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President Obama Hosts First-Ever Cybersecurity Summit

Cyber crimes cost businesses $13 million a year and also hurt consumers by stealing their personal information. That’s why President Barack Obama — along with top executives, law enforcement and privacy experts — is trying to increase privacy guards to protect companies against hackers.

02/13/2015

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Valentine’s Day Rush: Flower Shops Busy Making Arrangements

For Valentine’s Day, many people say “I love you” by sending out flowers and Feb. 12 is the usually the busiest day of the year for many flower shops. Thirty designers at Bachman’s in south Minneapolis will create more than 8,000 arrangements for the holiday. Many are made with a specific person in mind.

02/13/2015

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Assembly To Vote On Allowing Wis. Grocery Store Liquor Samples

The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to vote on a bill that would allow grocery stores to hand out sample mini-shots of liquor.

02/12/2015

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General Mills Announces Cheerios Will Be Gluten-Free

Golden Valley-based General Mills just announced they’re going to start making Cheerios gluten free. General Mills announced Wednesday that Cheerios are made of oats, which they say are naturally gluten-free.

02/12/2015

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Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas

Tickets in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas have matched all six numbers to split a $564.1 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials said Thursday. Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager and production coordinator for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said the Puerto Rico ticket was the first Powerball jackpot winner ever sold outside the continental United States.

02/12/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Candy Shop In Minnesota

George Widman of Widman Candy Shop has been the confection king in Crookston for nearly 40 years. With every Best of Minnesota story, we like the winners to acknowledge being voted “the best” on camera. But being typical Minnesotans, boasting proved to be difficult.

02/11/2015

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Target Agrees To $4M Settlement For Inaccurate Pricing

Target has agreed to pay nearly $4 million to settle a lawsuit that claims the retailer charged higher prices than advertised.

02/11/2015

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Valentine’s Day: 4 Things To Know

There’s good news for the economy: spending is taking a step up this Valentine’s Day. But how are people spending their money for the holiday? A lot of people aren’t afraid to pay up for this holiday that’s all about red roses. So, here are four things you need to know about consumer spending this Valentine’s Day.

02/11/2015

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Internet Safety Expert Offers Tips To Stay Safe While On The Web

Protecting yourself while online is importan, and it’s relatively easy to do, according to Daniel Sieberg with Google. Sieberg said the most common mistake people make is using the same password for all your accounts.

02/10/2015

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Sports Authority To Open Downtown Location At Mpls. City Center

The Sports Authority Inc. is coming to downtown Minneapolis. Shorenstein Properties LLC announced Tuesday that the athletic company signed a lease for a 21,877 square foot space at the Minneapolis City Center along Nicollet Avenue.

02/10/2015

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Minnesotan To Meet: Love Architect Kailen Rosenberg

Everyone wants the picture perfect life, but the souls behind the smiles usually contain flaws and that’s OK, according to a local love architect. Kailen Rosenberg says you are the foundation of your own love house. Her outlook on relationships and how she grew to be one of Oprahs’ go-to experts is what makes Rosenberg this week’s Minnesotan to Meet.

02/10/2015

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St. Paul-Based Baking Company Announces Bagel Recall

A St. Paul-based baked goods company is warning consumers some of its bagels could have been contaminated with nut products due to a mistake by the ingredient supplier.

02/10/2015

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Pet Food Company Recalls Several Potentially Contaminated Products

The pet food company J.J. Fuds of Valparaiso, Ind. is recalling several of their products over fears of a potential listeria and/or salmonella outbreak.

02/09/2015

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Study: Composting In Minnesota Good For Economy, Environment

Composting has become more than just a growing trend, it’s generating millions of dollars for Minnesota’s economy. The Minnesota Composting Council recently did the first-ever statewide study of the Minnesota composting industry.

02/09/2015

Turbo Tax

Minn. Resumes Accepting Turbo Tax Returns

Minnesotans will once again be able to file electronic tax returns with Turbo Tax as of 3 p.m. Saturday, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. The parent company of Turbo Tax, Intuit, had temporarily suspended e-filing in all states after concern of fraud arose when two Minnesota users reported that someone had already filed under their name.

02/07/2015

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DeRusha Eats: Cured Meats At The Red Table Meat Co.

In his restaurants, he was known for his incredible skill in creating delicious cured meats — salamis and coppas and sopressatas. Now, a local chef has created his own company hoping to create world-class charcuterie right here in the Twin Cities.

02/07/2015

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Turbo Tax Resumes State E-Filing; Still Closed In Minn.

The company had temporarily suspended e-filing in all states over concerns of fraud. The scare prompted the Minnesota Department of Revenue to block Turbo Tax filings, which remains closed pending further investigation.

02/06/2015

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Manny’s Steakhouse Named One Of The World’s Best

Manny’s Steakhouse is one of the best places in the world to gnaw into a juicy steak, according to Men’s Journal. The journal placed Manny’s in its “10 Best Steakhouses In The World” list, which includes steakhouses in cities like New York City, London, Paris and Buenos Aires.

02/06/2015

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Pepperidge Farm Recalls 46,000 Bagel Due To Allergy Risk

Pepperidge Farm is recalling about 46,000 packages of bagels because they may contain peanuts or almonds that could set off a serious allergic reaction. The company said Friday that no illnesses have been reported. It was alerted to the problem by a bakery that makes the bagels.

02/06/2015

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St. Paul Café Bans Tipping, Raises Wages

A St. Paul coffee shop has done away with tipping, and opted to pay their employees higher wages. “We decided as a rule, as a group, to just ban tipping outright,” Kopplin’s Café co-owner Andrew Kopplin said. He wanted to find a way to compensate his employees fairly, no matter what shift they worked.

02/04/2015

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Target Among Retailers Accused In Herbal Supplement Investigation

Numerous store brand supplements aren’t what their labels claim to be, an ongoing investigation of popular herbal supplements subjected to DNA testing has found, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday.

02/03/2015

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Radioshack May Be On Verge Of Closing Majority Of Locations

Radio Shack appears to be ready to close a majority of its locations. Bloomberg reports the electronics retailer is considering selling half of its stores to Sprint and closing the rest.

02/03/2015

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Inspection Backlog, Complaints Trouble Funeral Homes

State officials are trying to get a handle on a growing number of complaints at funeral homes.

02/02/2015

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Target Plans More ‘Express’ Stores, Including 1 In Highland Park

Target announced they’re planning a number of new locations for their new micro-sized TargetExpress stores, including one set for the Highland Park neighborhood in St. Paul. Target field-tested the smaller format store in Dinkytown, opening up a 20,000-square-foot store last summer.

02/02/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: Best Buys For February

The Super Bowl may be over, but the Super Bowl sales on TVs continue. They’re one of the great deals you can find during the month of February. John Ewoldt of the Star Tribune talked about some of the other steals this month, from sweet treats to big ticket items.

02/02/2015

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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’s Top Holiday Toys For 2013

Target just announced their hottest toys for the 2013 holiday season. Here are some of the best-selling items.

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New Foods At 2013 MN State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair has announced a line-up of almost 50 new food items to debut at 2013’s Great Minnesota Get-Together.

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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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Before And After Eyelash Treatments

It’s the hottest thing since Botox and there are dozens of “eyelash bars” sprouting up around town. Take a look at some before and after images of some treatments to enhance your eyelashes.

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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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