The Timberwolves could be 4-1 after Friday night against the Pacers. Even with their two top players sidelined, Minnesota is off to a solid start this season. The Wolves' strong defense is what's driving the team's success, ranking among the league leaders giving up an average of 89 points per game.
Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved led Russia to another easy victory on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. The two future Timberwolves players helped beat China 73-54 in the men's Olympic basketball tournament. Kirilenko finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Shved had 14 points and six assists. Russia will face Brazil on Thursday.
The Golden Valley-based company plans to bring the number of ice cream shops in China to 255 over the next year. General Mills owns Häagen-Dazs globally, but the brand is licensed to Nestlé in the U.S. and Canada.
Western exporters, faced with anemic growth in Europe and North America, are banking on China's rapidly growing middle class. But Western companies have misjudged Chinese shoppers' priorities and clumsily tried to export U.S.-style stores. Best Buy is unlocking the mysteries of these consumers -- through trial and error, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Minnesota Trade Office and the economic development group Greater MSP are teaming up to open a Shanghai office. The groups say it will help Minnesota export more products to China, which is already the state's number two export market.
A 3M executive says the $50 million investment is part of a "five-year strategy for China to increase annual sales 15 to 20 percent." The Maplewood-based manufacturer plans to develop new technology and products for the China market -- 3M's biggest overseas market.
Gov. Mark Dayton leaves on a week-long trade mission to China on Friday, and he says an important part of the trip will be the opening of a new economic development office there. Dayton leads a delegation of 50 that includes representatives from business, agriculture and higher education.