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Bartender/server Penny Masuku, left, and co-owner Barb Gardiner shut down Hen House restaurant in downtown Minneapolis on Monday.

Twin Cities restaurant workers are among first victims of coronavirus shutdown

Eateries were ordered shut except for takeout, so many had to lay off employees.

How Silicon Valley’s Arctic Wolf made it to Minnesota’s ‘Silicon Prairie’


Dan Larson, senior vice president of marketing at Arctic Wolf (left) and Chief Revenue Officer Nick Schneider are based in Eden Prairie.

Arctic Wolf looks to double the size of its cybersecurity office in Minnesota.

Forum: Investors face rough ride, but the weather will improve

March 21

The coronavirus is a stock market blizzard: Until visibility improves, the stock market will be extremely volatile and could easily sell off further.



Registered nurse Kim Lutes left, and others carried 1,200 N95 masks donated by Rich Forstner, president of White Bear Lake contracting firm Mavo Syste

Mask by mask, scores answer call for gear for health care workers

With a couple of masks or a truckload full, Minnesotans answered the call Sunday to donate protective gear for health care workers grappling with a…



A technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island.

Like patients, Minnesota doctors are frustrated by virus test, supply shortages

Physicians try coping with shortages in tests and supplies.



Lisa K. Johnson is director of production at independent Minneapolis ad agency Solve.

Elevating role of video is new production director’s aim at Solve ad agency

Ad agency Solve expands in-house services.



Making the most of your business posts on Facebook

Using Facebook to retain existing customers makes sense because they are the ones mostly likely to follow a brand on social media.



Reyer: How to coach a manager who is struggling to manage

It might not be easy to break through, but once you can get him to reflect on his management style, growth can occur.



Lou Holtz wrote down 107 things that he wanted to do in his life, then when he achieved them all he wrote 100 more.

Mackay: The bucket list can be a powerful motivator

It helps keeps you motivated and goal-oriented.



Shoppers looked into the closed Apple Store at the Mall of America on Tuesday in Bloomington. In Minnesota, 4% of the state’s workforce sought unemp

Economic crisis in wake of virus has Minnesota shaking all week

The coronavirus pandemic and the measures meant to fight the spread of the virus brought a shocking new business reality to the state. But unlike a flood or hurricane, no one knows when it will end.

The Louriston Dairy near Murdock, built and operated by Riverview LLP, is home to 9,500 cows, 40 times more than the average American dairy. The compa


News and trends about Minnesota’s farm economy

updated 11 hours 38 mins. ago

We’ve created a new destination for everything agriculture in Minnesota and around the country.


March 21

A trader while working the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, March 20, 2020, in New York.

Retired or nearly there? How to weather a market downturn

Here are the stakes: Losses early in retirement can significantly increase your chances of running short of money.


March 21

Washburn-McReavy, a Minnesota institution whose roots go back to 1857, has 16 locations in the Twin Cities including this Crystal funeral home.

Family dispute roils Twin Cities’ largest funeral home company

Battle for Washburn-McReavy could force the 160-year-old family business to sell.

It's hiring time

Career Guide 2020

It’s hiring time

updated 7 mins. ago

Finding a job in the 2020s requires some technology know-how – and also face-to-face communications skills.


March 21

Vials of COVID-19 samples were tested on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

First Minnesota COVID-19 death is confirmed

The Ramsey County resident who died March 19 was 80 to 89 years old with underlying health issues, according to officials. Nearly a third of the state’s counties have been affected.


March 21

Clean energy legislation is again on the table in Minnesota this spring.

Minnesota clean-energy legislation has one more obstacle this year with coronavirus

Lawmakers] are reprioritizing, State Capitol observers said.


March 21

A federal regulator this month fined a former U.S. Bancorp executive in connection with the bank’s lax money laundering-prevention practices.

Regulators going after wayward bankers

It’s further evidence that federal regulators are increasingly targeting culprits on executive row.


March 21

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.


March 21

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…


March 21

Business groups, pharmaceutical, building and mining interests spent big dollars during Gov. Tim Walz’s tenure in 2019.

How $65 million was spent to influence Minnesota state government last year

Here are some of the takeaways from annual lobbying expenditure reports

Ranking Minnesota's health care, education, social service and other nonprofits.

Nonprofit 100

Who’s No. 1? Our annual ranking of Minnesota’s top nonprofits

updated 19 hours 7 mins. ago

The list has long been dominated by the state’s large nonprofit health care sector. Forty-six of the 100 organizations on the list are in health care, and they account for 90% of the overall revenue on the list.


March 21

Emma Hirsch places a sign for OMC Smokehouse’s curbside pickup in front of the restaurant Wednesday morning. But Thursday owner Tom Hanson shut down

Grandma’s in Duluth lays off 350 workers, OMC Smokehouse closes amid coronavirus chaos

The group is among several restaurants closing up shop until the state gives green light to open.


March 21


How to protect your finances and credit in tough times

Preparation is better than panic, however. And starting now is better than doing nothing.


March 21

The Groveland Tap in St. Paul.

Schafer: Finding a way out means keeping the workers and the recipes

A neighborhood restaurant is a perfect way to illustrate something for both business leaders and policymakers to heed in the brutal downturn ahead.


March 21

Half of pre-retirees age 50-plus say they would make major sacrifices that could affect their retirement to help family members.

In times like these, it’s your intergenerational network that counts

What else is money for but to support those we love? Reach out and make sure the people you know are OK.


March 21

Each job takes the right type of worker

Here’s a canine-inspired hiring template that includes workplace breeds to avoid.

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