Business Team Leader

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.


The businesses that needed cleaning changed this spring, Ecolab's results show

As the pandemic started to come under control, more restaurants and offices reopened. And they bought Ecolab's cleaning products again.


Brooklyn Park's Clearfield expands as broadband demand soars

Executives at the fiber-equipment maker cite a "once a generation" moment to grow in key rural markets as pandemic makes customers realize necessity of broadband and government investment pours in.


Digi continues buying spree, picks up remote-monitor specialist Ctek

The deal brings a longtime maker of remote monitoring equipment into Digi's universe of internet-based technology.


Verdant Tech, a food-storage innovator started by Holiday executives, is purchased by Colorado firm

The company developed sheets that go into food packaging and slow the ripening process in fruits, produce and flowers.


U.S. Bancorp boosts dividend 10%, joining other banks after passing stress test

It's the first dividend increase since 2019 and a milestone in the recovery of the economy as the pandemic abates.


Tile Shop stock returns to main Nasdaq on Thursday

The Plymouth-based retailer took itself off the main Nasdaq exchange in late 2019, surprising its investors. After a business rebound last year, new investors pushed for its return.


More EV charging stations on the horizon for Minnesota

Within a decade, state transportation officials say they expect 20% of all Minnesota light vehicles will be electric. But for the number of EVs to increase, the construction of charging stations will have to accelerate.


Minnesota-based Live Give Save, a promoter of smart saving, is bought by Michigan credit union

The Red Wing-based company created an app that helped users save and donate money to charities. Now, one of the nation's largest credit unions will help promote it.


In visit to SkyWater chip plant, Klobuchar, Phillips tout Minnesota as tech center

As Senate nears vote on technology bill, Minnesota lawmakers say the nation's chip industry needs government investment to compete.


Surprise cold may have hurt crops just emerging in northern Minnesota

Sub-freezing temperatures Thursday night and Friday morning in the northern third of the state might have hurt soybean, wheat and corn plants.