75F wins regional entrepreneurial competition

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“A Mankato company, 75F, which has developed sensors and cloud-based software that computes the forecast nightly and saves energy for small commercial buildings, has won a regional entrepreneurial competition.

75F also was one of three finalists selected at the several-state Midwest Cleantech Open in Minneapolis this week to compete for $200,000 in investment and in-kind services at the Global Cleantech Forum in November in San Francisco.”

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Minnesota schools scramble to catch up on computer coding classes

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By Kim McGuire, Star Tribune

“The students in Kirsten Lunzer’s fourth-grade class watch as Codey the Troll crosses their computer screen, guided by the program they wrote to leap obstacles and collect blue jelly beans.

These programming-savvy students in Minnetonka are on the leading edge of a new high-tech era that has Minnesota schools scrambling to respond to student demand for computer science classes that teach them how to develop software, apps, games and websites.”

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Wayzata homebuilder constructs project management software

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By Jim Buchta, Star Tribune

“As a fourth-generation homebuilder, Sven Gustafson knows he’s not just selling houses. His customers expect far more than that.  “All builders build a pretty nice house,” he said. “As much as they’re buying a new house, they’re buying a really nice experience.”

From start to finish, builders juggle thousands of moving parts and a mind-boggling array of expectations, but there’s no industry wide standard for managing that process.”

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Minneapolis convention bureau to sell struggling software company

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By Erin Golden, Star Tribune

“Minneapolis’ convention bureau has found a buyer for the for-profit software company it developed with the help of $10 million in city loans.

Meet Minneapolis, the nonprofit group that handles the city’s convention and tourism efforts, launched Internet Destination Sales Systems a decade ago. The goal was to turn a profit by offering its convention booking and management software to other tourism bureaus, but the business got off to a slow start. After the city lent it $2.5 million to launch the company, Meet Minneapolis came back for more help — eventually borrowing a total of $10 million between 2004 and 2006.”

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Target launches new mobile apps

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By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

Target is doubling down in the mobile space by launching new apps and unveiling plans Monday to update its flagship apps for smartphones and tablets in the next few weeks.

The changes include revamped iPhone and iPad apps that have been rebuilt from top to bottom, as well as a new app dedicated just to gift registries and one for pharmacy prescriptions. In total, Target is updating or launching eight new products.”

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Minnesota affiliates get back to business with Amazon

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By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

After being kicked out of Amazon’s affiliate program more than a year ago, Minnesota bloggers and deal site operators appear to be back in business with the largest online retailer in the United States.

The reversal came on Wednesday, the same day Amazon.com Inc. began collecting sales taxes on online orders in the state for the first time. In doing so, Minnesota became the 22nd state where Amazon collects sales taxes.”

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Turning tech teens into dreamers and developers

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By Tom Salonek, Star Tribune

“The tech sector is white hot — on track to grow faster than all but five other industries by 2020 and, among all of them, tech pays the best with the average software developer earning $92,080. Yet interest in the IT field among young people is tepid at best. We need to light a metaphorical fire in the hearts and minds of high school and college students, one that extends beyond simply using cool tech gadgets and software to actually dreaming and developing it. Most importantly, we need to teach kids to code.”

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Amazon Web unit may be coming to Minnesota, filings show

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By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

“The mystery has been solved — sort of.  The online giant Amazon.com Inc., remains tight-lipped about its expansion to Minnesota and why it must begin collecting sales tax starting Wednesday.

But tax registration permits obtained from the state Department of Revenue suggest that the company will be opening a data center and tech office here and not necessarily a fulfillment center.”

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Amazon will start collecting sales tax in Minnesota next month

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By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

“Amazon.com Inc. will begin collecting sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, ending a cost advantage it’s enjoyed over brick-and-mortar retailers in the state.

The news also triggered a mystery. Online-only retailers don’t need to charge sales tax in Minnesota unless they have physical presence or affiliated business here. Monday’s revelation led to speculation that Amazon may open a warehouse, data center or some other operation in the state or buy an existing firm.”

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The GigaZone is coming to Bemidji

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By Jennifer Brooks, Star Tribune

“Blisteringly fast internet service is coming to Bemidji and a 5,000 square-mile swath of northern Minnesota

A rural cooperative, Paul Bunyan Communications, has spent the past decade quietly laying the foundation of a $150m gigabit fiber optic network, dubbed the “GigaZone,” that will be one of the largest and fastest rural high speed networks in the nation, starting early next year.”

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