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Published: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:03:50 -0600

 



Minnesota lake named for pro-slavery Calhoun gets new name

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:00:53 -0600

The state of Minnesota has approved changing the name of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to its original Dakota Indian name of Bde Maka Ska.



Climate change burrows its way into business models

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:31:03 -0600

We're talking business this week on Climate Cast -- how climate change affects the way companies work, and the expansion of the hybrid and electric vehicle market.



It's still unclear how much money the Super Bowl will bring Minnesota

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:22:34 -0600

Projections of Minnesota's potential haul range from $500 million to much less, around $120 million.



Tax law gives unexpected break to farmers who sell to co-ops

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:32:00 -0600

Lawmakers say they didn't intend to give a competitive advantage to co-ops. But it's not clear they can rework the legislation given the partisan divide on Capitol Hill.



Minnesota unemployment at 17-year low

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:15:58 -0600

Minnesota employers continued adding to their payrolls in December, with 8,900 new jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since July of 2000.



Minnesota doesn't make the cut for new Amazon HQ

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:10:00 -0600

Minnesota didn't make the list of 20 finalists for Amazon's second headquarters, and the secretive nature of the state's proposal makes it hard to know why.



Farmers struggling with low milk prices find little help from safety net

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600

Dairy farmers have been scraping by these last few years with milk prices in 2018 nearing a two-year low, and a protection program for dairy farmers has been a failure, some say.



Apple banks on tax break to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:39:13 -0600

Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country's new tax law.



Free nitrate tests meet farmer resistance in Brown County

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600

Brown County recently became the first Minnesota county not to accept the Department of Agriculture program after citizens voiced concerns that the data could be used to target farmers for additional regulations.



Panama Hotel votes to drop Trump -- but his company won't go

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:27:40 -0600

The owners of a Trump-branded hotel in Panama sued President Donald Trump's family-owned company in federal court Tuesday, alleging that the namesake business committed mismanagement and fraud.



Rochester theater has new harassment policy, nine months after accusations

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:13:33 -0600

Some nine months after the Rochester Civic Theatre's executive director resigned amid allegations of unwanted sexual advances, the organization has a new harassment and discrimination policy.



Study: Leasing private Appleton prison would be costly

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:09:00 -0600

Along with the upfront cost of renovating the closed private prison in western Minnesota, the costs to operate it would be significantly higher than leasing space in county jails, according to a new report.



Minneapolis improves connectivity to prepare for Super Bowl

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:37:33 -0600

Efforts to improve connectivity in preparation for the Super Bowl began more than a year ago. Major wireless carriers have been working to boost small-cell and other technologies to increase wireless capacity.



How does immigration impact the U.S. economy?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:23:08 -0600

What are the benefits vs. the costs of immigration from an economic standpoint?



In occupation where stress is ample, farmers have few options for mental health care

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600

Long distances and a stoic rural culture can keep farmers from seeking help, and that can lead to disaster. Therapists and fellow farmers are reaching out with a message: Don't keep it inside.



Tax break helps UnitedHealth 4Q earnings, 2018 guidance soar

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:05:17 -0600

UnitedHealth Group's earnings more than doubled in the final quarter of 2017, and the nation's largest insurer hiked its forecast for the new year due in part to a gain from the federal tax overhaul.



The economic, political and cultural significance of coal in America

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Neal Conan explores the history, economics and politics of coal in America.



Need a room for the Super Bowl? Good luck with that

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600

Rates for hotel rooms over Super Bowl weekend are soaring and downtown Minneapolis has virtually nothing left. Airbnb hosts are in on the action, too.



Red Lake tribe pulls out of deal selling land to pipeline company

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:25:06 -0600

In a 5-3 vote, the tribal council opted to pull out of a deal the tribe approved in 2015, which called for Enbridge Energy to pay $18.5 million for less than a half acre of land.



Appetites: Why are all these restaurants closing?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

If you feel like you've seen a lot of restaurants closing around the Twin Cities lately, you're not wrong. But don't panic, it's a natural part of the restaurant industry cycle.