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 30 years served as the Upper Midwest’s most award-winning investigative-style business journalist from his time as a business and investigative journalist for Gannett’s Wausau Daily Herald (back when it was a 24,000-circulation newspaper) and the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal (back then, CityBusiness), to more recently, Editor in Chief of Twin Cities Business magazine 2010-2018.

His perspective and experience includes 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 2012.

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 also is leading the development of a boutique hotel, restaurant and event venue in Excelsior, Minn.; advising 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 affect 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 of the interviews are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube by searching for “One Take CEO Interviews.” (These interviews are independently produced with no funding or other financial affiliation with the companies that are interviewed.)

As we look to the future, this site can become much more robust with financial support.

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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