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Inside Track

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


UnitedHealth Group employment hits 300,000

The Minnetonka-based health care giant added about 40,000 workers last year due in part to an acquisition in South America.


Solar jobs are up in Minnesota, but down nationally

Minnesota posted a nice gain in solar industry employment in 2018, but nationally jobs fell for the second consecutive year.


Solar jobs are up in Minnesota, but down nationally

Minnesota posted a nice gain in solar industry employment in 2018, but nationally jobs fell for the second consecutive year.


Bob Hoffman to succeed Zierdt at Greater Mankato Growth

Hoffman, a veteran business and civic leader, will succeed the ailing Jonathon Zierdt, who has battled cancer for several years.


Indian firm expands Magnet360 business in St. Louis Park

Magnet360, acquired by IT firm Mindtree in 2016 for up to $50 million, is expanding as part of the digital-marketing business of India-based Mindtree.


Schowalter jumping to HealthPartners

Jim Schowalter is stepping down as chief executive of the trade group for Minnesota's nonprofit health insurers.


3M Co. pays $1 billion for M*Modal's technology business

3M completes $1 billion acquisition of M*Modal's artificial intelligence health information technology.


UnitedHealthcare growing in West Virginia

The nation's largest health insurer recently won a contract to administer the health plan for public workers in West Virginia


Paclitaxel devices for the legs still recommended, but

As questions hang over vascular devices for the legs containing the drug paclitaxel, medical group urges doctors to disclose potential risks to patients


SunShare reaches community solar garden milestone

The sun shines down in 2015 on solar panels that are part of the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association's community gardens in Rockford, Min

Anchored by projects in Minnesota, the solar garden developer has crossed the 100 megawatt mark for total electricity capacity.


Pentair opens water treatment innovation center in North Carolina

Pentair opens new innovation center in North Carolina


Polaris to relocate newly acquired Larson Boat Group to Indiana

Polaris to relocate newly acquired Larson Boat Group to Indiana

Larson Boat Group will move from Pulaski, Wis. near Green Bay to Indiana.


HomeSpotter buys Spacio, adds office in Vancouver

The deal gives Minneapolis-based HomeSpotter products for all the steps in the way that real estate agents work with people shopping for homes.


Outgoing Target CFO Smith will stay on at full pay through May 2020

Cathy Smith

She also will get paid $1.5 million to sign a 2-year non-compete.


General Mills lists $11M office building for sale near headquarters

General Mills lists $11M office building for sale near headquarters

General Mills has more office space than it needs and plans to sell a building adjacent to its Golden Valley headquarters campus.The Minnesota-based food maker will move the building's 200 employees across Betty Crocker Drive into open space in its sprawling world headquarters.


Great Clips among top 10 franchise companies.

Great Clips was ranked eighth in Entrepreneur magazine's 40th annual list of top franchise companies in North America.


More on 'narrow network' health plans

There are signs of renewed interest among employers in limits on health care provider networks that can cut costs.


Minnesota, nation raise more VC investment in 2018

Last year was a record for venture capital-recipient startups.


Andersen Corp. breaks ground on new Arizona factory

Andersen breaks ground on new factory in Goodyear, Arizona.


Sanford Health joins generic drug company

The South Dakota-based health system is one of 12 new health systems backing an effort launched in 2018 to combat medication shortages.