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Neal St. Anthony

Columnist, reporter | Business
Phone: 612-673-7144
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Neal St. Anthony has been a Star Tribune business columnist/reporter since 1984. 

St. Anthony's work has spanned corporate takeovers to financial markets, small businesses, and the emergence of women, immigrants and minorities in business. A native of Minneapolis who first joined the Star Tribune in 1981, St. Anthony holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and business, and an MBA. He also has worked for two publicly held companies, including former regional securities firm Dain Rauscher (1997-98). St. Anthony, who is married and the father of two children, has been a volunteer with the Minneapolis parks, several schools and nonprofit organizations.
Recent content from Neal St. Anthony
Founders Greg and Betsy Amundson of InstaTrim, a flexible, self-adhesive trim strip that can be used as a gap filler, a finish trim to tighten paint j

Minnesota contractor's idea for a caulk substitute filled new gaps

But this eight-year, hardscrabble journey is no get-rich-quick story.
Chief Executive Doug Baker & Co. used scale and technology to drive profitability at an outfit also hailed for ethics and environmental stewardship.

Doug Baker wraps up stellar CEO run at Ecolab. What's his second act?

Baker, as candid as he is unpretentious, also isn't perfect.
Meda Chief Executive Alfredo Martel is corralling capital and signing up more volunteers from law, business and accounting to help fund businesses.

Twin Cities-based small-business counselors look beyond 2020 challenges

Meda is looking at requests of up to $20 million that cannot be filled, its CEO said.
Julie Steller saved her business, Steller Handcrafted Goods, which makes mittens, hats and other things from recycled sweaters, by pivoting to making

How a Mpls. clothing maker made it through a difficult year

Forced to close her shop because of the pandemic, owner shifts to mask-making and re-employed 15 workers.
CEO Elaine Wyatt of WomenVenture, left, and owner Keia Isaacson of Lakeside Floor Coverings in 2019. Wyatt is stepping down after leading the nonprofi

WomenVenture CEO started in one kind of crisis and is about to leave after another

Elaine Wyatt took charge of WomenVenture, a Twin Cities nonprofit, when it was in a crisis. She's leaving just as it helped women-owned small businesses through the pandemic recession crisis.
Leaders behind a development along W. Broadway in north Minneapolis gathered at the Capri Theater: (left to right) architect Damaris Hollingsworth, de

Resurgent north Mpls. neighborhood boasts $125M in projects

As the Capri renovation nears an end, other projects are moving forward
CEO Grady Hannah said the company’s initial focus will be working with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department.

Twin Cities company NightWare uses technology to treat PTSD without drugs

No-drug device uses Apple technology to gently interrupt nightmares.
Jamil Ford

Behind many new buildings on the North Side are the ideas, designs of Jamil Ford

Jamil Ford has been dubbed “the architect of the North Side.” Ford, 42, a North Side native and founder of Mobilize Design & Architecture, is…
MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop, right, visited the under-construction Premium Minnesota Pork plant in Luverne in 2019.

St. Anthony: Out of the spotlight, MPCA picks up a workplace-quality award for everyday work

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency makes headlines on controversies such as taconite waste dumping in Lake Superior or the review of Enbridge’s updated pipeline across…
Owners Lehman Riley and Paul Dixon of Papa Lemon Book Publishing.

Authors of 'Papa Lemon' multicultural kids books still fighting for national following

Paul Dixon and Lehman Riley are trying to land a big publishing deal for their “Papa Lemon” series of children’s books, which bring a multicultural…
Dave Korstad and Izzy Shu, Twin Cities-based co-founders of online, nut-based drink company JOI, which expects to break $3 million in sales this year.

Minnesota couple find their JOI with growing almond milk business

Dave Korstad and Izzy Shu have combined their interest in healthy lifestyles into a fast-growing business.
Teresa Thomas of Women In Networking

This Minnesota people connector made a digital pivot that paid off

Networking consultant shifted from in-person events to focus online.
Dan Larson, left, senior vice president of marketing, and Nick Schneider, chief revenue officer, see Minnesota’s technology landscape as welcoming t

Arctic Wolf will move its headquarters to Eden Prairie from Silicon Valley

With the move, the cybersecurity firm expects to grow from 200 to 350 workers in Eden Prairie next year.
From left, Reell Precision Manufacturing founder Bob Wahlstedt, VP of Global Human Resources Shari Erdman, founder Lee Johnson and CEO Kyle Smith with

Employee-owned Reell Manufacturing is the realization of the founders' hopes in 1970

The owners broadened their approach and employees responded positively to the commitment to inclusivity.
Griffin Dooling of Blue Horizon Group, left, and founder Christopher Wyffels of Superior Third Party Logistics stood on the solar roof of Superior, a

Solar industry-Xcel flap won't dim long-term growth of Minnesota industry

Minnesota solar-energy developers have filed 120 complaints with state utility regulators.
Kira Young, a veteran Metro Transit driver, followed her college-educated daughter, Kadejah Young, into training and a better-paying job as a bus mech

Metro Transit training helps to fuel a Twin Cities family's drive to achieve

The three Young women all graduated within the last year from two-year state university programs.
Lee Kopp was 86.

Lee Kopp, Edina investment executive and philanthropist, dies at 86

Considering himself a son of the working class, he eschewed a flashy lifestyle and the trappings of wealth.
Minnesota small-business owners, from left to right, Ingrid Christensen, Amalia Moreno-Damgaard and Bethany Wood are odds beaters and trendsetters.

Community key to these Minnesota women-owned firms honored by SBA

If demographers are right, more women and minority entrepreneurs like them will be needed in large numbers to help the country recover.
Rita Katona and husband Eric Hall started So Good So You, which makes organic fruit and vegetable shots. Their company is nearing $12 million in sales

Minneapolis-based So Good So You builds a following with juice shots

The company is now approaching $12 million in sales after three years of rapid growth.
From left, Bill Droessler and Gillian Greenberg of Environmental Initiative; Cathy Heying, founder of the Lift Garage in Minneapolis, and JoHanna Smrc

How businesses, government agencies work together to update pollution-spewing older cars

The Minnesota Department of Health and MPCA say studies prove poor air quality disproportionately affects people living in poverty.
Owner Wendy Puckett of the expanding House of Soul cafe and caterer in north Minneapolis said she is praying for a better year as a difficult 2020 win

Wendy's House of Soul owner recovers from shooting: 'I live one day at a time'

Last month, the restaurant lost its lease on W. Broadway, prompting a move and a reopening a mile away.
Sha’mira Sampler, left, personnel director at Two Bettys Green Cleaning, and founder Anna Tsantir are relieved to see the business growing again ami

Mpls. cleaning company that laid off cleaners is now hiring them back

"Our people served us so well," said founder Anna Tsantir, who is now recalling 58 of 73 permanent cleaners and office workers.
C.J. Goodwald, Jerry Goodwald and Matt Goodwald run family-owned GEM-Ash of Rosemount.

How small Rosemount company recovers gold, other metals in Hennepin's incinerated trash

The company relies on technology configured in a way that allows it to recover more metals without any polluting chemicals.
Maya Santamaria gave tours of the new Richfield space during the inaugural celebration of La Raza’s new studios on Wednesday.

La Raza Radio relocates from E. Lake to Richfield: 'It was my life's work. Destroyed.'

CEO Maya Santamaria learned from her insurance agent that the radio station was insured for less than it was worth.
Dr. Kyle Kingsley of Vireo Health

Minnesota cannabis company Vireo gives retail outlets a new name, Green Goods

It is remodeling four existing outlets and building four new ones in the state.
City Center has a new $3 million entrance at what was once the most heavily trafficked pedestrian corner in Minneapolis, Seventh Street and Nicollet M

Pandemic stresses downtown Mpls. commercial property owners

Jim Durda, general manager of City Center in Minneapolis, several weeks ago opened a $3 million-remodeled entrance on Seventh Street and the Nicollet Mall. The…
Don St. Dennis and Lynn Closway at the Hen House Eatery in Minneapolis. Closway, who worked with St. Dennis in the 1980s, donated a kidney to him whic

Minnesota veteran of business and Vietnam War is grateful for gift of life

Don St. Dennis received a kidney from a generous donor that has restored his health.
Noah Patton, left, and Kirk Jacobson work at MDI’s northeast Minneapolis plant in 1990.

MDI is adding 200 workers after landing $15 million Postal Service contract

The manufacturer faces a tight deadline to produce millions of totes and mail trays before the November election.
“We’re alone in this market,” said Lift and Store CEO Chris Benyo, second from right, with light-life crew George Johnson, left, Caleb Steeves a

Light shines for Minnesota-based Lift and Store, thanks to cannabis business

The firm started a marketing campaign for the new division, called Lift and Grow, and sales have taken off even during the pandemic.
Blake Elliott, co-founder of Bridges, has a new service, Rumi, which pairs people with disabilities with caregivers who live together.

Minnesota roommate program hopes to improve caregiving for people with disabilities in Minnesota

The "Rumi" program aims to create a relationship-based model between developmentally disabled folks and full-time roommates who care for them in their homes.
Staff from Vanco, which e-delivers transactions from congregants to churches and donors to charities, helped at a foodshelf at Trinity Lutheran Church

Vanco Payment Solutions grows as electronic bridge between churches, charities and their donors

How a company that started in Bloomington as a technology helper to small businesses found itself positioned to take advantage of the rise in digital donations during the pandemic.
Julie Ingebretsen, owner of Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Gifts & Foods on E. Lake Street, reopened her store last month after it sustained $100,000 in

For a couple of Lake Street businesses, an early glimpse of a new start

And yet, a full recovery could take years. Some businesses aren't coming back.
Farmers planted potatoes in April on a 10-acre plot leased from Hmong American Farmers Association land in Dakota County.

Some help emerges for farmers that supply local markets in the Twin Cities

Most couldn't take advantage of the federal government's Paycheck Protection Plan loans. Some retailers are lending a hand.
Xcel sold Mankato Energy Center in the second quarter for $680 million to Southwest Generation, one of just a few major deals in 2020 due to the pande

Minnesota companies made deals in a hurry at the start of the year, then the virus hit

State's deal value in the year's first half was driven by Xcel's purchase, then sale, of a single property.
K.B. and Katie Brown own Wolfpack Promotionals on W. Broadway in Minneapolis. The business is still recovering from the riots earlier this year.

Minnesota and private partners need to support rebuilding inner-city commercial corridors

Many shops have shuttered indefinitely amid the one-two punch of COVID-19 and riot damage. But not enough has happened to get things going.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison moved to end the dispute over the future of Bremer Bank by seeking the removal of the trustees of Otto Bremer

Ellison asks court to oust Bremer trustees, end battle over bank

Minnesota's AG says the trustees went astray of their directive, but the trustees say they will fight back.
A Tactile Medical patient used the pneumatic compression device Flexitouch Plus to treat his lymphedema at home, saving money and a trip to a clinic.

Tactile Medical was one of Minnesota's top-performing stocks over the past few years, until coronavirus

Several analysts expect Tactile Medical to get back on track once the imminent challenges of the pandemic are surmounted.
VenueScreen's Zarir Erani and Rick Barron demonstrated a system that scans the temperature of employees as they enter Boston Scientific in Minnetonka.

VenueScreen, started by an event planner, is helping businesses navigate the return to work

Lea and Rick Barron, owners of Barron Event Planning & Management, a firm that has worked with many businesses in the Twin Cities, realized in…
The Small Business Administration is offering financial assistance to businesses and residents that suffered property damage in the riots that followe

SBA offering disaster loans of up to $2M to Twin Cities businesses, residents affected by riots

The move comes after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied a request from Gov. Tim Walz for federal disaster aid.
Target Corp will invest $8 million-plus over several years to acquire the space vacated by failed Thor Construction in the two-year-old building at Pl

Target will finance Summit Academy expansion in north Minneapolis

Summit Academy will operate the North Star Innovation Center in space vacated by Thor Construction.
Kiku Enterprises founders Shiro “Don” and Patricia Katagiri, with daughter Chieko Katagiri Karlsen. The travel consultancy business is struggling

How a business that hosts Japanese visitors in Minnesota is contending with the travel plunge

Family-owned Kiku Enterprises brings an estimated $10 million in travel spending to the Twin Cities annually.
Salina Julin, 27, found what she considers a career position as a warehouse supervisor at Graco through Volt Workforce Solutions and the nonprofit Tra

Trades Hub helps young workers find Minnesota manufacturing jobs, scholarships

The electronic platform links young people, particularly women and minorities, to industrial and manufacturing employers, plus more.
Deb Hilmerson, a veteran construction site safety consultant, with a barrier fence system she developed that is being used in Minneapolis. The system

Minnesota safety innovator invents better way to protect construction sites

Companies increasingly bought into the economical notion that investing in safety and preventing accidents avoids injuries, deaths and huge costs.
Stakeholders rallied after Henry Bromelkamp, center, was felled by a traumatic brain injury in 2019. They made sure his business and philanthropic wor

How a Twin Cities software company recovered after its founder's accident

The outlook has gone from calamitous to hopeful for Henry Bromelkamp and his company.
TCF Financial plans a massive expansion of lending to minority-owned businesses, amounting to $1 billion over the next five years.

TCF Financial announces $1 billion loan drive to minority-owned small businesses

The company will concentrate on assisting minority- and women-owned businesses.

HelpSystems, fast-growing Eden Prairie software firm, acquires GlobalScape for $217 million

HelpSystems purchases GlobalScape for $217M.
CEO Anne Behrendt said Doran Cos. is using a $1 million forgivable “paycheck protection” loan. Behrendt, left, stood with CFO Ryan Johnson and fou

Twin Cities software firm, after first turning down PPP, decided it needs the boost after all

You can't blame a struggling business, even one with reserves, for tapping cheap funds to help survive.
Telecommunications and horse-racing entrepreneur Curt Sampson has died at 87.

Known for Canterbury Park, Curt Sampson was a veteran entrepreneur who built several Minn. telecom firms

The homespun millionaire, who died Thursday at age 87, never acted like he was a big deal, business associates recalled.
Downtown Council CEO Steve Cramer, seen in 2017 with Mayor Betsy Hodges and Council Member Jacob Frey, says the city’s desirability is now diminishe

Minneapolis business groups warn against 'dismantling' police, press for reforms

Downtown Council and others support a strong police department as well as a "continuum of safety strategies."
Baheru Haile worked at the former Sheraton Midtown Hotel but was let go, along with all the other employees, in March. He’s looking for work.

Twin Cities hotel workers and owners uncomfortable with uncertain future

Hotels can only wait for guests to return as restrictions ease.
From left, Don MacPherson, Dashon Amos and Shakeel Nelson of Inner City Ducks delivered groceries in May to families in North Minneapolis.

'Big Brother' relationship grew into organization that touches needy families in Twin Cities

Inner City Ducks is a club of about 75 middle school boys and girls from Olson Middle School and neighboring Creekview Park.
Security officer Ken Reese Jr., left, led the defense of the Midtown Global Market from vandals and looters. With him is market director Earlsworth �

A humble defender of Allina-Midtown market inspires hope on E. Lake Street

As the Global Market was attacked by looters, guards, volunteers rose to fight for what had been built.
Best Care owner-operator Andre Best with personal care attendant Mesuda Hudug, picking up manual and personal protective equipment before she goes to

COVID-19 crisis crimps funding for home-health aides in Minnesota

Advocates also say some of the smaller, weaker agencies will fail this year, compounding the worker shortage.
IPS Solar installer Sevion Dalton worked at the Edina Public Works Community Solar Garden in 2019.

IPS grows hotter in a cool economy this year

Impact Power Solutions is a pioneer of the Minnesota solar industry with a new majority owner that has fueled red-hot growth in a recession. SmartPitch…
Michael Graham, general manager in the Twin Cities, in the yet-to-be-remodeled Capsule operations center on N. Washington Avenue in Minneapolis.

Capsule, a digital pharmacy, brings same-day delivery to Minneapolis

In seeking to be the paramount online disrupter in the emerging digital-pharmacy industry, Capsule has received notice for raising about $250 million in capital over several years, including $200 million last fall.
Elizabeth Flannery of Community Housing Development Corp., Rheasa Otto and the Rev. Dan Collison, outside East Town Apartments in downtown Minneapolis

New apartments near U.S. Bank Stadium offer affordable housing amid luxury

The 169-unit complex has risen from a former church parking lot east of 6th St. and Chicago Avenue.
The Afro Deli, where workers continued to prepare meals, is staying in business with the help of a deal with Metro Meals on Wheels to provide 1,200 me

Afro Deli owner hangs on amid hope, caution and charitable cooking

Abdirahman Kahin responded to pandemic by switching to a nonprofit model
Clifton Place Manager Layee Sanoe (left), Senior Manager Tony Hunter and 180 Degrees Program Director Richard Coffee at Clifton Place, which provides

180 Degrees battled COVID-19 on top of tough mission to assist ex-offenders

The organization anticipates there is more hard work ahead to continue providing services while the pandemic threat remains.
Frank Dogbe landed a second-round PPP loan for $130,000.

Minnesota minority borrowers did better in second round of SBA funding

Frank Dogbe, owner of SOS Building Services in Minneapolis, decided not to cut jobs or the pay of his workers when the offices they cleaned…
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission headquarters, in Washington.

SEC penalizes RBC over extra charges on investment deals

The regulator found the Minneapolis brokerage sold high-priced investments when cheaper ones should have been offered.
CEO Lee Wallace and Peace Coffee had acquired a new $375,000 roaster just in time to handle a surge in sales as consumers rushed to stores to stock up

Peace Coffee brews a strategy to navigate difficult times

Consumers rushed to stores to buy coffee and food after the coronavirus forced most of them to work and study from home.
Nyreshia Davis, housekeeping manager, left, and Lindsey Lundgren, night front desk manager, in the lobby of the InterContinental Hotel at Minneapolis-

Women are the front line of the beleaguered hospitality industry

For many, focusing on work today helps them abate worry about the future.
CEO Jim Wolford of Atomic Data and CEO Louis King of Summit Academy, shown with some recent Summit graduates.

Some Minnesota tech companies are still hiring, for now

The tech sector in Minnesota is still growing, even with the effects of the coronavirus.
Ken Melrose, shown in a 1991 photo at Toro's headquarters, died at age 79.

Ken Melrose, the 'servant leader' at Toro for 24 years, dies at 79

Melrose revived Bloomington-based Toro and put it on an acquisition spree that turned it into a market leader.
Jeff Tollefsen, CEO of the rebranded Minnesota Technology Association

Minnesota's high-tech trade group is letting go of the 'high'

The Minnesota High Technology Association will be called MnTech for short.
Mike Mulrooney, behind his Pog Mahone’s bar in Minneapolis, is one tenant of iMetro Property, co-owned by Mike Roess, right.

Minnesota's small businesses bear biggest burden of the COVID recession

It is forcing many into decisions they never thought they would have to make.
Downtown Improvement Zone "ambassadors" Frank Holmes (left) and Dave Hallenberger on Nicollet Mall.

'Ambassadors' ready downtown for gradual return of workers with long list of projects

Downtown Improvement District ambassadors have focused on projects from deep cleaning bus stops, tree grates and sidewalks to greening tasks.
Owner David Chall brought back about 20 furloughed employees of UP Coffee Roasters.

Some small businesses in the Twin Cities test the cost of ramping up

Owners balance ongoing losses against putting workers in danger.
Ann Walker and LaTanya Becton browsed fruits at the Patnode Produce stall on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis in May 2018.

Virus puts a chill on Twin Cities area farmers markets

Growers who feed the region's farmers markets are concerned.

SBA regional head defends first payroll loans as more aid emerges from U.S. and Minnesota

Trump signs a new round of funding for small business loans, with applications to start on Monday.
75F founder and chief executive Deepinder Singhm, in a file photo.

Minnesota company 75F returns SBA-guaranteed loan funds

A few other companies, including Shake Shack, also returned money to benefit more needy businesses.
Retiree Norb Sticha and Susie Van Hoomissen, who is on furlough, prepare thousands of meals weekly at Catholic Charities.

Twin Cities relief agencies are bombarded, and some big donors step up to help

Catholic Charities, others are inundated and people and backers are helping.
Operations manager Kellie Kronberg and President Mindy Martell at the Clothier Design Source factory in St. Paul.

These small Minnesota companies are filling big pandemic needs

The coronavirus outbreak created new opportunities for some companies, including small ones in the Twin Cities.
Heather Kluge, controller of River City Builders and Millwork near Northfield, said the small construction firm is recalling 15 furloughed workers aft

A trickle of SBA funds starts to flow to Minnesota small businesses

Federal aid has started to arrive to small businesses in Minnesota closed or harmed by the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.River City Builders and…
Twin City Die Castings CEO Todd Olson.

Employee-owned Twin City Die Castings pivots to medical products

Growth the past few years has come from making parts for Medtronic-built ventilators and hospital beds.