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Agents say real estate market isn't as fun as it used to be

“Our team is doing well, but … in general, if there were more houses to sell, we’d be doing so much better,” says Mark Ferguson with Pro Realty in Greeley, Colo.

An influx of new agents and a lack of homes to sell are adding up to trouble for the housing market.

Hotels pursue lavish, possibly lucrative, Indian weddings

Seema Jain, left, multicultural affairs director for Marriott, led cultural training for employees last week at JW Marriott at the Mall of America.

And while the average cost of a U.S. wedding balloons, area hoteliers have noticed, and are trying hard to win the business of, a particularly lavish segment of the industry: the Asian Indian wedding.

Creation agency hires its first global executive creative director

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Brad Cohn is moving from Florida to Minneapolis to get the creative juices going at Creation.

Minnesota premiums still below average

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Despite big jumps, premiums on the MNsure exchange for 2016 were lower than averages for the region and nation, according to a new report.

For Amazon exec Stephenie Landry, the future is Now

Former intern leads online giant's most ambitious delivery endeavor yet.


Housing plan by private interests with public backing holds promise on North Side

The brass at Thor Construction is tar­get­ing north Minneapolis. For commercial development, jobs and hous­ing. And that's a good thing. Because the North Side, with…


Nonprofit Senior Community Services embraces new business model

In 2013, when I became CEO of Senior Community Services, a nonprofit established in 1950, it was clear that a more business-focused approach was needed…


Police: Off-duty officer shoots armed suspected shoplifter

Police in Washington say an off-duty officer shot a man suspected of shoplifting after the man produced a gun and failed to comply with the officer's orders.


Conductor dies after fall from train along scenic route

A train that travels along one of the nation's most scenic routes is suspending service while investigators look into the death of a conductor.


Think of yourself first when telling management about your retirement

Q: My husband says I should provide 12 months notice before leaving my job. After 10 years with this company, I plan to retire when…


To be a fully developed person (and leader), you need to dream

I've been thinking about fairy tales lately. About women who are portrayed as beautiful, helpless creatures awaiting their Prince Charming to come along and make…


Target tests new displays, service out of department store playbook

With upscale displays and added service, retailer honors its department store roots.


New owners of Gold'n Plump chicken investing up to $80M in company

GNP is riding a chicken boom, its sales growing 14 percent over the past three years, hitting $470 million in 2015.


United's deal with Medtronic angers diabetics over insurance

Patients with Type 1 diabetes are balking at a new UnitedHealthcare policy that steers them to insulin pumps from just one manufacturer, Medtronic, in many of its health plans.


Schafer: Proterra invests in battling hunger

Rich Gammill of the private equity fund Proterra Investment Partners might have mentioned "feeding the world" a half-dozen times in an hour, as he talked through where his firm puts its money.


U medical school dean Dr. Brooks Jackson talks running and mergers

As dean of the University of Minnesota’s medical school, Dr. Brooks Jackson has a central role negotiating a proposed merger between Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services…


Dying Vietnam War veteran donates his house to Habitat for worthy buyer, also a veteran

Bob Karlstrand, a Vietnam-era veteran with a heart as big as his house, lived long enough to meet the beneficiaries of a magnificent act of charity.


Cops: Lost couple cuts chain to enter nuclear plant property

A couple who got lost in Pennsylvania while driving to New York entered the property of a nuclear plant by cutting a chain at a gate, apparently in a quest to get back on the right road, authorities said.


Sky high: NYC 'trophy apartment' could list for $250 million

Billionaires' Row.