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Minnesota PUC Approves Certificate Of Need For Pipeline

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a certificate of need for the proposed Sandpiper pipeline from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to Superior, Wisconsin.

06/05/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Food Truck In Minnesota

Midwesterners love their tater tots. The diminutive tot has been a starchy staple for decades, often sitting on the side. Enter Dan Docken. “I am the Tot Boss,” Docken said.

06/04/2015

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Local Business Association Provides Support To Diverse Entrepreneurs

It takes more than just a good idea to launch your own business — you need financing, a solid business plan, technical skills, and most likely some advice.

06/03/2015

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USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Not Good Enough For Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a bird flu vaccine doesn’t work well enough to approve it for emergency use against the current outbreak that’s shaken the Midwest poultry industry.

06/03/2015

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Large Renville County Chicken Farm Hit By Bird Flu

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the farms with presumptive positive test results announced Wednesday included one with 415,000 young chickens that had not started laying eggs, and a turkey farm where the flock size was not immediately available.

06/03/2015

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State Cuts Royalty Rates On Taconite Mined By US Steel

U.S. Steel will temporarily pay less in royalties to Minnesota for the ore it extracts from the Iron Range.

06/03/2015

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U Of M Students Develop Smart Water Bottle

There’s smartphones, smartwatches, smart TVs, so why not a smart water bottle? Well, a group of University of Minnesota students have created just that. It’s called ‘Hidrate Me.’

06/03/2015

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Insurer UnitedHealth Bumps Up Quarterly Dividend 33 Percent

UnitedHealth Group is raising its cash dividend by more than 30 percent once again, as the nation’s largest health insurer keeps pace with its rising stock price. The Minneapolis company said Wednesday its board backed a dividend of 50 cents per share to be paid on June 24 to shareholders of record as of June 15.

06/03/2015

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Better Business Bureau Hosting Seminar To Warn Of Scams Targeting Seniors

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota warns seniors against the following scams, those especially that target seniors. There are four things seniors should watch out for.

06/03/2015

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Minnesota-Based Child Care Co. Strives To Make Kids Healthier

First Lady Michelle Obama called on private businesses to do their part in her fight against childhood obesity, and 150 of them are answering her call. A Minnesota-based child care company is one of them, and they are seeing results.

06/02/2015

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Minnesota Corn, Soybean Crop Development Ahead Of Average

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 95 percent of Minnesota’s corn crop has emerged. That’s 17 days ahead of last year and 16 days ahead of average.

06/01/2015

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Negotiations Between Sun Country, Pilots Stalled Without Agreement

The future of Minnesota-based Sun Country Airlines is up in the air after recent mediated negotiations ended early, and without an agreement. Sun County officials and the Air Line Pilots Association have been in negotiations for five years.

06/01/2015

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May Economic Report Suggests Slow Growth Ahead In Midwest

Slower economic growth is likely through the end of the third quarter this year for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report issued Monday. The survey report says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 50.4 last month from 52.7 in April.

06/01/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: June Sales

It’s time to turn a new page on the calendar. June is here and that means time to save some money! Consumer reporter John Ewoldt from the Star Tribune gets us movin’ with great bargains for the month of June.

06/01/2015

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Twin Cities Craft Brewers Brace For Sunday Growler Sales

A single pint of beer can often lead to a much bigger sale in the craft brewery business. The 64-ounce growler allows customers to bring home a sampling of their favorite brew.

05/30/2015

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Hello Kitty Purrs Into Minneapolis!

Hello Kitty is a pop culture icon, and she’s here in Minnesota this weekend only. She’s kicking off her North America tour called “Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.”

05/30/2015

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U.S. Bancorp CEO Warns Of Possible Layoffs

The head of Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp warns that he might have to lay off some of his employees if interest rates don’t start climbing later this year. Chairman and CEO Richard Davis made that comment at a conference this week.

05/30/2015

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Women In Agriculture Is Focus Of Discussion In Fargo

U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden led the discussion on Thursday at the College of Science Skills and Technology Auditorium.

05/28/2015

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Kandiyohi County Hit Hard From Bird Flu Crisis

So far, 97 farms have been affected by the bird flu since the outbreak began in March. Kandiyohi County is ground zero with 37 of those farms. The state announced three new cases of the bird flu today, six new ones were reported yesterday.

05/27/2015

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Steel Dynamics Idles 2 Iron Range Operations, Cuts 200 Jobs

More layoffs were announced Tuesday on northern Minnesota’s Iron Range, this time at Mesabi Nugget in Hoyt Lakes and Mining Resources in Chisholm. Their Fort Wayne, Indiana-based parent company, Steel Dynamics Inc., said in a statement that the operations are being idled effective immediately, meaning the loss of about 200 positions for at least two years.

05/26/2015

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Shoreview Business Celebrates 100 Years With Small Business Revolution

Deluxe Corporation in Shoreview is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year by creating a small business revolution. The company has been traveling across the country to highlight great small businesses and their owners, including seven businesses based here in Minnesota.

05/26/2015

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Railway Company Employee Killed In Unloading Incident

A freight transportation company says one of its employees died Monday morning while unloading track material in northeast Minneapolis.

05/25/2015

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Brookview Introduces Bike-Friendly Golfing

The Twin Cities is known as one of the most bike-friendly areas in the country. Cycling enthusiasts now have one more spot where they have the chance to ride around on two wheels — a golf course.

05/23/2015

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Electricity, Heart-Pounding Views At Bakken & Foshay Museums

May is National Museum Month. And with school getting out soon, many parents will be looking for fun and educational things to do with the kids. WCCO is highlighting two of the more unique museums in the Twin Cities. They are both electrifying, but in different ways.

05/23/2015

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Cloquet Car Dealership Gets Flak, Support For Free Gun Offer

A Cloquet car dealership is getting a lot of attention by offering a very unique deal. During the month of May, they are offering a free handgun with the purchase of a car. If you spend close to $4,995 on a new vehicle, you automatically have the option of a free Ruger handgun or a lawn mower.

05/22/2015

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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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