Joel Waldfogel, an economist at the University of Minnesota, studies gift-giving and says most recipients value gifts about 20 percent less than they cost the giver. Worldwide, that amounts to tens of billions of dollars down the drain every year. The problem in a nutshell is that while we can all shop efficiently for ourselves, most of us just stink at finding good gifts. Waldfogel says if Christmas were a government program, we'd classify the whole thing as a gigantic waste.
St. Paul man pleads guilty to robbing Penn Lake Roast Beef, shooting owner
Devon Dwyane Reginald Glover, 22, shot Kevan Tran during the June 2020 robbery.
Charges: Man shot brother in the eye, let his body decompose in camper
James Robert Hess faces second-degree murder charges for the shooting death of his brother, William Harold Hess Jr.
Coupled charged after $75k worth of fentanyl pills seized during traffic stop
Christopher James Payne and Kaley Maria Wethern have been charged in the seizure.
Video: Plane with blown tire makes emergency landing at MSP Airport
An aviation enthusiast caught the moment on video.
St. Paul man charged in online 'sextortion' scheme targeting at least 500 girls
Yue Vang, 31, was charged in U.S. District Court Wednesday.
Emaciated Great Danes rescued after being found living in minivan
Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin posted that two of the dogs are in "rough condition" and "barely hanging on."
2 years since George Floyd's killing, Biden signs exec order on policing
The signing comes on the second anniversary of Floyd's murder by police in south Minneapolis.
Mayo Clinic, CDC address concerns over monkeypox in the US
The CDC does not currently think there is a significant threat to the general public.
Charges: Man killed brother, left body in homemade camper for 7 months
James Robert Hess, 48, faces second-degree murder charges for the death of his 52-year-old brother, William Harold Hess Jr.
Minnesota forecast: Hot, humid and severe storm chances
Bring Me The News meteorologist Sven Sundgaard says right now the best chance for storms looks like Sunday/Sunday night.
Rosedale Macy's will offer round-the-clock shopping in days before Christmas
Last-minute shoppers take note. You'll be able to grab gifts at Macy's in Rosedale, any time of the day or night, from Dec. 21 until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.
U of M Crookston prof not a ‘Millionaire’
But wildlife ecologist John Loegering did win $13,550 on the “Who Wants to be Millionaire” television show that aired Thursday. He decided to take the money instead of risk a wrong answer on this question: Because it’s a symbol of hospitality, what fruit was chosen by Chuck Williams to be the logo of his Williams-Sonoma stores?
Best Buy having trouble filling some online orders in time for Christmas
The Business Journal wraps up some media reports that the retailer is having trouble filling orders, some made as far back as Black Friday. Apparently some shoppers are getting e-mails from the company saying their orders have been canceled.
U of M prof played role in solving Higgs boson puzzle
Roger Rusack, a longtime University of Minnesota physics professor, has been a part of the search for the elusive Higgs boson particle for two decades. He helped design, develop and tweak a critical particle detector within the massive, 17-mile-long Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, the world's most powerful particle accelerator. His contribution, the electromagnetic calorimeter, measures the energies of photons.
U of M researchers join global boycott of book publisher
So far, almost 9,000 researchers have joined a boycott of a major scientific publisher, the Minnesota Daily reports. Those researchers, who say they're required to read their colleagues' published work, contend Elsevier charges increasingly high prices while the cost of publishing decreases.
U of M prof. slings science for new 'Spider-Man' movie
University of Minnesota physics professor Jim Kakalios was a consultant on the new Spider-Man movie. In a fun video, he talks about how he taught filmakers about the science behind wall-crawling and how he came up with the "Decay Rate Algorithm" featured in the film.
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