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Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:49:26 -0500


St. Paul's Bedlam venue to close its doors

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:59:27 -0500

The multifaceted performance and event space had operated under a debt burden that grew too heavy.

Who looks out for utility consumers in Minnesota?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Annie Levenson-Falk, the head of CUB (Citizens Utility Board) Minnesota, talked about how CUB will focus on consumers' utility bills in Minnesota and how to lower them or at least keep them from going up.

Minnesota receives $2 million federal grant to boost solar energy

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:14:56 -0500

The U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative aims to help states meet renewable energy targets.

Minnesota jobless rate steady at 4 percent; 1,900 jobs added

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:36:43 -0500

Minnesota's unemployment rate remained at a seasonally adjusted 4 percent in September as the state added jobs. Minnesota's year-over-year job growth continues to lag the nation.

Some in Minn. worry as trade deals take a hit in presidential race

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Attacks by the presidential candidates on the North American Free Trade Agreement and a potential Asian partnership may play well in industrial states, but not in Minnesota.

Minnesota Power to shut down two coal generators early

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:44:55 -0500

The Duluth-based utility will shut down two coal-fired units in Cohasset, Minn., by the end of 2018, four years earlier than required by state regulators.

Massive new solar plot marks big changes in rural Minnesota

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:14:52 -0500

A new solar array north of the Twin Cities will soon produce enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes.

California attorney general investigating Wells Fargo

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:14:12 -0500

California's attorney general is leading a criminal investigation into the sales practices scandal that has rocked San Francisco-based Wells Fargo bank.

MCAD faculty vote to unionize

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:39:07 -0500

Two separate bargaining units approved joining the Service Employees International Union Local 284.

California restaurants launch nation's first transgender jobs program

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 03:31:00 -0500

The unemployment rate for transgender people is double that of the general population. A new program aims to change that. It's all because of a trans woman who's employed trans people for years.

New gates promise more competition at MSP airport

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:42:07 -0500

Terminal 2 is officially opening four new gates, hoping to meet the expanding needs of Sun Country and Southwest, and perhaps Jet Blue.

Don't look now! How your devices hurt your productivity

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:32:00 -0500

Our tendency to respond immediately to email and texts gets in the way of high-level thinking, a neuroscientist says. Want to be more productive at work? Turn off most tech, at least part of the day.

What is the future of Wells Fargo?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

James Koren, bank and finance journalist for Los Angeles Times, explored the problems with bank regulations and looked at what a class action lawsuit could cost Well Fargo.

UnitedHealth raises 2016 forecast, again

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:46:12 -0500

UnitedHealth Group has hiked its 2016 earnings forecast again after its profit swelled 23 percent to nearly $2 billion in the third quarter, helped by gains both in and outside its core insurance business.

Social Security recipients to get tiny increase in benefits

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:04:04 -0500

Millions of recipients and federal retirees will get a 0.3 percent increase in monthly benefits next year. The average monthly payment is $1,238, translating into a monthly increase of less than $4 a month.

Macy's to open an hour earlier on Thanksgiving Day

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:39:26 -0500

The company plans to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with most Macy's stores closing at 2 a.m., and then reopening at 5 a.m. Friday.

Target pulls clown masks from stores, online after recent scares

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:13:56 -0500

The decision comes just weeks before Halloween amid reports of creepy clowns on social media and public officials' pleas for pranksters to cut it out.

Supervalu to sell Save-A-Lot chain for $1.37B

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:38:29 -0500

The Minnesota-based company is selling the supermarket chain to Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp. The deal is expected to close before the end of January.

Glen Taylor sees green in 'war on big food'

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Billionaire Glen Taylor sees an opportunity in addressing changing consumers tastes by selling pork that can be traced to the farm where it was raised.

Xcel's coal plant retirement plan gets regulatory approval

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:10:55 -0500

A combination of factors are making it possible for Xcel Energy to reduce carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030, utility officials said Friday.