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Unusually Warm March Temps Might Stick Around

Boaters cruised along the river in downtown Chicago. Golfers smacked balls in Minnesota. And an ice-breaking mission on Maine’s Kennebec River was the shortest in recent memory because the Coast Guard found no ice.

03/14/2012

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Economist Says More Midwest Industries In Recovery

The economic recovery appears to be gaining strength in nine Midwest and Plains states, with construction being the only industry still lagging, according to a new monthly report released Thursday.

03/01/2012

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Upper Midwest Winter Wheat Lacks Snow, Still OK

The lack of snow in the Upper Midwest is causing some concern among winter wheat farmers.

02/20/2012

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Midwest Economic Index Takes Big Jump In January

The economy in nine Midwest and Plains states rebounded from a weak December and is poised to continue growing in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Wednesday.

02/01/2012

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Staggering Results For Binge Drinking In The Midwest

New numbers show binge drinking is a bigger problem than previously thought nationwide, including the Midwest.

01/10/2012

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Midwest Economic Survey Suggests Further Slowdown

Little economic growth is expected over the next several months in nine Midwest and Plains states because problems in the global economy are slowing business in the region, according to a new survey released Tuesday.

01/03/2012

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Harsh Winters, Habitat Loss Hurts Plains Hunting

Hunters in the northern Plains who’ve grown accustomed to bringing home three pheasants or a deer are finding the years of abundance may be over.

12/30/2011

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Survey Suggests Region’s Economy Continues To Grow

The economy in nine Midwest and Plains states will likely continue to grow at a slow pace with little chance of another recession, according to a monthly survey of business managers released Monday.

10/03/2011

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Survey Shows Sluggish Midwest, Plains Economy

An economist says an August economic survey in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests slow to no growth in the region, but not a return to recession.

09/01/2011

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Obama Takes Tour To Illinois, Plans 2 Town Halls

President Barack Obama is venturing from Iowa into politically familiar territory, taking his bus motorcade into his home state of Illinois as he wraps up a three-state tour through the cornfields, towns and cities of the Midwest.

08/17/2011

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Obama Has A Big Bullhorn For The Political Trail

It’s the biggest bullhorn in the political world.

08/17/2011

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Obama Fences, Parries At Start Of Midwestern Tour

President Barack Obama’s Midwestern tour is offering a mix of offense and defense that signals both his governing approach for the remainder of his term and the evolution of a campaign message for his re-election bid.

08/16/2011

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Obama Expects To Get Earful On Midwest Bus Tour

President Barack Obama is expecting an earful from regular folks, including supporters, over their frustrations with Congress and some of Obama’s decisions when he sets out on a three-day, campaign-style bus tour of Midwestern states next week.

08/12/2011

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Survey Suggests Further Slowing Of Midwest Growth

Results from a July survey of business conditions in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggest a slowdown in growth.

08/01/2011

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Midwest Heat Wave Expected To Persist This Week

Midwest residents woke Tuesday to the whir of fans and air conditioners, the soundtrack to an unusually intense heat wave enveloping most of middle America and slowly spreading eastward.

07/19/2011

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Survey Suggests Midwest Economic Growth Slowing

Growing energy prices combined with weather-related supply problems has slowed economic growth in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a new monthly survey released Friday.

07/01/2011

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Economist: Exports Aiding Midwest Economic Growth

A survey in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggests that exports are helping fuel regional economic growth.

06/01/2011

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Economist: Higher Fuel Prices Slow Midwest Economy

A survey in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggests that higher fuel prices are slowing the regional economy.

05/02/2011

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Key Midwest Economic Index Slipped In March Survey

The economy in nine Midwest and Plains states remained strong in March because of the health of agricultural and manufacturing businesses in the region, but a new survey released Friday suggests business weakened slightly last month.

04/01/2011

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NW Iowa Casino To Begin Hiring From Minn., S.D., Iowa

A $120 million casino being built just across the South Dakota border in northwest Iowa soon will begin a push to fill hundreds of jobs.

04/01/2011

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Fewer Firms Reporting Layoffs In Midwest Survey

Fewer layoffs and continued optimism mark a February regional economic survey for nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a report released Tuesday.

03/01/2011

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Midwest, Plains Bankers Optimistic On Economy

The outlook for rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states remains positive thanks to the improving economy, according to a new survey of bankers released Thursday.

02/17/2011

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Economy Gains Strength In 9 Midwest States

The economy is gaining strength in nine Midwest and Plains states because global growth and continued low interest rates have provided a boost to agriculture and energy businesses, according to a new survey released Tuesday.

02/02/2011

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Massive Snow Storm Should Miss Minn.

Midwesterners accustomed to dealing with snow, sleet and ice readied themselves for a monster winter storm that could be the biggest many cities have seen in years.

02/01/2011

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Rising Farm Prices Push Midwest, Plains Economy

Pushed by rising farm commodity prices, the regional economy for nine Midwest and Plains states continues to improve at a healthy pace.

02/01/2011

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