The economy remains strong in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states because of the health of agricultural businesses there. The overall economic index on the new monthly Rural Mainstreet survey rose to 58.5 in May from April's already healthy 57.1. Any score above 50 on the index suggests growth in the months ahead.
Stillwater teen drowned while helping save friend struggling in river
The 17-year-old was identified Friday.
Nation's first city-owned electric car share service launches in Twin Cities
Subscriptions cost between $0-$30 a month.
Stevens County may have been hit the hardest by Thursday storms
The entire county was without power after the storms blew through Thursday evening.
3 killed, 1 critical after trio of crashes in Minnesota Thursday
One person also faces life-threatening injuries in a crash that happened in Olmsted County.
Mora woman saves pelican caught in fishing line for days
A birthday fishing trip shapes into a heroic tale.
Doc depicting MN dancer's journey with paralysis debuts at Twin Cities film festival
The film surrounds St. Paul-born Kelsey Peterson, who continues to pursue her passions in dance after being paralyzed from the chest down in 2012.
Gallery: Rare opportunity to own a home on historic Milwaukee Avenue
All the houses on the avenue front onto a pedestrian mall in south Minneapolis.
Banned items at the MN GOP State Convention attract attention
No plague of locusts, we're afraid.
Minnesota part of the top 2 hurricane force wind events since 2004
Photo above shows the ominous view in Marshall, Minnesota as a dangerous line of storms approached Thursday afternoon.
DFL efforts to pass abortion, reproductive health bills blocked in Senate
The push to pass a slate of abortion and healthcare-related bills comes after a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft indicated Roe v Wade will be overturned.
Survey finds some optimism for Minn. economy
A statewide survey finds that professional business service firms such as engineers, accountants and consultants have a somewhat bright outlook: nearly half of the respondents expect to see increases in revenue; 40 percent expect an increase in profits; about a third expect revenue and profits to stay the same.
More business owners see improvement in Minnesota economy
31 percent of Minnesota business owners and managers surveyed by the state chamber of commerce and a public relations firm see the state's economy improving. That's up from just 13 percent in last year's Business Barometer survey. As for what obstacles they face, high taxes was the most common concern followed by health care costs and finding qualified workers.
Federal Reserve Bank predicts Minnesota economy will grow nearly 3 percent in 2012
In its forecast for the new year the Fed says agriculture and mining look strong in Minnesota but the housing construction market remains sluggish.
Report: Drought worsens in key farm states
The Plains states where the production of corn and soybeans is key are being hit harder by excessive drought conditions in the wake of the hottest month on record in the continental U.S., contributing to a surge in global food prices, the Associated Press says. The expanse of the U.S. still gripped by extreme or exceptional drought – the two worst classifications – rose to 24.14 percent this week, up nearly 2 percentage points from the previous week.
What government shouldn't be doing in order to improve the economy
In as much as politicians would like us to believe that the economy has turned around, those of us building a business, earning a paycheck, or just attempting to make ends meet know this is a dismal economy. President Calvin Coolidge once said, “The business of America is business." So, why is this recession so bad and what do we do to fix it?
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