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Wabash National injects new life into Little Falls' shuttered boat factory

Larson Boat — in better times above —closed its 114-employee Little Falls plant in January and merged operations into its Wisconsin flagship plant.

Indiana-based Wabash National has acquired for $3 million the just-shuttered Larson Boat plant, a nearly century-old business in the Minnesota town.

Going digital: Device makers chase fast-growing, data-driven market

POPS! mobile system is smartphone-connected glucose sensor for diabetics.

Companies big and small are looking to carve out a chunk of the hot sector.

When small stores go out of business, owners ask: Now what?

Reilly Starr, right, founder and president of Dapper Dame, started a dry-cleaning business after closing a brick-and-mortar athletic wear store in Manhattan.

Capsized by rising costs and sluggish demand, some look for a new formula to answer: What's next?

McDonald's, fast-food chains find antibiotic-free beef, pork hard to deliver

A shareholder proposal calls for a phase-out, but process is complicated.

Brands that pick targets wisely can connect on social media

Trump administration to issue new Syria sanctions

U.S. officials say the Trump administration will issue new sanctions against Syria as early as Monday as part of its ongoing crackdown on the Syrian government and those who support it.

Sheryl Sandberg's new book a tale of grief, resilience

Though perhaps best known as Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg is also a mentor, a mother, a billionaire and an author. When her husband Dave Goldberg died suddenly in 2015 while they were vacationing in Mexico, she added "widow" to the list.


Wabash National injects new life into Little Falls' shuttered boat factory
Neal St. Anthony

Indiana-based Wabash National has acquired for $3 million the just-shuttered Larson Boat plant, a nearly century-old business in the Minnesota town.

Schafer: Twin Cities experts focus on keeping the customer satisfied
Lee Schafer

Minneapolis marketing consultant Dan Wallace thinks the Twin Cities might have a top "cluster" of thought leadership in managing a better customer experience. He makes a good point.


Lawsuit against NHL over concussions heating up

Many of the 126 former players in the suit have Minnesota connections.


Business people

Moving upAlerus named David Norris group president and director of sales and service. Norris joined the company in 2007 and most recently was Alerus' president…


Bottom line: Volunteerism is great for business

As we observe National Volunteer Week this week, it's a good time to remember just how big volunteerism is in Minnesota. As a state, we're…


Six months and no offers could mean job search needs a break

Q: I'm discouraged. I was laid off about six months ago along with a lot of others in my company. To make it worse, other…


Jobs calendar

JobsMONDAYJOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE: Help from Goodwill-Easter Seals representatives with your job search, filling out applications or writing ­résumés or cover letters. 2-4 p.m. Free.…


Stephen Wilbers: Use writing to predict the past and remember the future

Did you know you have the power to transform your workplace into a healthier environment? It's called the power of writing.Here's an exercise you can…


The importance of praise

Mark Twain once said, "I could live for two months on one good compliment."We all love to receive compliments. They make everyone feel better. It…


Small business calendar

Small BusinessTUESDAYLEGALCORPS CONSULTATION: Legal advice from volunteer attorneys. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 612-543-8000.SCORE CONSULTATION: Bring your…


Business calendar

BusinessTUESDAYJOBS SUMMIT LUNCHEON: A fundraiser and information about HIRED's workforce development mission. Advance registration required. tinyurl.com/hiredsummit. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Golden Valley Golf and…


Schafer: Twin Cities experts focus on keeping the customer satisfied

Minneapolis marketing consultant Dan Wallace thinks the Twin Cities might have a top "cluster" of thought leadership in managing a better customer experience. He makes a good point.