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Published: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:10:38 -0500


Pollinator protections facing obstacles at Capitol

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Republican lawmakers leading the fight against efforts to protect pollinators say they're protecting agriculture from harmful pesticide regulation.

IQ2 debate: Is Universal Basic Income the safety net of the future?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

What if the government gave everyone a $600 check every month as a base level of income? Would it combat poverty and help workers in an ever-changing economy? Or would it take away the incentive to work? The debate motion is: "A Universal Basic Income is the safety net of the future."

Audit: Rochester Art Center in deep financial trouble

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:45:14 -0500

Rochester heavily subsidizes the art center, but city officials were surprised to hear that auditors recently cast "substantial doubt" about the center's ability to survive. Contributions, corporate sponsorships and memberships are all in decline.

Economics, not EPA, drive down power plant emissions in Minnesota

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:33:40 -0500

President Trump's executive order rolling back federal regulations on coal-fired power plants won't have much effect on plants here, but will the action slow global progress on climate change?

Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle fake account suit

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:59:07 -0500

Wells Fargo will pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over up to 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission, the bank announced Tuesday.

2016 a mixed financial bag for Minnesota farmers, ranchers

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:28:08 -0500

Minnesota farm income rose by about a third last year but many producers are still struggling with low grain and livestock prices, according to a new report.

U.S. breweries top 5,300 as craft beer makers ride double-digit gains

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:06:00 -0500

Just five years ago, there were only around 2,000 U.S. craft brewers. More than 800 opened for business in 2016 -- and they're finding a changing market.

There's a manufacturing renaissance, but at what cost?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:09:29 -0500

The American South is undergoing a manufacturing renaissance, but what are working conditions really like?

Lawsuit seeks more freedom for wineries in frosty Minnesota

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:00:31 -0500

Two Minnesota wineries are suing the state to try to overturn a law that requires them to make their products with a majority of grapes grown in Minnesota, a state better known for winters than vineyards.

What completed Dakota Access pipeline means for key players

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:42:40 -0500

Oil has been pumped into a controversial section of the Dakota Access pipeline after months of delays caused by protests and Native American tribes' efforts to stop the project.

A look at how Trump's moves on coal will affect the industry

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:59:24 -0500

President Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama-era regulations aimed at curbing climate change comes as the coal industry is reeling from bankruptcies, pollution restrictions and growing competition from natural gas, wind and solar.

Adult entertainers cite workplace hazards in Mpls. strip clubs

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:31:23 -0500

A University of Minnesota study found numerous on-the-job dangers, including harassment and physical and sexual assault.

Investigation results expected soon on Wells Fargo account scandal

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The banking giant opened 2 million accounts without consent because of internal pressure to increase sales.

Bicyclists boon to Minnesota's economy, health

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Minnesotans love to build and ride bikes, and a new study commissioned by the state Department of Transportation shows what a large impact that can have on the state's economy as well as its citizen's health.

Dakota Access builder: Oil in pipeline under Missouri River reservoir

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:38:35 -0500

"Oil has been placed in the Dakota Access Pipeline underneath Lake Oahe. Dakota Access is currently commissioning the full pipeline and is preparing to place the pipeline into service," a court filing stated.

Round 3: Environmental groups file another suit over 'sweetheart' PolyMet deal

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:39:29 -0500

Environmental groups have filed a third lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service, attempting to overturn the agency's January approval of a land exchange with PolyMet

Too much experience to be hired? Some older Americans face age bias

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:43:00 -0500

Americans may see themselves working past retirement age, but to do that, they may face obstacles getting hired. New research shows that can be harder when you're older.

Trump plans office to bring business ideas to government

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:18:40 -0500

A senior administration official said President Trump on Monday will announce the White House Office of American Innovation.

Light rail debate continues to divide

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:26:53 -0500

A nearly $2 billion price tag and a rift between rural and urban interests has kept the Southwest Light Rail project on uncertain footing for years.

What failure on Obamacare repeal means for tax reform

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:17:00 -0500

President Trump is eager to put the health care debacle behind him and focus on tax reform, but the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act could handicap that effort.