Reporter | Retail merchandise

Kavita Kumar writes about the economy, technology, and financial services for the Star Tribune. She previously covered retail, including Target, Best Buy, and Mall of America. She was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at Columbia University from 2018-2019 and has also worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Minnesota businesses scramble to adjust as mask mandate ends

New CDC guidelines freeing vaccinated people from wearing masks is leading to confusion among some business owners.


U.S. Bank leaders in office next month, rest return in phases by September

The bank will also determine in the coming weeks whether each person's job will be onsite, hybrid or remote.


St. Paul-based Upsie raises $18.2M from outside investors

The investment adds even more momentum to Upsie, a provider of warranties that saw its sales double last year amid the e-commerce boom.


With travel poised for rebound, U.S. Bank launches new rewards card

U.S. Bank originally planned to offer the travel perks card last year, but the pandemic kept people home.


Minn. child-care providers face uncertainty despite strong state support, survey finds

A decline in child care options may slow the recovery of jobs and growth in Minnesota's economy.


Valleyfair, struggling to fill jobs, raises pay for food workers to $15 an hour

Punch Pizza also recently raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour


San Francisco Fed chief Mary Daly sees a 'long way' to go before Fed raises rates

In virtual speech to Minneapolis group, she calls inflation a temporary pressure.


Red-flag fire warning issued for much of Minnesota

At least two wildfires were reported on the Iron Range, with several homes north of Virginia, Minn., evacuated.


Minn. employers ramp up hiring; some workers tentative

It's not necessarily easy to hire workers, even with so many people on the sidelines because of the pandemic.


Sarna, a Minneapolis legislator who saved the Stone Arch Bridge, dies at 86

If county officials had their way, light rail trains might today be the main users of the Stone Arch Bridge.But Rep. John Sarna, along with…