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Minnesota Unemployment Rate Stays At 3.7 Percent But Jobs Up

Minnesota’s unemployment rate is stuck at 3.7 percent for the eighth straight month.

04/16/2015

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Netflix Seeing Biggest Subscriber Gains In Streaming-Era History

Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as popular original programming such as “House of Cards” lure subscribers at a quickening pace. Netflix said Wednesday that it gained 4.9 million subscribers in the first three months of the year.

04/16/2015

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Baby Food Maker Recalls Products That May Contain Glass

Beech-Nut is recalling nearly a ton of baby food products that may contain small pieces of glass. The USDA says the affected baby food is 4-ounce glass jars of Stage 2 Beech-Nut Classics Sweet Potato and Chicken.

04/16/2015

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UnitedHealth Hikes Forecast, Shares Edge To New Heights

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $1.41 billion. On a per-share basis, the Minneapolis-based company said it had net income of $1.46.

04/16/2015

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Target Settles Data Breach Lawsuit With MasterCard For $19M

Target and MasterCard say they’ve agreed to settle lawsuits over the discounter’s pre-Christmas 2013 massive data breach. Target said late Wednesday it has set aside up to $19 million pretax for MasterCard issuers who were caught in the data breach that compromised 40 million credit and debit card accounts between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013.

04/15/2015

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Bird Flu Outbreak Could Head Eastward With Fall Migration

Some scientists say that eastern U.S. poultry producers should brace for the potential arrival of a deadly bird flu virus outbreak that farmers in the Midwest have struggled to stop. The fear is that if the virus isn’t already lurking in the Atlantic Flyway, it could spread there this fall when wild ducks fly south for the winter.

04/15/2015

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Freebies & Deals Offered Tax Day

The upside of Wednesday’s tax deadline is the freebies. Whether you owe money or you’re celebrating a return, ease your tax pain with these freebies and discounts.

04/14/2015

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Deadly Bird Flu Confirmed At 8 More Minnesota Turkey Farms

State and federal officials have announced the discovery of a deadly bird flu strain at eight more Minnesota turkey farms, raising the state’s total to 22.

04/14/2015

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Minnesota Farmers Get Jump On Small Grain Planting

Although only 3.5 days were suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, the U.S. Department of Natural Resources says small grain planting by Minnesota farmers is 3.5 weeks ahead of last year’s pace.

04/13/2015

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Best Buy Says Chairman Tyabji Will Retire June 9

Electronics retailer Best Buy says Chairman Hatim Tyabji will retire June 9, and President and CEO Hubert Joly will become its chairman.

04/13/2015

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Target Names New Head Of Food Business

Target Corp. has named a 20-year grocery and consumer product industry veteran to help revamp the retail chain’s food business. The Minneapolis-based retailer said Monday that it has hired Anne Dament to the role of senior vice president, merchandising.

04/13/2015

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Minn. Farmer’s Invention May Help Cut Down On Soil Erosion

A Minnesota farmer-turned-inventor thinks he has a solution for cutting down on soil erosion. Over the years, he became concerned about soil erosion on farm fields. So, he invented a piece of equipment that he says is good for both the environment and for crops.

04/10/2015

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Minnesota Pushes Bid To Land 2023 World’s Fair

After landing an upcoming Super Bowl and a Final Four, Minnesota is ready to push for its next big event: the 2023 World’s Fair. Organizers are preparing their bid for an event they hope will lure millions of tourists to see the latest in global technology and culture in the Twin Cities area.

04/10/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Bookstore In Minnesota

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book, especially during a cold snap in the middle of spring. But where’s the best place to find a good read? You voted, and sent WCCO to St. Cloud to discover Books Revisited.

04/09/2015

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U Of Minnesota Lab Sees Deluge Of Tests Amid Flu In Turkeys

Turkey growers across Minnesota are doing all they can to stop the spread of the deadly avian influenza. It’s wiped out flocks at nine farms in six different counties since just last month.

04/09/2015

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Report: Dunkin’ Donuts Headed To Twin Cities

After years of teasing, it sounds like Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to the west metro. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports the donut and coffee chain is officially entering the Twin Cities market.

04/09/2015

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Wis. Gov. Signs Bill Allowing For Liquor Sampling At Stores

Samples of hard alcohol will soon be offered at liquor and grocery stores in Wisconsin under a bill Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law.

04/09/2015

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Mille Lacs Daily Walleye Limit Drops To One Fish

With just a month to go until the statewide fishing opener, anglers who fish lake Mille Lacs received more disappointing news. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released the 2015 fishing regulations for Mille Lacs, which cuts the bag limit on walleye in half.

04/08/2015

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Minn. East African Leaders Call For MSP Airport Wage Increase

Minnesota’s East African leaders are calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage at the airport. That’s nearly double the state’s current minimum wage of $8 an hour. A new employment report shows thousands of East Africans working at the airport are earning poverty-level wages.

04/08/2015

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Minnesota Walmart Employees Earning At Least $9 An Hour

Every Walmart employee in Minnesota is now earning at least $9 an hour. The pay raises for more than 7,700 Minnesotans went into effect last Saturday.

04/08/2015

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Last Shipment Of Coal Delivered To Xcel’s Burnsville Plant

For more than 60 years, Xcel Energy’s Burnsville plant has received shipments of coal to generate electricity. That comes to an end Wednesday. The last shipment of coal will roll in at the Black Dog generating station. Xcel Energy will stop generating electricity at the plant with coal in mid-April. It is replacing coal-fired units with a cleaner natural gas-fired unit.

04/08/2015

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Local Entrepreneurs, Artists Showcasing Minnesota-Made Products At HAMMS Event

This weekend at Schmidt Artist Lofts in St. Paul, nearly 50 entrepreneurs, small business owners and artisans will show off some of the highest quality “Minnesota Made” products at the Help a Minnesota Maker Succeed event.

04/08/2015

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Report: Target Among Top Companies With CPSC-Flagged Products

Target is one of the top offenders when it comes to selling dangerous products, according to a recent report obtained by Bloomberg. The report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found Dollar Tree to have the most violations.

04/08/2015

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UnitedHealth Stock Growth Yields Potential Windfall For CEO

UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley realized a potential gain of more than $45 million from exercising stock options last year, as the share price of the nation’s largest health insurer topped $100 on the way to setting all-time highs. The 62-year-old executive exercised options to buy 850,000 shares of stock at the end of 2014 at discounts of as much as 56 percent to UnitedHealth’s share price of $102.24 when he exercised the options.

04/07/2015

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NTSB Releases Recommendations For Oil Train Safety

The National Transportation Safety Board is out with some new recommendations to help prevent explosive oil train wrecks. They include retrofitting train cars with protective systems better able to withstand fire, and relief valves that can prevent pressure from building inside the tank cars.

04/07/2015

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MOA Expansion Renderings

Crews are breaking ground on the Mall of America expansion on March 18, 2014. Here are some renderings of what you can expect to see there soon.

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Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

Following months of anticipation, Target and Neiman Marcus unveiled their unprecedented holiday collection. The collection, which features 24 of America’s preeminent designers — all members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America — will be available Dec. 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online at Target.com and NeimanMarcus.com.

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Price Comparison: Same Makeup, 5 Different Stores

WCCO’s Esme Murphy went shopping at five popular stores for the same five makeup products and found price differences as great as 50 percent. See the price changes for yourself!

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Sever’s Corn Maze Through The Years

Sever’s is one of the biggest corn mazes in Minnesota. Check out their from the past 15 years!

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Farmers Market In Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Farmers Market runs down Nicollet Mall from 5th Street to 10th Street. It starts at 6 a.m. and goes till 6 p.m. every Thursday. The market has a plethora of shopping options: locally […]

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From Rags To Riches

Check out which companies started in garages and as tiny start-ups, and which heavyhitters owe their riches to a lucky break.

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Celebrity Endorsements

There’s no doubt about it. Celebrity sells. That’s why companies that make everything from drinks to makeup to credit cards pay millions for stars to endorse their products. Here is a look at some recent […]

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