The U.S. Senate may have 100 members, but only one, Al Franken, has really made his opinion known on the recent cable and telecommunications mergers, bashing the deals between giants like Comcast, Time Warner, and Sprint. While other senators may be holding back, Franken has repeatedly hammered the ... More >>
Minnesota's eighth-largest company is relocating overseas. The New York Times views the move through the lens of federal tax policy and the taxes Medtronic can avoid paying by leaving America, while the company itself cites more benevolent reasons, like access to European markets.In any event, the n ... More >>
Former Republican House Minority Leader and failed 2010 gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert didn't win his party's endorsement to run for governor this year, but he, along with two other candidates, plans to battle the endorsed candidate, Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson, in a primary.So ... More >>
Just a year after veteran pub owner Kieran Folliard introduced his wildly successful 2 Gingers Whiskey to the free market, the premium spirit is now carried in more than 2,100 drinking establishments all over the state and the brand has sold nearly 20,000 cases of it product, making 2 Gingers the fa ... More >>
A half-million cows were worth more dead than alive, and now we're all paying the price
Google announces purchase of Zagatâ€‹Google has just announced the purchase of Zagat, the longtime publisher of restaurant ratings, bringing the search giant into the food sector and threatening nascent rival Yelp. So, today, I'm thrilled that Google has acquired Zagat. Moving forward, Zagat wil ... More >>
Al Franken loses the Comcast-NBC merger fight.The Comcast-NBC Universal merger got an official green light today from the Federal Communications Commission, paving the way on a 4-1 vote for another major consolidation in the telecom industry. It's a merger that Al Franken has battled from th ... More >>
He brings with him two decades of media business experience at Time, Inc., as well as a more recent specialty: media mergers and acquisitions.
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.
Justice Department cries monopoly, promotional giants arrange their hotels on Boardwalk.
Two hemorrhaging promotional heavyweights threaten to call truce, pass the medical expenses on to you.
Wachovia agreed to be acquired by San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal, but Citi insists the ... 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 University of Michigan released their American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) on Tuesday for the fourth quarter of 2006. So, how did our hometown corporations fare?
No surprise there. Here is the text of the note that David Schneiderman of Village Voice Media sent to CP publisher Mark Bartel around noon today: I am pleased to inform you that the Department [of] Justice has approved our merger with New Times. We expect to close in about a month or so. The work ... More >>
The company that publishes The Village Voice and five other alternative newspapers [including City Pages] is to announce today an agreement to be acquired by New Times Media, the largest publisher in the market. The deal would create a chain of 17 free weekly newspapers around the country with a com ... More >>
How a small chain of once-struggling radio stations grew into a giant of the media/entertainment complex
The grim reaper visits the St. Paul Pioneer Press
The pay was low, but working for Ma Bell meant a worry-free retirement. Now Qwest is sending out the pension checks, and local retirees say they're getting the wrong number.
Connect people’s phones? Respond to customer complaints? Abide by state rules? Please. A brave new U S West can’t be bothered with trivial details.
Health-food heavyweight Whole Foods takes aim at the Uptown crowd
Consumer advocates say the merger of Norwest and Wells Fargo is a match made in hell
Strib Unions were gearing up to negotiate new contracts in the next year. But with Cowles up for sale, will the unions will be around then?
Should the state's huge nonprofit health-care groups, which work in an industry characterized by mergers, "strategic alliances," and for-profit subsidiaries, still be afforded the tax advantages of charitable organizations?
A newly rehabilitated--and temporarily stabilized--Northwest Airlines is poising itself for the next round of industry mergers and acquisitions.