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Stores Anticipating Price Hike Following Bird Flu Outbreak

With so many farms and turkeys affected by avian influenza, some grocery chains are wondering how shoppers will react.

04/23/2015

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N. Dakota Gas Prices Continue Decline But Rise Expected Soon

The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in North Dakota has dropped further below $2, but prices are expected to start going in the opposite direction soon.

01/26/2015

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Shoppers Stock Up On Last Minute Thanksgiving Items

Shoppers looking for last-minute staples for Thanksgiving dinner waited in long lines across the metro Wednesday. Crystal resident Chase Johnson spent most of his childhood shopping at Almsted’s.

11/26/2014

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Gas Prices Continue To Decline

If you’re heading out of town for the holiday weekend, now might be a good time to fill up on gas. The average cost of a gallon of gas in Minnesota is $3.33. That’s down from $3.49 one year ago.

08/25/2014

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Distilleries Can’t Keep Up With Whiskey Demand

Ten years ago, it seemed everyone was drinking vodka. Now, whiskey is all the rage. But the popularity comes with a price. From scotch to bourbon, whiskey has become a hip drink again and people want the good stuff.

06/11/2014

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Memorial Day Cookouts May Be Costly As Meat Prices Increase

Cookouts may be a little bit more expensive this Memorial Day. With the holiday weekend coming up it’s time to start thinking about how to celebrate, but you may want to skip the cookouts this year as the price of meat is going up.

05/19/2014

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Buy Coffee From Small Shops Or The Grocery? Expect A Price Hike

Your morning cup of coffee could soon get more expensive. Wholesale coffee prices have shot up to a two-year high. A drought in Brazil is partly to blame, as a third of the world’s coffee is grown there.

04/23/2014

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Good Question: How Is Food Tax Decided?

Right now, Papa Murphy’s is fighting a push to tax its take-and-bake pizza. The pizza is not considered “prepared” food, so it’s exempt. Looking at your grocery receipt to see what’s taxed often doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. So how is food tax decided? Heather Brown takes a close look at this Good Question.

01/21/2014

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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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Could Farm Bill Lead To Higher Grocery Prices?

The gridlock in Washington D.C. may soon be felt at a grocery store near you. While lawmakers are expected to vote on a budget deal on Thursday, it’s a different bill that could really impact your wallet. If Congress doesn’t pass a new farm bill by the end of the year milk prices could double.

12/12/2013

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Horse Owners Pinched As Hay Prices More Than Double

This winter could be particularly difficult for Minnesota horse owners after drought and disease have led to a shortage of hay. That makes it extra expensive for owners, and animal rescue groups are saddling up for a tough road ahead. It’s all due to alfalfa crops not faring well in the last year.

09/25/2013

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Heavy Rains In South Expected To Affect MN Produce Prices

Get ready for another shot to the pocket book. Fruit and veggie prices are ready to go up. According to CBS News contributor and physicist Michio Kaku, there’s been 34 percent more rain in Georgia, 25 percent higher rainfall in North and South Carolina and a 22 percent rise in rainfall in Alabama.

08/01/2013

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Sequestration Putting The Squeeze On Youth Military Program

A program that gives teens a firsthand military experience is coping with budget cuts due to sequestration, the automatic federal spending cuts. The U.S. Sea Cadets Twin Cities squadron teaches responsibility, dedication, even boot camp-type training drills.

07/27/2013

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Gas Prices Expected To Rise During Peak Vacation Time

Don’t be surprised if your wallet is feeling a little lighter after that last fill-up. Gas prices nationwide are at their highest point of the year — and they’re only expected to climb higher.

07/22/2013

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Potential Issues As 1.3M Minnesotans Get Health Care Coverage

The push is on to get 1.3 million Minnesotans to sign up for insurance under the new health care law. The program is called MNsure, goes into effect Jan. 1, and anyone can buy health insurance through the program, though there will be significant federal subsidies for low-income patients.

07/02/2013

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US Beef Prices Heating Up

The sizzle you hear on the grill could be record high prices we’re now paying for beef, which couldn’t come at a worse time: The start of summer grilling season.

05/27/2013

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Good Question: Same Medical Procedure, Different Price Tags?

When you have a heart attack and are rushed to the hospital, you’re not usually thinking about doing some comparison shopping on price. But for the first time Thursday, the U.S. government released pricing information from hospitals around the country. And that data showed vast disparities in the amount hospitals are charging for the same procedures.

05/09/2013

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What To Do With Fading Shoes: Repair Or Buy New?

Winter is sloppy and hard on our clothes — especially shoes. Salt beats up on leather, as soles break or come apart.

02/27/2013

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How To Manage Childrens’ Holiday Gift Expectations

According to a study by the American Research Group, Americans will spend an average of $854 in holiday gifts.

12/11/2012

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Twin Cities Home Prices Rise For Sixth Straight Month

Anyone who owns a home has seen the dizzying drop in market value. But now, there’s some very good news about Twin Cities housing prices.

11/28/2012

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Was The Election Tied To MN’s Gas Price Hike?

The average for a gallon of gas is $3.31 — that’s about 20 cents more than just a day ago. Drivers think the hike might have something to do with the election.

11/08/2012

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Which Local Grocers Have Cheapest, Best Produce?

If you feel you are spending more at the grocery store, you are — a lot more. The federal government’s consumer price index shows area grocery store prices have jumped 40 percent in the last four years.

11/01/2012

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Gas Prices Finally Start To Fall Nationwide

Cindy Schnaith is practically giddy when gassing up these days. It wasn’t more than a month ago that filling up her sport utility vehicle cost her nearly $80 per tankful.

10/23/2012

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High Corn Prices Could Make Bacon More Expensive

A shortage down on the farm could lead to a price spike for a popular breakfast-time staple. This summer’s record drought has hurt many crops like corn. And pigs eat corn, making them more expensive to raise.

09/26/2012

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2 Same Flights, 2 Different Prices: Frequent Flyer Discrepancies

Minnesota’s largest airline is making changes after we uncovered frequent flyers were paying more for some plane tickets.

05/15/2012

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