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Inside Track

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


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.


Economist studies the importance of luck in "success"

Robert Frank lectured at the University of St. Thomas on why luck plays a bigger role than believed in economic success.


Minnesota Trade Office taps Gerbaud as director

Gerbaud, a former Polaris Industries manager in charge of international trade, takes over the state agency responsible for fostering about $19 billion worth of exports a year.


Encore for two MNsure board members

Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday announced the re-appointment of Pete Benner and Phil Norrgard to their current seats on the board of directors at the state's MNsure exchange.


Camp Ripley has largest solar plant of any National Guard base

Minnesota Power built the 10-megawatt solar plant for the base near Little Falls.


Brant Skogrand joins Rocket55 as public relations director

Rocket55 acquired Skogrand PR Solutions to expand their services.


Small immigrant contractor gets critical financing

Jane Yuen-Lin Mahowald's painting outfit raises debt from individual financier.


City National Bank will open office in partnership with RBC Wealth Management

Minneapolis-based RBC Wealth Management will host a City National Bank office.


Russell Herder ad agency is a Certified B Corporation

The advertising agency reconfirms its commitment to accountability.


More Mpls. brewers turn to solar energy for power

A solar array atop Louis Industries in central Minnesota that was developed by Innovative Power Systems of St. Paul and constructed by Winkelman Building of St. Cloud in 2015-16. The two are partnering on a planned solar development for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa.

A few small Minneapolis brewers have joined the solar-power crowd.


Wyland and Toro kick off 2017 National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

The Toro Co. partners with marine wildlife muralist and conservationist, Wyland, on water conservation issues.


Minnesota ranks fourth for female entrepreneurs, according to Fundera

Minnesota ranked highly in growth of female-owned businesses.


Minnesota technology industry ranked 17th in nation

Minnesota added 2,226 high-paying technology jobs in 2016


Franken, Klobuchar join Dems to urge Trump veto of internet privacy repeal

Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar are among 46 U.S. Senate Democrats who have signed a letter asking President Donald Trump to veto a Congressional resolution that repeals new internet privacy rules.


Expanding Meda, with an assist from Target, will join Thor Companies in new northside building

Meda, the 45-year minority business counselor and financier, will move into office space in the under-construction Thor Companies headquarters that will open in north Minneapolis in 2018.


Wyoming Machine wins national workforce award

Traci and Lori Tapani recognized for training youth and women in manufacturing by National Association of Workforce Boards.