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John Ewoldt is a business reporter for the Star Tribune. He writes about small and large retailers including supermarkets, restaurants, consumer issues and trends, and personal finance.  

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.


With switch to 'quarantine style,' Twin Cities retailers left with unsold clothes

But the disruption has created a windfall for an Eagan-based e-commerce clearance store.


Most Twin Cities supermarket chains joining Walmart, Target in mask mandate

Hy-Vee is sticking for now with encouraging, but not enforcing, their use.


Thrift, secondhand stores back in business — with restrictions because of coronavirus

But four Salvation Army stores closed permanently in greater Minnesota because of the COVID pandemic.


Faribault Woolen Mill opens new Linden Hills location, adds Minnesota-themed products

Customers will see more color and new designs in products this fall, new fabrics and some Minnesota-themed goods.


Twin Cities furniture stores offer sales, free financing to coax shoppers back

Even sale-averse Room & Board has added unprecedented free delivery and 0% financing.


Cub Foods opens store in tent at E. Lake Street location badly damaged in riots

A scaled-down version of the closed Broadway store in Minneapolis will also open soon.


Costco eliminates coveted sheet cakes, citing pandemic

First, the masks, now sheet cakes.Costco was one of the nation's first retailers to mandate wearing face masks. Now word has surfaced that its half-sheet…


E-commerce spurs winning year for St. Louis Park-based patio retailer, rare in COVID-19 era

Amid pandemic, more retailers find low-cost platform an asset.


Cub rebuilding damaged stores on Lake, Broadway; being spun off into stand-alone unit

Temporary buildings will go up at damaged sites to sell fresh food, supplies and pharmacy goods.


Gabberts bids goodbye to the Galleria, but luxury mall is holding its own

It is moving, but now 85% of the mall's stores have reopened after being shut down in March.