Deputy Business Editor | Business

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.


Minnesota farmers, businesses relieved after rail strike averted

The state has one of the most robust freight rail systems and use in the nation, moving tons of iron ore and agricultural and food products within and across its borders.


CHS boosts member payout to $1 billion, four times higher than last year

Soaring prices on oil and ag commodities lifted the finances of the co-op and its member farmers.


Cargill posts annual revenue of $165B, its most ever

The Minnetonka-based agribusiness giant's revenue soared 23% in a year marked by "extreme events."


Cargill settles DOJ suit to clear path for $4.5B chicken deal

The U.S. Department of Justice filed antitrust lawsuit against Cargill, other chicken companies alleging wage suppression. Both sides agree to settle, clearing the way for new joint venture.


Black Americans are acutely underrepresented in farming; Cargill is working to change that

The agribusiness is attempting to bring more minority farmers into the supply chain through price premiums and new market opportunities in hopes of reversing historical discrimination.


Final Four organizers say Sun Country canceled team welcome space at last minute

When hometown airline Sun Country backed out, Delta Air Lines stepped in to provide a hangar and charter flights for some of the women's Final Four teams last week, organizers and the airlines said.


Cargill scales back in Russia, continues food operations

The Minnetonka-based agribusiness is straddling the geopolitical fence as public pressure to withdraw from Russia grows. The agriculture behemoth is one of the largest non-Russian exporters of Russian wheat and owns a complex of mills south of Moscow.


From missile strikes to employee safety, Cargill, other Minn. companies, scramble in Ukraine

Minnetonka-based agribusiness giant, which immediately implemented its contingency plan in case of attack, said crew is safe after its vessel was hit leaving Ukraine port.


Minnesota grain traders monitor conflict in ag-rich Ukraine

Minnesota agribusinesses make plans for their employees in Ukraine. Meanwhile, wheat and corn prices spiked as tensions grew.


Suki Dardarian named Star Tribune editor as Rene Sanchez departs

Sanchez has held the top post at Minnesota's largest newsroom for the past eight years, leading the newspaper to a Pulitzer Prize in 2021.