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Inside Track

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


Rauenhorst foundation makes first "bridge builder challenge" grant

The Minneapolis-based GHR Foundation made its first grants this month in partnership with OpenIDOE.


Maria Ploessl will lead Minnestar

The 31-year-old nonprofit-and-education veteran has a mandate to grow the 10-year-old, formerly volunteer-led organization.


Executive compensation at UnitedHealth Group changes to reflect new roles.

David Wichmann will get a bump in his base salary to reflect his new role as CEO of UnitedHealth Group, but biggest contribution of his past compensation has been equity awards.


Applegate launches first sugar-free bacon

Applegate Farms, owned by Hormel Foods, reveals its first sugar-free bacon. The company prides itself on short ingredient lists and this product removes another item for its label-conscious consumers.


Little designs logo for State Capitol building

Agency creates new brand identity for the grand opening of the Capitol building.


MPMA appoints Amy Walstien as new executive director

Walstien, an attorney and former legislative staffer, will head high tech association.


Tactile Systems stock price surges this week and since 2016 IPO

The Northeast Minneapolis company has seen its stock price rise from $10 to $34 per share over the last year.


Thor Companies growing minority employment at North Side headquarters development

Architects rendering of the planned THOR Companies headquarters at Penn Avenue and Plymouth Avenue in north Minneapolis.

Thor Companies, Minnesota's largest minority-owned company, is building a new headquarters-and-commercial complex that's part of a four-corners development on the near northside.


Toro hosts international urban park leaders

Toro hosted an additional day of the Greater and Greener conference for international urban parks leaders.


Living Greens Farms of Faribault is growing indoors

CEO Dave Augustine is expanding to 45,000 square feet and hopes to raise up to $20 million from institutional equity investors.


Living Greens Farms of Faribault is growing indoors

CEO Dave Augustine is expanding to 45,000 square feet and hopes to raise up to $20 million from institutional equity investors.


Renville County's Schweiss Doors shelters rockets at Kennedy Space Center

In 1973, farmer Mike Schweiss, who manufactured metal products in an out building, decided to try bifold shed doors. Good move.


Wallin Education Partners has helped close opportunity gap for 4,400 college kids

The late Win Wallin's nonprofit has invested more than $50 million in Twin Cities high school grads, disproportionately minority kids of color, who graduate college at a 93 percent rate.


Brilliant Reflective promotes reflective strips for safety

The Oakdale company is donating 250,000 packs of reflective strips to schools, teams and event organizers.


Paul Grangaard retiring as CEO of Wisconsin-based Allen Edmonds

Grangaard stepped into to help rescue men's shoe maker Allen Edmonds in 2008 and guided the company through a revival and changes in private equity ownership.


Why was Faribault Woolen Mill at the White House?

Management wasn't sure why the 100-employer manufacturer was invited to a White House expo on Monday, but it was happy to display product.


University Ventures buys GradStaff of Minneapolis

Private equity firm University Ventures buys GradStaff, changes name and plans national expansion of 50-employee firm.


Stratasys lands 3D printing contract with Airbus

Eden Prairie based Stratasys wins Airbus contract to make airplane parts


Some Mn. execs get biggest paydays when they sell the firm

A peak at the Star Tribune's coming look at public-company executive compensation that will appear on July 16.


Pharmacy firm buys U spin-off

Terms were not disclosed for the purchase of Medication Management Systems by Genoa, a company based in Washington state.