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3M investors take profits from record stock run after mixed 2Q results

3M shares fell from record highs Tuesday after the company's second-quarter sales growth missed analysts' expectations.

Divestitures and improved sales helped results

Hormel launches snack packs with meat, cheeses and nuts

Hormel is packaging meat, cheese and nuts together in snack packs.

The Natural Choice snacks join a growing number of protein-based snack items.

Company news

Pentair posts mixed second quarter

The company's plans for restructuring remains on track, firm's CEO says.

U.S. House votes to roll back CFPB rule on mandatory arbitration

If repealed, consumers would lose a choice of options for certain financial grievances.

Ameriprise profit soars as rising stock market attracted investors

The clients of its financial advisers poured money into the market this spring.

Wisconsin employees lining up for implantable microchips


Wallin Education Partners has helped close opportunity gap for 4,400 college kids
Inside Track

The late Win Wallin's nonprofit has invested more than $50 million in Twin Cities high school grads, disproportionately minority kids of color, who graduate college at a 93 percent rate.

Brilliant Reflective promotes reflective strips for safety
Inside Track

The Oakdale company is donating 250,000 packs of reflective strips to schools, teams and event organizers.


State gives Minneapolis nearly $3 million to clean up, develop polluted sites

State money will supplement Met Council grants for remediation.


Wallin Education Partners has helped close opportunity gap for 4,400 college kids

The late Win Wallin's nonprofit has invested more than $50 million in Twin Cities high school grads, disproportionately minority kids of color, who graduate college at a 93 percent rate.


To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world

Updates to mainframe servers could secure data, but also frustrate law enforcement.


Concerns increase in Wisconsin over deal for Foxconn plant

Concerns are increasing among lawmakers and others in Wisconsin over what incentives the state may offer to become the first U.S. home of Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn.


Alexander: Settings change in Windows 7 causes external drive to disappear

Q: I think I accidentally changed something in my Windows 7 PC’s advanced settings, and now the PC’s directory can’t see my external hard drive.…


Investor urges Barnes & Noble to seek a sale, shares jump

An activist investor has bought a "meaningful" stake in Barnes & Noble Inc. and is urging the bookseller to sell itself.


Downhill skiing on a hot summer day in Minnesota?

The Alpine Factory in Arden Hills has two infinite revolving slopes covered in a carpet that imitates the feel of snow.


Schwan's acquires two more frozen pizza companies

Delivery company picks up two more food firms and once again adds to its frozen-food offerings.


Shakopee's first halal market caters to growing Somali population

With a market in place, they want to make a community center a mosque.


More than $2 million in state grants will help train workers

The state funds help companies design programs with colleges to keep up with technology.