Fourteen MNSure managers made $26,000 in bonuses in November while the health care exchange website they were charged with rolling out struggled through a number of technical issues, state officials recently announced.SEE ALSO: Pat Kessler eviscerates MNsure, says officials lied to him That revelat ... More >>
Bill Whittle, the self-proclaimed "virtual president" of the Tea Party movement, was invited up to Bemidji by the Northern Minnesota Tea Party Patriots to give a speech Saturday.SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann: Contraception mandate step toward one-child policy [VIDEO] If the roughly 100 attendees at a c ... More >>
Ryan Bingham's voice sounds like the guy has spent decades blowing through cartons of cheap cigarettes and gallons of cheaper whiskey somewhere along the lonely, broken mid-American highways. A former bull rider who spent a good chunk of his teens and early 20s on the rodeo circuit, Bingham bounced ... More >>
A couple months ago, Bloomberg Businessweek did a cover story where Best Buy was characterized as a "Big Box Zombie." Now, Bloomberg is dinging former CEO Brian Dunn for being one of the people primarily responsible for the company's zombified state.SEE ALSO: Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn: Is this his mys ... More >>
During an appearance on Jan Mickelson's radio show late last year, Michele Bachmann said her favorite gun is the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle.SEE ALSO: Thomas Caffall, Texas A&M shooter, was a Michele Bachmann supporterThat's the same controversial high-capacity gun used by Adam Lanza to kill 20 child ... More >>
Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the walls of the big-food industry? Well, that's something local industry-insider-turned-author Bruce Bradley knows a little about. Bradley, who lives in Minneapolis, has spent over 15 years working as a marketing executive for some of the biggest food com ... More >>
A simple limo ride takes a turn for the existential
Education comes second to institutional income at a steep price
See also:Best Italian Restaurant, Cheap - Cossetta'sBroders vs. Cossetta in pizza pie fightAfter multiple setbacks in their planning stages and recent battles with City Hall over an exemption from city storm water management regulations, downtown St. Paul institution Cossetta Italian Market will mov ... More >>
Since hooking up with North Carolina MC Phonte in the early aughts, Dutch producer Nicolay, a.k.a. Matthijs Rook, has been bringing his penchant for eclecticism and outside-the-box thinking to underground hip-hop. As the Foreign Exchange, Nic and Phonte reached critical mass with albums lik ... More >>
It's a Saturday morning after a successful trip to the St. Paul Farmers Market. You got your fresh flowers, snap peas, and bunches of basil, but now you've worked up an appetite and are craving a sit-down breakfast that doesn't leave grease on your spoon. Sorry, Mickey's -- not always in the mood to ... More >>
General Mills was the seventh most-profitable company in Minnesota last year, raking in over $1.5 billion.But the company is still feeling pressure from Wall Street to "lower costs and boost efficiency," and as a result announced this morning that it plans to layoff 850 workers out of its worldwide ... More >>
As the stock market rises and unemployment decreases, it's easy to lose sight of just how far the now-possibly-recovering economy fell from the pre-September 11 heights of a decade ago.Here's a reminder -- since 2001, the number of Minnesota children living in high-poverty neighborhoods has nearl ... More >>
mmtzjr69outTwo investment firms are urigng Target and 3M not to repeat the mistakes of 2010.The donations Target and 3M made in 2010 to a Republican-run anti-gay group continue to land them in hot water a year and a half later. Yesterday, two large progressive investment firms -- Trillium Asset M ... More >>
A Minnesota company with a worldwide profile had a great 2011, and it isn't Target, Best Buy, Ameriprise or any of the usual suspects. Winona-based Fastenal was one of this year's ten "hot stocks" according to a Slate analysis.
Steinhafel has enough money to breed giant Target-brand dogs.Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel makes a lot of money -- too much, says the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. Steinhafel's $24 million annual salary is the highest CEO salary in the state, according to new data released by the Business ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThere's an "Odd Couple" affability to the Loud & Rich tour of songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Richard Thompson. The two are longtime friends and collaborators, Thompson having produced or played on most of Wainwright's recordings in the 80s, but for their first t ... More >>
Photo: XOZ/FlickrTrevor Cook pleaded guilty today in federal court to leading a $190-million Ponzi scheme based in part out of the Van Dusen mansion in Minneapolis that obliterated the investments of at least 1,000 victims while he lived high on the hog and paid off gambling debts. Appearin ... More >>
Our very own Rep. Collin Peterson, the agricultural heavy-hitter in the House of Representatives, picked a fight with President Obama over a financial proposal. And he won!
Yesterday the former senator who refuses to leave got hoodwinked into appearing on a YouTube clip.
She's still talking and cable TV news hosts love it.
The Mall of America (all retailers in fact) got us to where we are. And the only way out? Reward retailers with more spending.
Michele Bachmann always knows best. And she is quite convinced drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will save Wall Street and t ... More >>
Beth Hawkins talks to veterans Al Sicherman and Jeremy Iggers about being two of 24 newsroom employees to take the recent buyout offer.
The protest rally outside United Health Group headquarters this morning turned out to be a big dud.
Fake doctor offers free breast exams, constituent gets note from GOP rep with a very personal assessment, 100 interesting science facts, a Chinese-Canadian examines ethnic stereotypes in a new doc, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Who says living on a budget can't be sexy? New Uptown restaurant Duplex puts the date into cheap date.
On March 7th, a Champlin resident identified only as D.J.D. in court documents, left a dollar bill on the kitchen table of her Sunset Drive apartment. She also set up a video surveillance camera in the residence.
With the Dow average falling on the last day of trading today, the New York Stock Exchange is almost certain to post its first losing year since 2002.
Yesterday's fat Strib was chock-full of ads prepping us for today's annual consumer gluttony. To goose things along, the editors helpfully decided that the day's top story was: Stocks approaching 4-year highs Another way to spin this would have been: "Stocks still haven't matched 20 ... More >>
William McGuire, the CEO of the Minnetonka-based HMO United Health Care, should have another bountiful Christmas. Naturally, as chieftain of the second largest HMO in the nation, McGuire is handsomely compensated. But how, um, handsomely? According to Joel Albers, a health care economist with the or ... More >>
Housing bubble alert There is a 25 percent chance that the Twin Cities will see a decline in average home value in the next two years, according to a new report from the PMI Group, an international mortgage insurer. In an analysis of the country's 50 biggest housing markets, PMI ranked the Twin Citi ... 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 >>
Yesterday's Goldman-Sachs financial markets note contained some astounding numbers about the extent of borrowing against home equity in the US. In 2004 Americans drew down their home equity to the tune of more than half a trillion dollars for the second straight year: $528 billion in '03, $640 bil ... More >>
A new-wave rocker turns into a medical-software developer. A Web site turns into a nightclub. Adventures in branding and reinvention at downtown's Sursumcorda.