Upper Midwest

Big Cities Scramble To Be Prepared For An Oil Train DisasterThey rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest.
Snow Could Reduce Corn Harvest In Upper MidwestThe season's first snowstorm could be bad news for farmers in the Upper Midwest where corn remains in fields.
Minnesota Leads In Income, Spending GrowthNew economic data is confirming Minnesota's status as a top performer among Upper Midwest states. The U.S. Department of Commerce for the first time is releasing state-by-state breakdowns of personal income and consumption.
Good Question: How Far Ahead Can Weather Really Be Predicted?The Farmers' Almanac is out with its annual weather forecast for the coming years. This time, it's predicting a “piercing cold” winter with “normal snowfall” for the Upper Midwest. There are actually two Farmers' Almanacs: the Farmers' Almanac has been predicting since 1818 and the <a href="http://www.almanac.com">Old Farmers' Almanac</a> since 1792. Both say they average 75- to 80-percent accuracy, but some meteorologists put the Old Farmers’ Almanac to the test, saying it's probably closer to 50 percent. WCCO Chief Meteorologist Chris Shaffer says the science is not solid.
Good Question: Where Does The Minnesota Accent Come From?Comedian Amber Preston moved from Fargo to Minneapolis 15 years ago, but still holds onto her Upper Midwest accent. She uses, even exaggerates, it during her standup shows about growing up in Fargo.
Farm Bill Extension Not Popular In Upper MidwestLeaders of many farm groups in the Upper Midwest aren't pleased that Congress has extended the current farm bill rather than pass new legislation.
Heat Wave Takes A Toll On Upper Midwest Fish This summer's heat wave is taking its toll on fish in the Upper Midwest, where high water temperatures and low oxygen levels have combined to kill thousands of fish in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin.
Northern Vintners Work To Improve Wines' QualityWine connoisseurs who favor vintages from Bordeaux or Napa Valley might not have heard of the grape, but Marquette has been exciting Northern winemakers since a Vermont vintage won best-in-show red at a 2009 cold-climate wine competition.
Upper Midwest Wheat Crop Smaller Than Last YearWheat industry officials in the Upper Midwest say that in general, this year's crop produced fewer bushels than last year's, but quality was better.