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FDA panel to determine how to best test new pacemakers from St. Jude, Medtronic

High hopes are riding on a new generation of tiny pacemakers, but the Minnesota med-tech companies that make them will be working this week to convince medical experts that the devices can be safely tested and eventually extracted from patients' hearts.

Ethanol profits fall sharply as low motor fuel prices cut into margins

The downturn in the ethanol industry isn't as bad as four years ago. But ethanol is selling into a U.S. gasoline market where prices recently hit a seven-year low thanks to the worldwide crude oil glut.

Space150 helps Red Baron celebrate 40 years of pizza

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Red Baron pizza is launching a new marketing campaign with the help of ad agency Space150.

Delta employees get record profit-sharing checks, average of $16K

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Delta Air Lines distributed profit-sharing checks to its employees Friday, one day after Moody's upgraded the company's debt level to the long-sought investment grade.

Downtown's recent growth driven by less-than-household-name companies

Downtown Minneapolis is hot, six years into the economic recovery.


Schafer: Fixes, hopefully, would put state's pensions on a path to stability

A proposed set of “sustainability fixes” that just came out for the state’s biggest public employee pension plans should go a long way toward reducing…


At Lurie, the goal is to be the 'first call' for help

Beth Kieffer Leonard has been managing partner since 2008 of Minneapolis-based accounting firm Lurie. Leonard, the first female partner, presides over a firm that was…


Markets making you ill? Take a good look at your symptoms

Father Flood, counseling recent Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey in the movie “Brooklyn,” tells her “Homesickness is like most sicknesses. It will pass.” The stock market…


Mitsui investment moves BioAmber project closer to reality

BioAmber Inc., which has its main office in Montreal and executive offices and a research facility in Plymouth, has a joint venture with Tokyo-based Mitsui…


The Latest: Rail bridge fire out, Amtrak service disrupted

The Latest on a railroad trestle fire west of New Orleans (all times local):


Reality tempers optimism in coal country after court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a commodity that is hard to come by in coal country: hope.


A CEO talks about women's roles in making it to the top

– Kate Bensen calls herself "a builder, a connector." Networking, for her, "is as natural as breathing."So having a standing wine date with…


Low fees help index funds deliver sweet returns

Q: I often read about the S&P 500 Index Fund. What are some of the other index funds available that have a reliable history of…


Twin Cities home sales remained strong in January but pinched by tight supply

Mortgage rates are still very low, but a continued dearth of listings is having a big impact on the market.


Target HR chief heads to Alibaba; retailer promotes from within

Longtime manager Stephanie Lundquist to replace Jodee Kozlak.


Delta workers get record $1.5B in profit checks, average of $16K

The payout was the largest in the airline's history, resulting from a record $4.5 billion in profit last year.


Florists' business far from rosy in U.S., Minnesota + Photo Gallery

Online discounters, supermarkets taking bite out of small florists' business.


Aon Hewitt buys Minneapolis-based Modern Survey

The Mpls. firm's founders said deal was necessary.