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  • North Dakota's largest city showing its spirits Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    Construction has started on a micro-distillery in downtown Fargo that will produce whiskeys, bourbons, gins and vodkas and feature a century-old bar from a small North Dakota town. Kath and his partners are hoping to capitalize on its location in thriving downtown Fargo, where many new restaurants and shops have opened in recent years, and on a national hunger...

  • Jury orders Irish man to pay $2M over ethanol deal Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    IOWA CITY, Iowa— A wealthy Irish investor must pay $2 million in damages to an Iowa doctor who was cut out of a major ethanol development in eastern Europe, a jury ruled Friday. Branimir Catipovic, a doctor at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Des Moines, proved his civil claim of unjust enrichment against Dublin entrepreneur Mark Turley, the federal jury in Sioux...

  • Nov 21- A group of Walmart employees pushing for higher wages said they were planning to protest on Black Friday at 1,600 U.S. stores in areas including Washington and Los Angeles. The group also plans strikes at the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Chicago, Seattle, Texas, Minneapolis and Tampa among other places. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, owner of Walmart brand...

  • Minnesota's unemployment rate continues to fall Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:35 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's unemployment fell to an eight-year low in October, dropping to less than 4 percent, and the state has added nearly 50,000 jobs so far this year, according to state employment data released Thursday. Marking a steady trend in the state, seasonally adjusted employment figures show that 3.9 percent of Minnesota residents were unemployed...

  • Survey suggests economy still slow in rural areas Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West improved in November, but the monthly survey of bankers doesn't suggest much growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says low grain and energy prices continue to limit the economy in rural areas. Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • Kozy Shack recalls some puddings over labeling Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    ARDEN HILLS, Minn.— Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The product was distributed to 20 states— Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West...

  • Corinthian Colleges to shed most of its schools Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Corinthian Colleges will sell most of its campuses in the midst of several investigations and lawsuits by federal and state regulators. Regulators have said that Corinthian Colleges Inc. falsified job placement data and pushed students to take expensive private student loans. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking more than $500...

  • Minnesota's unemployment rate continues to fall Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's unemployment rate has fallen below 4 percent. Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in October, bringing this year's total to nearly 50,000 new jobs. Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark-Sieben says the state's job growth in the last three months has been the strongest since 1990..

  • Nov 20- A U.S. court has denied a request by Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd to stop competitors from launching copies of AstraZeneca Plc's heartburn pill Nexium and Roche's antiviral, a court filing showed. Ranbaxy had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week for revoking tentative approvals it gave the company to make...

  • Best Buy 3Q sales surprise bodes well for holiday Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Best Buy's third-quarter sales gain is a positive sign for the electronics retailer as the holiday season kicks off. Both revenue and earnings per share beat expectations, and Best Buy stock rose almost 8 percent in midday trading. Best Buy plans to offer more gifts under $100 but be disciplined about markdowns and promotions, which helps protect...

  • Patterson Cos. beats Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    ST PAUL, Minn. _ Patterson Cos. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $53.8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. Patterson Cos. expects full-year earnings to be $2.20 to $2.30 per share.

  • Best Buy beats Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    RICHFIELD, Minn.— RICHFIELD, Minn.— Best Buy Co. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $107 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 25 cents per share. Analysts expected $9.09 billion, according to Zacks.

  • Donaldson misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Donaldson Co. on Thursday reported net income of $55.9 million in its fiscal first quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 42 cents per share. Analysts expected $621.4 million, according to Zacks.

  • Nov 20- A U.S. court has denied a request by Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd to stop competitors from launching copies of AstraZeneca Plc's heartburn pill Nexium and Roche's antiviral Valcyte, a court filing showed. Ranbaxy had sought the restraining order against Dr Reddy's Laboratories and U.S. firm Endo International Plc in a lawsuit it filed...

  • Nov 19- U.S. Bank, sued by the government last year for allegedly aiding a massive fraud at brokerage Peregrine Financial, must face claims for nearly $36 million in restitution to Peregrine's victims, a federal judge in Iowa ruled. U.S. Bank, part of Minneapolis- based U.S. Bancorp, was sued last year by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for allegedly...

  • MNsure sees spike in visits since workweek began Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's health insurance exchange has seen a spike in consumer visits in its first workweek since open enrollment began last weekend but is handling the load well, officials said Wednesday. MNsure CEO Scott Leitz told the board of directors there had been no major technical issues and no unplanned downtime since the system went live Saturday...

  • *May close Bloom Lake mine in Quebec. Nov 19- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc said it may have to close its Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Quebec at a cost of $600 million to $700 million as it struggles to find investment to expand the project. Analysts said the cost of shutting down Bloom Lake, which Cliffs expects to recognize over five years, was a major concern for...

  • APNewsBreak: Vascular Solutions subsidy scrapped Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    The Department of Employment and Economic Development scrapped a potential $800,000 package tied to an expansion and hiring proposal put forth by Vascular Solutions. "DEED has decided to cancel our offer and will be withdrawing our economic development package for Vascular Solutions," agency spokesman Monte Hanson told the AP in an email.

  • Target rebounds in third quarter on solid sales Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Target reported a 3.2 percent rise in its third-quarter profit, beating Wall Street expectations as shoppers spent more on beauty products and back-to-school fashions. Last year, Target had a solid start to the shopping season but a data breach disclosed a week before Christmas sent customers fleeing for months and hurt sales and profits.

  • UPDATE 2-Cliffs may close Bloom Lake iron ore mine Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 8:37 AM ET

    *May close Bloom Lake mine in Quebec. Nov 19- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc said it may have to close its Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Quebec, weeks after it revealed that three "big steelmakers" were in talks to invest in the project. "Despite the continued interest of the prospective equity partners in Bloom Lake... the potential investment is not achievable within a time...