Minnesota exports grow 12 percent from a year ago

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says manufactured, agricultural and mining products were at record highs -- bringing in more than $5 billion. Canada, China and Japan are the state's largest export markets.
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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says manufactured, agricultural and mining products were at record highs -- bringing in more than $5 billion. Canada, China and Japan are the state's largest export markets.

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