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Americans are eating more organic food than ever, survey finds

Golden Valley-based General Mills has made significant investments in the natural and organic food segment, with large acquisitions such as its $820 million purchase of Annie’s, an organic-focused packaged food company.

The Organic Trade Association said sales of organic food and goods grew more than 8 percent last year, reaching its highest-ever level.

St. Paul-based Summit Brewing to stop distribution in 6 states

Summit Brewing Co. celebrated its 30th anniversary with limited-release beers like this double IPA.

The state's second-largest brewery said it wants to focus on its core market in the Upper Midwest.

From cowboys to robots: Truckers way of automation

Allen Barker said, “You got these cars don’t give a dang about you. … I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years.”

Drivers wary of future era with automated rigs.

The Food Group absorbs Minnesota Food Association

Minnesota's largest food bank wholesaler will assume the administrative tasks as the micro-farm work expands through MFA's Big River Farms near Marine on St. Croix

Passenger: airline was warned about disruptive man at gate

A woman on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu says passengers complained to American Airlines employees before takeoff that they were afraid of the passenger whose disruptive behavior prompted bomb-threat procedures and military fighter jets to escort the plane.

Hannity says liberal fascists after sponsors; 1 is leaving

Sean Hannity says a media watchdog is guilty of "liberal fascism" for targeting advertisers on his Fox News Channel show. One company announced Wednesday that it would no longer advertise there.

Fairview hospital at U sued over alleged sexual assault of disabled teen

Lawsuit claims disabled minor was sexually assaulted twice in 30 minutes by an adult patient.


The Food Group absorbs Minnesota Food Association
Inside Track

Minnesota's largest food bank wholesaler will assume the administrative tasks as the micro-farm work expands through MFA's Big River Farms near Marine on St. Croix

MCCD, other growing nonprofit lender-advisers stimulate many tiny businesses
Neal St. Anthony

Nonprofit lender-advisers are helping small businesses get their feet underneath them.


Schedule: Star Tribune celebrates 150th anniversary with series of events

Star Tribune Media Co. invites readers, advertisers and fans to join in marking the milestone of 150 years in publication. We hope you’ll celebrate with…


26 patients die after upgrading Abbott blood pump at home

The deaths occurred after patients tried to perform routine maintenance on their HeartMate II blood pump, made by the former St. Jude Medical. A "recall" notice urges that the upgrades be done in a clinic or hospital.


Immense globe that put Star Tribune lobby on the map is back

Out of sight for more than three decades, a fascinating and beloved Cold War-era relic is being returned to the public eye by the Star Tribune.


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Inside Amazon's new brick-and-mortar bookstores

Amazon has made a surprising pivot, with plans for a growing constellation of bookstores around the country. The latest opens this week in midtown Manhattan.


Company news: Acquisition for EnteroMedics

mergers and acquisitions EnteroMedics makes acquisition EnteroMedics Inc., St. Paul, announced that it has acquired BarioSurg Inc., based in Lake Forest, Calif. BarioSurg makes the…


State drastically tightens limits on 3M chemicals in groundwater

New limits, half the level set last year by the E.P.A., mainly affect east metro and Bemidji drinking water.


Target to pay $18.5M to 47 states over 2013 data breach

The settlement is the largest of its kind to date.


Developer pitches turning Century Plaza on the edge of downtown Minneapolis into new offices

Downtown Mpls. building slated to be sold for $9.4M and renovated into offices.


Fed leaders: Job disparity data becoming more important to central bank's decisions

The effects of poverty and inequality are becoming important to the Fed's assessment of job data.