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Feds join second whistleblower case against UnitedHealth

UnitedHealth's campus in Minnetonka

The Minnetonka-based insurance company is accused of making false claims regarding Medicare patients that resulted in overpayment of hundreds of millions of dollars.

JavaCycle turns coffee-bean waste into sweet-smelling fertilizer

On the right, the chaff from roasted coffee beans that would have gone to the landfill. On the left, JavaCycle fertilizer pellets that make that byproduct sustainable. (

The parent company of Hill Bros. Coffee and Chock Full O'Nuts has partnered with the tiny, Minnesota-based operation to convert millions of pounds of roasted coffee-bean waste into commercial fertilizer.

Iron Range agency names new management company for Giants Ridge resort

In this photo taken Feb. 10, 2016, skiers ride the chair lift at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn.

It's the latest change at Giants Ridge after an unflattering audit in 2016.

Minnesota shouldn't see much change as Trump boosts coal

State law and industry forces have already set course toward renewable energy.

Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle fake account suit

Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over up to 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission, the bank announced Tuesday.

Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions

Environmental groups are preparing to go to court to battle President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming.

Insurers deny claims based on questionable cell tower data

It took Jaclyn Bentley nearly three years to prove she didn't burn her house down for the insurance money, allegations she and her lawyer say were born of the junk practice of analyzing cellphone tower data.


Wyoming Machine wins national workforce award
Inside Track

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

Thrivent Mutual Funds repeat wins in annual fund family awards
Inside Track

Thrivent Mutual Funds repeats fund family wins in Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund awards.


Minnesota wineries fight state law requiring homegrown grapes

Alexis Bailly in Hastings, the state's first vineyard, and Next Chapter Winery in New Prague claim the ban protects the state's grape industry from competition.


Buffalo Wild Wings hires investment banker that activist shareholder wanted

Activist investor Marcato Capital takes another shot at the chain despite the hiring of Cypress Group.


Wells Fargo dinged by federal regulator over community lending

The bank received a low community-lending score as its struggles continue.


ASV construction equipment maker could be going public again

The Grand Rapids company filed papers for an IPO to raise $36 million.


Big banks, financial tech services play tug-of-war over consumer data

At stake are the digital trails that people leave with every electronic transaction.


Samsung may bring back fire-plagued Galaxy Note 7

– The star-crossed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — the ambitious new smartphone whose problems with fires prompted an unprecedented and costly…


Alexander: Here's how to fix Wi-Fi printing software

Q: For several weeks, my Microsoft Surface Pro tablet computer printed via Wi-Fi to an HP Photosmart 6520 printer. But now, files that have already…


Healthy eating is riding high in America – and so are Twinkies

A food industry report ranked Hostess second among growth leaders for midsize companies, behind Greek yogurt company Chobani.


Wyoming Machine wins national workforce award

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


Thrivent Mutual Funds repeat wins in annual fund family awards

Thrivent Mutual Funds repeats fund family wins in Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund awards.