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


Minneapolis celebrates "Black Business Week'' through July 27

The city and participating black entrepreneurs are staging 13 events focusing on black enterprise through July 27. Minneapolis boasts nearly 1,000 black-owned businesses.


Building that houses Barrio on Nicollet Mall sells for $10.1M

Building that houses Barrio on Nicollet Mall sells for $10.1M

The century-old building is known as the "9s on Nicollet Mall."


Cargill and Ecolab announce new Farm to Fork Techstars class

Cargill and Ecolab announce new Farm to Fork Techstars class

The second class in Techstars' Farm to Fork Accelerator Program starts this week in St. Paul, Cargill and Ecolab announced Monday.


Jeff Tollefson, the former venture capitalist and nonprofit executive, will lead MHTA

Jeff Tollefson, 57, the one-time venture capitalist, left to run a job-training nonprofit in 2008 and has returned to run one of the state's influential business associations.


Fast-growing Foodsby headed to Downtown Mpls HQ

Foodsby’s Ben Cattoor.

Foodsby, which is doubling revenue annually, plans to move into a downtown building that will allow it to expand from 150 to up to 350 employees.


Former Starkey hearing aid president starts 7-year prison sentence

Former Starkey President Jerry Ruzicka starts 7-year prison sentence in Duluth, Minnesota.


Former Starkey hearing aid president starts 7-year prison sentence

Former Starkey President Jerry Ruzicka starts 7-year prison sentence in Duluth, Minnesota.


Sunrise Banks receives $60 million in federal tax credit allocation

The St. Paul community bank again got one of the larger Minnesota allocations, designed to spur private investment in inner cities and small towns.


Wells Fargo's top Minnesota executive joins Habitat for Humanity board as Habitat's production grows

CEO Laurie Nordquist of Wells Fargo Minnesota has joined Habitat's board a few weeks after Wells Fargo announced that its foundation was focusing more on affordable housing around the nation.


Glucose meters top list of secret device filings

FDA filings show glucose meters, dental implants were subjects of massive troves of adverse event reports not visible to the public before now


Mn drone company Sentera builds management team, raises funds

Mn drone company Sentera builds management team, raises funds

Sentera, a leader in the agricultural-drone software business raised capital, added management and doubled revenue last year.


Serena Williams to be next athlete on General Mills' Wheaties box

A cropped image of the Wheaties box featuring Serena Williams

General Mills is putting Serena Williams on its next Wheaties box, the company announced Tuesday. Golden Valley-based General Mills said it selected Williams not only because she's widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, but for her cultural and social influence.


Meet Minneapolis says tourism hit record in 2018

Meet Minneapolis says tourism hit record in 2018

Meet Minneapolis, the former convention-and-tourism bureau, said tourism boomed to a record level last year.


Device to improve walking in neuropathy patients hits market

The wearable Walkasins system, developed by Eden Prairie company, is being rolled out first for veterans


Public company moves headquarters to Minnesota

Public company moves headquarters to Minnesota

Minnesota won a public company headquarters late last year when Vista Outdoor moved from Utah to Minnesota.


Starkey Labs convictions appealed

Starkey's convicted former president Jerry Ruzicka files appeal. Heads to jail July 8.


Founder Andy Redleaf leaving Mpls-based Whitebox Advisors in August

Andy Redleaf, 61, a founder of alternative-investment firm Whitebox Advisors, had more winners than losers over 20 years.


Chase Bank hires Wells Fargo veteran for Minnesota expansion

Jonathan Jensen, a Wells Fargo veteran, will manager Chase Bank's several-branch Twin Cities entry.


As banks got bigger, ratings improved thanks to tech improvements

Big banks in Minnesota and elsewhere, while still less popular than before the financial crisis of 2007-09, are upticking with consumers recently, largely due to innovations in popular digital banking by computer and phone.


Top research-commercialization exec at U heading to U of Chicago

Jay Schrankler

Jay Schrankler, who accelerated technology transfer and revenues is heading to the University of Chicago to integrate its global entrepreneurship and scientific initiatives.