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Minnesota plans a 'modest' bid in high-stakes Amazon battle

Amazon's campus in Seattle, Wash., photographed from the roof of Amazon's Port 99 building. Real-estate developers from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., are suggesting former shopping malls as prime locations for Amazon's next headquarters. (Jordan Stead/Amazon) ORG XMIT: 1212044

So far, the most valuable incentives package comes from Newark, New Jersey, where state and local officials have teamed up to offer $7 billion in tax breaks. Dayton said the pitch outlines the state's existing incentive programs, which have a $3 million spending cap.

Target opening small-format store in Uptown, dozen other places

Target's store in Uptown is one of about a dozen new urban stores the retailer is opening this week. There are murals throughout the store including this one that is a record in tribute to the Cheapo Records that used to be in this location. Photographed on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER • renee.jones@startribune.com

It's one of the Minneapolis retailer's smaller format stores

Walser Automotive buys Polar Chevrolet and Mazda

CEO Paul Walser of the Walser Automotive Group is stepping down as CEO. He will now manage acquisitions and OEM relationships.

The dealership also announced that CEO Paul Walser was stepping down.

SBA administrator visits Twin Cities, lauds growth of women in business

Linda McMahon noted that in recent years women have started most new businesses.

Denny Hecker transferred to Duluth federal prison

The move, published on the Bureau of Prisons website, is the latest in a string of transfers for Hecker.

Judge dismisses Russian billionaire's suit against AP

A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought against The Associated Press by a Russian billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

UnitedHealth Group shrugs off reports that Amazon may enter pharmacy business

The nation's largest health insurer boosted full-year earnings guidance after topping analyst estimates.


A gut check – with Twin Cities tech
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Twin Cities company enters partnership aimed at harnessing power of gut microbes

ASV Holdings moves its distribution operations to Minnesota
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ASV Holdings moves its outsourced distribution operations in house and to Grand Rapids, Minnesota.


St. Paul taking gentler approach toward business regulation

Some city leaders are growing cautious about new regulations and their effect on business owners.


Golf courses give way to new housing amid demand for land

More than 900 acres of golf courses have been redeveloped across the metro.


Senate health deal could spare MinnesotaCare millions in cuts

Senators say Minnesota effort to lower insurance rates shouldn't cost state millions in federal health-care funding.


MEA weekend is busy time in Minnesota to hit the road, skies

Travelers can expect long lines at the airport and sparse lodgings available Up North.


States sue DeVos to get for-profit college rule restored

Democratic attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia filed suit Tuesday against the U.S. Department of Education over its decision to block an Obama-era rule designed to protect students from being defrauded by for-profit colleges.


Alexander: What to do if a tablet PC starts losing data

Q: My Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet computer is behaving strangely. The problems began after I installed a larger SSD [solid state drive] that had…


The thin, tough glass in smartphones may show up in cars and buildings

Corning had the concept of Gorilla Glass filed away when Steve Jobs called.


Dayton says pitch to Amazon doesn't pledge specific tax break

The governor said the state's proposal to land the company's second headquarters focuses on the state's strengths, rather than promises of tax breaks.


A gut check – with Twin Cities tech

Twin Cities company enters partnership aimed at harnessing power of gut microbes


Shortage of listings continues to constrain Twin Cities housing market

The cool-down is driven by the shortage of affordable homes for first-time buyers.