What qualities does it take for a woman to beat the odds to take a top leadership role in the corporate world? Read More

Mike Veeck

As the co-owner of the St. Paul Saints, baseball impresario Mike Veeck is known for his “fun is good” mantra, promoting an over-the top, stunt-filled experience when his team takes the field. Read More
With super-companies like General Mills and Target headquartered in Minnesota it should come as no surprise that Minnesota is one of the most innovative states in the country (according to a Bloomberg ranking from 2016). Read More

Dana Oliver, senior director of research and development of ENT/NT Surgical Technologies at Medtronic, and author of Mantra Design: Innovate, Buy or Die.

In his 14 years with Medtronic, Dana Oliver helped grow the annual revenues in his division from $100 million to approximately $2 billion.
Now Oliver has compiled his approach to innovation and product development in a book, Mantra Design: Innovate, Buy or Die.
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Quick: Name the world's first computingcentered industrial district. If Silicon Valley leaps to mind, read the new book Digital State: The Story of Minnesota's Computing Industry, by Thomas J. Misa. A noted expert on computer history, Misa demonstrates that it was Minnesota, not California, that formed the first hotbed of high-tech companies. Read More
In 1901 two of America's most powerful businessmen - railroad titans Edward Harriman of New York and James J. Hill of St. Paul - fought for control of the Northern Pacific Railway. The effects of their epic battle echo through our economy to this day, as described in Larry Haeg's upcoming "Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street's Great Railroad War." Read More

Sona Mehring

In 1997 Sona Mehring launched — an early social networking site, we now realize  Read More
It's easy to forget that Northwest Airlines (acquired by Delta in 2010) was once the kind of Minnesota startup this magazine would cover. Its earliest flights, starting in 1926, carried mail (and occasionally a brave passenger) to Chicago. Read More