John Ewoldt | Star Tribune
Reporter | Consumer news

John Ewoldt is a business reporter for the Star Tribune. He writes about small and large retailers including supermarkets, restaurants, consumer issues and trends, and personal finance.  

A Midwesterner who grew up in Nebraska, went to college in South Dakota, and taught school in Iowa and Minnesota before becoming a consumer reporter, Ewoldt lives in Minneapolis with his partner. He likes looking for a bargain wherever he may be but is learning restraint to avoid hoarder status. He's starting to believe that maybe less is more.


Famous Dave's profit beats expectation as turnaround continues for company-owned BBQs

A revamp with new menu items has paid off for company-owned restaurants, with sales increasing 2.1 percent in the third quarter.


Twin Cities Bibelot gift stores closing

After 52 years, the owner of the four neighborhood stores has decided to retire.


Aldi and Sierra Trading Post will replace Babies 'R' Us in Richfield

The new stores represent more success for the center, which has endured several retail bankruptcies.


Cub execs hope to sell to one buyer; Hy-Vee not interested

The search for a buyer for the Twin Cities' biggest grocery chain is just starting.


High-end, high-tech Peloton fitness equipment launches into the Galleria

Edina location will add apparel, offer more high-end machines than the company's MOA kiosk.


Hy-Vee throws in a twist in Twin Cities expansion, remodeling a former Cub in Plymouth

Twin Cities fulfillment center for online orders will open in September. The location and number of employees needed have yet to be announced, but the size is expected to be about 90,000 square feet.


Minn. man wants to reopen his town's former Red Owl store as museum

Jim Pessek hopes to gather support at the annual Red Owl employee reunion in November.


Why lottery winners can't stay anonymous in Minnesota

One state senator says she would sponsor a bill to allow anonymity.


Bailey Nurseries moves into top 5 grower position after Oregon nursery acquisition

Cottage Grove company will be in top five in U.S. tree and shrub production.


Financial Planning Day event Oct. 27 in St. Paul to focus on everyday money challenges

The free financial event includes 1-on-1 advice and mini-sessions on retirement and investing.