Month: February 2018

SpartanNash holds ‘Destination Savings’ Spring Trade Show

MINNEAPOLIS — Approximately 750 vendors displayed a huge range of products Feb. 20-21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center during the annual SpartanNash Spring Trade Show.

“The theme for this show was ‘Destination Savings,’” Lance Barrett, merchandising manager of events at SpartanNash in Edina, MN, told The Produce News. “We tried to have a vacation-type theme, so we had each of the departments pick a country and decorate to that theme. The bakery/deli department chose France so they had the Eiffel Tower; the meat department did Italy with the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the grocery department decided to do Great Britain with Big Ben and the Union Jack décor; and the produce department said, ‘Hey, let’s do a market-type event,’ and decided Mexico would be a great country for them because there are a lot of street markets there.”

Vendors displayed in over 250 booths on the show floor, with 397 retail store customers attending the two-day event.

“It’s almost two-to-one vendors to customers, so the customers could be well taken care of this year,” said Barrett. “The vendors really enjoy this because it gives them the opportunity to talk with numerous customers all at one time. In order to talk to 300 customers it would take them forever to go to each one of these stores. But this gives them the opportunity to discuss business with a whole group of customers and sell a ton of merchandise in just two days.”

And this proved to be a two-way street because the retail account customers also appreciated the Spring Trade Show.

“It gives them the opportunity to get out of the stores and experience a lot of merchandising we do here at the show,” Barrett said. “This isn’t just a show to be flashy; it gives the customers ideas about what they can do in their stores. And besides the show floor, prior to the show we have three hours of seminars where our customers get educated on new trends in the industry and all the different things happening, like self-checkouts. The educational aspect of these shows is very important.”

After the show was over, all leftover products were donated to the Twin Cities food bank St. Vincent de Paul.

“Typically, at a show like this we’ll donate between 50,000 to 60,000 pounds of food for local communities,” said Barrett. “St. Vincent de Paul comes and collects it and within two weeks all of this food is out in the food banks around the state. We’re just the conduit for the vendors that donate all of this product to put out for the show and that also helps support our community.”

The next SpartanNash event will be its Fall Trade Show here Aug. 15-16.

“We’re planning a holiday theme,” Barrett said. “But we’re still working on that.”

Source Article

Wow! House: Modern French Masterpiece On Sale In Edina

EDINA, MN – Prepare to be amazed. This modern french masterpiece was completely remodeled last year with the latest in smart home technologies and newly built basement with its state of the art movie screen, bar area and gym.

Only a three-minute drive from Blake School and Interlachen Country Club, you’ll appreciate the privacy of this spacious home.

This listing originally appeared on For more information and photos, click here.


Source Article

In Rice County and across Minnesota, residents hurry to pay taxes before New Year

The directory at the Rice County Government Services Center Shows residents the way to the auditor-treasurer’s office, where some homeowners are paying their taxes before the New Year as a result of the new GOP tax plan. (Daily News file photo)

Across the state, county auditor-treasurers are seeing dozens and dozens hurrying in to pay their property taxes before the calendar flips to 2018.

Choose from four options: Annual digital subscription, 4-week digital subscription, 1-day digital pass and Monthly EZ Pay digital subscription.

EZ Pay digital subscriptions are the best value and are billed automatically each month on the 15th.

Source Article

Two condo towers could rise across from Southdale, Galleria in Edina

Two local developers, Arcadia LLC and Ryan Cos., want to build a pair of Art Deco-inspired condo towers across from the Galleria and Southdale shopping centers, the latest and biggest additions in a rapidly evolving transformation of Edina.

The proposal, which emerged publicly Tuesday, comes at a time when availability of for-sale condos is extremely low in the Twin Cities.

The project, called Estelle Edina, includes the two towers, six brownstone-style condos, 12,000 square feet of retail and a signature restaurant at the corner of France Avenue and 69th Street.

“I grew up just a few blocks down on France Avenue and am excited about the vision that so many people have for this district,” said Arcadia President Luigi Bernardi, who grew up in the Cornelia neighborhood and is a lifelong Edina resident. His company recently completed the nearby Aurora on France, a senior living project.

“Our goal is to give the corner of France and 69th a community feel — walkable, accessible and livable,” he said.

Both towers will be slender enough to minimize the visual impact of the buildings and have four units at most per floor.

This rendering depicts an area at street level between the two towers.

The towers will be built with stone and glass and, because of the compact floorplate, every unit will be on its own corner. There will be four units per floor on the lower levels, two units per floor on the upper levels and a penthouse at the top. The tallest tower is expected to have 24 stories with 82 units for sale. The other tower will be 20 stories tall and have 70 units.

An existing Bremer Bank and BMO Harris Bank now on the site will move to new spaces in the project.

While thousands of rental apartments have been built in recent years, only a few hundred for-sale condominiums have been built. Developers cite excessive liability under current Minnesota construction-defect laws, and the issue is being debated in the Legislature. At the end of April, there were 647 condo units for sale in the metro area, 24 percent fewer than a year ago, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.

Estelle Edina would be the first suburban high-rise condo project to be built since the 2008 recession, and it’s just a block from the Residences at the Westin Galleria, an 82-unit property above the 225-room Westin Hotel that opened that very year. There are currently about a half-dozen units on the market in that building, ranging from $479,900 to $1.65 million.

The Estelle Edina project, which will be marketed by Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty, has been designed to fill a need for owner-occupied housing, particularly for empty-nesters, sales agent John Wanninger said.

“Simply put, demand is very strong with few options for Edina residents who want to transition to maintenance-free living but who don’t want to leave Edina.” said Wanninger, who also marketed the Westin condos.

The project is part of a re-visioning process for what’s known as the Greater Southdale Area, which began in early 2015 as part of Edina’s long-term planning policy. The effort included the input from 16 Edina residents for the Greater Southdale Work Group, including neighbors and business and civic leaders who helped develop guiding principles for the district.

“There is a lot of neighborhood, business and city support to create a vibrant, forward-looking and accessible district,” he said in a statement. “It allows for a healthy mix of building heights, densities and uses, and creates a public realm that promotes a walkable, healthy and safe environment.”

The proposal, which is at the beginning of the municipal approvals process, is part of a series of development projects that are slated to increase commercial and residential density along the busiest part of France Avenue.

“Our intent is to support the district’s vision. We are passionate about creating best-in-class streetscapes and owner-occupied residences that the citizens of Edina will be proud of,” said Carl Runck, developer with Ryan.

Runck said that the team has submitted conceptual plans to the city for sketch plan review by the its planning commission and City Council. He expects to start construction during the first quarter 2018.

In recent years, Edina has been focused on redeveloping the sprawling surface lots that have served the many retail stores and office buildings in the area. Already, luxury apartments have been built in some of the parking lots at Southdale.

Earlier this year, furniture retailer Restoration Hardware said that it wants to build a four-story showroom and store in the southwest corner of the mall.

Across the street, the $100 million-plus Avenue on France project, formerly known as the Promenade on France, is remaking a 23-acre site that is currently the Southdale Office Centre. It will add a medical office building, retail, condos and a hotel.

About 2 miles north of Southdale, the Edina City Council last month approved a $79 million redevelopment plan for more retail, housing and parking near the 50th and France shopping district.

Janet Dahlquist expected to spend the rest of her life at Autumn Glen in Coon Rapids but is moving out after a steep rent hike.

Source Article

Welcome to Minnesota, the Startup Capital of the North

Buy Photo

When NBC Sports announced it would web-stream a competition between startup ventures live from Minneapolis on Saturday, Minnesota companies were conspicuously absent from the line-up.

Organizers behind the National Football League’s “First and Future” competition say the reasons vary — they excluded some companies with ties to the Rochester-based Mayo Clinic, for instance, because the judges include two prominent Mayo doctors.

But make no mistake: Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, is home to just as many entrepreneurs and their daring ventures.

Bold North, indeed.

In Minneapolis, Erik Brust and Connor Wray manufacture frozen smoothies on a stick — better known as JonnyPops, a fruity recipe that rolled out of their dormitory basement during their recent undergraduate days at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

From the Maple Grove offices of StemoniX, fellow entrepreneur Ping Yeh plates damaged brain and heart cells for therapeutic testing — a stem-cell breakthrough based on concepts he licensed from a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.

JonnyPops and StemoniX may seem like they’re worlds apart, but the Minnesota startups share the same accomplishment — they’ve both won cash and acclaim from the MN Cup, the largest statewide start-up competition in the country.

With the energy and excitement of Super Bowl LII in the air, business advocates held their own startup showcase Tuesday at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. (So take that, NBC Sports!)

As 3D-printing companies, craft beer makers and experts in sports therapy displayed their wares, posters reminded visitors of the many inventions that the world can thank Minnesotans for: water-skis, minute clinics, post-it notes, roller blades, battery-powered external pacemakers, satellite news television … It’s a long list.

In addition to dozens of exhibits from new Minnesota companies, the heavily-attended “Startup Capital of the North Showcase” drew previous winners of the Carlson School of Management’s MN Cup, which distributes a total of $450,000 in cash awards to the state’s most promising new business ventures, including student businesses.

“We were excited to showcase the many great companies and entrepreneurs in the region that are creating products, services and platforms to solve real problems for consumers,” said Michael Brown, a spokesman for Greater MSP, a Twin Cities economic development partnership and lead event organizer. “(NBC’s) 1st and Future startup competition missed out by not featuring any Minnesota companies.”

The showcase was sponsored by the MN Cup, Greater MSP and the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee.

The 2018 MN Cup will host a launch party on March 26. Applications will be due April 27, with an awards event Oct. 8.

Here’s a quick look at just a handful of companies that participated in the Startup Capital of the North Showcase:


When youth teams like the St. Paul Blackhawks, Eagan Wave Youth Soccer, Roseville Area Youth Baseball or the Woodbury Area Hockey Club want to evaluate players or rank tryouts, they turn to the same software — Team Genius ( ).

The performance software, which is the brainchild of Chris Knutson and former Forest Lake youth soccer (Lakes United FC) coach Todd Larson, is geared toward youth sports but could easily be adjusted for college athletes, physical education classes or even orchestral musicians. The Pittsburgh Flag Football League is one of many clients who have signed on since the company’s official launch in July 2016.

“Paper-driven process is error prone and really requires a lot of data entry,” said Knutson, noting that Team Genius rankings are automatically adjusted in real-time as data comes in. “If you ask anyone who’s ever run a youth sports evaluation, or tryouts, they will cringe when you talk about entering data the old way.”


Don’t call it mouth guard. Well, OK, Edina-based Prevent Biometrics produces a mouth guard, but it’s also so much more. The guard masks a flexible, shock-resistant circuit board that sends impact data in real time to your phone app.

Every time your student athlete takes a hit in hockey or meets the ground in lacrosse, the intensity, location, direction and count of each head impact can be sent instantaneously to sideline personnel. The product, which debuted this year, promises to improve the speed and accuracy of concussion assessment, diagnosis and treatment — as well as faster return to play.

Founded in 2015, Prevent Biometrics is working with the Department of Defense and the National Football League on professional applications.


Ryan Petz, CEO of Minneapolis-based Fulton Beer, launched his brewery in 2009 while still a student at the Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, he poured a sample of one of his 37 creations for former instructor Toby Nord, the director of Carlson Ventures Enterprise, a year-long course in experiential learning for MBA students.

Fulton, which produces everything from sours and saisons to a coffee stout and barrel-aged barleywine, is now marketing an intense India Pale Ale called “300” that the company describes as “pure hop candy.”


It might look like there’s a dirty word in there somewhere, but Minneapolis-based Smashit promises a clean conclusion after an “exciting opportunity to destroy (recyclable items) inside of our safety-certified mobile cage.”

The website features a “wreckreational destruction” video of a ski and snowboard club taking bats and sledgehammers to old plates, printers, keyboards and other expendable items. After guests at your social gathering or private fundraiser have finished breaking stuff, everything gets neatly carted away to recycling companies by these young entrepreneurs, most of whom are still undergraduates. They launched their company in December.


OK, this one’s not exactly a startup, but it is proof that Minnesota startups can grow to become significant players in cutting-edge industries. Founded in 1988, Stratasys, now based jointly in Eden Prairie and Rehovot, Israel, has been producing manufacturing aids and replacement parts through 3D printing longer than almost anyone in the field.

Before sending designs off to China for mass production, companies turn to Stratasys to 3D-print a new vehicle part that can be fit-tested and function-tested using real fuel. And that’s just one of many potential applications, which range from the medical to the mundane. The company 3D-printed a trophy for Tuesday’s showcase in about eight hours.

Source Article

Trammell Crow is planning a 168-unit apartment project a JC Penney owned parking lot at Minnetonka’s Ridgedale Center – Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

A six-story luxury apartment building for people over age 55 would transform the southwest corner of the Ridgedale Center parking lot in Minnetonka.

High Street Residential, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co., has submitted plans for a 168-unit project on a surface parking lot owned by J.C. Penney.

The U-shaped building would be built just south of the Firestone auto shop and the J.C. Penney store. The project does not include the actual store, and J.C. Penney, in announcing eight Minnesota store closures last summer, did not include the Ridgedale location.

The project, designed by Minneapolis-based ESG Architecture & Design, has an amenity deck with a pool and hot tub, as well as underground parking.

In addition to the apartment building, Minnetonka’s project description says Trammell Crow would dedicate some of the land for a future park, which appears on site plans.

Just across the street to the south, developer Rotenberg Cos. has pitched plans to the city for a 93-unit luxury apartment project at the site of the former Redstone Grill, which moved into the mall.

This would’t be the first time J.C. Penney has sold property near a regional mall. Last year the company sold its Southdale Center store in Edina to Life Time Inc., which is demolishing the building and constructing a health club on the site.

The Trammell Crow project is tentatively scheduled for a Feb. 1 Planning Commission hearing.

J.C. Penney declined to discuss its real estate activities. Trammel Crow and the city of Minnetonka couldn’t be reached for comment.

Source Article