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Inside Track

A look at what’s behind today's Minnesota business headlines.


St. Paul's OppSource software raises $1.22 million

OppSource has raised its first round of outside capital.


NRG unveils its first Minnesota community solar projects

The company announces seven sites in the metro area and southern Minnesota that will serve over 1,000 customers.


Pearson's rolls out new chocolate line named after St. Paul street

Pearson Candy Co. is trying to tap into an emerging consumer market by launching its first new product since the Great Depression. The St. Paul-based candy maker unveiled Tuesday its new line of snacking chocolate, called 7th Street Confections, named after the hometown street where it's located. Fans have anticipated the launch since word of a new product line leaked out last November.


General Mills to make 10,000 boxes of marshmallow-only Lucky Charms

General Mills announced Monday it is producing 10,000 boxes of Lucky Charms cereal that only contain marshmallow pieces.


Female-headed St. Cloud trucking firm wins Minnesota Business Ethics Award

Joyce Brenny started her own trucking company after hitting the glass ceiling at another outfit.


JD Power says U.S. Bank ranks 11th in Midwest for customer experience

Minnesota-based big banks did not fare that well in the Midwest slice of annual survey of retail customers.


Scott Burns, GovDelivery founder, finds a new company to run

Former GovDelivery CEO Scott Burns

Structural is a software firm that works to keep employees valued, engaged and invested in their work.


Forum at U will focus on Minnesota-Africa trade

Minnesota looks to expand its small-but-growing trade-and-investment role in Africa.


More big companies opting for green energy

Report by green-shaded organizations says more Fortune 500 companies opting for alternative energy, conservation.


Stock surges, Graco employees get a vacation day

Graco CEO Pat McHale

Good performance in a buoyant market has pushed Graco's stock price from $20 per share in early 2009 to $108 recently.


U.S. Bank says small business owners' outlook is upticking

Small business owner optimism hits eight-year high


Mattracks the movie star? You bettcha!

Mattracks rubber truck tracks gain starring role in Fast & Furious 8 movie


Sherman, city officials inaugurate $8 million renovation on North Side

The renovated car dealership was abandoned for nearly a decade.


TCF Financial elects Dahl chairman and will get new stock symbol

TCF Financial didn't hesitate when NYSE officials told them weeks ago the TCF stock symbol would be available.


May conference will address Minnesota's clean-electricity growth

Fresh Energy gathering will examine growth of renewable-source electricity in the Minnesota economy.


Developer Kelly Doran remembers mentor Robert Muir

Robert Muir, who died this month, was a business mentor and father figure to Doran.


The Economist editor will speak in Minneapolis

Influential global publication's first female editor will address a luncheon group Tuesday at St. Mary's University's Minneapolis campus.


Hormel Foods, eight other Minnesota companies, make 100 Best Corporate Citizens list

Hormel Foods cracked the top 10 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine's annual list of the nation's 100 Best Corporate Citizens released Thursday, with eight other Minnesota companies also earning a spot. The list, in its 18th year, ranks public companies based on 260 measures available in public records.


General Mills commits millions to soil health initiative

General Mills is committing $2 million over three years to help The Nature Conservancy, the Soil Health Institute and the Soil Health Partnership advance its roadmap.


Sentera soaring to next level with farm drones

Richfield-based Sentera, one of several surviving makers of drones and related software for farmers, is gaining altitude.