Inside Track | Star Tribune
Inside Track

Inside Track

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

SBA and partners focus on disaster prevention

The U.S. Small Business Administration will partner with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety on upcoming webinars and twitter chats to help organizations become more aware of risks in the event of a disaster while also helping them develop business continuity plans to support rebuilding and recovery.

Recruiting workers: How prevalent is ageism?

Age discrimination is real, say thousands of older workers.

Forum for HR professionals draws state officials, business leaders to discuss Minnesota's aging workforce.

Mortenson gets the nod for $740M Xcel wind project in Colorado

Mortenson won a contract for a big Xcel wind farm in Colorado. Shown is a large turbine installation in Wyoming.

Mortenson will build the Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project, one of its and Xcel's larger projects to date.

US Bank makes first acquisition with new chief digital officer

U.S. Bank has acquired a California software firm.

US Bank acquires a California based software company to add to its new Digital team.

Red Lake Nation opens shopping center on northern Minnesota land

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa in northern Minnesota opened last week a new shopping center on the "Red Lake Nation" north of Bemidji.

Golden parachute payments fuel acquisition fund

Millions in golden parachute payments helped build the special purpose acquisition company used to acquire APi Group.

MHTA and Minnesota launch SciTech internship program

Since 2012, SciTechsperience has connected nearly 1,700 college students to paid science-and-tech internships at small Minnesota companies.

nVent Electric completes its purchase of Eldon Holding AB

nVent Electric completes its purchase of Eldon Holding AB

Public company stock splits falling out of fashion

SPS Commerce completed a two-for-one stock split last week, but it's an increasingly rare corporate action.

Australian firm invests in St. Paul clinical trial company

The firm conducts earlier-stage research, including clinical trials for several biotech startups in the same incubator facility

At long last, CVRx device gets FDA approval

Barostim device gets FDA nod to treat heart failure by stimulating nerve endings in the neck

Genesys Works places 300-plus minority interns in Twin Cities

The Twin Cities chapter of Genesys Works, the national career-training nonprofit that places disadvantaged, mostly minority high school students in paid internships, said 318 Twin Cities students were hired this month for one-year, 20-hour-a-week paid internships at 56 Twin Cities companies.

Minnesota hemp industry wants charges dropped against truck driver

The recently formed Minnesota Hemp Association is protesting the July arrest in South Dakota of an unspecified truck driver delivering legally grown hemp from Colorado to a processor in Minnesota.

Rally Ventures is most active local venture firm

CB Insights says Rally Ventures, which raised $100 million in 2012-13, has been the most active venture firm in Minnesota over the last five years.

Black Ridge moves from energy to gambling business

Black Ridge Acquisition's Lyle Berman

Lyle Berman's Black Ridge Acquisition has abandoned the energy business to focus on gambling, which has been his calling card for 30-plus years.

Bremer Financial first-half results slipped

Bremer blamed the first-half decline on accounting issues and said its banking business remains strong.

General Mills appoints former McDonald's exec to top communications job

General Mills saw its second-quarter profit fall more than 20 percent from a year ago, but it still beat Wall Street expectations.

General Mills has appointed Jano Cabrera, a former McDonald's executive and communications operative for the Democratic Party, as its chief communications officer.

Tuffy's building $70 million dog-snack plant in Delano

Tuffy's building $70 million dog-snack plant in Delano

Tuffy's of Perham, Mn., is expanding in Delano, an hour from the Twin Cities, with a $70 million plant to make dog treats from wheat, barley, rice, soybeans and other products grown in the Midwest.

Minneapolis farmers markets are growing green

Advocates say farmers markets build community, healthy foods and leave more cash in the pockets of farmer-producers.

Twin Cities "rare coin" dealer sentenced to prison for fraud

Barry Skog, who had been investigated for years for peddling counterfeit rare coins, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.