Business

Turning beer into food: Jacquie Berglund's company, FINNEGANS, does well doing good

(Photo by Sarah Whiting) "It's social, it's fun and you meet a lot of community-minded people. ... You make a difference." -- Jacquie Berglund

Sitting on a couch in her office, amid pillows bearing the slogans "Irish Holy Water" and "Drink Like You Care," Jacquie Berglund reflected on her initial career forays - good jobs, just not the right fit. After graduating from Augsburg College, she worked for a recruiting firm - "my first taste of business," she recalls. "I loved it, but it didn't have enough meaning. I think I'm just hardwired for [meaningful work]."

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Minneapolis mulls gender neutral restrooms

(Photo by Lisa Jacobs published under Creative Commons License)

An antiquated Minneapolis code relating to the service industry forces many businesses to have gendered restrooms, but a policy change passed by a city committee could change that.

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State opens medical marijuana manufacturer applications

Minnesota advanced in its plan for making medical marijuana available for patients next year as it opened up applications Friday for potential manufacturers of the drug.

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Amend the Constitution to restore the democracy the Roberts court killed

Money is not speech. Corporations are not persons. Most of us intuitively understand that. The Supreme Court clearly does not. In Citizens United v. FEC, it ruled that corporations have a First Amendment right to expend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections. More recently, in McCutcheon v. FEC they struck down the overall caps on how much money wealthy individuals can contribute directly to campaigns and to party committees. The Supreme Court’s decisions are wrong and they deserve to be overruled with a constitutional amendment to restore the First Amendment to its rightful place protecting American democracy, instead of as a tool to suppress speech rather than enhance it.

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Little Mekong Night Market drawing big crowds on University Avenue

(Central Corridor Funders Collaborative) The night markets are meant to foster community engagement and neighborhood pride.

Expectations were modest when the Little Mekong Night Market launched earlier this summer in St. Paul.

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Commodity markets flip-flop on consumers, rural Minnesotans

For several years running, livestock producers struggled with production costs as everything from droughts in cattle country to high feed costs in dairy, pork and poultry areas made producing profits a big challenge for farmers and ranchers.

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The cooperative response to living on the edge, and frontier

Cooperative business leaders and community development activists will study the almost invisible but 230-year history of African American experiences with co-ops, including credit unions and mutual insurances, at a series of major events this month in the Twin Cities.

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Closed-door "deal" in St Paul and solution

The Black Bear Crossings $800,000 settlement should create needed discussion with the public, policymakers, and government officials. In this case as with many other similar type of settlements it's done and negotiated behind closed doors with no public insight as to what happened, how it happened, and what lessons are learned.

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All sales final: Roberts Shoes going out of business after 77 years

Any time you see a Going Out of Business Sale sign, you know some lives are changing, as an institution is coming to its end. But what if that business has been in the same location, in the same family, and with only two owners, since 1937? That’s the story at the corner of Chicago and Lake, where the familiar green signs “Roberts Shoes” and “Hardly A Foot We Can’t Fit” are now eclipsed by huge going-out-of-business sale signs. That’s the main story, but there are scores of other stories, too.

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