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Executive Company 2015 Rank 2015 total comp. 2014 Rank 2014 total comp. 1-year percent change 1-year percent stock change
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James Cracchiolo Ameriprise Financial Inc. 1 41,829,330 1 97,375,517 -57.0 -17.8
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Omar Ishrak
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Medtronic plc 2 40,500,470 16 8,331,159 386.1 28.8
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Douglas Baker Ecolab Inc. 3 23,772,803 3 47,308,112 -49.7 10.7
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Hubert Joly Best Buy Co. Inc. 4 23,256,551 18 7,983,336 191.3 -17.0
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Richard Davis U.S. Bancorp 5 21,754,748 5 18,137,729 19.9 -2.8
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Stephen Hemsley UnitedHealth Group Inc. 6 20,093,213 2 66,125,208 -69.6 18.3
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Scott Wine Polaris Industries Inc. 7 18,972,508 4 31,349,579 -39.5 -42.3
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Inge Thulin 3M Co. 8 15,620,581 6 17,184,365 -9.1 -5.9
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Kendall Powell General Mills Inc. 9 14,815,089 13 10,465,412 41.6 5.5
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Joseph Puishys Apogee Enterprises Inc. 10 14,199,310 29 4,177,392 239.9 -13.2
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Daniel Starks
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St. Jude Medical Inc. 11 13,538,010 22 6,823,764 98.4 -3.3
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Douglas Milroy G&K Services Inc. 12 11,636,199 17 8,272,987 40.7 35.3
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Gary Hendrickson Valspar Corp. 13 11,298,236 12 10,573,907 6.9  
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Benjamin Fowke Xcel Energy Inc. 14 11,169,431 20 7,315,660 52.7 3.8
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Michael Hoffman The Toro Co. 15 11,070,525 15 9,355,590 18.3 23.8
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Randall Hogan Pentair plc 16 10,697,791 8 16,860,406 -36.6 -23.8
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Sally Smith Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. 17 10,416,256 25 4,898,032 112.7 -11.5
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Brian Cornell Target Corp. 18 8,980,274 57 809,137 1,009.9 1.2
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Mark Lucas
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Imation Corp. 19 6,746,076 31 3,906,020 72.7 -63.8
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Jim Prokopanko
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Mosaic Co. 20 6,516,945 9 15,916,260 -59.1 -37.9
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Jeffrey Ettinger Hormel Foods Corp. 21 5,691,736 11 13,005,596 -56.2 27.5
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Andrew Duff Piper Jaffray Companies 22 5,574,868 23 5,355,624 4.1 -30.5
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John Wiehoff C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. 23 5,534,194 19 7,351,769 -24.7 -15.2
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William Cook
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Donaldson Co. Inc. 24 4,849,808 33 3,804,888 27.5 -11.9
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T. Michael Miller OneBeacon Insurance Group 25 4,844,846 24 5,036,112 -3.8 -18.7
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David Martin
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Cardiovascular Systems Inc. 26 4,682,073 10 13,814,033 -66.1 -15.1
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Archie Black SPS Commerce Inc. 27 4,665,251 27 4,730,820 -1.4 24.0
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Patrick McHale Graco Inc. 28 4,247,052 26 4,781,120 -11.2 -8.6
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William Cooper TCF Financial Corp. 29 3,941,789 7 17,109,036 -77.0 -9.9
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Lee Schram Deluxe Corp. 30 3,444,384 14 10,082,963 -65.8 -10.7
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Sam Duncan
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Supervalu Inc. 31 3,203,546 30 4,057,987 -21.1 -50.1
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Claude Jordan Arctic Cat Inc. 32 3,111,328 NR     -22.9
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Charles Kummeth Bio-Techne Corp. 33 3,111,132 45 1,471,754 111.4 7.8
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Daniel Hanrahan Regis Corp. 34 2,962,070 50 1,087,688 172.3 11.9
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H. Chris Killingstad Tennant Co. 35 2,922,062 37 2,779,614 5.1 -21.0
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James Owens H.B. Fuller Co. 36 2,857,616 36 2,955,061 -3.3 -6.7
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Kevin Gilligan Capella Education Co. 37 2,716,017 40 2,196,024 23.7 -38.2
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Michael Reger Northern Oil and Gas Inc. 38 2,442,334 32 3,882,987 -37.1 -31.7
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Scott Anderson Patterson Cos. Inc. 39 2,258,990 42 1,888,161 19.6 17.5
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Sherman Black
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Qumu Corp. 40 1,953,474 48 1,210,678 61.4 2.7
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Arthur Przybyl ANI Pharmaceuticals Inc. 41 1,809,651 53 918,752 97.0 -20.0
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Shelly Ibach Select Comfort Corp. 42 1,753,933 41 2,045,892 -14.3 -20.8
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Howard Root Vascular Solutions Inc. 43 1,677,561 38 2,660,665 -36.9 26.6
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Charles MacFarlane Otter Tail Corp. 44 1,475,754 NR 1,054,797 39.9 -10.1
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Alan Hodnik Allete Inc. 45 1,465,142 43 1,747,238 -16.1 -4.1
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Paul Lidsky Datalink Corp. 46 1,447,868 39 2,601,148 -44.3 -47.3
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Jeffrey Graves MTS Systems Corp. 47 1,436,462 49 1,103,977 30.1 -10.4
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Victoria Holt Proto Labs Inc. 48 1,263,556 55 822,264 53.7 -5.2
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Patrick Hawkins Hawkins Inc. 49 1,004,282 NR     5.5
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Robert Kill
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Cogentix Medical Inc. 50 936,010 NR     -70.8
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Cheryl Beranek Clearfield Inc. 51 904,999 28 4,309,913 -79.0 5.5
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David Rosa
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Sunshine Heart Inc. 52 898,472 72 466,325 92.7 1.4
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LuAnn Via Christopher & Banks Corp. 53 866,577 34 3,525,808 -75.4 -66.8
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Gary Maharaj Surmodics Inc. 54 835,492 63 707,375 18.1 20.3
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Mark Bozek
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EVINE Live Inc. 55 800,270 51 1,034,167 -22.6 -80.5
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Ron Konezny
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Digi International Inc. 56 796,818 NR     57.2
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Chris Homeister Tile Shop Holdings Inc. 57 716,625 NR 418,250 71.3 84.7
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Robert Demorest
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Mocon Inc. 58 714,752 61 747,141 -4.3 14.6
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Robert White Entellus Medical Inc. 59 713,406 NR     -23.4
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Willard Oberton
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Fastenal Co. 60 614,089 46 1,468,943 -58.2 -11.8
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Brett Heffes Winmark Corp. 61 609,180 NR 593,018 2.7 7.3
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Jon Sabes GWG Holdings Inc. 62 606,305 NR     -19.3
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Mark Knudson
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Enteromedics Inc. 63 536,695 66 611,799 -12.3 -90.8
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Richard Penn Hutchinson Technology Inc. 64 529,859 69 552,472 -4.1 -56.3
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Jean-Fran├žois Huc BioAmber Inc. 65 514,893 59 795,283 -35.3 -26.3
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Glen Dall
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Insignia Systems Inc. 66 511,038 79 337,097 51.6 -19.8
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Dale Parker
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Image Sensing Systems Inc. 67 510,500 NR 230,000 122.0 3.7
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Daniel Baker
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NVE Corp. 68 501,118 NR     24.6
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Craig McKenzie Dakota Plains Holdings Inc. 69 468,071 54 866,072 -46.0 -85.9
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Mark Gorder IntriCon Corp. 70 454,309 73 451,758 0.6 10.3
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Edward Cameron Appliance Recycling Centers of America 71 421,028 80 337,028 24.9 -61.8
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David Miller
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Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. 72 412,065 60 793,297 -48.1 -4.1
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G. Patrick Lynch Northern Technologies Intl. Corp. 73 402,584 68 579,987 -30.6 -24.8
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Todd Austin MGC Diagnostics Corp. 74 396,328 NR     -2.2
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David Reis
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Stratasys Ltd. 75 394,441 NR 480,645 -17.9 -71.8
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Roger Lacey Communications Systems Inc. 76 350,186 NR 274,072 27.8 -21.0
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Richard Wasielewski Nortech Systems Inc. 77 339,244 84 304,523 11.4 -31.7
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Subodh Kulkarni CyberOptics Corp. 78 337,950 70 518,441 -34.8 -20.4
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Kathleen Skarvan Electromed Inc. 79 331,050 90 226,188 46.4 30.3
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Bradley Krehbiel HMN Financial Inc. 80 321,404 74 439,921 -26.9 -9.2
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Randall Sampson Canterbury Park Holding Corp. 81 299,490 82 330,124 -9.3 15.2
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William Ulland Ikonics Corp. 82 281,925 87 271,166 4.0 -23.2
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David Klenk
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Electro-Sensors Inc. 83 227,368 92 221,040 2.9 -9.8
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Adam Wright
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Famous Dave's of America Inc. 84 158,077 NR     -73.6

The Star Tribune examined annual proxy statements and 10-K filings for the largest publicly held companies in Minnesota. All data are for the most recently completed fiscal year, which in most cases was the 2015 calendar year. Some executives were not included if their pay information was not available at press time. Executives are ranked based on total compensation. The Star Tribune counts salary, bonus, other compensation, the value of restricted stock that vested during the year and the value of options that were exercised during the year. Information was taken from proxy statements filed before June 1, 2016.

ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch - Chairman
Chw - Chairwoman
CEO - Chief Executive Officer
P - President
COO - Chief Operating Officer
Sec. - Secretary
NM - Not meaningful
NR - Not ranked
- Means not available
Source: Company reports

 

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