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Thor Cos. moves beyond general contracting into full-service provider

CEO Ravi Norman, left, and founder Richard Copeland of Thor Cos. at the firm’s new headquarters at Penn and Plymouth avenues on Thursday.

The state's largest minority-owned business is turning itself into a one-stop shop

Super Mario carts roll into some Target stores

This is the first time Target wrapped shopping carts for a promotion.

Company's latest promotion uses carts and musics to create a store shopping experience that can't be replicated online.

Minnesota health plans saw 11 percent rise in overhead

The cost of running health plans in Minnesota increased at a faster pace during 2015, raising questions about whether the state is on the cusp of an expensive new trend.

Sunday conversation with David Kristal, CEO, Augeo Affinity Marketing

Since its start in 1999, Augeo Affinity Marketing has emerged as a leading company in loyalty marketing.

Schafer: Brenton's fruitless quest for an engineer indicative of the tight workforce in robotics

Here's a company designing and building automation equipment to replace human labor with the big problem of not being able to hire enough human labor.

At 100 days in, Trump seems both outsider and insider

President Donald Trump is turning from his dramatic debut as an outsider president to focus on advancing his plans to cut taxes and get tough on trade deals.

Farms' thirst for water roils Wisconsin's central sands

Cris Van Houten thought he was getting a little bit of paradise when he built his house on Huron Lake in Wisconsin's central sands region. He could look out from his deck at the blue water and scuba dive in the shallows.


Schafer: Brenton's fruitless quest for an engineer indicative of the tight workforce in robotics
Lee Schafer

Here's a company designing and building automation equipment to replace human labor with the big problem of not being able to hire enough human labor.

President Donald Trump's policy posturing showcases his 'dark' and 'lite' sides
Neal St. Anthony

Japan’s finance minister last week dismissed a proposal from the United States to pursue a bilateral trade agreement with Japan, in favor of the Trans-Pacific…


Minnesota's crackdown on gifts means party is over for title industry

Commerce Department crackdown on "kickbacks" is unsettling players.


Minnesota title insurance cases

Some of the title insurance cases in Minnesota since 2007: Jan. 2007: First American Title Insurance Co. fined $500,000 for setting up 35 sham title…


Many consumers don't realize they have a choice of title firm

Tim Gerding considers himself a smart, dollar-conscious consumer. The Wells Fargo analyst got a great deal on a used truck by visiting Craigslist, and he…


Gadgets: New Epson printer's ink tank can create 4,000 pages black

EPSON EXPRESSION ET-2650 $299 Refillable ink tank can print 4,000 pages black Epson has done something unheard of in the inkjet printer market: It has…


American Airlines stock drops after carrier hikes pay

Lost altitude: American Airlines shares dropped 7.3 percent to $43 Thursday after the carrier said it would raise pay for pilots and flight attendants, prompting…


White Earth Tribe is sending its wild rice to France

The Minnesota tribe is a featured player at a big food festival in Tours, and officials hope that's only the beginning.


Trump Tower sees surge in condos for sale, rent

A price drop seen ahead.


5 collectible investments more valuable than gold

Although gold can help you diversify your investment portfolio, investing in gold comes with some with risks, especially since gold prices tend to fluctuate. Luckily…


E.U. taking steps to equalize beet, cane sugar production

In a rickety warehouse on the banks of London's Thames sit mountains of caramel-colored raw cane sugar. For centuries the sweet stuff has come across…


California e-sports firm struggles for profit

When Duran Parsi started law school at Pepperdine three years ago, he pledged to make a decision by the time he graduated on his fledgling…