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MN's Legacy Amendment: Whose Legacy Is It?

In 2008, voters passed the Legacy Amendment to the state constitution, increasing taxes in exchange for cleaner water, better parks and outdoor habitats, and a stronger cultural sector. It turns out we may not be getting our money’s worth.


An Investigation of the Legacy Amendment + How ShopJimmy Became A $22M Business + The Story Of Hays Companies, A Commercial Insurance Brokerage Firm

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The ShopJimmy Method

The ShopJimmy Method

The story of, the hobby that became a $22 million business.

Hays Companies' Risky Business

Hays Companies' Risky Business

Twenty years ago Jim Hays and five friends launched Hays Companies, a commercial risk insurance firm. Today it’s the 16th-largest of its kind in the country.

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Plugged In: February 2014

The best opportunities for networking this month.

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How To Embrace Winter With Your Business Clients

Invite your clients to escape crowded skyways and stuffy conference rooms, and discover the joys of February, Minnesota-style.

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Forget "Gonna" New Year’s Resolutions

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February 23 at the Xcel Energy Center.

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Talks of Honor

Introducing others, whether in formal or informal settings, requires thought and planning, lest you make yourself the focus of attention.

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MN Business Leaders Optimistic About 2014

Hiring, capital expenditures, R&D spending to increase–but so might prices.

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Foxes In Henhouses

Minnesota’s $7 billion Legacy Amendment is running amok.

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