Mednology Solutions of Excelsior has an app for the fast-paced ER

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By Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune

“Every minute counts at a hospital emergency department. But the hectic, unpredictable pace can make it a surprisingly inefficient workplace.   Overhead paging systems bark out tasks that fade into the background when paramedics rush a patient through the doors.  Too often, doctors spend time getting drinking water for a patient – or searching for someone else to get it.

Excelsior-based startup Mednology Solutions [SynapseBLUE] is developing software its founders say improves workflow at hospitals and urgent care clinics so that doctors and nurses can focus on medical care.”

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Target opens office in heart of Silicon Valley

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By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

“Target Corp. wants innovation to be a bigger part of its corporate DNA, so it’s opening an office right in the heart of Silicon Valley. The Minneapolis-based retailer quietly unveiled a new tech hub in Sunnyvale this week, its second major outpost in California. In 2012, it also opened its Technology Innovation Center in downtown San Francisco.

The latter, which has about 20 employees, is more focused on testing and exploring new technologies with start-ups. But the Sunnyvale office will be more geared toward data analytics and engineering for its online and mobile teams, said Eddie Baeb, a Target spokesman.”

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Minnesota loses when tech firms head west

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By Lee Schafer, Star Tribune

Zach Supalla hasn’t always found it easy to explain why the high-potential little company he founded, Spark Labs, just quit Minneapolis for San Francisco. It’s easy to accidentally sound like an elitist jerk.

The decision to head west, concurrent with the company’s first venture-capital financing, has the Twin Cities entrepreneurial community sighing. Spark is in a hot market, the “Internet of things,” and had enough real achievements that it became easy to get excited here about its potential.”

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Minneapolis open data policy heads to the Council

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By Eric Roper, Star Tribune

“Reams of public data addressing everything from restaurant inspections to city spending may soon become easier to access under an “open data policy” under consideration at City Hall.

The policy, which will be presented to a committee this Wednesday, would create a new portal where departments can upload raw public data about different metrics they are tracking. To access that information now, inquiring citizens and journalists must formally request it from the city.”

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New CEO wants to turn Proto Labs into a $1 billion company

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By Dee DePass, Star Tribune

Proto Labs CEO Vicki Holt doesn’t sit still. In her first 11 weeks on the job, she negotiated an acquisition, opened a factory, started two production lines and relocated 175 workers from the company’s Maple Plain headquarters to Plymouth. She also moved herself from St. Louis to the Twin Cities.”

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HighJump Software acquired by rival Accellos

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

HighJump Software, a Bloomington firm that pioneered warehouse management and logistics software, has been acquired by a Colorado-based rival, Accellos Software.

The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, brings together two leading providers of software that distributors and retailers use to keep track of items in warehouses and in transit.”

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New 3M software warns users about prying eyes

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By Dee DePass, Star Tribune

“3M Corp. wants computers to know you — and only you. This week, the Maplewood conglomerate debuted privacy software that uses ­cameras, face recognition technology and filters to alert users if someone is trying to take a peek at their screen.

The technology blacks out content if an onlooker tries to view from an angle. The software also allows users to select various privacy settings to shield information.”

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Kidizen app taps into recycled kids clothes

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By Sally McGraw, Star Tribune

“Before they had kids, friends Dori Graff and Mary Fallon considered themselves minimalists. Both women liked beautiful things, chosen carefully and arranged meticulously.

But once their kids came along, the two realized that parenthood brings with it a constant cycle of stuff: Toys, furniture, shoes, and especially clothing flow into and out of the household at an alarming rate. It’s a cycle that feels wasteful, expensive and draining. They thought other parents might be feeling the same way. So they decided to tackle the problem head-on.”

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At Rasmussen College, a game attempts to cut college costs

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By Maura Lerner, Star Tribune

“Business students at one for-profit college soon will have a new way to earn credits: by playing computer games.

Rasmussen College in Bloomington announced Thursday that beginning in July it will offer game-based courses — with no instructors — as part of its associate degree in business management.”

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