Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune

Kristen Leigh Painter

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Kristen:

Cargill is 'scaling back' in Russia, but continuing food and feed operations

The Minnetonka-based agribusiness is straddling the geopolitical fence as public pressure to withdraw from Russia grows. The agriculture behemoth is one of the largest non-Russian exporters of Russian wheat and owns a complex of mills south of Moscow. → Read More

These Sun Country top bosses went 'undercover' as flight attendants

CEO Jude Bricker and COO Greg Mays got flight attendant certification to keep in touch with crews and passengers. → Read More

Animal rights group accuses Minnesota's Jennie-O and Butterfield of mistreating birds

Animal Welfare Institute asks local county attorneys to prosecute firms where turkeys and chickens died in trucks. → Read More

Minnesota AG sues Sparboe Farms over the price of eggs when COVID-19 hit

Minnesota joins other states in suing egg producers, but Sparboe and other farmers wonder if prosecutors understand economics. → Read More

SunOpta to build a new "mega" plant in Texas

The Minnesota company will produce its full lineup of dairy-free milks at the new site in Dallas-Fort Worth. → Read More

Ag Secretary Vilsack visits drought-stricken Minnesota, pledges support for farmers

The visit comes amid a deepening drought afflicting cattle and dairy farmers and worrying some crop growers about next year's water levels. → Read More

Judge says $1.3-billion defamation suit against Lindell, MyPillow can proceed

The U.S. District judge in D.C. denied request to dismiss lawsuits against Lindell and his allies Sydney Powell and Rudy Giuliani. → Read More

Norman Midthun, a WWII pilot for Norway who spent a career at Northwest Airlines, dies at 96

Follow the StarTribune for the news, photos and videos from the Twin Cities and beyond. → Read More

Pipeline Foods' bankruptcy creates headache for growers of organic grain

State agriculture officials are scheduled to meet later this week with farmers who may not have been paid for crops after Fridley-based Pipeline Foods declared bankruptcy. → Read More

A dispute over Hammer-Schlagen in Stillwater zeroes in on quirky game's origin

The trademark owner of the nail-and-stump game sued a restaurant for offering the game after a licensing deal expired. → Read More

Delta's new station chief works to build back MSP hub after pandemic

Minnesotan Mary Loeffelholz has been commuting to Delta operations in Atlanta and L.A. for more than a decade. Now, she's in charge at MSP and has big plans. → Read More

General Mills tells employees 700 to 800 job cuts are expected in U.S. and Canada

The food maker on Friday updated employees and investors on its restructuring costs and layoff targets. → Read More

As Minnesotans return to the skies, a new fight emerges at MSP to take them to Alaska

Millions of Americans are planning getaways now that the pandemic is in retreat. → Read More

Summer bookings take off for Sun Country

In its first-ever quarterly report, Sun Country signals air travel is rebounding. → Read More

For Cargill's shipping unit, Suez block ended up as a minor challenge

Cargill had 13 vessels caught in the backlog when the Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week. → Read More

General Mills takes trip through social media grinder after man claims shrimp tails in cereal

Allegation over shrimp tails in cereal goes viral, then flakes out. → Read More

Pillsbury soft-baked cookies roll out, as General Mills takes baking brand to another part of the grocery

The launch will have four flavors: chocolate chip, confetti, sugar and peanut butter. → Read More

Mike Lindell's biggest gamble: Giving hard sell to baseless election fraud claims

After a lifetime of big risks, the MyPillow CEO bet he could discredit a presidential election. → Read More

Hormel buys Planters nuts business from Kraft Heinz for $3.3 billion

It's the biggest deal Hormel has ever made and will add more than $1 billion → Read More

Sun Country sees a travel rebound in sight, announces 16 new routes

The Minnesota-based leisure airline is banking on the vaccine distribution and rapid COVID testing to jumpstart air travel again. → Read More