August 2, 2020

From flour sacks to pandemic masks, Minneapolis factory keeps pivoting

Mike Noer walked the factory floor at textile manufacturer Airtex Group and pointed toward a new production line. The machines cut and pleated a black […]
August 2, 2020

KPMG taps Minnesota executive as U.S. deputy chair

Minneapolis-based KPMG executive Laura Newinski is now one of the Big Four accounting firm’s top leaders nationally as she embarks on a five-year term as […]
August 2, 2020

Ready for the onslaught? Second-half restaurant chain bankruptcy filings could offer new opportunities

Anyone who has worked the back of the house at a popular restaurant knows how chaotic the kitchen can feel during a restaurant “rush” hour […]
August 2, 2020

A cookie bakery tailor-made for COVID times

Juan Morel, a 38-year-old professional bodybuilder, has several nicknames. One is “Diesel,” for his resemblance to the similarly smooth-headed and muscled actor Vin. Another, “King […]
August 2, 2020

Some recommended reading on diversity, inclusion for business

Q: Many business professionals are reading books such as “How to Be an Antiracist” (by Ibram X. Kendi) and “White Fragility” (by Robin DiAngelo) to […]
August 2, 2020

How to prevent, and fix, a balky external drive

Q: Last year, the Western Digital external hard drive for my Windows 8.1 PC stopped working. I bought another Western Digital external drive, but it […]
August 2, 2020

If you're fired, make lemonade out of that lemon

Many people have lost their jobs during this pandemic through no fault of their own. For my book, “We Got Fired! … and It’s the […]
August 2, 2020

How a business that hosts Japanese visitors in Minnesota is contending with the travel plunge

The COVID-19 virus has killed 150,000 Americans, exposed our indifference to sound public health practices and sacrificed millions who lost their hospitality, travel and other […]
August 1, 2020

Trades Hub helps young workers find Minnesota manufacturing jobs, scholarships

Salina Julin was an unfocused millennial, drifting from job to job without a plan a few years ago. Today, Julin, 27, is a Graco warehouse […]
August 1, 2020

As acid rain is curtailed, wheat gets less sulfur needed for tasty bread

Less acid rain is good for the environment, but potentially bad for bread, cereals and pasta. A decline in U.S. power-plant emissions over the last […]
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