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United Properties is moving its headquarters to downtown Minneapolis

United Properties is moving from Bloomington to a floor at the Gaviidae Common next year.
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The move from a Bloomington complex signifies how far the company has come in the past few years as it has diversified its business from its concentration on suburban office park development.

Starbucks to boost number of shops, add more food to menu

Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz presents during the Starbucks 2016 Investor Day meeting, in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.

Starbucks, looking to the future as its longtime CEO moves to other projects, plans to open 12,000 new locations within five years to boost its number of coffee shops worldwide by almost 50 percent.

Schafer: Health care players still consolidating

Environmental groups drop suit vs. MPCA over Minntac's long-expired water permit

Environmentalists said they are satisfied by new steps to regulate Minnesota plants.

One more foe for those fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline

As a blizzard pummels the North Dakota prairie, some depart and others dig in.

Energy company plan to close Michigan nuclear plant in 2018

An energy company says it plans to permanently close the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan in 2018.

Claims for US unemployment aid slide again

Fewer Americans signed up for unemployment benefits last week, another sign the U.S. job market remains healthy.


Schafer: Health care players still consolidating
Lee Schafer

The election result of November means that there is a jump ball again in national health care policy, but the big health care players haven’t…

Select Comfort shares fell Tuesday on an analyst downgrade.
Inside Track

Citing increased advertising and price promotions Wedbush analyst cuts rating on Select Comfort


Mpls. business leaders raise safety concerns for downtown

Letter to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says the viability of downtown is at stake.


Arden Hills megaproject approved by city planners

Public hearing was the last big step before the City Council's vote on the old Army site.


Senate panel questions benefit for consumers in AT&T-Time Warner deal

Senators were skeptical of the claim by the CEOS of the two companies that their megadeal would result in lower prices.


Abbott Laboratories sues to end $5.8 billion purchase of Alere

Abbott Laboratories filed suit to terminate its $5.8 billion purchase of Alere Inc., citing setbacks since the deal was signed in January that it says…


Iowa Gov. Branstad is Trump's pick for ambassador to China

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the incoming Trump administration's pick for ambassador to China, has long promoted his state's abundant agricultural products to China, but he would be thrust into the middle of increasing talk of a trade war with the United States' largest trading partner.


Senate passes 21st Century Cures Act; bill heads to Obama

The bill makes changes in regulatory review and helps to finance research.


Ikea to give parental leave to all U.S. workers

Broader paid time-off policy to begin in January.


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Select Comfort shares fell Tuesday on an analyst downgrade.

Citing increased advertising and price promotions Wedbush analyst cuts rating on Select Comfort


St. Cloud couple who don't want to film gay weddings sue

They want to advertise at wedding expos and on websites, but Minnesota's current law, they say, would force them into producing videos "promoting a conception of marriage that directly contradicts their religious beliefs."