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Brutal Cold Returns To Midwest For Extended Stay

An unusual weather pattern driving bitterly cold air from the Arctic Circle south across a huge swath of the Midwest is expected to send temperatures plummeting Monday from Minneapolis to Louisville, Ky., the latest punch from a winter that is in some areas shaping up as one of the coldest on record.

01/26/2014

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CenterPoint Sent Out A Record Amount Of Natural Gas During Deep Freeze

CenterPoint Energy officials say the company broke a new natural gas send-out record on Monday, when an arctic vortex hung over the Midwest causing air temperatures in Minnesota to fall down to 20 degrees below zero.

01/08/2014

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Frozen Fuel Causes Delays At MSP Airport

While cars had trouble starting Monday, dozens of planes didn’t get off the ground at all. Some airlines had to cancel flights after jet fuel actually froze at airports across the Midwest. There were 50 flights cancelled and more than two dozen delays at MSP Monday. But almost none of them had to do with the local weather, according to airport spokesman Patrick Hogan.

01/06/2014

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Economic Survey Suggests Optimism For Midwest

A monthly economic report suggests supply managers surveyed in nine Midwestern and Plains states are optimistic about the regional economy over the next six months. The confidence index for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 66.5 last month from 57.2 in November.

01/02/2014

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Midwest Propane Prices Rise As Cold Snap Holds On

Several states in the upper Midwest are dealing with significantly higher prices for propane because of a supply problem caused by a late harvest, persistent very cold temperatures and the temporary shutdown of a major supply pipeline.

12/23/2013

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Midwest Business Conditions Improve In November

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic report says business conditions in nine Midwestern states improved slightly in November. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to a tepid 51.2 on a growth scale of 0 […]

12/02/2013

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Storms Sweep Across Midwest, Kill 6 In Illinois

As a powerful tornado bore down on their Illinois farmhouse, Curt Zehr’s wife and adult son didn’t have time to do anything but scramble down the stairs into their basement. Uninjured, the pair looked out moments later to find the house gone and the sun out and “right on top” of them, Zehr said.

11/18/2013

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Census: Iowa Has Lowest Poverty Rate In Nation

A new Census report shows that Iowa and several other Midwest and Plains states have the lowest poverty rates when cost of living is factored into the calculation. The report released Wednesday showed that Iowa had the lowest rate at 8.6 percent. The national rate under the new measure is 16 percent.

11/07/2013

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Storm Brings Snow, Possible Tornadoes To Plains

Blizzards rolled into parts of Wyoming and South Dakota on Friday, bringing the snow-savvy states to an unseasonably early winter standstill and forcing a tourist town to cancel its annual Octoberfest’s polka-dancing bar crawl.

10/04/2013

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Unusual Strong Storm Front Threatens Midwest

An unusual strong storm front is threatening the Midwest from the central Plains to the Mississippi Valley over the next several days.

10/03/2013

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Midwest, Plains Economy Should Keep Growing

A new survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue growing in nine Midwest and Plains states through the rest of 2013 but at a slower pace than earlier this year. The survey’s overall economic index rose to 53.8 in August from July’s 53.5.

09/03/2013

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Midwest Hot, Dry Spell Brings Back Drought Worries

A growing season that began unusually wet and cold in the Midwest is finishing hot and dry, renewing worries of drought and its impact on crops.

08/29/2013

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African Farmer Delegation Touring US Midwest

A dozen farmers and business owners from Africa are visiting farm equipment factories in the Midwest to study technology that might help them produce more soybeans and corn back home.

08/23/2013

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Economist: States Hurt By Lower Agriculture Prices

Economic growth slowed down this month in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states, according to a report issued Thursday. The overall economic index for the region slipped to 55.8 in August from 57.3 in July, but was far ahead of the 47.1 in August 2012.

08/15/2013

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Twin Cities: A Goldmine For DIY Shows

The Twin Cities are quickly becoming a goldmine for home improvement shows, as there are four home improvement shows being filmed in Twin Cities’ metro for DIY Network and HGTV. “Our shows work because the Midwest is generally very relatable and the network really likes that,” said Anna Campbell, Executive Producer. “They like that we have a variety of different houses and different ages of houses.”

08/08/2013

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Crop Insurance Rule Causing Confusion For Some

Some Upper Midwest farmers are worried they won’t qualify for crop insurance on land they couldn’t plant because it was too wet. At issue is a rule affecting whether farmers qualify for “prevented planting” payments for cropland that’s too wet or dry to plant.

07/21/2013

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Economy Strong In Rural Parts Of 10 States

The economy in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states remains strong as healthy rainfall this spring helps crops get established. The overall economic index for the region grew to 60.5 in June from May’s 58.8. That suggests growth in the months ahead.

06/20/2013

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Midwest Could See Strong Windstorms From Derecho

The National Weather Service was tracking a so-called derecho weather pattern in the Midwest on Tuesday that could spawn severe windstorms in major metropolitan areas with gusts as strong as 100 mph. Derecho windstorms occur once every year or two across the central and northeastern U.S. in a band from Texas to New England. They pack hazardous winds of at least 75 mph or more and maintain their intensity for hours as they sweep across vast distances.

06/11/2013

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Analysts: Midwest Drivers To See Lower Gas Prices

The worst may be over for drivers in the upper Midwest who have been grappling with the highest gasoline prices in the continental U.S. Analysts said one major Illinois refinery is back online and another big one in Indiana is on track to ramp up production again soon.

06/11/2013

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A Timeline Of Oklahoma’s Destructive Tornado

From a meteorological standpoint, conditions for severe weather were perfect Monday. As many as 28 tornadoes struck the Midwest.

05/21/2013

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Duluth Woman Charged With Aiding Sex Trafficking

A Duluth woman has been charged with aiding and abetting sex trafficking in the 1st –degree. According to the St. Louis County Attorney’s office, 22-year-old Tabbatha Lee Olson solicited and promoted several juvenile females for prostitution in the Duluth area. Along with 32-year-old Markeace Arque Canty, Olson used internet advertising as a means to promote child prostitution in several cities throughout the Midwest.

05/20/2013

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Midwest Bike Safety Summit Held In Mpls

Minneapolis has become known for a different kind of transportation.

04/29/2013

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Another Round Of Wintry Weather In Minn./Wis.

Hearty Midwesterners know better than to put the snow shovels and snow blowers away in April.

04/22/2013

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Floodwaters Rising After Storms Deluge Heartland

Volunteers worked into the night to stack sandbags against rising Midwest floodwaters and evacuate people in its path — or rescue those already under water — after a powerful spring storm system unleashed downpours from Oklahoma to Michigan.

04/19/2013

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Midwest Weather Woes Range From Snow To Twisters

Middle America was overwhelmed by weather Thursday, with snow in the north, tornadoes in the Plains, and torrential rains that caused floods and transportation woes — and a sinkhole in Chicago.

04/18/2013

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