Category Archives: Business

UnitedHealth Group is big on getting skinny

. UnitedHealth Group Inc. is doubling down on weight-loss programs for workers. This month, about 100,000 people in the Minnetonka-based insurance giant’s employee health plan will be offered a new weight-loss program called Real Appeal. It includes one-on-one coaching, a

Missouri judge orders couple to pay $10 million for stealing trade secrets from tech firm

ST. LOUIS — A judge has ordered a former employee of a mid-Missouri tech firm and his wife to pay $10 million for stealing trade secrets and partnering with a Chinese firm to sell knockoff products to unsuspecting buyers, including

Minnesota State team compiling comprehensive database of Minnesota's Native American sites

MANKATO, Minn. — An artifact disconnected from place and time can be interesting as a piece of workmanship, but it usually tells archaeologists almost nothing. “All meaning in archaeology starts with provenance,” Minnesota State University professor Ron Schirmer said. But

A look at some places training nonprofessionals to play a role in mental health

NEW YORK — New York City is embarking on a $30 million plan to provide some mental health training to staffers at community organizations. Here’s a closer look at the city’s project and some other initiatives that prepare nonprofessionals to

CarMax, ConAgra, CarMax, Smucker and Groupon are big market movers

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Goldman Sachs Group Inc., down $3.63 to $179.72 The Wall Street firm’s CEO and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein

Macy's to hire about 85,000 temporary workers for holiday season, about the same as a year ago

NEW YORK — Macy’s Inc. plans to hire about 85,000 seasonal workers for temporary jobs ahead of the holidays to meet expected higher demand. That is about the same as a year ago. The announcement comes as other retailers announce

Companies are targeting Hispanics to boost sales

When NxStage Medical Inc. realized Spanish-speaking people made up 15 percent of the market for its home kidney dialysis equipment, the company created a website and brochures printed in Spanish. NxStage, which started its marketing campaign to Hispanics a year

My Job: Nate Lamusga, Director of Member Engagement

my job By Laura French • jobslink@startribune.com Nate Lamusga was a classical guitar major. “I wanted to make music for a living. I never expected to be sitting in a director’s seat in an insurance company. Nonetheless, here I am

Nebraska-based mower manufacturer wins $24.3M in patent case but losing firm plans to appeal

OMAHA, Neb. — A Nebraska-based unit of the Toro Co. has been awarded $24.3 million in a patent infringement lawsuit against Briggs & Stratton. The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1MFmxN3 ) the jury agreed with Exmark Manufacturing’s arguments that Briggs

Energy Transfer Equity buying The Williams Cos. for about $32.61 billion

DALLAS — Energy Transfer Equity is buying pipeline operator The Williams Cos. for approximately $32.61 billion. The companies said Monday that the combination creates one of the five biggest energy companies in the world. Energy Transfer Equity LP will pay

New Jersey officer charged in deadly wrong-way crash in New York City now suspended from job

LINDEN, N.J. — A New Jersey police officer charged in a deadly wrong-way crash in New York has been suspended from his job. Linden police tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1PphMom) that Pedro Abad was suspended Monday, the same day he pleaded not

Do young workers save too much?

What’s with the financial services industry and millennials? The rap is that these young adults are too conservative with money. They’re savers, not investors. The challenge, we’re told, is to convince millennials to invest more in stocks for their retirement.

ConAgra cost-cutting could mean layoffs, lower corporate profile for Omaha in favor of Chicago

OMAHA, Neb. — ConAgra employees will learn next week about upcoming changes that the company’s chief executive said Friday likely will include jobs cuts and a shuffling of operations that could boost the company’s presence in Chicago and lower it

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