Business Columnist

Evan Ramstad is a Star Tribune business columnist.

He moved to the Twin Cities and joined the Star Tribune in 2013. Ramstad previously worked for The Wall Street Journal in Seoul, Hong Kong and Dallas, and the Associated Press in New York, Washington and Dallas and briefly at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He grew up in Grinnell, Iowa, where he got a start in journalism at radio station KGRN.


Ramstad: Most of Minnesota's logging happens in winter, when there is a winter

The state's timber crews got a late start and an early finish to their busiest time of the year.


Ramstad: High winds, high claims brew an insurance storm in Minnesota

Recoveries take time these days as contractors charge more and insurers try to restrict payouts.


Ramstad: Minnesota fell behind on child care, now needs it to get more parents working

Beyond economics, help for child care means deciding to invest in kids before age 5.


Ramstad: Minnesota's top lawmakers show they sensibly grasp immigration and economic needs

The national immigration debate is a mess, but Minnesota's legislative leaders understand its complexity and economic importance.


Ramstad: There's never been a better time to buy a diamond ring

Technology is changing the jewelry we wear as fast as it is the cars we drive.


Ramstad: Walz says he's willing to say 'no' to legislative allies

With budget constraints showing, Minnesota governor anticipates 'one of the more challenging' legislative sessions he's faced.


Ramstad: Ice-melt entrepreneur says it's time to change the way we combat slick sidewalks

For about five years, Mitch Vestal has been trying to sell people on a proactive approach to icy sidewalks and driveways.


Ramstad: This Minnesota town can defy rural trends of decline, but first must overcome prejudice

A food processing town, which found the spotlight because of a local fight on workforce housing, is taking a deeper look at its economic future.


Ramstad: Why Minnesota's biggest development initiative starts with Black home ownership

A $5 billion effort led by the McKnight Foundation to help Black entrepreneurs and families represents a change in thinking.


Ramstad: Minnesota's affordable-housing providers should be trying to go out of business

Fresh off a funding windfall is the wrong time to ask taxpayers for more money.