Clearfield Acquires Product Portfolio from Calix

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“MINNEAPOLIS — February 21, 2018 — Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD), the specialist in fiber management and connectivity platforms for communications providers, has acquired a portfolio of Telcordia certified outdoor powered cabinet products from Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) for a total consideration of $10.35 million in cash, in addition to the assumption of related warranty obligations as well as certain purchase commitments. The purchase price was paid with Clearfield’s available cash.”

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MnDOT Is Rolling Out Real Time Parking Tech For Truckers

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By Tim Harlow, Star Tribune

“Truck drivers passing through Minnesota who need of a safe place to pull off the road will be getting help from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which last week began installing new technology that will let them know in real time if rest areas still have parking spaces available.”

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DIGI International Acquires Accelerated Concepts For $17m Plus

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“MINNETONKA, Minn., Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Digi International, a leading global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services today announced that it has acquired Accelerated Concepts, Inc., a provider of secure, enterprise-grade, cellular (LTE) networking equipment for primary and backup connectivity applications.”

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Pops! Diabetes Care Raises $2M as it Scales Up for Product Launch

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By Jared Goyette, Twin Cities Business

“Oak Park Heights-based Pops! Diabetes Care closed a successful funding round on Wednesday, raising $2 million from 22 investors as it prepares to launch its flagship product (once it receives FDA approval).  It was the diabetes management company’s third financing round after raising $1.2 million last January and another $500,000 in February of 2016.”

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Rochester SportsTech Startup GoRout Inks Distribution Deal

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“ROCHESTER, MN, JANUARY 4TH, 2018 – GoRout, the leading provider of on-field wearable practice gear, announced that it has signed a distributor agreement with CoachComm, LLC, a provider of advanced on-field sports communications technologies for the college and high school markets.”

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Wearable Tech Startup RxFunction Raises $3.9m of $5.7m Round

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Minneapolis wearable prosthetic startup RxFunction is raising $5.77m of debt & equity with $3.95m closed per SEC disclosure.

RxFunctin is known for their wearable technology product Walkasins that uses sensors to improve balance and safety in patients who experience gait, or due to peripheral neuropathy.

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VR Helps Seniors Cope With Depression, Anxiety, Minneapolis Center Finds

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By Joe Carlson, Star Tribune

“During a lifetime of travel, Gae Jensen has visited all 48 continental states.

On her most recent journeys, the 83-year-old resident of the Ebenezer Care Center in Minneapolis revisited the pleasing sensations of travel without leaving south Minneapolis — she used a virtual reality (VR) headset provided by Ebenezer to visit places from Stonehenge to Minnehaha Falls.”

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Williams Sound To Broaden A/V Scope With Pointmaker Purchase

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Williams Sound, a global designer and manufacturer of wireless communication technology, today announced that it has acquired Pointmaker, part of a new strategy to expand the Williams Sound product footprint beyond its traditional audio end markets.”

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