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A word to graduates: stay positive, stay optimistic; never retire

It’s easy to get a little down these days in the face of tensions in the world, the tragic events that make headlines way too often and the hyper-partisanship that prevails in American politics. If you want a lift out those doldrums, attend a graduation ceremony, as I did Saturday for Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) ...

Glimmers of hope vs. health care inflation

If you dig deep enough, it’s possible to discern some relief from the roaring inflation in health costs that is putting major hurt in the budgets of government at all levels, on businesses and on individual Americans. Milliman consultants put the 2017 heath cost inflation at 4.3%, a high number at twice the general inflation rate, ...

Rockwell, West Bend lead the ethics parade

To prevent business disasters like the diesel emissions scandal that torpedoed Volkswagen’s reputation and resulted in criminal charges against its CEO, corporations like West Bend Mutual Insurance and Rockwell are going public with rigorous ethics campaigns. They are spreading mantras of corporate integrity and individual responsibility internally and externally because they think it’s good business to ...

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When exploding health care costs threatened Serigraph's solvency, CEO John Torinus Jr. searched the country for solutions. Using his findings, Torinus applied innovative, cutting-edge strategies and cut his company's health care expenses well below the national average while improving his employees' care.