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MNsure to seek IT vendor options with eye on improving website

The search could begin this summer by way of a “request for information” that might ultimately lead to website changes by the second half of 2017, said Allison O’Toole, the MNsure chief executive.

The search might ultimately lead to website changes by the second half of 2017, said Allison O'Toole, the MNsure chief executive.

Land O'Lakes gives boost to Minnesota water quality effort

Strips of grass and trees can provide buffers to protect water from agricultural chemicals, like nitrogen, which is water soluble and can pose a health risk to infants and pregnant women.

The company said it will help the state fight against pollution from agriculture.

Minnesota premiums still below average

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Despite big jumps, premiums on the MNsure exchange for 2016 were lower than averages for the region and nation, according to a new report.

Goldman Sachs downgrades General Mills to "sell"

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Analyst sees more risk at General Mills as its market share falls and the possibility of costly acquisitions rises.

Evine Live shows some progress but still reports a loss

The shopping network's first-quarter sales beat analysts' forecasts and margins improved.


Medtronic adds Qualcomm to its growing diabetes partner list

It will work with Qualcomm to develop devices to transit glucose levels in real time.


Caribou Coffee getting heat for trademark lawsuit against small Michigan cafe

Caribou Coffee Co. has won a settlement in a trademark infringement case but is taking heat from supporters and owners of the Blue Caribou Cafe,…


Epoch Lacrosse expansion in Roseville paying off in new products

The company plans to have 65 percent of revenue from U.S.-made products by 2017.


Former Voyager Bank CEO Timothy Owens sentenced to 18 months in federal prison

The Wayzata man had pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing an investigation.


The Latest: Bill naming John Glenn airport passes in Ohio

The Latest on legislation naming an Ohio airport for astronaut John Glenn (all times local):


Best Buy shares tumble as CFO exits, execs warn of slow summer

The electronics retailer also lowered its profit expectations for the summer.


Use of drones for business purposes starts to take off

The aircraft increasingly are being put to work for business purposes.


Boeing's gigantic 777X facility is taking shape near Seattle

Just 14 months after the groundbreaking, massive factory is put on display.


Coming soon to a car near you: DirecTV

AT&T doesn’t just want to put an Internet connection in every car. It wants the people in those cars to watch its recently acquired television…


University of Oregon investigating trash at California lake

The University of Oregon is investigating whether other campus fraternities and sororities were responsible for a half-mile-wide swath of trash left behind at a California lake after one fraternity was suspended, a university spokesman said Wednesday.


The Latest: University investigating mess at California lake

The Latest on trash left behind at a California lake after an annual trip by fraternity and sorority members (all times local):


Study: Man United, Real Madrid soccer's most valuable clubs

Accountancy firm KPMG says Manchester United and Real Madrid are soccer's most valuable clubs, worth an estimated 2.9 billion euros ($3.2 billion) each.


United Auto Workers union endorses Hillary Clinton

The United Auto Workers union is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.


Pedestrian safety could get a bit sticky, if Google has a say

Google's adhesive would try to prevent secondary blow after first collision.