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Inside Track

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


Maker of OxyContin strikes deal for SpineThera

Plymouth-based SpineThera is developing a long-acting, non-opioid treatment for low back pain


Why did Earl Bakken move to Hawaii?

Earl Bakken moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, shown in a file photo, in part to study and develop new ideas about holistic medicine.

It wasn't just the year-round great weather. The pacemaker inventor and Medtronic founder had another idea up his sleeve: to learn more about the "human side to healing."


Minnesota SBA lending declined last fiscal year

SBA-guaranteed lending in Minnesota declined in fiscal 2018 as more small business customers qualified for conventional loans.


Reporter's notebook: Sorting through all those Medicare choices

Reporter's notebook: Sorting through all those Medicare choices

Open enrollment starts Monday for Medicare beneficiaries who are finding many options for 2019 coverage. Here's some more background to help you understand what's happening.


Medtronic cuts cyber access to vulnerable devices

The Medtronic CareLink 2090 Programmer is a portable computer system used to program and manage cardiac devices.

Medical device maker taking cybersecurity precautions with devices used to program pacemakers, defibrillators


HabitAware wins Mn Cup and MEDA small-biz competition

HabitAware, which won the Minnesota Cup new-business competition this week, also was the top vote getter in the the semi-final round of the MEDA minority-business challenge.


Ad spotlight: Honey Bunches of Oats lady comes out of retirement in new spot

Ad spotlight: Honey Bunches of Oats lady comes out of retirement in new spot

Diana Hunter is back in two new commercials.


J.W. Hulme will cease manufacturing its leather goods in St. Paul

113 year old J.W. Hulme to sell factory operations to Softline


Piper Jaffray closes new investment fund aimed at late-stage growing firms

Piper Jaffray has raised $130 million for its Merchant Banking Fund II and already chosen three companies to receive up to $15 million from it.


Twin Cities Startup Week Panel Invests in Diversity

Twin Cities Startup Week Panel Invests in Diversity

About 100 people turned out for a discussion of how to involve more women and minorities in small business investments.


Inaugural MANOVA Global Health Summit kicks off

The MANOVA Global Summit kicks off with a list of local, national and international speakers looking to fuel discussion on the future of health, technology and retail.


Minnesota Manufacturers try to manufacture interest in careers

The state's manufacturers are rolling out the red carpet for high school and community college students to increase interest in high-wage manufacturing jobs.


Twin Cities makes "Top Rising Cities for Startups List."

Forbes and Steve Case's venture organization ranks Twin Cities ninth on list of regions good for startups outside the Big 10 that get about three-quarters of venture capital funds for young companies.


Gov. Dayton proclaims Minnesota Manufacturing Week

Minnesota Manufacturing Week runs Oct.1-7 with factories across state giving public tours.


Synapse MN to hold symposium ahead of Startup Week

Synapse MN to hold symposium ahead of Startup Week

Group seeks ways to expand and diversify investments in innovation.


Three major Minnesota stocks in bear territory

Three of Minnesota's 20 largest stocks are trading in bear territory despite the broad market S&P 500 index trading near record highs.


Superior's Fraser Shipyards to build its largest vessel since 1966

Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., will build this car ferry boat, the first time it has built a boat in 52 years.

Fraser normally does repair work on Great Lakes freighters, but it has won a contract to build a car ferry.


African ambassadors will meet with Minnesota commercial officials

About one dozen African-country ambassadors and other diplomats will be in the Twin Cities Friday to strengthen commercial-and-cultural ties and to celebrate St. Paul-based Books for Africa.


Veteran-owned cybersecurity startup firm raises $1.1 million

Protocol 46 of St. Paul is led by executives with military-intelligence and IT backgrounds.


Retraining program begins for workers at closing-later-on Electrolux plant

The unusually long wind-down of the Electrolux factory in St. Cloud has given state and workforce officials a chance to retrain its employees for new jobs.