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Inside Track

A look at what’s behind today's Minnesota business headlines.


Xcel customers can start using Google Assistant to pay their bills

Pictured is a Google Home Hub. The Google Assistant voice command option will now be available to Xcel customers.

The service announced this week is Xcel's latest collaboration with Google.


FDA: Hospitals, device makers have roles in cybersecurity

FDA urges continued vigilance following cybersecurity alert from Microsoft


Hawk and dove on interest rates share Minneapolis stage

Neel Kashkari, left, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, listens to Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas C

Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Fed, hosted Esther George, who leads the Kansas City Fed and takes a different view on rate movement, for lunch with 300 others. It went fine.


Minnesota aluminum plant breaks ground on $16 million expansion

Minnesota's Alexandria Industries expands, adds workers and 19,000 square feet to aluminum extrusion plant


All Energy Solar expands in St. Paul

All Energy Solar, the 10-year-old, 135-employee solar installer, plans to equip 1,000 buildings this year with solar arrays.


Delta Air Lines to test free in-flight Wi-Fi on 55 flights over 2 weeks

Delta Air Lines to test free in-flight Wi-Fi on 55 flights over 2 weeks

Delta said it will send customers on eligible flights an email or message through its smartphone app ahead of time.


Red Wing med-tech plant to ramp up operations under new CEO

Tammy Lee becomes CEO at Nanocore, after past roles at Recombinetics, Carlson, Delta


Kopp Investments closing as Lee Kopp retires at 84

Lee Kopp

Lee Kopp is retiring at 84 and closing his private investment management boutique


Top comms official out at Medtronic

Role of senior director of corporate communications eliminated in restructuring.


Netflix for cars? Enterprise tests car subscription service in Minnesota

Netflix for cars? Enterprise tests car subscription service in Minnesota

Enterprise Holdings new car subscription service in Minnesota will allow you to drive a different vehicle every week.


Granicus grows in St. Paul

Granicus, which acquired digital-communications firm GovDelivery in 2016, has expanded its St. Paul operation.


At Carleton, North Korea experts lay out its economic quandary

At Carleton, North Korea experts lay out its economic quandary

The U.S. imposed a choice that North Korea doesn't want to make: develop its economy or develop nuclear weapons. It can't do both, but its leaders want to, Stanford scholars tell Carleton audience.


Mayo Clinic names CEO in Arizona

Dr. Richard Gray, a physician who's spent most of his career at Mayo, will become chief executive for the clinic's operations in the Phoenix area.


Maud Borup food-gift owner named SBA Minnesota-award winner

Maud Borup food-gift owner named SBA Minnesota-award winner

Christine Lantinen, who couldn't get a loan in 2005 to buy Maud Borup, has been named Minnesota's Small Business Person of 2019.


UnitedHealth Group's Hemsley sees $65.6 million in pay

Stephen Hemsley

The executive chairman of Minnesota's largest company saw most of the pay in the form of stock-based compensation from previous years.


Minnesota's General Mills and Hormel buy wind power to offset energy used to make food

Minnesota's General Mills and Hormel buy wind power to offset energy used to make food

Two of Minnesota's largest food companies, General Mills and Hormel, announced new wind power purchase agreements this month, helping offset the energy used to run their vast operations.


DHL moves to $1.6 million digs at Minneapolis airport

Shipping firm DHL relocates to new $1.6 million facility at MSP Airport.


Northern Oil and Gas scoops up more North Dakota oil properties

The sun set over the Bakken Oil Formation, behind an oil well near Williston.

The Minnetonka-based company will pay $295 million in cash and debt, plus some stock, for Williston Basin wells and acreage.


Thinkful offers coding-career alternative tuition plan

The New York-based tech-education firm is rolling out an alternative-tuition plan in the Twin Cities and two other metro areas.


MN Chamber-backed poll finds gas tax opposition

Under the proposal from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and House Democrats, the state gas tax would increase from its current 28.5-cents-per-gallon to 48.5 c

A poll supported by two Minnesota business lobbies finds little support for DFL-proposed gas and foreign-earnings taxes.