The Benefits of an LLC Make Some Business Resolutions Easier to Keep

Exercise. Eat Right. Sleep eight hours. Read. Things many of us have resolved to do more in 2017. We may also have made resolutions for our businesses. One obvious but still often overlooked action every small business owner should consider is to establish an entity for the business, such as a limited liability company (LLC). […]



The Iron Range Business Climate

A Diamond in the Ore “Businesses that have opened up offices here, prefer the business climate so much, they refuse to leave.” Senator David Tomassoni [Referring to the likes of Delta Airlines and Blue Cross Blue Shield]. “Employees that relocate here appear reluctant at first, but after a few years here, we know many who […]


Samuel Richie

2017 Legislative Summary

The 2016 election was shocking on a national level, but has also had significant impact here in Minnesota. The Minnesota Senate flipped from being narrowly controlled by the DFL to a now one-seat Republican majority. This gave Republicans a majority in both the House and Senate, while the DFL maintained control of the Executive branch, […]


Aaron Kolquist

Buy-Sell Agreements: Protecting Closely-Held Companies from the Unexpected

It can be easy for small business owners to overlook certain unexpected events that can derail a business in no time.  What happens when an owner dies, becomes disabled, embezzles a bunch of money from the company, or wants to sell his or her shares or ownership interests to some unknown third party in China?  […]


Matt Hanka

Managing Your Construction Project – information for a successful project

It is construction season.  Owners are planning and hiring for commercial and residential projects.  There are many qualified contractors in our area who are skilled and ready to assist.  How do you find them?  What should be in the contract?  What about warranties for the work?  The following practical tips and summary of the relevant […]


Dehlia Seim

Doing Business with Dogs, Pigs and Turkeys

Have you noticed an unusual animal in a place you hadn’t expected or seen before? There has been an increase in publicized stories revolving animals in places generally reserved for humans. A few accounts from the news: Support turkey gets to fly: [1] “the passenger provided proper documentation proving that the fowl was indeed their […]


Aaron Kolquist

The Rise of Paid Sick Leave Laws

Paid sick leave laws have received increased focus in recent years as proponents push for such laws to be implemented.  While paid sick leave laws are unlikely to gain traction on a federal level, certain states, and especially municipalities, are taking action to pass laws that will require most employers to offer paid sick leave […]



Minnesota and Wisconsin Law Require Notice to Customers in the Event of a Data Breach

These days we hear more about data breaches at large companies such as Target, Home Depot, and Yahoo. In part, this stems from businesses increasing retention of customer information. Information as simple as a person’s name, address, or email can be valuable to those who would, for example, compile hundreds or thousands of email addresses […]


John Gasele

Uncertainty in Overtime Requirements

Employers face great uncertainty with respect to payment of overtime right now.  New regulations from the U. S. Department of Labor were to raise the salary requirement for exempt employees to $47,476 on December 1, 2016.  However, a federal district court judge in Texas imposed a nationwide injunction halting implementation of the new regulations.  We […]


Eric Johnson

Successor Liability: A Key Consideration for Business Acquisition Planning

When one business acquires the assets of another, the question arises of whether the acquiring business will be liable for the legal obligations of business that it acquired. This implicates the question of successor liability, which involves the competing interests of compensating injured parties for harm caused by the acquired business entity and protecting the […]