Famous Dave's, the Minnetonka-based BBQ franchise, announced yesterday that CEO John Gilbert has resigned after 18 months with the company. Ed Rensi, the former president of McDonalds, has been chosen as Famous Dave's interim Chief Executive Officer in Gilbert's place. Rensi served as the presiden ... More >>
Target's first-quarter earning report is Best Buy-esque, but the company doesn't think you should attribute that to the ongoing decline of big-box retail. Rather, it's winter's fault!SEE ALSO: Target renames "Orina" sandal after learning word means urine in Spanish [IMAGE]In the official first-quart ... More >>
In an announcement made yesterday, Caribou Coffee Company, Inc., based in Minneapolis, has made the decision to close 80 of its lower-performing stores across the country, including at least two in the metro area. In addition to the store closings, Caribou will rebrand another 88 locations ... More >>
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty wasn't meant to lead a nation. But, since his August announcement to drop his 2012 presidential bid, he's made sure he's still governing something, somewhere. Pawlenty was named to Smart Sand Inc.'s Board of Directors on Wednesday, which marks his eighth appointmen ... More >>
Multiple fights broke out yesterday afternoon in different parts of the Mall of America, some of it captured on shoppers' cell phone cameras. Various estimates put the size of the brawling crowds between 50 and 200 youths, who fist-fought and threw chairs as shoppers caught in the middle darted ... More >>
Bachmann got lots of small contributions, and a handful of big ones.As of June 30, Michele Bachmann's campaign warchest had about $3.7 million in it, $2 million of which she rolled over from her own political action committee. That still means Bachmann for President raised about $1.7 million in a ... More >>
Heartland is teaming up with North Shore Distillery to create a cocktail pairing dinnerSt. Patrick's Day doesn't intuitively go hand-in-hand with great food. Plenty of holidays are associated with cooking or dining out, but St. Paddy's Day is more likely to conjure images of green beer and g ... More >>
"The Colonel better watch his back."The acronym WTF was invented for news like this: Earlier this week, former Public Enemy rapper and reality TV star Flavor Flav opened his first fried chicken restaurant in, of all the places on the planet, Clinton, Iowa. Clinton is a town of less than 30,0 ... More >>
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki: Stonewalling?Jeffrey Anderson, the St. Paul attorney tracking down Catholic priest sex abusers, says the Milwaukee Archdiocese's recent declaration of bankruptcy is an attempt to avoid being forced to reveal the abusers' names. "My office represents all 23 o ... More >>
Amid layoffs and a new publisher, the paper finally hits bottom
The hits keep coming at the Star Tribune. Editor Nancy Barnes said Monday that about 100 more staff positions would be cut, including 30 positions in the newsroom.
Can Target save the Tribune Company? Not really, but they'll likely be giving the struggling media giant a little boost when they open their two-day Target "pop-up" store in the ground level of their building this week.
A new Families USA report says that 1.1 million Minnesotans went without health insurance at some point in 2007 and 2008. That equals 24.1 percent of the state's population under 65.
A New Hampshire utility is harvesting energy from cocoa bean shells for use as a potential fuel source.
Justice Department cries monopoly, promotional giants arrange their hotels on Boardwalk.
Beth Hawkins talks to veterans Al Sicherman and Jeremy Iggers about being two of 24 newsroom employees to take the recent buyout offer.
Lts. Rick Thomas and Michael Fossum remain on paid leave
The base executive compensation of NWA's CEO is greater than that of his peers at Southwest Airlines and JetBlue. The ranks of Northwest's management team has not been cut as severely as its mechanics and maintainence workers, nor been asked for wage cuts as steep as those recently agreed to by its ... More >>
The federal government just released state-by-state personal income statistics for the first quarter of 2005--and the news from Minnesota is not encouraging. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Minnesota ranked 48th in growth of personal income from the last quarter of 2004, recording a . ... More >>
Minnesota's deal with Big Tobacco was supposed to be worth $6 billion. But what if the golden goose lays an egg?
Health-food heavyweight Whole Foods takes aim at the Uptown crowd
Forty-odd years ago, Uncle Walt Imagineered a new kind of escapism. And now there's no way out of paradise.