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Minnesota Couple Hopes Solar Torch Can Bring Light To Off-The-Grid Places

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Via Star Tribune (Did They Disclose? No)

“Artist Gene Palusky struggled financially in the early 1980s to make a living off his passion for creating ceramic sculptures. So, the handy Macalester College grad started repairing old properties.

Palusky moved into a house in Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood in 1987, renovated it and made a few thousand bucks on the sale two years later. He made $13,000 on the next one, after five months of ownership. There were others. He bought, renovated and operated apartment buildings.”

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[UPDATED] Google Seeks Tax & Bonding Breaks For Becker Data Center

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Updated 3/27/19 12:45pm CST: Sherburne County votes to grant Google a tax abatement worth about $7.8 million over the 20-year period.

Updated 2/25/19 9:30am CST:  Google wants Sherburne County and the city of Becker to waive 20 years worth of future taxes, a $15m tax abatement, and a $20m state bond.

Originally posted via Star Tribune on 1/10/2019 titled: “Google Is Looking At Becker, Minn. For A $600m+ Wind-Powered Data Center ”

“Google is looking at Becker to build a giant data center that would cost at least $600 million and be powered by two dedicated wind farms.

The data center, essentially a big building full of servers, was disclosed Thursday in a regulatory filing by Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, which is playing a big role in the project. The Google server farm would create about 50 full-time tech jobs and around 2,000 construction jobs over 18 to 24 months.”

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UMN Doctors Are Developing ‘Smart Pills’ For Medication Adherence

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Via Washington Post

“When his chemotherapy patients leave the hospital to continue treatment at home, Edward Greeno faces a new challenge. He can no longer ensure they’re taking their medicine. Greeno, the medical director of the Masonic Cancer Clinic at the University of Minnesota, has come to realize that some patients, like children hiding naughty behavior from a parent, will fudge the truth to avoid his disapproval, even when their health is at risk.”

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Plymouth-Based PRI Robotics Bought Up By Eckhart

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Via News Release

“Eckhart, Inc. announced today that it has acquired PRI Robotics & Automation, a specialty robotic systems integrator located in Plymouth, Minnesota. Eckhart is an Industry 4.0 leader that designs, builds, and integrates turn-key systems for the largest industrial companies in the world.

Eckhart’s suite of solutions includes AUTOCRAFT™ autonomous guided vehicles, collaborative robotics, 3D printing, automated conveyance & assembly systems, mechanical & electrical design services, simulation, and specialized ergonomic assembly line tools and equipment.”

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Can St. Paul Startup Ativa Succeed Where Theranos Failed?

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Via Star Tribune

“A flash of sparkles appears as an industrial-grade laser unleashes a blast of energy, precisely manufacturing channels in laminated tape for a medical device component.

Someday, a laser-cut strip of tape almost exactly like this could be used in a tabletop analyzer at a clinic to count your blood cells or check your urine for signs of infection, executives at St. Paul medical device startup Ativa Medical say.”

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Minnesota’s Banner Engineering Is A Well Kept Secret In The Sensor Industry

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Via Star Tribune

“The sensor looks like a hockey puck — but it saves McDonald’s and other companies a whole lot of money. This Banner Engineering sensor hides beneath the drive-through lanes and feeds McDonald’s the number of cars that go through the line and how fast it takes for each driver to receive their food.”

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