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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.


How Kellogg's cereal spinoff heightens the competition with General Mills

Kellogg is spinning off its North American cereal business into a standalone company, positioning it to better compete with cereal leader General Mills.


General Mills executives: Strong year ahead despite persistent inflation

The maker of Cheerios and Totino's raised its sales and profit expectations for the rest of its fiscal year despite costs increasing up to 15% during that time.


Owatonna's Bushel Boy adds cucumbers to its basket of produce grown year-round

The company, known best for its tomatoes, recently harvested its first cukes.


Vireo Health sues state, seeks to sell edibles on open market

One of the state's medical cannabis companies argues its marijuana edibles are "chemically identical" to THC edibles derived from legal hemp.


What exactly is hemp-derived THC? And how is it different from marijuana?

Your guide to demystifying all things cannabis in Minnesota.


Two struck by vehicle after Gophers game have life-threatening injuries

The crash occurred following the Gophers football game.


Study: Minnesota missing out on millions in tax revenue by not taxing THC products

Analysis shows Minnesota could be reaping $5 million to $46 million annually under the new THC edible law.


Grow North MN becomes Naturally Minnesota to broaden its reach as the region's food-ag booster

Naturally Minnesota will launch its new name and affiliation with the national network during Food Ag Ideas Week in the Twin Cities early next month.


Mona Johnson-Cheslak, Duluth neighborhood leader, dies at 70

Cheslak was a "quiet powerhouse" who brought people together to work for change.


Minnesota executives survey supply chain issues amid a 'war for talent'

Forced to reshape operations and rethink "just-in-time" manufacturing, companies are looking ahead to economic conditions that could affect the next six months.