editor's note

This is the first time since I have become editor in chief that I actually know the people on the front cover. I worked with Angela Davis years ago at KSTP-TV, and I met Duchesne Drew when we were both on the board of the local branch of the Society of Professional Journalists. One year, the SPJ holiday party was at their house. Read More
In our Second Annual CEO Survey, we found that the single biggest fear that keeps CEOs up at night is worrying about making the right decision. Read More
We are at another juncture of our political cycle where soon we will arise en masse, trudge to the polls and — with more holding their noses than ever before — collectively choose our new commander in chief. I am only somewhat more optimistic than those touting the bumper sticker “Giant Meteor — 2016 — Just end it already!” Read More


Some of my earliest memories were at my grandmother’s dairy farm in Stockholm, Wisconsin. I remember being attacked by a chicken. I was defeated for the moment, but I’ve had revenge numerous times over the years, aided and abetted by BBQ sauce and mesquite smoke. Read More
I can’t tell you how excited we are to welcome our second cohort of Young Entrepreneurs into the Minnesota Business community. My exposure to last year’s group has profoundly changed my way of thinking. Read More
The most depressing news I have heard recently is that the National Institute of Health is only funding about 20% of the applicants for its medical research grants. A friend of mine in that field says that there are plenty of excellent companies that got rejected. Read More
Why are so many companies eager to be named good, great or best companies to work for? The one-dimensional answer is that it is a point of pride. The more substantial response is that companies want to attract the best employees and keep them. Read More
The (Real) power of the people Read More
The study of innovation in the course of human evolution presents a puzzle called the “Sapient Paradox.” The mystery is that our species — Homo Sapiens — originated biologically 150- to 200,000 years ago. But when you dig up artifacts from paleolithic people, it’s basically the same set of stone tools over and over again for tens of thousands of years. Read More
We seem to have come a long way from the sentiments of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, who wrote in Capitalism and Freedom (1962) that “there is one and only one social responsibility of business — to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits.” On the contrary, this issue of Minnesota Business is a testament to the many ways tha Read More