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With New Bump, Minnesota Ushers In Region’s Top Minimum Wage

Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.

07/27/2015

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Some Economic Growth Likely In Rural Parts Of 10 States

A new survey suggests modest economic growth ahead in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, but the predicted decline in farm income this year remains a concern. The overall Rural Mainstreet economic index inched into positive territory in July at 53.4. In June the index registered a neutral score of 50.

07/16/2015

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Study: High-Risk Areas For Lyme Disease Are Growing

Health officials say the geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically.

07/15/2015

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Good Question: How Many Homes Have Air Conditioning?

If you hadn’t turned on your air conditioner yet this summer, there’s a very good chance you did this past weekend. Over the past generation, air conditioning has become the standard for all new homes. In fact, 91% of homes in the Midwest have some kind of AC. So, who doesn’t still have air conditioning? Good Question.

07/13/2015

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Groups Petition For Protection Of Moose In Midwest

Two groups are seeking federal protection for a subspecies of moose found in the Midwest. The Center of Biological Diversity and Honor the Earth say climate change, a changing habitat, disease and other factors have significantly reduced the moose population, down 60 percent in Minnesota alone in the last decade.

07/09/2015

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This Summer’s Must Hear Midwest Musicians

Looking to refresh your music playlist? Make the most of your short Midwestern summer and check out these up-and-coming musicians, home-grown in the heartland.

07/09/2015

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June Economic Report Affirms Slow Growth Ahead In Midwest

A report on a June survey underscores previous survey signs that slower economic growth likely is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

07/01/2015

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Winds Blow Smoke From Forest Fires In Canada Into Midwest

A haze is blanketing much of the Midwest as strong winds carry smoke from forest fires in Canada thousands of miles to the south. National Weather Service forecasters say Tuesday that smoke from wildfires in northern Saskatchewan is blowing as far south as Tennessee. A thick band of smoke extends through much of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

06/30/2015

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Nerd Wallet Names Moorhead Best Small City In America

The Midwest is officially the best! Moorhead, Minnesota has been named the best small city in America, according to the Nerd Wallet.

06/02/2015

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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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Twin Cities Ranked No. 3 In ‘Top 20 Midwest Cities For Jobs’

The Twin Cities is one of the top places for jobs in the Midwest, according to a recent ranking.

05/15/2015

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Economic Report Points To Slow Growth In Midwest, Plains

Slow economic growth likely lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey report issued Wednesday. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 51.4 in March from 57 in February, the report said. The January figure was 54.8.

04/01/2015

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With Borer Spreading, Towns Sacrifice Their Leafy Canopy

Since she was a child, the giant ash tree that towered over Rebecca Robinson’s small home offered a cool refuge during sultry Midwest summer days. It was the same down her tree-lined neighborhood’s block and throughout much of Waterloo, a leafy Iowa city that’s home to about 4,000 ashes.

03/15/2015

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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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