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Inside Track

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

Public company moves headquarters to Minnesota

Public company moves headquarters to Minnesota

Minnesota won a public company headquarters late last year when Vista Outdoor moved from Utah to Minnesota.

Starkey Labs convictions appealed

Starkey's convicted former president Jerry Ruzicka files appeal. Heads to jail July 8.

Founder Andy Redleaf leaving Mpls-based Whitebox Advisors in August

Andy Redleaf, 61, a founder of alternative-investment firm Whitebox Advisors, had more winners than losers over 20 years.

Chase Bank hires Wells Fargo veteran for Minnesota expansion

Jonathan Jensen, a Wells Fargo veteran, will manager Chase Bank's several-branch Twin Cities entry.

As banks got bigger, ratings improved thanks to tech improvements

Big banks in Minnesota and elsewhere, while still less popular than before the financial crisis of 2007-09, are upticking with consumers recently, largely due to innovations in popular digital banking by computer and phone.

Top research-commercialization exec at U heading to U of Chicago

Jay Schrankler

Jay Schrankler, who accelerated technology transfer and revenues is heading to the University of Chicago to integrate its global entrepreneurship and scientific initiatives.

Trade group leader hopes to create new fraternal organization

The youngest fraternal benefit organization was formed in 1965, the leader of trade group representing those organizations hopes to found one more before he retires.

Agosto raises expansion capital

Minneapolis-based Agosto has raised $6.5 million in debt financing.

General Mills CEO to lead influential packaged-food trade group

Jeff Harmening, chief executive of General Mills

Jeff Harmening, chief executive of General Mills, has been appointed chairman of the board for the nation's largest and most influential trade group for consumer-packaged food companies.

Winter froze health care demand in Shakopee, too

St. Francis Medical Center is the latest hospital to report depressed patient volumes in the first quarter.

Using the heart's natural pacemaker wires

FDA clears Medtronic system for His bundle pacing, opening up a new way to pace the heart that maintains a more natural heart beat

Meda to again sponsor national "million dollar" business challenge

Minneapolis-based Meda paid out $1.45 million to small-business award winners who have gone on to raise additional capital and expand their businesses.

Sezzle plans to go public in Australia

Sezzle, a fintech firm that offers a zero-interest, layaway plan through retailers, is raising expansion capital.

Nightware gets FDA "breakthrough designation" for studies of PTSD-related app

Veterans could be a primary beneficiary of an app that interrupts traumatic nightmares.

Habitat for Humanity to add 11 homes in St. Paul's North End

Habitat for Humanity, thanks partly to a growing partnership with Bremer Bank, will help 100-plus working-class families, primarily minorities, into Twin Cities homes this year

Xcel customers can start using Google Assistant to pay their bills

Pictured is a Google Home Hub. The Google Assistant voice command option will now be available to Xcel customers.

The service announced this week is Xcel's latest collaboration with Google.

FDA: Hospitals, device makers have roles in cybersecurity

FDA urges continued vigilance following cybersecurity alert from Microsoft

Hawk and dove on interest rates share Minneapolis stage

Neel Kashkari, left, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, listens to Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas C

Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Fed, hosted Esther George, who leads the Kansas City Fed and takes a different view on rate movement, for lunch with 300 others. It went fine.

Minnesota aluminum plant breaks ground on $16 million expansion

Minnesota's Alexandria Industries expands, adds workers and 19,000 square feet to aluminum extrusion plant

All Energy Solar expands in St. Paul

All Energy Solar, the 10-year-old, 135-employee solar installer, plans to equip 1,000 buildings this year with solar arrays.