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From left to right: Richard Davis, U.S. Bancorp; Sally Smith, Buffalo Wild Wings; Bahram Akradi, Life Time Fitness; Douglas Baker, Jr., Ecolab; Curtis Sampson, Communications Systems, Inc.

2012 Minnesota Business Hall Of Fame

Honoring five lifetimes of achievement.


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When Will Umore Be More?

When Will Umore Be More?

Can the University of Minnesota’s multidecade project to turn 5,000 acres of land into a sustainable community succeed—or will it just make a lot of money mining gravel and sand?

For The Saints, Every Night Is Opening Night

For The Saints, Every Night Is Opening Night

Through 20 years, good and bad, St. Paul Saints fought the good fight, remaking minor league baseball while they were at it. Now, if they could only get out of Midway Stadium.

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Gregory Brown, associate general  counsel for the University of Minnesota

Intellectual Property And Contracts

Many contracts have implications for your intellectual property—or for whether you'll be on the hook in somebody else's infringement suit.

The Veteran Hiring Gap, TCB July 2012

The Veteran Hiring Gap

What Minnesotans are doing to put returning soldiers to work.

Lauri Klaus, CEO of KeyedIn Solutions

KeyedIn Solutions Looks To Repeat The Company-building Success Of Epicor.

Software Empire v.2

Franke+Fiorella Brand Identity Design

Franke+Fiorella: Don't Lose Your ID

Branding and design agency Franke+Fiorella rebrand businesses—including its own—for multi-channel communications.

Plugged In: July 2012

The best opportunities for networking this month.

Rudy's Rooftop

Elevate Your Perspective

Savor summer alfresco—on restaurant patios and rooftops.

This Will Have Been at the Walker

'This Will Have Been'

Art, love and politics in the 1980s.

Pagliacci at Mill City Museum

Pagliacci At Mill City Museum

Opera under the stars.

Blood Sweat & Tears plays the Dakota.

Blood Sweat & Tears

Blood Sweat & Tears plays the Dakota.

TC Jazz Fest

Delfeayo, Bad Plus Headline TC Jazz Fest



Bryn Mawr finally gets a real restaurant.

Modern Climate’s campaign on a billboard

Beer Here

Modern Climate keeps Northern Brewer hopping.

Fastenal’s industrial vending machines

Nail Guns, Not Fritos

Fastenal's industrial vending machines are not designed for coffee breaks.


A Growth Story: Bachman's Vs. Tangletown Gardens

The Bachman's flagship has helped sprout a cluster of smaller, more specialized garden shops in South Minneapolis.

Hollywood Fashion Secrets' Collar Guards

Hollywood Fashion Secrets Stalks Man

Metrosexual may be overplayed, but men's grooming is in.

2011 Minnesota unemployment rate

Smooth Moves In Unemployment

How much should we trust the monthly unemployment reports?

Yogurt Lab

The Formula: Yogurt =$$$

Have-your-way frozen yogurt shops are colonizing the Twin Cities—with Yogurt Lab at the forefront.

Mark Sheffert

Role Models Or Road Apples?

Choose carefully and make sure skill sets and behavior are aligned.

Lee Schafer

Head In The Cloud

A private equity firm sees a Minnetonka IT reseller as the foundation of a big opportunity.

Robert W. MacGregor

Ending The Crisis In Capitalism

We have the means to do so; it’s a matter of taking action.

Intersection of Hennepin and Franklin Avenues in Minneapolis

Reinventing The Corner

A long-vacant Hennepin and Franklin fixture gets a makeover.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods Eats Up MSP

Could an upscale grocery war be breaking out?

Vance Opperman

The Vikings Should Start A Research Department

Minnesota's higher education leadership could take advantage of it.

Dan Haugen

Cool Innovation

A Plymouth company works to create the country’s most efficient air conditioner.

Dale Kurschner

Corporate Leadership

It’s important to remember that even our most esteemed leaders can make mistakes. And when they do, it’s crucial that corporate responsibility and business principles be properly administered.

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