Reporter | Food industry

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.


Beef prices are surging, but processors are benefiting more than farmers

Four companies control processing and distribution of 80% of U.S. beef, a choke point that is drawing scrutiny from Washington.


Cargill establishes new carbon measures and money to farmers using soil health practices

Climate scientists, food companies and many farmers see the potential of a better soil health system, but debate how — or even if — large-scale farming can actually transition.


As new competitors arrive at MSP, Sun Country reminds Minnesotans that it's one of them

The Twin Cities airline is adding Caribou Coffee and other local foods as it counts on Minnesotans for growth.


Workers left in lurch after Twin Cities produce firm folds under new owner

H. Brooks Distributing in New Brighton collapsed this summer just a few weeks after another company, J&J Distributing in St. Paul, that had been purchased by the same investor.


What Biden's vaccine mandate means for Minnesota businesses

Sweeping new federal regulations will require employers with more than 100 workers to require immunizations or weekly testing.


As Americans dine out, Hormel's restaurant sales surge

The Minnesota company raised prices in the spring to offset inflationary pressure on its supply chain, which boosted revenue this summer.


69 arrested at Line 3 pipeline protest outside Walz's residence

Charges included third-degree riot and disorderly conduct.


14% of Greenwood fire in northeastern Minnesota now contained

Cooler weather and light rain are helping ease firefighters' battle.


Delta Air Lines imposes fee on unvaccinated employees

MSP's dominant airline is stepping up efforts for a completely inoculated workforce now that the FDA has fully approved a vaccine.


Sales of 'grab-and-go' granola bars plunge as pandemic snacking turns salty

The market for snack bars took a hit as consumers reached for chips and ready-to-eat popcorn as screen time increased.