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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.


BBQ and doughnuts: Famous Dave and the CEO who turned things around

When Dave Anderson started Famous Dave’s in Hayward, Wis., 25 years ago, his plan was to smoke up a couple cases of ribs and then…


Hy-Vee opens its 12th Twin Cities store in Maple Grove on Tuesday

Expansion has slowed, but CEO says commitment to this area will continue.


Mall of America loses major tenant Smaaash go-karts

The company never expanded in the U.S. as imagined after the MOA location opened.


Sale of Cub stores expected early next year, new owner says

United Natural Foods Inc. did not name a buyer, just the timeline of the expected sale.


Genealogy detective found millions of dollars for lost heirs

Alan Noot lived life challenging the phrase “no known heirs.” As a forensic genealogist for nearly 40 years who scoured cemeteries, census film and vital…


Gander Outdoors closing stores in Eden Prairie, Bemidji

Employees said store would join Bemidji location in shutting down as owners shift toward RVs.


Growth of faux meat in Twin Cities coming from – gasp! – meat eaters

Plant-based alternatives are popping up in more Twin Cities restaurants and groceries.


Slimmer Famous Dave's BBQ will reopen in Uptown in New Bohemia space

The smaller prototype is the second in the country for Famous Dave's.


Why are Honeycrisp apples still so expensive?

One of the University of Minnesota's most profitable inventions continues to be a best-seller despite its top-priced status.


Canada Goose to open a Mall of America store, with a room set at -13F

Five other retailers will open soon at the mall, including Legacy Toys and a Duluth Trading Co.