Forty-year advertising vet Chris Preston has some of his best ideas while on his bike

The chief creative officer at Preston Spire is an avid long-distance cyclist and helms an independent, employee-owned ad agency.

A so-so weekend, with sun peeking through

After a soggy start to Friday, the sun returns and lingers into Saturday before showers and storms pop up through the rest of the weekend.

More rain is expected in the week's forecast

When markets turn down, why robots beat humans at picking stocks

A study from a University of Minnesota professor found robo-advisers can be a tool for newer investors who want to calm their panic when the market slides.

A redesigned graduate program at the University of Minnesota trains students on AI

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that data analysis will be among the fastest-growing occupations for years to come.

Here's how to start a construction career and make six figures within a few years

With many contractors saying they can't hire enough workers, establishing a career in carpentry, masonry, heating and the like can be lucrative work.

Eagan company Storm Creek makes big shift to producing clothing from recycled plastic

When a new CEO came on at the apparel company in 2014, she brought sustainability ideals with her.

A Few Badly Needed PM Showers Today

We may salvage a little hazy sun this morning, but a southbound cool front sparks a few midday and afternoon showers, even a clap of thunder. Once again the atmosphere will NOT be ripe for hail or high winds. It's been a supernaturally quiet spring for severe weather across the Upper Midwest. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson

A Perfect Memorial Day Weekend Shaping Up

The next best chance of a free lawn and garden watering doesn't arrive until sometime next week when the ridge of high pressure breaks down. Until then, enjoy this prelude to the Dog Days of summer with hazy sunshine at times. It's about as good as it gets! Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson

Heat Lightning? No Such Thing

Nothing severe in sight into early next week as weather systems stall; a "blocking pattern" in the atmosphere will keep showers and T-storms west of Minnesota into Memorial Day. I know, a dry holiday weekend, statewide? Quick, run out and buy a Lotto ticket. Temperatures hold in the 60s today, but I see a run of 80s starting on Saturday and continuing into next week. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson