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Midwest Blanketed With Snow, Minnesota Dodges Big Totals

Another winter storm inflicted fresh misery on the Northeast on Monday, causing the cancellation of flights, classes and major court cases a day after it dumped up to a foot-and-a-half of snow on the Chicago area and blanketed much of the Plains and Midwest.

02/02/2015

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Report: Modest Economic Growth Likely In Midwest, Plains

A monthly business survey suggests only modest economic growth is likely in nine Midwestern and Plains states this spring because the agriculture and energy sectors are slowing. The report released Monday says the overall economic index for the region improved slightly to 54.8 in January from December’s 54.4.

02/02/2015

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Reality Check: Job Growth In The Midwest

The U.S. Government said Tuesday the nation’s economy grew at a whopping 5 percent annual rate last summer. That’s the fastest growth since 2003, including jobs coming back to the Midwest.

12/23/2014

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Report: Slow Growth Ahead In Midwest, Plains

Slow economic growth is likely in nine Midwestern and Plains states in the months ahead because low crop and energy prices are hurting business in the region, according to a monthly report released Monday. The survey of business leaders conducted by Creighton University showed an overall economic index for the region of 51.3 in November. That’s down from October’s 51.8 and barely above the neutral score of 50.

12/01/2014

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Midwest Farmers Putting Lots Of Food On Thanksgiving Tables

Farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin are to thank for many of this year’s Thanksgiving feasts. The Department of Agriculture says Minnesota is number one producer of turkey this year. Of the 242 million birds raised worldwide, Minnesota farmers raised 45 million of them.

11/26/2014

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Historians Form Group Focused On Midwest History

A group of historians has formed an organization whose goal is to increase the study of the Midwest.

11/24/2014

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Minnesota Braces For Garth Brooks Fever

With his signature black hat and his sentimental lyrics, Garth Brooks is bringing country back to an audience that loves him. Sandy Jung doesn’t have concert tickets yet, but she’s got some fancy cowgirl boots and a western belt with bling from Minneapolis’ Schatzlein Saddle Shop on Lake Street. “I think the fact that he’s coming back and it’s like a renewing of his kind of old style and bringing it back into current is really fun,” Jung said.

11/06/2014

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Report: Midwest Economic Index Drops Again

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains has dropped again. A survey report issued early Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell in October to 51.8 from 54.3 in September. The figure was from 57.2 in August.

11/03/2014

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Five Creepy Historical Sites In The Midwest

Looking for something spooky this Halloween? Check out the five creepiest historical sites in the midwest.

10/07/2014

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Freeze Could End Growing Season For Immature Crops

A freeze could stop the growing season in the upper Midwest as far south as Nebraska and Iowa, leaving farmers in a difficult situation because much of the region’s corn and soybean fields are not quite ready for harvest.

10/04/2014

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Coup D’Etat, Parlour Up For ‘Best New Bar Midwest’

It’s no secret that Minneapolis has a thriving bar scene with some pretty talented mixologists at the helm, but it seems the rest of the country is finally taking note.

09/19/2014

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Enterovirus 68 Confirmed In Minnesota Child

The Minnesota Department of Health says they have a identified a case of enterovirus 68 in a child who was hospitalized with acute respiratory symptoms.

09/17/2014

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Report: Midwest Economic Index Slumped In July

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has slumped after hitting a three-year high a month earlier. A report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped more than 3½ percentage points in July, to 57.0.

08/01/2014

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Polar Vortex, Part Deux? Not Exactly, NWS Says

Unseasonably cool temperatures will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is not, however, the second coming of a polar vortex, something the National Weather Service says it regrets tweeting earlier this week.

07/11/2014

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Climate Report Predicts More Extremes In Midwest

A report by the National Climate Assessment says a warming planet will worsen a series of weather trends already showing up across the Midwest. Look for more extremes: searing heat, late-spring freezes, floods and droughts across a region that includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.

05/06/2014

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Midwest Economic Survey Index Hits 3-Year High

A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states hit a three-year high in April, suggesting more economic growth over the next three to six months, according to a report issued Thursday.

05/01/2014

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Survey: Midwest Economy Should Keep Growing

The economy should continue growing steadily in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday. The overall economic index for the region improved to 58.2 in March from 57.4 in February. That’s solidly above the neutral level of 50.

04/01/2014

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Salt Shortage Hits Washington County

A salt shortage across the upper Midwest has the operations director of Washington County Public Works hoping our frigid weather is over. During a regular winter, Doug Johnson’s department budgets for 10,000 tons of salt, with an additional 2,000 tons on reserve. He’s now down to 1,400 tons, but he’s optimistic it will last.

03/11/2014

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Winter-Weary Americans Plead: Get Me Out Of Here!

Shannon Frauenholtz has had it with winter. Barely able to stomach the television news with its images of snowbound cars, she heads to the tanning salon, closes her eyes and imagines she’s back in Mexico, where she’s already vacationed once this winter.

02/28/2014

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USDA Spending $3M To Feed Honeybees In Midwest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation’s struggling honeybees under a program to be announced Tuesday.

02/25/2014

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Survey Suggests Midwest Economy Losing Steam

An economist says a survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests the regional economy is losing steam. The Rural Mainstreet Index dropped below growth neutral in the February survey, hitting 48.4, compared with 50.8 in January and 56.1 in December.

02/20/2014

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Q&A: Farmers, Shippers Wary Of Winter’s Fallout

While winter has been unforgiving to most of the Midwest, the next several months will dictate the season’s impact on all-important sectors, such as shipping and farming. Fast-melting snow in the northern Midwest likely won’t be able to soak into the frozen ground.

02/15/2014

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January Economic Survey Suggests Growth In Midwest

A new survey of business leaders released Monday signals the economy should continue growing in nine Midwestern and Plains states in the months ahead. The monthly economic index for the region rose to 57.7 last month, compared with 53.2 in December. That puts the index well above a neutral score of 50 and into positive territory.

02/03/2014

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Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Dresser, Wis. (Day 2)

Frank and Chris had great fun during their second day in Dresser, Wis. on Friday. The guys headed to Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area, which has activities for every age and ability. There’s skiing and snowboarding, of course, and it’s all on perfectly groomed runs that help keep you upright. And they’re open until 3 a.m. on Friday nights!

01/31/2014

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Some Minn. Schools Closing Tuesday Due To Cold

Another round of subzero temperatures, high winds and drifting snow forced most Minnesota schools to stay closed Monday, with Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools already canceling classes for Tuesday.

01/27/2014

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