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Federal Cartridge in Anoka has cut more workers

Federal Cartridge has cut 172 workers this month at its Anoka plant. (Star Tribune file photo)

In all, 172 workers downsized through layoffs and buyouts since about March 1. The Anoka facility cites slow market as the cause.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 phone aims to dispel the Note 7 debacle

Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S8, left, and Galaxy S8 Plus mobile phones on Wednesday. The Galaxy S8 features a larger display than its predecessor, the Galaxy S7, and sports a voice assistant intended to rival Siri and Google Assistant.

Samsung seems to be playing it safe —at least with its battery — as it unveils its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.

Westinghouse, with Minnesota nuclear power ties, files for bankruptcy protection

Xcel, other Minnesota firms have close ties with the nuclear power industry giant.

Land O'Lakes buying artisanal pioneer Vermont Creamery

Specialty cheeses have bumped up in popularity because of stronger consumer interest in healthier, locally produced foods without artificial growth hormones.

BlackRock will rely more heavily on computers to pick stocks

The world's biggest money manager is shifting strategies on about 11 percent of its active fund business. The firm is cutting jobs and lowering fees to investors.

State says Medica is trying to manipulate contracts with lawsuit

Agency says Minnetonka HMO ditched contract, now wants to return.

Despite criticism, Minnesota lawmakers seek expansion of R&D tax break

The legislative auditor finds the credit doesn't pay for itself, but the increase is still being sought.


Wyoming Machine wins national workforce award
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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
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Thrivent Mutual Funds repeats fund family wins in Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund awards.


3M spared fines in Wisconsin pollution case

– Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel has settled a pollution case with 3M that won’t require the company to pay any fines,…


Legislature set to vote on $542 million reinsurance deal

It's expected to pass before facing an uncertain fate at Gov. Mark Dayton's desk.


Grocery mogul Daniel Coborn, who helped turned Minnesota store into Midwest chain, dies at 86

For someone who believed that much of his life was guided by luck, Daniel Coborn’s birth into a grocery family was perhaps his greatest fortune.…


Taking your e-mail with you on vacation? Don't, more companies say

Worried about overwork, companies are cutting off employees who are away, when technology allows people to field work e-mails at all hours.


Equal pay for men and women? Iceland tells employers to prove it

It became the first country to introduce legislation requiring companies to show parity.


Domino's will begin using robots to deliver pizzas in Europe

Domino's Pizza is experimenting with a battery-powered robot designed to operate autonomously on sidewalks, not roads, and has a maximum speed of four miles per hour.


Diversity hiring for public projects falls short of goals

Contractors on public construction projects and government officials say more recruiting and training is needed.


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.


Trump rescinds Clean Power Plan; state won't see much change

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


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.