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Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:31:12 -0600

 



Mattress no longer delegated to bottom of shopping list

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:37:00 -0600

While a new mattress was often a purchase put off as long as possible, consumers today are replacing their mattresses more often.



Sunday liquor sales ban on Minnesota House's chopping block

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:10:00 -0600

The House is expected to vote today on a bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sundays. It's a perennial issue at the Capitol that consumes plenty of attention but has never moved forward.



Explainer: the fiduciary rule and you

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:06:20 -0600

President Donald Trump's administration is working to dismantle a complex set of financial rules including the "fiduciary rule," which requires certain financial professionals to act in their clients' best interests when providing retirement advice.



Fact check: Trump gets ahead of himself on pipeline

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:41:11 -0600

President Donald Trump got ahead of himself Friday when he said he's approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.



Why ditching NAFTA could hurt America's farmers more than Mexico's

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:31:00 -0600

Trade in food between the U.S. and Mexico has exploded over the past 15 years. President Trump is talking about restricting that trade, but when it comes to food, such moves could backfire.



Minnesota Senate says yes to Becker power plant

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:23:55 -0600

The Minnesota Legislature is moving to side-step utility regulators by approving a new Xcel Energy power plant in central Minnesota.



'Kitchens are empty': Twin Cities marks 'Day Without Immigrants'

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:26:31 -0600

Several dozen restaurants across the Twin Cities were shuttered Thursday as part of nationwide rally designed to show how important immigrants are to daily life.



Pipeline exec compares Dakota Access protesters to terrorists

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:50:44 -0600

Joey Mahmoud, executive vice president of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, is comparing pipeline opponents to terrorists.



Iowa moves to restrict collective bargaining for public sector workers

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:09:00 -0600

About 180,000 state and local government workers would be prohibited from negotiating over issues such as health insurance and extra pay. The bill is high on the state GOP's legislative agenda.



Mediation program can save struggling farmers

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:18:27 -0600

Low commodity prices are causing lots of financial pain on Minnesota farms. That means mediation can be crucial as farmers face the possibility as the current agricultural downturn shows no signs of ending.



Trump signs bill undoing oil, gas reporting rule

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:27 -0600

President Trump on Tuesday signed legislation striking down a rule that requires oil and gas companies to disclose payments to the U.S. or foreign governments for commercial development.



Bill to eliminate board that runs U.S. Bank Stadium moves forward

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:44:40 -0600

The new bill comes after a stinging report by the Legislative Auditor last week, which found the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority had given away nearly 160 tickets to stadium events to friends and family.



Trump wins key China trademark; Are Trump toilets a goner?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:20:59 -0600

There's a Trump toilet, a Trump condom, a Trump pacemaker and even a Trump International Hotel among hundreds of trademarks in China that don't belong to Donald Trump.



Obamacare brought jobs to Indian country that could vanish with repeal

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Many Native Americans have shifted to the Affordable Care Act for health coverage, and in rural Montana that's created jobs. The state could lose 3,000 health care jobs if the ACA is repealed.



Audit finds gaps in diversifying state hiring, contracting

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:44:32 -0600

The audit found Minnesota historically has had strong policies to promote equal opportunities for minorities and other targeted groups. But underfunding, inadequate staffing and insufficient data are impeding those efforts.



Fact check: Trump takes credit for jobs, arrests

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:46:54 -0600

President Trump is patting himself on the back for immigration and job-creation initiatives that started before he took office.



Study: Safe drivers may be hit with auto insurance rate hikes

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:30:14 -0600

In Minneapolis, drivers found not at fault in an accident were still hit with penalties averaging 8 percent rate increases, according to a contested study from the Consumer Federation of America.



Drivers see higher premiums after not-at-fault crashes

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:03:55 -0600

Most drivers don't expect to be hit with a rate hike on their auto insurance after a car accident that wasn't their fault. But a consumer group says it happens and often. And it's a problem.



Plastics tech makes composting easier. But will businesses get on board?

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:05:57 -0600

Companies are increasingly adopting cutlery and dishes that can be tossed in the compost along with food waste. But for some, it's still untenable financially and practically.



Trump vs. Nordstrom: The latest bout raising ethical concerns

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:07:21 -0600

The Seattle-based retailer earned Trump's ire by dropping his daughter Ivanka's clothing and accessory line. The implication, intended or not: Hurt my daughter's business and the Oval Office will come after you.