Students all over the country are putting on their caps and gowns and getting ready to say goodbye to school. And their loved ones are preparing to spend big bucks to congratulate them. A National Retail Federation survey shows Americans are planning to spend a whopping $4.77 billion on graduation gifts this year.
The new Vikings stadium is expected to be finished in 16 months and while it seems like forever, it will be here before we know it. Some of the work crews will be doing Monday will focus on clearing up a mess caused by strong winds over the weekend.
A major renovation of the state Capitol is threatening to run $30 million over budget, state officials advised lawmakers Friday. Documents released to a commission overseeing the overhaul show the extra costs stem from water damage repairs, security improvements and other costs. Those overruns would increase the total cost by about 10 percent, to more than $300 million.
Minnesota patients seeking medical marijuana come July 1 can expect monthly bills of $100 to $500 for their treatment, according to estimates from the state’s manufacturers.
Shoppers looking for last-minute staples for Thanksgiving dinner waited in long lines across the metro Wednesday. Crystal resident Chase Johnson spent most of his childhood shopping at Almsted’s.
Prior Lake is the most expensive place to get a speeding ticket in Minnesota, according to a study by NerdWallet.com. The consumer finance website conducted a study on the true cost of a speeding ticket in Minnesota. It looked at the price of the ticket, plus court costs and insurances increases over three years, which is how long speeding tickets last in Minnesota.
The price of back to school shopping is rising. According to a new survey, parents will spend an average of $669 and 28 cents on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics.
A new report breaks down the amount the average American couple spends on their wedding day — and the result may make eloping sound like a pretty good plan.
Some Minneapolis city leaders believe fitting police officers with cameras on their uniforms can save the city money and protect officers from frivolous complaints. On Thursday, council members Betsy Hodges, Gary Schiff and Cam Gordon showed the body cameras to members of the media.
While Thanksgiving is still more than a month away, travel experts said you should’ve started solidifying your travel plans — yesterday. Travel websites predict the average cost for a round-trip ticket this year will be $415. That’s a jump of nearly 7 percent from last year.
Did you know Halloween is the second most expensive holiday for consumers, behind only Christmas? Yep. Didn’t think so. In fact, the National Retail Federation said the average person is expected to spend more than $75 on decor, costumes, and candy.
In the Minnesota Vikings’ new 65,000 seat NFL stadium, the club will charge 48,000 fans a one-time personal seat license fee even before they’re allowed to buy a season ticket. Fans may have sticker shock at the price tag, but PSLs are not uncommon.
Minnesota is days away from launching its new health insurance program as Minnesotans will pay the lowest average monthly premiums in the country. That’s according to new numbers from the Obama administration made public on Wednesday.
The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service wants to raise stamp prices again. It could soon cost 49 cents to mail a letter. The post office said the 3 cent price hike is a last resort to deal with extreme financial challenges.
Like the Vikings themselves, Hubert’s Sports Bar across the street from Mall of America Field has a loyal fan base of their own. “We have people who have been coming in for years,” manager Jody Anderly said. “They have their favorite table, their favorite server, and they’re not going to vary their routine at all.”
When it comes to Apple, John O’Brien Schroeder is excited to take a bite out of what the newest iPhone has to offer. “The iPhone 5S has touch ID, which has the method of unlocking the phone by your fingerprint,” O’Brien Schroeder said. O’Brien Schroeder works for Team Technology in Woodbury. They’ve specialized in Apple products for more than 30 years.
A restaurant that tries to bring fine dining to the masses got a lot of help from those masses on Tuesday night. Travail in Robbinsdale closed down in April to change locations to a bigger space. On Tuesday it started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to help build it with the goal of $75,000 in the next 30 days.
On Friday, MNsure — Minnesota’s new online health insurance exchange — will reveal how much consumers will pay for insurance premiums under the program, which is part of the new federal health care law. The top question at the MNsure call center has been, “How much will I pay for insurance?”
You may think the ongoing orchestra lock-out is a Minnesota thing. But musicians are saying what happens here could affect music across the world, as the ongoing musicians vs. the orchestra dispute got trickier today. A financial review came down and orchestra administrators said it proves they’ve been financially responsible.
The new state run health care exchange is already facing troubles and you can’t even buy-in until October. On Tuesday the head of MNsure said its original estimates on premiums was too high. MNsure is the health exchange required under President Obama’s health care reform plan.
Buzzing cicadas signal yet another hot August day. But it’s the scorched lawn and grinding of an air conditioner that are Brett Severson’s clue. “My A/C is running all the time — I’d guess my bill is about $400 a month,” Severson said.
When you do come out to the fair you don’t have to spend a fortune, as there are dozens of booths and vendors that have inexpensive goodies. On average a family will spend $47 per person here at the fair between the food rides and souvenirs.
About 50 brass flower vases were stolen from Mahtomedi grave sites over the weekend and authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating them, and in identifying the suspects involved. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mahtomedi reported that the 50-some 10-inch tall and 4-inch wide vases are each valued at $200. They went missing on Saturday and Sunday.
It has been a long time since I have been to a Vikings game, far longer since I went anywhere with a toddler toting a diaper bag. A check on the Vikings’ website for tickets to the upcoming Cleveland Browns game revealed the cheapest tickets in the upper deck of the Metrodome are a hefty $72.
A program that gives teens a firsthand military experience is coping with budget cuts due to sequestration, the automatic federal spending cuts. The U.S. Sea Cadets Twin Cities squadron teaches responsibility, dedication, even boot camp-type training drills.