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Nick Williams

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Nick Williams is a business reporter for the Star Tribune.

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Version1, a competitive video gaming company owned by the Wilf family, will no longer field teams under the brand name. The organization also vacating

Wilfs pull plug on video gaming at Viking Lakes in Eagan

Version1's facility was open to fans attending Vikings training camp at the TCO Performance Center, where they could play on some of the company's gaming systems.
Charlotte Epée — pictured in Minneapolis on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023 — will host an inaugural BIPOC Startup Week in December, the first of many she

Meet the businesswoman who created Minneapolis' first BIPOC Startup Week

Charlotte Epée-WillSuN has self-funded the inaugural event, running Dec. 7-9 in downtown Minneapolis.
Rosenthal Furniture in downtown Minneapolis, pictured Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, is closing after 128 years in business.

Rosenthal Furniture, a downtown Minneapolis landmark, closing after 128 years

Items at the company's two locations — Rosenthal Furniture in downtown Minneapolis and Rosenthal Interiors in Minnetonka — are significantly marked down as part of a total sell-off of the company's inventory.
From left to right, Eric Wieffering, Maria Reeve and Chase Davis will be managing editors at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Star Tribune names three veteran journalists to new senior leadership posts

All have multiple years of experience at Minnesota's largest news organization.
A shopper leaves a Party City store in Vernon Hills, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Eden Prairie balloon-maker Anagram is a wholly owned subsidiary of

Eden Prairie balloon-maker Anagram files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Anagram, which is also seeking new ownership, is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of New Jersey-based Party City, which itself filed for bankruptcy in January.
Nick Tietz is the founder of ILT Academy and ILT Studios.

He started 7 businesses. Now he helps others avoid the mistakes he couldn't.

Nick Tietz started ILT Academy in St. Cloud to be an education provider and co-working lab for small-business owners.
Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, right, joined a group of Minnesotans in 2019 taking in the FanDuel Sportsbook in Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa

Big player in casino industry keeping close eye on effort in Minnesota to legalize sports betting

This past summer, IGT added St. Croix Casinos in Wisconsin as one of its latest customers. Among other customers are many of the casinos in Iowa and the Dakotas.
Norma Leary is a regular client who appreciates the HEPA filter and divider in her Edwards RideCare car on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023.

Twin Cities ride service is a clean room on wheels for those who want an infection-free lift

Created during the pandemic, Edwards RideCare serves those who desire an infection-free drive.
Monica Birrenkott, in Shakopee on Tuesday with her son Logan, 4, is one of several entrepreneurs who got the courage to think of starting a business d

Fed interest rate hikes tame inflation but hit small, often diverse, business owners hardest

Women and people of color, who drove pandemic-era business growth, are especially vulnerable to rising costs.
Thousands of guests arrived at Walt Disney World Resort for the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019.

Headed to Disney World? A superfan shares tips for a fun family vacation.

Nostalgia and fun in Orlando can make Disney worth the price of admission — especially if you follow these tips from a former Floridian.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks gather at center ice, before an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, to honor former Pengui

Minnesota company's cut-resistant hockey gear sells out after player Adam Johnson's death

Warroad Hockey Co., from NHLer T.J. Oshie, produces shirts that protect the neck and wrists.
Dr. Laura LaFave talked with Mark Harris of Hopkins about his glucose sensor results.

With diabetes on the rise, tech becomes crucial part of disease management

For the roughly 500,000 people in Minnesota diagnosed with diabetes, technology that automates finger-pricking and shot-giving has been an essential development.
Retail marijuana sales in the state likely won’t start until January 2025, as the state must first set up an Office of Cannabis Management to regula

Now that recreational cannabis is legal, here's how to start your own pot business

The state's Office of Cannabis Management hasn't yet published license applications, but they should be available in early 2025.
Runners decided to run their own race on Oct. 1 in downtown Minneapolis after the Twin Cities Marathon and 10 Mile were canceled because of extreme he

Canceled Twin Cities Marathon, 10 Mile registrants will receive full refunds

The events didn't happen Oct. 1 as planned because of hot weather, and organizer Twin Cities in Motion took until Friday to figure out its insurance claim and refund policy.
John Costello plans on running West Metro Solutions full-time after he graduates from the University of St. Thomas in May.

St. Thomas student has rung up $1M in sales keeping office furniture out of landfills

John Costello, a Schulze scholar at the university, started the business in high school.
Jake Webb, a vintage clothing reseller, is surrounded by apparel at his work space in Minneapolis.

Taking the grift out of thrifting: Minneapolis reseller's platform authenticates vintage items and their worth

Jake Webb and his partners have developed an app to authenticate vintage items and their worth.
Colle McVoy CEO Christine Fruechte and president Jessica Henrichs at Colle McVoy on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023 in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis firm wins AdWeek's Agency of the Year honor, ending 30-year drought

Colle McVoy's award is the biggest recognition in the advertising firm's 88-year history and the first for a Minnesota company in nearly three decades.
Arlen Erdahl died Sept. 21 at the age of 92.

Former GOP Rep. Arlen Erdahl, the kind of political leader people 'yearn for,' dies at 92

He represented Minnesota's First Congressional District and also served as secretary of state.
Elite runners took off from the starting line of the 2022 Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis.

Canceled Twin Cities Marathon is latest hurdle for the organizer

The pandemic once canceled or set capacity restraints on the annual race, which now faces a reimbursement conundrum after hot weather shuttered this year's incarnation.
Runners in Minneapolis decided what to do on Sunday after the Twin Cities Marathon and 10-mile race were canceled due to weather.

Twin Cities Marathon, 10 Mile runners must wait on refund details

It's possible the approximately 8,000 marathon runners and 12,000 10-milers will have to wait another two weeks before hearing if any money is coming back their way.
A display on a rowing machine and overhead screen showed individual heart rates and more as people worked out at Orangetheory in Edina.

Fitness trackers bring out the competitive spirit in Minnesotans

From fitness studios to senior living communities, wearable technology has enabled a new generation of fitness enthusiasts to not only track their performance but also see how they measure up against others.
Carba co-founder and CEO Andrew Jones explained the company’s reactor to the crowd during the MN Cup grand finale Monday.

Minnesota startup aims to remove 1B tons of carbon dioxide by 2035

Carba won this year's MN Cup competition, which culminated Monday with a grand finale at Twin Cities Startup Week.
Tokosang Lokule worked on gels that detect proteins at Kingfisher Biotech inside University Enterprise Laboratories on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. GLEN

Minnesota med-tech startups on pace to raise more than $1B again this year

Professionals in med-tech, health tech and biotech will be among those gathering around the metro for in-person and virtual events as part of Twin Cities Startup Week, which starts this weekend.
Torry Beasley chose carefully as he moved through the line at Open Cupboard food bank this past February.

Minnesota household income continues to decline, putting more families in need

Recent data from the American Community Survey show 9.6% of the Minnesota population living below the federal poverty threshold, a slight increase from 2021.
Paul Moe — chairman, CEO and co-inventor of MIIR Audio Technology, Inc. — posed for a portrait in front of records and photos of his clients — i

A Minnesota startup's shortcut for finding the most emotional moment in songs? Math.

Minnetonka-based MIIR found a way to search mathematically rather than instinctively for the parts in songs that elicit a certain emotional response, which will have a big impact on industries like film, music streaming and health care.
Hennepin County is making insight-driven decisions to improve the resident experience, including everyday situations, like making service center visit

Businesses have used customer mapping for years. Hennepin County has caught on.

The county has developed a customer journey mapping system to summarize citizens' movement through various services, from the DMV to the county medical center.
Hiring an expert, or subscribing to an app or website to navigate the dating world, isn’t cheap. Local experts offer tips on how to do it reasonably

Looking for love in the Twin Cities? It can cost from a couple bucks to $100,000

Finding a match doesn't have to be expensive, but a commitment of time and a bit of money can help.
Verizon’s Gizmo Watch is popular among Minnesota parents.

Should you get your child a GPS tracking device as they head back to school?

A variety of devices — from basic GPS tags to smartwatches — could provide parental peace of mind while still allowing an age-appropriate level of independence.
The Hub Bike Co-op is closing its flagship location on Minnehaha Avenue.

Hub Bike Co-op closing south Mpls. flagship store after 21 years

The cooperative voted last week to close the location on Minnehaha Avenue, citing inflation, decreased sales and an overall lag in people needing repairs as reasons for the decision.
A wound VAC (vacuum-assisted closure) procedure on the foot of a pstient after the amputation of a big toe.

Mpls. startup aims to improve wound care, prevent problems

Wound Co. is adding support to understaffed hospitals, clinics and home care providers nationwide, especially those serving diabetics and seniors.
U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is one of several sports venues Mortenson has built in recent years.

How Minnesota's Mortenson became a top contractor for U.S. sports venues

In the past 30 years, Mortenson has completed more than 230 sports venue projects valued at upward of $15 billion.
A rendering of the Oakland Athletics’ proposed new ballpark in Las Vegas.

Golden Valley-based Mortenson tapped for new Las Vegas Athletics MLB ballpark

Mortenson and co-lead McCarthy previously completed the $1.9 billion construction of the Las Vegas Raiders' NFL stadium.
Punch Pizza co-owner John Puckett, at the Grand Avenue location in St. Paul, built the company’s customer loyalty with little investment in promotio

Punch Pizza built Twin Cities chain through word of mouth — from Meryl Streep, Barack Obama

For nearly 30 years, Punch has built a following without much investment in promotion and advertising.
Consumers are being overwhelmed with ads on their devices and smart TVs. Large digital billboards are one answer ad and marketing agencies are suggest

Minnesota ad agencies changing as digital becomes the name of the game in marketing

Whether they are online or on digital billboards, clients need agencies to leverage today's market data for them, professionals say.
Parallax CEO Tom O’Neil, right, with company leaders Amanda Anderson and Dave Annis. The company raised $12 million in June to grow its software tha

Venture capital investment in Minnesota down 63% in first half of year

Medical device companies are getting the most money, but higher interest rates and bank closures have cooled investment off recent record years.
Luke Wendlandt turned his van into a mobile studio to produce content for Cadre, an app he created to provide mental health content.

Twin Cities entrepreneur creates app to make mental health care more accessible

In an interview, Luke Wendlandt talks about his own mental health journey, how his app is meant to help people connect with each other and mental health professionals, and some entrepreneurial tips.
Wang Chou Yang works with daughter Tang in the outdoor garden shop in St. Paul on July 13, 2023.

For this Minnesota family, medicinal plant business preserves Hmong history

Over the past 20 years, Wangchou Yang and his family have built a reputation in the Twin Cities' Hmong community for their vast collection of medicinal plants.
Norma Jean Williams

Radio personality, media trailblazer Norma Jean Williams lifted community

Williams, the former publisher of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, a family-owned publication since 1934, passed away on June 6. She was 81.
David Kornberg has served as the CEO of Maurices for the last year after previously heading mall retailer Express.

Chief executive of Duluth-based Maurices steps down, interim named

David Kornberg joined Maurices in 2021 after previously serving as CEO of clothing chain Express. An interim CEO has been appointed for the Minnesota-based women's clothing retailer.
The goMARTI program in Grand Rapids, Minn., uses six self-driving vehicles for public transportation.

More self-driving cars are on Minnesota roads, fueled by public funding

Private citizens aren't the only ones investing in autonomous vehicles. The state is also trying to figure out how to bring more self-driving cars to the roads to forge a more connected community.
Paul Edlund, CEO at J. Benson Construction, left, and Rick Harris, president of Ideal Commercial Interiors both helped with the construction of the se

Governments fall short on hiring diverse businesses for Minnesota public projects

Improving systems with input from disadvantaged business owners could help these government agencies increase spending.
Hopkins-based Grandpad Inc. created a mobile tablet specifically for the senior community.

As seniors buy more tech, the market for Minnesota-made devices expands

By 2030, older adults are expected to spend $120 billion on tech, per AARP.
Advances in technology and open-source software systems, designed specifically to be publicly accessible, have allowed those with an idea to create an

You don't have to be a techie to create an app, here's how to do it

Either as a side gig or as an extension of a fully functioning business, creating an app isn't reserved for coding experts.
Ethos founder Luke Wilcox created a company that collects data so investors know their portfolio of investments are contributing toward good causes li

This Twin Cities firm holds companies accountable, rating their environmental and social goals

As more investors and stakeholders demand progress in ESG initiatives, Ethos has found a way to measure data to help decision making.
Softward developer Raza Khalid demonstrates how facial recognition software works with commercial websites inside the Token of Trust offices in Minnea

As use of facial recognition tech grows, so do privacy concerns

Experts fear the billion-dollar industry's potential for mass surveillance and its lack of safeguards to protect millions of images of real people's faces from theft or alteration.
Sun Country is planning and developing an app that will launch later this year or early in 2024.

Sun Country Airlines to launch new app, six years since it last had one

The budget-friendly carrier will join the ranks of other airlines that have invested in technology to better serve passengers.
Arctic Wolf in Eden Prairie has more than 2,100 employees globally, with more than 500 of them in Minnesota.

Minnesota's high school tech education is among the worst, stunting local industry's growth

The state ranks last in the U.S. in the percentage of high schools offering computer science coursework, with only 21% doing so.
Rachel Frosch made a new badge for her Mom Badge app at the dining room table in her house in Minnetonka.

A mom's work can feel invisible. A Minnesota-made app rewards that mettle

The Mom Badge app was created as a way to acknowledge some of the unseen work moms do with a digital token — and maybe a gift card, too.
Explore Minnesota, TruStone Financial and Twin Cities Orthopedic sponsor patches on the Minnesota Aurora FC uniform.

Booming women's sports, spending attract Minnesota companies

Brands are becoming more willing to attach themselves to women's sports, gaining consumer attention in a less-crowded advertising sphere.
Marani Health co-founders Ann Holder and Kathy Tune at their office on Jan. 18 in Oakdale.

Maternal health is an issue in America. A Minnesota startup is trying to help solve it.

Access to at-home data helps medical professionals intervene earlier if heart problems emerge in mothers late in pregnancy or after they give birth.
Tawanna Black is the founder and CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion in St. Paul.

CEI launches next round of grants for Black, Indigenous and Latina business owners

Center for Economic Inclusion has begun its second round of $400,000 grants aimed at women of color entrepreneurs.
Relievant Medsystems gets $50M in latest funding round

Relievant Medsystems gets $50M in latest funding round

The latest round was led by new investor New York City-based Ally Bridge Group.
Patrick Meenan (left), and Ryan Kruizenga, co-managing partners of Arthur Ventures.

Amid economic uncertainty, Minneapolis venture capital firm raises $470M for new funds

The latest capital raise puts Arthur Ventures over $1 billion in total assets under management.
How did Tonka trucks get their start in Minnesota?

How did Tonka trucks get their start in Minnesota?

Tonka Toys was a pioneer for its realistic designs and reliance on metal parts.
Yasmin Samatar, left, and Firaoli Adam are the inventors of the Hijab on the Go, a disposable hijab, on the campus of St. Catherine University where t

St. Paul startup creates disposable hijab for Muslim health care workers, patients

Personal protection equipment startup launches in St. Paul to serve Muslim women who need head coverings in sanitized environments.
Reggie and Susan Carter owners of “Must Be Ruff” gourmet dog treats at the location of The new Creator’s Corner near Gate 34 in Target Field.

Dog treats, skin care, jewelry: Target Field's BIPOC-owned wares for sale at Twins games

Located near the main entrance of the ballpark at Gate 34, Creator's Corner will feature three local businesses from entrepreneurs of color at all 81 home games.
Target Field’s new AI weapon detection system screens fans upon entry, doing away with long lines for manual bag checks before entering a Twins game

Target Field's new tech aims to improve fan experience at Twins games

The Twins are using artificial intelligence to scan for weapons at gate entrances, the first sports venue in Minnesota to do so.
David Goldfeld, BKB Floral Foam chief technology officer, left, and Phillip Schultz, a manufacturing engineer, ground parts to make machinery that wil

Plenty of space, but no room to grow for small companies in the Twin Cities

Landlords and property owners can't say yes to every entrepreneur with a dream. They have equity partners and lenders to answer to.
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of many landmarks the city’s tourism agency wants to showcase in a new ad campaign. Shari L. Gross • shari

Tourism agency launches new campaign to combat stigma, draw visitors to Minneapolis

The Meet Minneapolis campaign, "See What All the Fuss is About," is the agency's largest in a decade.
Marek Ciolko, left, and Abir Sen are co-founders and co-CEOs of Minneapolis health-benefits company Gravie.

Investors add $179M more into Minneapolis health insurance company

Since its founding, Gravie has secured $327 million from venture and equity investors.
A worker told customers the Silicon Valley Bank headquarters was closed this past Friday in Santa Clara, Calif.

How Minnesota's venture-backed firms navigated bank's collapse

Before the federal government stepped in this past weekend, several Minnesota startups worried about making payroll after Silicon Valley Bank closed late last week.
Daniel Tysver poses for a portrait at Forsgren Fisher McCalmont DeMarea Tysver LLP in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Daniel is viewe

NFTs are creating trademark problems. For these Minnesota lawyers, expertise is a commodity

For Minnesota attorneys specializing in trademark and patent law, demand from NFT creators has grown to be a large chunk of the business.
Ted Saunders, during his years as a faculty member at Dunwoody Institute.

Longtime educator Teddy Saunders, 91, provided quiet strength to family, community

The father of six immersed himself in higher education and earned several degrees.
Ashley Powell, Kendra Foss and Dr. Steve Delisi of YourPath photographed on February 28, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn.

St. Paul company offers tech solution to expedite care for substance use disorders

Time can be crucial in communicating with people seeking care for substance use disorders. One Twin Cities company hopes to help improve an often slow process.
Stillwater officers shoot, kill suspect at apartment complex

Stillwater officers shoot, kill suspect at apartment complex

Police chief said officers responded to reports of shooting at an apartment building and were fired on by the suspect before returning fire.
Extempore CEO Carlos Seoane, center, and co-founders Stephen Fluin, left, and Susana Perez Castillejo created an app for teachers to evaluate students

Minneapolis tech company's app optimizes foreign language learning, teaching

Deeloh Technologies' Extempore app lets students record assignments and teachers grade them all on demand.
Kevin McArdle, most recently CEO of Edina-based SureSwift Capital, will run the company as chief executive

New Minneapolis holding company wants to spend $100M to buy software companies

Big Band Software is focused on business-to-business software companies generating between $1 million and $10 million in annual revenue.
Co-founders of Brevity, Maximilian Huc, left, and Kelvin Johnson

Startup that uses AI to perfect sales pitches and presentations nabs more funding

"We want to help people nail their first impression," said Kelvin Johnson, co-founder of the Minneapolis-based company.
Medtronic has received E.U. approval for a new defibrillator system.

Medtronic receives E.U. approval for key new defibrillator system

The company anticipates approval in the U.S. for the system sometime within the first half of 2023.
Jon Schoen, co-founder of Trunkdrop, posed for a portrait at Twin Ignition in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis startup creates Uber-like app for short deliveries

Trunkdrop can be used for a number of delivery situations — a small-business owner who wants to deliver a product to a nearby customer or an autobody shop in need of parts from a supplier late in the evening.
Canadian company acquires Minneapolis logistics firm GroundCloud for $138M

Canadian company acquires Minneapolis logistics firm GroundCloud for $138M

GroundCloud's founder and chief executive, Dave Leland, will continue to lead the company.
Sheletta Brundidge sings ‘Happy Birthday,’ while standing next to Judeah Reynolds, 11, who Brundidge co-authored a children’s book with.

How to make money on TikTok and Instagram

Twin Cities content creators share their strategies for success on social media platforms.
Luca & the Five Girls treats are sold at Wooden Ship Brewing as a special event in Minneapolis, Minn., on Nov. 5, 2022.

Edina teens land organic dog treats on Lunds & Byerlys shelves

In addition to local farmers markets and dog events in the Twin Cities, the treats are available in nearly two dozen Lunds & Byerlys stores, Jerry's Foods, County Markets, Bone Marche and select Ace Hardware stores.
With a little extra research, installing new floors can be a spare-time project, says San Diego-based DIYer Liz Lovery.

These four Minnesota-made apps make it easier to make home repairs, maintenance

Minnesota startups are leveraging software to also generate instant quotes on repairs, remodeling, and schedule snow removal and lawn services.
Amanda Heyman, Danielle Steer and Adam Choe discuss possible deals for their Tundra Ventures fund.

Minnesota startups will likely see another rocky year for venture funding

Venture deals already fell about 16% in 2022. Now, investors say they will be more concerned about a company's execution and traction in the market.