MNperspectives is an independent provider of timely, useful and unbiased information and perspective about business leadership, business issues and the economy in Minnesota.

This site is produced by Dale Kurschner, who for more than 20 years served as one of the Upper Midwest’s most award-winning investigative-style business journalists from his time at Gannett’s Wausau Daily Herald (back when it was a 24,000-circulation newspaper), the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal (back then, CityBusiness), and Business Ethics, the nation’s only magazine focused on sustainability/socially responsible business, to more recently, Editor in Chief of Twin Cities Business magazine 2010-2018.

Dale also is a business leader. His perspective and experience includes assisting lower and middle-market companies as an executive consultant, founding and propelling to profitability a private equity/venture capital research and analysis firm called Profits Journal (the first version of Pitchbook); forming and leading a corporate communications team for OptumHealth, a division of UnitedHealth Group; heading up global internal communications for Lawson Software; and serving as a planning commissioner and elected city council member for the City of Excelsior, Minn., from 2017 to late 2022.

Today, Dale works at Platinum Group helping business owners sell distressed assets, find strategic acquisitions, manage crises, improve strategic communications and deal with extremely challenging city councils. He won Turnaround of the Year from the Minnesota Turnaround Management Association in 2022. Dale also advises a variety of intriguing startups and serves on various boards. 

Content on this site was originally sourced from weekly, live radio discussions with John Hines on WCCO-AM, Mondays at 10:35 a.m. and occasionally on interviews with KARE-11 TV. John retired in September 2018 and as he left, so did the segment that used this content. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on our economy and the waves of challenges it created, content origination increased in May 2020 with the creation of “One Take CEO Interviews.” In each interview, Dale  discussed with one CEO how he or she is leading through the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. This was the nation’s first “Frank talk, No edits.” All One Take CEO Interviews are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube by searching for “One Take CEO Interviews.” (These interviews were independently produced with no funding or other financial affiliation with the companies that were interviewed.)

One Take CEO Interview is on hold until financial sponsorship is obtained. If your organization would like to sponsor these interviews, contact info@mnperspectives.com.

PRIVACY: While we follow industry standard privacy policies (which you can review here), please contact us should you have any concerns about your privacy when visiting this site. Email at info@mnperspectives.com, or mail to Minnesota Perspectives, P.O. Box 685, Excelsior, MN 55331.

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