Holiday Season

Salvation Army: Red Kettle Donations Down By $500KA well-known holiday fundraising campaign is off to a slow start. The Salvation Army says kettles donations are running about a $500,000 behind from year's past.
Shoppers Keep It Local On 'Small Business Saturday'Managing a local business runs in the family for Angela Lessman. "I was around it my whole childhood," Lessman said. "I grew up in a store. My parents had a store for consignment for artists in Door County, Wisconsin."
Drones Expected To Fly Off The Shelves This Holiday SeasonA new, hot holiday gift is taking flight this year. With prices starting as low as $60, sales for drones are soaring. Thanks to evolving technology, anyone from kids to adults can pilot a drone.
From Pine To Citrus, New Variety Of Tree Brings A New Scent To The HolidaysThe search for the perfect Christmas tree is underway at tree farms and tree lots around Minnesota. Many families will head to tree farms, like Krueger's Christmas Tree Farm, where the centerpiece of yuletide festivities sits on 50 acres.
MOA Entices Holiday Customers With Experience ShoppingMany malls are struggling for customers in the lead up to one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Online sales and fast checkouts have people staying at home -- and that is why the Mall of America in Bloomington is trying something new to lure customers.
Phil Thompson's Top 5 Holiday Shows This SeasonPhil Thompson, WCCO Mid-Morning's man about town, recommends the following upcoming holiday shows.
Good Question: What's The Markup At Retailers?With Black Friday coming up, potential customers already starting to see some really good deals -- 30, 40, and even 50 percent off. So, do stores make money on these sales? What are the markups? Good Question.
Farmers Say Warm Weather Will Make For Beautiful Christmas Trees This YearSome overachievers may already have done it, but most of us have yet to buy a Christmas Tree this year.
Best 2015 Holiday Restaurant Gift Card Deals In MinnesotaIt’s the best time of the year if you’re looking for a great deal on restaurant gift cards. Spend $100, get $20. Spend $100, get $25. Spend $25, get $5. It’s the perfect way to say “thank you” to coworkers, or your babysitter, or a great gift for family and friends.
Minnesota Volunteers Bring Struggling Families The 'Best Christmas Ever'It's been said that some of life's biggest blessings come through adversity, and the story of "Best Christmas Ever." They're a small group of volunteers that's trying to bring just that to Minnesota families in need.
DNR Harvesting Governor's Christmas Tree FridayThe Governor's residence in St. Paul will soon look at lot more festive for the holiday season. This morning the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be cutting down a white spruce for the house on Summit Avenue.
Finding Minnesota: Redneck HolidazzleWhile other communities offer fancy, politically correct versions of holiday parades and festivals, the people of Vergas are happy to be a little rough around the edges.
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