KSTP Year in Review: 2017's Top 5 Business Stories

December 30, 2017 07:04 PM

The video above aired in May as business owners expressed frustration with violence in downtown Minneapolis.

From a Minnesota business' bankruptcy filing to a Ford truck that was rolling away while parked, here are the top five business stories on KSTP in 2017:


1. Ford Recalling 53,000 Trucks That Can Roll Away While Parked

  • Ford recalled 53,000 2017 F-250 trucks in April because they can roll away even when they are parked due to a manufacturing error. Ford says drivers should use the parking brake to make sure that parked cars don't move.

2. BBB Revokes Accreditation of Chaska-Based MyPillow

  • The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) has revoked the accreditation of Chaska-based MyPillow. The agency states that the company’s "buy one get one free" offers violate the BBB’s code of advertising because it can be construed that the deal is an everyday price. The BBB says that special offers need to be for a limited time.

3. General Mills Gives Away Wildflower Seeds in Effort to Help Pollinator Population

  • General Mills announced in March it was removing BuzzBee, the iconic bee cartoon character, from its Honey Nut Cheerios boxes this spring and has launched a call to action to bring him back. The Minneapolis-based company partnered with Vesseys Seeds for a wildflower seed giveaway. The company launched the initiative to encourage people to plant more than 100 million wildflowers this year because, as the company states, planting wildflowers is recommended by conservationists as one of the best ways to support pollinators.

4. Downtown Minneapolis Business Leaders 'Fed Up and Angry' After Shooting

  • Several downtown business owners said they are "fed up and angry" with Minneapolis city leaders after a man was shot in the leg in front of a bar at 8 p.m. on a Saturday in May. 

5. Report: Gander Mountain Preparing to File for Bankruptcy 

  • Reports surfaced in February that the St. Paul-based outdoors company planned to file for bankruptcy.


Theresa Malloy

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