 'tween' brand in time for back-to-school rush

School season ranks second to holidays for retail spending; families are expected to spend $519 per child.
Evine has backed out of a deal with Jane Fonda, shown here promoting her film "Five Acts," to produce an athleisure line.

Eden Prairie-based Evine ditches deal with Jane Fonda

Fonda was supposed to launch an athleisure line last week on the home shopping network, but it is refining its focus.
Jody Winter, 33, in her co-working space for wedding vendors called Cornerstone Studios. Niche spaces such as Cornerstone are becoming popular.

One-stop shop for wedding services in northeast Minneapolis

Cornerstone Studios co-working space in northeast Minneapolis is a one-stop shop for wedding services.
The new Lili Salon Spa and Tonic Barbers will be in Galleria's east end near Cov and Starbucks.

New men's spa and expanded Lili's on tap for Edina's Galleria

The mall said it is the first of several new tenants that will fill vacancies.
A machine at a Best Buy warehouse in California constructed boxes to the exact size of the item, eliminating waste and the need for plastic bubble wra

Best Buy embarks on packaging diet to deal with glut of cardboard boxes

A special machine used at several facilities makes custom, ready-to-ship boxes for smaller items that saves room and is better for the environment.
3M announced at Circularity that it would only use recycled plastic fibers to make Scotch-Brite sponges.

Companies from 3M to Google in Minneapolis to talk green business practices

The Circularity 19 conference focused on sustainability plans and how to implement them.
Best Buy has begun selling connected fitness equipment, including Hydrow machines.

Best Buy digs into the high-tech fitness business

Richfield-based retailer will roll out an expanded collection of products to 100 stores this year.
A shopper left the Nicollet Mall Target in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, a day when many reported long waits to check out. The retailer also repor

Target took hit with IT glitches; the only question is: how big?

After a weekend of problems at its cash registers, Target said Monday it was experiencing no new issues, and that it was working to resolve the problem.
At the downtown Minneapolis Target store, lines slowly inched forward Saturday after the retailer reported problems with its cash registers.

Target checkout systems back up after hourslong outage Saturday

Long lines formed as Saturday shopping outings slowed to a snail's pace. Even after the retailer said the problem was fixed, shoppers reported delays.
Customers can now order items from Target's Shipt delivery service directly through

Target ups ante in online delivery wars, integrates Shipt shopping

Shoppers can now use the website to place orders.
Coborn's was fined after a pharmacist stole opioids.

Coborn's fined $225,000 after pharmacist caught stealing opioids

St. Cloud grocery chain admits no wrongdoing in settling with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Hubert Joly's last task as Best Buy CEO was to speak at the company's webcast annual meeting. Corie Barry then takes the company's helm.

Corie Barry succeeds Hubert Joly as CEO at Best Buy

She becomes the fifth CEO in Best Buy history, and one of three women to lead a Minnesota Fortune 500 company.