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  • May 20- Hormel Foods Corp, the maker of Spam lunch meat, reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales and said its Jennie-O Turkey Store business would be "significantly challenged" due to an outbreak of avian flu in the United States. The Jennie-O business, which accounts for about 18 percent of Hormel's revenue, got about 78 percent of its turkeys from its farms...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— Hormel reported a record second-quarter profit of $180.2 million Wednesday despite a bird flu scourge that has cost producers nearly 8 million turkeys and chickens in its home base of Minnesota alone. The company's quarterly per-share profit of 67 cents was a nickel better than Wall Street had expected, according to poll by Zacks Investment...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in the economies of the two states hardest hit, Minnesota and Iowa, agricultural economists said Monday, and the virus is still spreading. Iowa, the nation's leading egg producer, has lost about 20 million chickens that lay eggs for food use, more than a third of the total. So far the U. S. Department of Agriculture has...

  • Dog food company recalls product over salmonella fears Monday, 18 May 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    The Food& Drug Administration said last week that California- based OC Raw Dog has recalled its Turkey& Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation. The products were distributed in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri and Pennsylvania. The FDA says pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea, fever and vomiting.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— A new study estimates bird flu has cost Minnesota poultry producers at least $113 million, with losses in related industries pushing the overall toll past $300 million. The University of Minnesota Extension study uses economic modeling to try to get at the ripple effects of the fast-moving virus that has killed some 8 million birds in Minnesota...

  • BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.— The liquid is dark red, a mixture of fat and blood, and Dr. Mark Berman pumps it out of the patient's backside. The number of stem-cell clinics across the United States has surged from a handful in 2010 to more than 170 today, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— One of the nation's largest egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus. The development at the south-central Minnesota chicken farm brings the total of affected birds to 35 million in 15 states, with Minnesota and Iowa poultry flocks hit the hardest. The chickens will be destroyed in the...

  • Bird flu saga to limit chicken, egg supply: Sysco Saturday, 16 May 2015 | 2:35 PM ET
    Chicken farm

    Sysco said on Friday that a record U.S. outbreak of avian flu would limit its chicken and egg supply for nine to 18 months.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota lawmakers sprinted Saturday to complete a $41.5 billion, two-year state budget that has drawn the ire of Gov. House- Senate panels planned to meet throughout the weekend to finish writing the bills that make up the budget, with votes coming as soon as they are ready. "If they send me a bill for less than $550 million, then my view is a special...

  • NEW YORK, May 15- Food distributor Sysco Corp said on Friday that a record U.S. outbreak of avian flu would limit its chicken and egg supply for nine to 18 months, based on information provided to the company by its suppliers. Sysco is the biggest U.S. food distributor, whose clients include restaurants, hotels and hospitals. The company is discussing options with its...

  • ST. LOUIS— Post Holdings Inc. said Friday it will merge two of its cereal businesses, headquarter them in Minnesota and close a New Jersey office as it separately grapples with a widening bird flu outbreak that has forced it to discontinue some products and tweak prices. Brad Harper, a spokesman for St. Louis- based Post Holdings, said the bulk of the roughly 200...

  • Post to move cereal-making headquarters to Minnesota Friday, 15 May 2015 | 11:53 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Post Holdings says it will close its New Jersey operations and consolidate its cereal businesses, headquartering them in Minnesota in a move that will affect about 200 employees. It's not immediately clear how soon the consolidated Post Foods and newly acquired MOM Brands cereal businesses will relocate to Lakeville, Minnesota.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's legislative leaders announced late Friday that they were closing in on a sweeping deal for a new two-year budget that pumps more than $400 million into public schools and preserves a health care program for the working poor, but likely leaves a transportation funding plan and a package of tax cuts until next year.

  • Bird flu found on South Dakota egg-laying chicken farm Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:37 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— An eastern South Dakota farm with 1.3 million egg-laying chickens is the first in the chicken-production business in the state to be infected with a deadly flu virus despite efforts to prevent it, state and farm officials said Thursday. A South Dakota State University lab confirmed the presence of the highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza...

  • HASTINGS, Minn.— Jury finds right-to-die group Final Exit Network assisted in 2007 suicide of Minnesota woman.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Legislative leaders could be slowly closing in on a deal for the state's next two-year budget, but how much work remained— and on what areas of a $40 billion- plus budget— was a mystery Thursday as lawmakers were characteristically tight-lipped after the latest round of private negotiations. Top House and Senate negotiators have shared few...

  • Minnesota school testing interrupted by possible hacking Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    ROSEVILLE, Minn.— Minnesota student testing has been suspended again after what is believed to be a sophisticated hacking attempt. Minnesota has a $38 million, three-year contract with Pearson to administer proficiency testing in math, science and reading. Minnesota's Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says the deal is problematic given the...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— A Minnesota power plant fueled by turkey litter flopped and fell into receivership even before a virulent form of bird flu shook the Midwest's poultry industry in recent months, yet its new managers say they're confident they can keep it running for the long haul. The bird flu crisis— which has cost Minnesota poultry producers nearly 4.2 million...

  • Technology revolutionizes voter registration for 2016 Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote. —Arizona and Washington were the only states that offered online voter registration in 2008. Now 20 states do, and seven others have passed or are considering laws that would authorize a new online registration system.

  • Arctic Cat making $27M investment at Minnesota facilities Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 11:54 AM ET

    PLYMOUTH, Minn.— Arctic Cat plans to make a nearly $27 million investment in its facilities at two locations in Minnesota. In St. Cloud, Arctic Cat will invest about $400,000 to expand its engine manufacturing facility and add 10 positions. Arctic Cat posted revenue of nearly $99 million for the period, against Wall Street analysts' expectations of $111 million.