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Saks Off Fifth Bids Farewell To Downtown With Big Sale

If you like a bargain, now’s the time to shop at Saks Off Fifth on Nicollet Mall. A clearance sale is taking place before the store closes for good on Saturday.

01/13/2015

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Kaler: Tuition Plan Won’t Fill Need For Health Professionals

A Senate DFL plan to offer free tuition at community colleges won’t help the state’s production of future doctors, dentists and other health care professionals, the University of Minnesota’s president said Tuesday.

01/13/2015

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Ecolab To Offset Its Energy Usage In Minnesota Via Solar

St. Paul-based Ecolab Inc. has commissioned a new community solar garden project that it says will offset 100 percent of its energy usage from all its company operations in Minnesota.

01/13/2015

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Hell’s Kitchen Opening Room Dedicated To Minnesotans

A “one of a kind” restaurant in downtown Minneapolis is about to get even more unique. In four days, Hell’s Kitchen will open up a room built by Minnesotans for Minnesotans. So fittingly, it will be called the “Minnesota Room.”

01/12/2015

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‘Meet Minneapolis’ Finding Unique Ways To Attract Tourists

So the weather as of late hasn’t exactly been alluring to everyone. That’s why tourism groups have to think outside the box to bring visitors to the Twin Cities this time of year.

01/11/2015

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Talking Points: Gas Prices, Keystone Pipeline

As gas prices continue to drop, the debate over building the Keystone pipeline is heating up. Supporters say the pipeline will help keep prices low. But critics warn the pipeline could actually increase prices in our region and will only lead to few permanent jobs.

01/11/2015

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Falling Dairy Prices Bad For Farms, Good For Pizza Parlors

Good news for your next grocery trip: Dairy prices are lower than they’ve been in years.

01/10/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Yoga Class In Minnesota

Yoga class is a place to feel calm, cool. But at CorePower Yoga in Highland Park, the place you voted Best of Minnesota, it’s hot. “CorePower is different because we create an environment in which the yoga is fun,” Regional Manager Amanda Ford said.

01/08/2015

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Better Business Bureau Lists ‘Top Scams Of 2014′

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says scammers tried out some new tricks in 2014, but stuck with the classics as well, according to its informal list of the top 10 scams of 2014.

01/08/2015

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Winter Fashion Is More High-Tech Than Ever

When it’s this cold outside, you have to protect yourself by wearing the right clothes and gear. But dressing for the weather is not what it used to be. It’s gotten a lot more high-tech. WCCO went shopping to see what you can find in stores these days. We hear a lot about dressing in layers and covering exposed skin.

01/07/2015

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Pracna On Main To Reopen In The Spring, Building Owner Says

It seems Minneapolis’ oldest bar may have closed its doors for good. On Tuesday, would-be customers and passersby noticed that Pracna on Main was closed. The bar and restaurant was built in 1890 and sat along the cobblestones of the city’s oldest street.

01/07/2015

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Rainforest Café Uproots For More Temperate MOA Location

The fake trees and shrubbery of the Mall of America Rainforest Café will be felled later this month and replanted in mall’s canopy.

01/07/2015

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Wet Seal To Close 7 Store Locations In Minn., 338 Nationwide

Young women’s clothing retailer Wet Seal announced Wednesday that 338 of its stores will close nationwide – seven of them being in Minnesota. The retailer said it decided to close the stores after reviewing its financial condition and failing to negotiate meaningful concessions from landlords.

01/07/2015

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Shippers: Last Year’s Great Lakes Freeze Cost $705 Million

An organization representing U.S. cargo shippers on the Great Lakes says last year’s deep freeze cost the economy an estimated $705 million and shows the need for another heavy icebreaking vessel. The Lake Carriers’ Association said Tuesday the volume of freight that U.S.-flagged ships hauled on the lakes between Dec. 1, 2013, and May 30, 2014, was about 7 million tons lower than the same period a year earlier.

01/06/2015

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MN Tea Party Among Alliance Fighting Sunday Liquor Sale Ban

An alliance of various political groups are speaking out against Minnesota’s long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales. The coalition announced their collaboration prior to the start of another legislative session, which begins on Tuesday.

01/05/2015

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Hearings This Week On Enbridge Pipeline

The public has a chance to weigh in this week on a proposed pipeline that would increase the amount of oil flowing across Minnesota by 225,000 barrels a day.

01/05/2015

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Talking Points: Will Gas Prices Continue To Fall?

Sticker shock at the pump continues in the Twin Cities and around the nation. And for motorists filling up, it’s the good kind of shock.

01/04/2015

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Businesses’ Surcharge Fees Drop With Gas Prices

Minnesotans are starting 2015 with the cheapest gas prices we’ve seen in five years. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in the Twin Cities is $2.03. That’s 14-cents cheaper than a week ago, and far cheaper than the $3.24 we were paying last January.

01/03/2015

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Switch Up Your Workout Routine With ClassPass

If running on a treadmill for hours at a time sounds a little boring, join the club — then enter ClassPass. It allows people to access dozens of unique fitness studios all over the Twin Cities, like Six Degrees in Uptown, for a monthly fee.

01/02/2015

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Businesses Cope With Last-Minute Rush Before New Year’s

Before the countdown to the New Year begins, several local businesses count on one last rush of 2014. Grocery and liquor stores count New Year’s Eve as one of the busiest days of the year and holiday season.

12/31/2014

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Financial Adviser Talks Tips For 2015

A common resolution this time of year is to deal better with money. Whether it’s spending less on lattes, saving simply saving, sticking to financial responsibility can be tricky. To get advice on that, WCCO Sunday Morning spoke with financial adviser Nicole Middendorf.

12/28/2014

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Minnesota’s Pohlads Acquire Polaroid Majority

Minnesota’s Pohlad family has acquired majority ownership of Polaroid in a $70 million deal. Minnetonka-based Polaroid is best known for making instant cameras but now focuses on a range of electronic products. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2008.

12/27/2014

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Man Buys Fiancée Her Favorite Store For Christmas

Being a loyal customer, Misty Maurer and her children had been wowed by all that dazzles inside one little store at St. Cloud’s Crossroads Mall. Already a busy full-time student and mom, Misty heard the owner of Bling was looking to sell. The owner has a fitting name — Joy. “She talks to you like you’re best friends and you’ve known each other all your life,” Misty said.

12/26/2014

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Stores Swamped With Post-Christmas Shoppers

Friday is the second-busiest shopping day of the year. Jenna Roering’s birthday isn’t until Dec. 30, but she’s picking out her birthday gift with her mom early at Rosedale Center in Roseville. “My mom said there’s a lot of sales the day after Christmas, so we came here today,” Roering said.

12/26/2014

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Ferris Wheel Restaurant, New Taproom Open In Twin Cities

There are two cool new businesses opening up in the Twin Cities metro area Friday! The first is the Badger Hill Brewing Company’s new brewery and taproom in Shakopee.

12/26/2014

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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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