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Kavita Kumar

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Craig Dahl, retired CEO of TCF Financial

TCF's chief executive retires as bank wraps up its merger, move to Detroit

Craig Dahl says integration strategy with Detroit-based Chemical Bank is in good hands.
UnitedHealth announced recipients of its $5 million for rebuilding in Minneapolis, including a pharmacy that was destroyed in the riots. Here Elias Us

Rebuilding funds from UnitedHealth begin to flow to Twin Cities businesses

At Seward Pharmacy on Lake Street, the funds will help finish a rebuild after destruction from the May riots.
Minnesota's jobless rate is down to 6%, a figure that looks like good news but is shaped by far more people leaving the workforce than jobs being fill

State jobless rate falls to 6%, mainly from those leaving workforce

Seven months into the pandemic's economic crisis, Minnesota only has half its jobs back and tens of thousands have stopped looking for work.
U.S. Bancorp's third-quarter profit fell 17% as it remained under pressure from the pandemic and recession. But it put aside less money for potential

U.S. Bank to close another 400 branches, or 15% of locations, by early 2021

The branch closures come on top of another 300 in the last year or so.
Neel Kashkari, here in a 2015 file image, is president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Fed joins with other regional banks to tackle racism and the economy

The kickoff event Wednesday highlighted a possible heightened role for the Fed.
U.S. Bank opened a new branch in Mound, where employees help clients with banking needs without the roped-off lines and teller windows.

U.S. Bank rolls out new branch formats for digital age

U.S. Bank's new metro-area branches have been retooled for the digital age.
Scott Litman, co-founder of the Minnesota Cup, and Karen Dodson, CEO of BlueCube Bio, this year's winner of the competition.

Minnesota Cup winner pioneers new solution to preserve therapeutic cells

BlueCube Bio came out on top of the state's highest-profile startup competition.
Staffers at the new JPMorgan Chase bank branch on East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis greet a customer Monday. The branch is the second in a new desig

JPMorgan Chase celebrates new community branch, $4 million grant for affordable housing

With its fourth branch in the Twin Cities, the nation's largest bank takes a new approach with a design and services aimed at teaching more people about managing their finances.
Entrepreneurs Salman Elmi, left, and Abdi Hassan are co-founders of Top Figure.

Viral video of confrontation in a Minneapolis gym changed lives, perspectives

Black entrepreneurs receive outpouring of support, white man confronting them lost his business.
Luba Perchyshyn, shown in 2015.

Luba Perchyshyn, master maker of Ukrainian eggs, dies at 96

She helped keep the tradition alive during an era in which it was suppressed under Soviet rule.
Minnesota's recovery from the economic downturn accelerated in August. File photo of a job fair before the pandemic hit.

Minnesota hits end of $300 weekly jobless bonus

Minnesota's job recovery sped up a bit last month with the addition of 40,500 jobs.
The Edwin H Gott passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth in late August.

Minnesota's exports fall $1 billion in second quarter

The 18% drop is less than the decrease for the nation as a whole, which was 30%.
Bharat Pulgam, lower left in sweater, was among Target+Techstars Retail Accelerator participants who celebrated at their DemoDay in the 2018 startup w

Twin Cities Startup Week going virtual, extended over three weeks

The region's big event for entrepreneurs is adapting to the pandemic.
Volunteers worked at the Sheridan Story on Thursday in Roseville. It’s trying to raise $1.8 million for 100,000 weekly meals for students.

Minnesota nonprofits plead for more help as hunger crisis surges

More are needing help, especially after the extra unemployment aid ended.
Minnesota applied for a federal program that will temporarily provide up $300 a week in additional unemployment benefits to Minnesotans who have lost

State to begin sending $300 payments to jobless this weekend

The bonus is a replacement for a federal benefit that ran out in July.
Manufacturing activity continues to expand across the U.S., though Minnesota's factories are rebounding at a slower pace. File photo of the assembly l

Manufacturers continue their march back, though pace slow at Minnesota's factories

The state's factory activity was not quite as robust in August as in July, a Creighton University survey found.
Minnesota applied for a federal program that will temporarily provide up $300 a week in additional unemployment benefits to Minnesotans who have lost

Minnesota signs up for new federal $300 weekly benefit for jobless

The $300 federal payments expected to be short-lived.
Minnesota will receive $1.5 million of an $85 million multistate settlement reached with state attorneys general and the U.S. unit of Honda Motors. Ho

Minnesota gets $1.5 million in multistate settlement with Honda over air bags

The faulty air bag inflaters led to a massive auto recall and the multistate $85M settlement.
President Donald Trump signed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program in June. But Congress and the White House haven’t agreed on a new aid

Minn. officials to decide next week on program for extra $300 in unemployment

Minn. to review federal lost wages program.
Minnesota's jobless rate tumbled lower in July, but the decline was slower than in June. The state has recovered about 40% of the jobs it lost in Marc

Minnesota's job growth slows in July as jobless rate falls to 7.7%

Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 7.7%, down from 8.6% in June, 9.9% in May.
U.S. Bank's $5 million in grants to Twin Cities includes funds for trauma care

U.S. Bank's $5 million in grants to Twin Cities includes funds for trauma care

Community leaders asked U.S. Bank to trust them on how to use grants.
Reed Robinson is launching a new venture-capital firm to help Minnesota startups.

New firm hopes to fill hole in Twin Cities startup funding

Well-known figure in the Twin Cities' tech community will take a chance on companies in the earliest stages.
Many forecasts indicate employment won’t get back to pre-pandemic levels until 2022, but there have been some signs of hope.

Minnesota's job market coming back slowly as companies move ahead cautiously

Many restrictions on businesses have been lifted, but employers remain uncertain about the direction of the coronavirus pandemic and economy.
Octavio Rodriguez is shown at Twin City Die Casting in April, 2020. Minnesota’s manufacturing sector saw signs of growth last month, according to a

Minnesota's manufacturing sector bounces back to growth, but still has ways to go

Job losses rose even as the manufacturing sector regained some needed steam.

Water skier hurt in collision with Hennepin County Water Patrol boat

The water skier, a man, was injured and taken to HCMC in Minneapolis

Ameriprise swings to a loss in Q2

Volatility in the stock market helped to shape results for the financial-services giant.
Wallace and Victoria Nabaa say they could not have kept up with bills without the $600 jobless benefit, which just expired.

Laid-off Minnesotans face a financial cliff with end of extra $600 payments

About one-sixth of the state's workforce are among the Americans whose immediate future is tied up in the battle about how to rescue the U.S. economy.
Kimberly Jones worked in the airline industry, hit hard by the virus.

Half of Black workers in Minnesota have lost work during pandemic

More than one-quarter of Black workers were still making weekly unemployment claims last month, compared with 9% of white workers.
Final construction work was done on the Stillwater Lift Bridge in May.

Minnesota jobless rate still nearly triple what it was before pandemic

State officials warn that situation could get worse as $600 federal benefit expires.
A U.S. Bank branch in Omaha, Neb.

U.S. Bancorp sets aside another $1.7 billion for coronavirus-related defaults

The move took a significant toll on the bank's bottom line in the second quarter, with its profit falling 62%.
Manufacturing conditions across the country and Midwest turned marginally positive in June, surveys of supply managers showed. Minnesota trailed in th

Minnesota's export-heavy manufacturing sector sees slower bounceback than the nation's

Latest survey finds the state is trailing in manufacturing.
The Minneapolis Fed's website has a "dashboard" filled with various measures of the spread of COVID-19 and related economic effects.

Minneapolis Fed finds small businesses take deepest cuts to sales from pandemic shutdowns

Regional economist finds "catastrophic" financial declines in Minnesota, nearby states.
A worker is seen outside Amazon.com Inc.’s giant fulfillment center Tuesday in Shakopee, where at least 88 of its approximately 1,000 workers testin

Coronavirus spread at Amazon warehouses in Twin Cities has subsided, health officials say

Workers' demand for more disclosure led to more details about Minnesota warehouses.
Workers are seen outside Amazon.com Inc.’s giant fulfillment center Tuesday in Shakopee, where at least 88 of its approximately 1,000 workers testin

Amazon's Shakopee warehouse has 88 coronavirus cases

Minnesota officials are monitoring large warehouses, where coronavirus is spreading
The Community Emergency Service is seeing high usage of its foodshelf as workers are either not called back yet or are getting fewer hours.

Minnesota jobless rate rises to 9.9%, highest on record

The May report revealed the full effect of the coronavirus on the state's job market. But it doesn't include jobs added as retailers began to reopen.
Minneapolis has been home to one of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the country. Shown is a photo from 2015's celebration.

Target, Best Buy, U.S. Bank make Juneteenth company holiday

Best Buy leadership also said for the first time, the company will shorten hours of operation on Election Day, Nov. 3.
J.C. Penney is closing four stores in Minnesota.

J.C. Penney to close stores in Eden Prairie, Coon Rapids, Maple Grove and Willmar

The four are in the first wave of closures during bankruptcy restructuring.
Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel parked in front of the burned-out Walgreens on East Lake St. He said he was doing damage assessments around Minnea

Burned-out pharmacies leave a hole in Twin Cities neighborhoods

Pharmacies, and the controlled substances they hold, were a particular target for looting in last week's chaos, even far from Lake Street in Minneapolis and University Avenue in St. Paul, the hardest-hit areas. Swaths of the metro now have no open pharmacy for miles.
Mohamed Ali showed his respect with a prayer on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at Cup Foods in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis polic

Momentum builds as number, spirit and variety of Floyd protests grow

They have marched for miles, slept for few hours and faced projectiles from police — all in the middle of a pandemic. And yet demonstrators…
Looters entered the Target store on Lake Street and made out with merchandise on the second day of protest in the death of George Floyd.

Target hopes to rebuild Lake Street store by end of year

The Minneapolis-based retailer also will rebuild other stores that have been damaged in this week's riots.
Hundreds of volunteers showed up to clean up along University Avenue, organized by Hamline Midway Coalition.

Twin Cities businesses reel from nights of violence while on guard for more

Hundreds of buildings have been damaged by rioters, looters.
Mall of America in Bloomington.

MOA postpones Monday reopening, suspends curbside pickup

The Bloomington megamall also has suspended curbside pickup. Rosedale Center also closed.
Friends and relatives tried to secure La Poblanita in Minneapolis after it was looted Wednesday night.

Mpls. small-business owners pick up pieces after night of destruction

"COVID didn't close me, but this is going to close me," says one shop owner.
A view of the Mozaic building in Uptown from 2013.

Mpls. venture capitalist loses office lease after viral video accuses him of racial profiling

Subject of video said he believed some of the men were not tenants.
With the 10 sites opening in Minnesota this week, CVS will have testing locations in more than 30 states, including this one in Danvers, Mass.

CVS to roll out 10 drive-through testing sites in Minnesota on Friday

Drugstore chain to open 10 sites in Minnesota on Friday.
Best Buy employees met customers in the parking lot, bringing purchases to their cars for curbside pickup at the Apple Valley store. Best Buy now has

Home office, video game purchases helped, but Best Buy sales still down

Items now in popular demand include home theater systems, ranges and dishwashers.
Shoppers visit the downtown Target Store in Minneapolis.

Target sees biggest sales jump in 15 years, but profits take a big hit

Essential items drove the sales gain, but buying habits shifted.
Shoppers made their way through Rosedale Center in Roseville on Monday as some of the stores opened for business.

Minnesota retail shops are open again, but foot traffic is light

The state is allowing all stores to open as long as they file safety plans and limit capacity to 50%.
Target is extending a $2-an-hour pay bump and other benefits for store and distribution center workers. Shown is a store in Danvers, Mass.

Target extends $2-an-hour coronavirus pay bump through July 4

$2-an-hour boost for frontline workers comes as other retail companies' deals are set to end.
Lisa Marie Fernandez is one of the designers participating in a limited-edition Target dress collection.

Target going ahead with special limited-edition designer partnership on dresses

Target's new collection will be available online first, on June 6, and in stores on June 15.
Mall of America plans to reopen for shopping on June 1.

Mall of America to reopen June 1, following others in Twin Cities

Minnesota stores and malls may reopen Monday — but not all will. Shoppers may hesitate, too.
The entrance to Mall of America's new wing.

Senate leader, governor consider aid plan for Mall of America

A proposal to use a tax subsidy fund will have to overcome opposition from the city of Bloomington.
The Gordmans in Southdale Mall already has closed. The last two locations in the metro, in Burnsville and Woodbury, are set to close unless a buyer ca

Last two Gordmans stores in Twin Cities will close unless buyer can be found

Parent company Stage Stores said it could not find financing during the pandemic.
Best Buy employees brought purchases to customers’ cars for curbside pickup in Apple Valley last month.

Even stronger retail players, from Mall of America to Edina's Evereve, are strained

Pandemic expected to magnify differences between healthy retailers and those with big financial troubles.
Target corporate headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.

Target buys technology assets of delivery startup Deliv

Deliv CEO and some engineers also joining Target
Target has released to Minnesota businesses its safety toolkit for COVID-19, including signs that can be printed out.

Target sharing its COVID-19 safety tool kit to help other Minnesota businesses open up

The move is the latest from the Minneapolis-based retailer, which also has more than 10,000 preorders for infrared thermometers Target is offering at cost.
The masked and unmasked mingle in Chicago, where new Illinois rules started Friday for when people can't maintain a 6 foot social distance in public.

Wearing face masks could be cultural shift

While it may not be "pleasant" to wear them, face masks will play an important role as businesses ramp back up, Gov. Tim Walz says.
Best Buy will allow shoppers back into about 200 of its nearly 1,000 stores by appointment only. It will continue to offer curbside pickup for items,

Best Buy to reopen 200 stores for shopping by appointment

Best Buy workers will give themselves a health check before each shift using a new app. They will be required to wear face masks and gloves.
At least 25 workers at the Amazon Fulfillment warehouse in Shakopee walked off their shift on Saturday, April 25.

Amazon workers in Shakopee stage weekend walkout over COVID-19 cases

At least three employees at Amazon's fulfillment center in Shakopee have now tested positive for COVID-19, the company has told employees in recent days.
Target sales have increased during the last month. Pictured is a store in Brooklyn.

Target's online sales skyrocket as Americans told to stay at home

The retailer will also extend $2-an-hour wage increases through May and is now requiring store workers to wear face masks.
A sign at the entrance to the Uptown Target store declares that it is not a CDC testing center.

Drive-through testing by retailers like Target hampered by scarcity of tests, PPE

Trump heralded using big box parking lots more than a month ago; the effort is now ramping up.
Target designer Stacey Monsen posed for a portrait at Target headquarters.

Target expands adaptive clothing and products for people with special needs

Target designers address frustrations of people with autism, special needs, with adaptive clothing that's stylish, too.
Online sales have skyrocketed 250%. About half have come through curbside pickup orders and the rest through orders shipped to homes.

Best Buy to furlough 51,000 as stores provide only curbside pickup

The Richfield-based retailer said Wednesday that sales have plummeted 30% in the past month since stores have closed to the public. But curbside pickup has been a "remarkable success."
Packages passed down a conveyor bound for delivery trucks at Amazon’s Shakopee fulfillment center.

Workers group files OSHA complaint against Amazon after doctor tells Shakopee employee to self-quarantine

Even as Amazon steps up worker protections, groups says it should do more, especially now.
Christine Rice of Minneapolis, who works for Shipt, picked up items for a delivery order from Target.

Target-owned Shipt has added 70,000 new delivery shoppers

The move should help open more delivery slots for customers.
Target-owned Shipt offered bonuses to its most active workers on Tuesday, the same day that a workers' group urged a walk-out.

On day when some workers stage 'walk-off,' Shipt announces shopper bonuses

Shipt said it was handing out $100 bonuses to shoppers who completed between 50 and 100 orders last month and $200 bonuses to shoppers who handled more than 100 orders.
Target will start giving workers masks and gloves and monitor the number of people shopping in a given store at one time.

Target will provide workers masks, gloves, monitor number of shoppers in stores

The Minneapolis-based retailer is strongly encouraging workers to wear the protective gear.
A Michael's craft store in Albany, N.Y. on March 24, 2020.

Michaels, Jo-Ann open despite state saying arts, crafts stores included in stay-at-home order

Michaels says it is essential because it provides fabric for homemade masks and supplies for children who are at home.
Best Buy says it will pay store workers through April 18, adding two more weeks as it handles a surge of online orders for office equipment and applia

Best Buy to pay employees for two more weeks while stores remain closed

The electronics retailer is busy filling online orders for home office equipment and appliances.
Best Buy will continue to offer curbside service, saying it is covered under essential services in Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order.

What stores are 'essential' in Minnesota? It's murky and open to debate

In recent days, states and cities across the U.S. have defined essential differently in their stay-at-home orders.
Hy-Vees, such as the one in Robbinsdale, have put up shields at checkout lanes.

Stores banning reusable bags, putting up shields to keep workers safe

Area supermarkets, retailers, co-ops have stepped up efforts in the past week.
A sign displays outside of a Target store in Glenview, Ill., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Grocery store chains and other retailers began offering specia

Target revises year's plan as sales surge 20% mainly because of coronavirus

Remodels will be scaled back, and fresh groceries, alcohol won't be offered for pickup.
A Target employee in Tulsa cleans door handles. Target has stepped up safety measures at its stores.

Target says it will clean checkout lanes after every transaction

The retailer will step up cleaning efforts, social distancing measures.
Driver Miguel Ramos of Richfield filled up his car with deliveries at the Amazon Prime Now hub in Minneapolis.

Armed with hand sanitizer, Minnesota delivery drivers on front lines of pandemic

Grocery-delivery service demand has boomed — and in an economy where many workers have at least temporarily lost their retail jobs overnight, the delivery services are hiring.
A Best Buy store in Richfield.

Best Buy to temporarily close all stores aside from curbside pickup

As the coronavirus pandemic accelerates, Richfield-based Best Buy has decided to temporarily close its stores aside from curbside pickup starting Sunday. The electronics chain has…