July Survey Suggests Economic Slowdown Ahead For MidwestA July survey suggests there will be slow to no economic growth over the next three to six months in nine Midwest and Plains states. A survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index slumped to 50.6 in July from 53.0 in June.
With New Bump, Minnesota Ushers In Region's Top Minimum WageMinnesota 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.
Some Economic Growth Likely In Rural Parts Of 10 StatesA 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.
Study: High-Risk Areas For Lyme Disease Are GrowingHealth officials say the geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically.
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.
Groups Petition For Protection Of Moose In MidwestTwo 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.
This Summer's Must Hear Midwest MusiciansLooking 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.
June Economic Report Affirms Slow Growth Ahead In MidwestA report on a June survey underscores previous survey signs that slower economic growth likely is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.
Winds Blow Smoke From Forest Fires In Canada Into MidwestA 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.
Nerd Wallet Names Moorhead Best Small City In AmericaThe Midwest is officially the best! Moorhead, Minnesota has been named the best small city in America, according to the Nerd Wallet.
May Economic Report Suggests Slow Growth Ahead In MidwestSlower 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.
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.