John Ewoldt | Star Tribune
Reporter | Consumer news

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.


Hy-Vee opens its ninth Twin Cities store on Tuesday

Tuesday's debut is the ninth store in the metro for the rapidly expanding grocer.


Herbergers.com is back, but too soon to know if closed stores will reopen

Websites for Herberger's, Younkers relaunched with limited selection of items.


How Hell's Kitchen recovered from a near-death experience

Seeing profits evaporate, co-owner Cynthia Gerdes asked nine staffers for ideas to cut costs at the restaurant. Their plan saved its life.


It's the end of Rainbow in Minnesota, with the last store closing Monday

Supervalu is closing the last Rainbow in Minnesota; a Cub store in St. Paul will also be shuttered.


Gift-card maker Travel Tags has had a secret for 12 years it can finally share — it works with Apple

Travel Tags credits Apple, which rarely identifies its suppliers, for innovations in specialty printing.


After six years of low prices, Liquor Boy owner sells St. Louis Park store

John Wolf brought everyday low pricing to liquor stores in St. Louis Park and Minneapolis.


Think it takes decades to get a booth at the State Fair? It really doesn't

It helps to have a desirable product with an unusual selling point.


Free dental care offered at Minneapolis event for low-income patients

Organizers suggest arriving early at the popular event to ensure care.


TV antenna sales rise as cord cutters discover free local channels, streaming

But the number of local installers is shrinking.


Three Minnesotans file suit after illness from Hy-Vee's recalled pasta salad

Eighteen people are known to have been sickened by the tainted pasta.