Reporter | Food industry

Kristen Leigh Painter covers the food industry for the Star Tribune. She previously covered growth and development for the paper. Prior to that, Painter was a business reporter at the Denver Post, covering airlines and aerospace. She frequently writes about sustainable food production, consumer food trends and airlines.

Painter has had a diverse reporting career, interviewing dignitaries in Tokyo, rebel leaders in Sudan and slaughterhouse workers in Nebraska. She has a master's of arts in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and bachelor of science degree in history from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, daughter and an energetic Labrador retriever named Luna. In her free time, Painter likes to run, read fiction and plan her family's next trip or outdoor adventure.


Coronavirus is changing food demand by the week, General Mills says

Executives of the Golden Valley-based food company said they have been in closer contact with U.S. retailers than ever before, with its plants at full capacity.


Delta, Sun Country cut flight schedules more deeply because of coronavirus

Delta and Sun Country, two leading airlines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, on Wednesday announced deeper cuts to their flight schedules as more people avoid…


There's plenty of food to go around, and Minnesota stores are getting it in

The crush of grocery shoppers has been bigger than what is seen at Thanksgiving, but trucks keep rolling up with more.


Sun Country scrambles to get passengers out of Aruba and Costa Rica after borders closed

The Minnesota-based airline has stopped flying passengers into those countries and is trying to reach customers still there to ferry them out.


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If new to telecommuting, be prepared for a few challenges.


Delta makes deepest-ever cutback: Flights slashed 40%, Europe dropped

It became clear to executives that cuts the airline announced on Tuesday wouldn't be enough.


Sun Country's call center is swamped as passengers scrub spring break plans

March is usually the busiest month for the Twin Cities airline, and the virus is disrupting its passengers' plans.


Whitney MacMillan, former leader of Cargill and descendant of its founder, dies at 90

MacMillan was the last member of the family that owns Cargill to run the company.


Delta takes dramatic steps to cut its losses from coronavirus slowdown

The world's most profitable airline is reducing global flights by 15% and asking workers to take time off.


Huge Wisconsin operation shows promise of aquaponics in Midwest

Superior Fresh's grand experiment raises an intriguing question that, for now, can't be answered: How many other Midwest farmers can follow its path?