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Business has been brisk this week, locally and outside our state. Let’s start with three Minnesota-based companies and their second-quarter (April-June 2017) earnings reports. There are lessons to be learned from each company’s experience. First, Golden Valley-based Pentair, which is technically headquartered in Manchester, England, but only for tax reasons. They reported mixed results, which […]



It’s mid-July and that means summer festival time throughout our great state. I’m thinking about two festivals this weekend. Here in the Twin Cities today is the start of the Minneapolis Aquatennial. Here is where you can learn more about this 4-day celebration of summer water and summer fun: Tonight is the Torchlight Parade. […]



Wednesday greetings to ‘CCO Radio listeners. It’s mid-July, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week is upon us, the Minneapolis Aquatennial is later this month, and towns across Minnesota are prepping for their own summertime festivals. Here’s one to watch for: Walker, Minnesota’s Moondance Jam on July 20-21. Here’s where you can learn about it: With […]



What a wonderful Fourth of July holiday in the Twin Cities: great weather (no rain); great fireworks display in downtown Minneapolis; and the Twins beat the Angels 5-4 at Target Field. Whether you were also in the Twin Cities or somewhere else in ‘CCO territory, I hope you also had a wonderful holiday yesterday. We’re […]



Mid-week greetings to Business by Carlson readers and listeners. Yesterday (Tuesday, June 27, 2017) saw a great one-hour discussion off business issues related to current US (and Minnesota) trade policies. Dave Lee and I got to interview two experts on these issues: Executive Director of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council (MAC) Perry Aasnese; and Chair of […]



Welcome to summer in Minnesota. Mid-June has seen spectacular weather –sunny but not too hot and humid. It’s days like recently that make the colder ones in January (and February and March!) bearable. Enjoy it all, in the Twin Cities, in Outstate, at home, at the cabin, or wherever. Business here and nationally doesn’t stop, […]



It’s great to be back in Minnesota after a visit to the UK and Oxford University. It was a great time to visit: sunny days gave the ancient spires of Oxford a special gleam; unexpected political storms gave the Conservative Party a special shock; international currency traders seemed quite a bit more interested in those […]



Greetings to everyone in ‘CCO Land from England. Today, I’m at Oxford University where I am working on some research projects and giving a talk later this week at Oxford’s Said Business School. Here is where you can learn more about Said: It is an exciting time to be in the UK if you […]



1) Locally, Friday, June 2 will see the Buffalo Wild Wings shareholders meeting in Wayzata. Here is where you can learn more about the meeting: It will be worth attending. The last several months have seen the Marcato Capital hedge fund from San Francisco take a 5% and then nearly 10% equity stake in […]


5-24-17-BUSINESS BY CARLSON With Paul Vaaler

This week’s business issues lead to all sorts of interesting destinations: courts and Congress as well as to company board rooms. How’s that possible? Here’s how: 1) In company board rooms, we’ve seen at least two big executive changes this week. Locally, CHS, the Inver Grove Heights-based agribusiness giant, announced a planned changing of the […]


Business By Carlson 5-17-17

Happy Syttende Mai to everyone in ‘CCO land. May 17 is Norway’s National (Constitution) Day. It’s a day off from work and time to celebrate for 5.2 million Norwegians. Millions more around the world claiming Norwegian heritage –me included– will also celebrate. I remember family trips to Ingebretsens on Lake Street followed by picnics at […]


5-10-17 Business by Carlson

I know we call my weekly chat with WCCO Radio’s Dave Lee “Business by Carlson” but this week I think Dave and I should rename it as Politics and Business by Carlson. This week has seen some fascinating political trends with important near-term business implications.



Spring semester classes are winding down and both the Carlson School and Law School are gearing up for final exams and then graduation in two weeks.  I’ve already written up my final exams and I can truly say that is is better to give than to receive them.  While my students are on the receiving […]


Chicago Also Facing Backlash In United Airlines Incident

Several minutes after a passenger recorded a video watched around the world that showed security officers dragging another passenger off an overbooked United Express flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, a smaller snippet of video showed an even more troubling scene.


Government Won’t Permit Pipeline Under Missouri River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has refused to grant permission for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.


2-24-15 Podcast Page The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

An incredibly busy Tuesday with Dave Lee. Hear Jonathan Knight from NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and other interviews by clicking the link above!


Podcast Page-The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 2-23-15

An Oscar worthy Monday on the Morning News. Click the link above to listen to Oscar recaps and more…


PODCAST PAGE-2-20-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

The Return Of KG! Click the link above to hear Dave Lee and friends talk about Kevin Garnett.


PODCAST PAGE-The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 2-19-15

Amy Klobuchar on the Anti-Terror Summit and how cold was it in CRANE LAKE-Click the link above to head to the Podcast Page!


Should The Timberwolves Trade For KEVIN GARNETT?

Click the link to vote on Dave Lee’s poll on KEVIN GARNETT.


Mark Dayton With Dave Lee-WCCO 2-18-15

Click the link above to listen to the Governor discuss a gas tax, Senator Bakk, MnSure and more.


PODCAST PAGE-2-18-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Miss Mark Dayton or Gopher Womens’ BBall Coach Marlene Stollings? Click the link above to listen to Dave Lee talk with them.


Podcast Page: 2-17-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

A Timberwolves Ticket Tuesday on The Morning News. Find out what is new at the Twins stadium when you head to Spring Training next month by clicking the link above.


MN Woman Helped Oscar Nominee Julianne Moore Prepare For Role

A Minnesota woman hopes her coaching pays off for Julianne Moore, who is nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the film “Still Alice.” In the movie, Moore plays the role of a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Moore reached out to Sandy Oltz, of Stearns County. Oltz also suffers from the disease.


Podcast Page: 2/16/15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

A President’s Day edition of The Morning News. Click the link above to visit Dave Lee’s Podcast Page.


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