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Raised in Fargo and educated at the University of Montana, Johnson worked at newspapers in Idaho, Washington and Duluth before joining the Star Tribune at its relaunched Duluth bureau in 2019. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their young son and is looking for new streams to fly-fish.


General Mills to sell Hamburger Helper, other brands for $610 million

With the divestiture, the Minnesota company diminishes its presence in the boxed-food category it pioneered 50 years ago.


Minnesota greenlights small doses of THC derived from legal hemp

Among a suite of changes to the state's hemp industry, up to 5 mg of hemp-derived THC will be allowed in food and beverages.


General Mills focuses on 'moments that matter' for in-person work

Teams at the Golden Valley headquarters pick the schedules that work best for meeting up in the office.


3M loses final bellwether earplug trial with $77M verdict in favor of veteran

With no sign of a settlement to resolve the remaining claims against the company, cases are preparing to go to trial in waves of 500 at a time.


Formula shortage could ease by late June, but feels far off to many Minnesota caregivers

Minnesota parents expressed exhaustion, desperation over on infant formula shortage Thursday at the Capitol in St. Paul.


The worst appears over for bird flu in Minnesota poultry operations

The spread of the virus that's claimed nearly 38 million birds nationwide has slowed substantially in May.


'Fur baby boom' boosts General Mills' Blue Buffalo brand

The brand has seen big growth due to the "humanization" of pet food.


Minnesota-made drinks aim to do more for your body than quench thirst

Consumers are looking for added benefits from their everyday food and drink to boost their health and wellness.


Eden Prairie's SunOpta starts seeing turnaround in fruit business

Changes to production along with product innovation are boosting the plant-based food company's fruit segment.


As infant formula shortage persists, FDA reiterates it's moving to fix

The agency says it is streamlining processes to combat empty shelves that are creating stress for parents and caregivers who rely on the nutrition to feed their babies.