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  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker hopped across the border Thursday to mingle with Minnesota Republicans and while there discounted suggestions that Wisconsin's economy has performed worse in his time as governor than its Democratic-led neighbor. He said a formal decision would come once Wisconsin lawmakers set a new budget,...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's Senate added language to a bill Thursday that would legalize gun silencers— a surprise development as majority Democrats had shown little interest in changing the state's gun laws and a direct challenge to Gov. It's an unexpected turn that puts the Senate in line with Republicans who control the House, which earlier this month passed a...

  • April 23- U.S. manufacturer 3 M Co posted a 0.7 percent decline in quarterly net income on Thursday and cut its full-year profit forecast as the strong dollar bites into sales more than it previously projected. 3 M shares, which have outperformed industrial rivals since 2014, fell 3.3 percent to $159.24 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Piper Jaffray posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Piper Jaffray Cos. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $17 million. Piper Jaffray shares have fallen 6 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Piper Jaffray, Earnings Report.

  • Deluxe posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:03 AM ET

    SHOREVIEW, Minn. _ Deluxe Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $45.9 million. The Shoreview, Minnesota- based company said it had profit of 92 cents per share. The company expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.40 to $4.55 per share, with revenue ranging from $1.75 billion to $1.78 billion.

  • Clearfield posts 2Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. _ Clearfield Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $289,000. The Brooklyn Park, Minnesota- based company said it had net income of 2 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Stronger US dollar hurts 3M's earnings and outlook Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— 3 M reported disappointing financial results for its first quarter due to the stronger U.S. dollar. 3 M said the stronger U.S. dollar hurt its pre-tax earnings by $90 million, or 10 cents per share, in the first quarter. 3 M now expects earnings for the year to be between $7.80 per share and $8.10 per share, down from its previous forecast between $8.00 per...

  • Polaris Industries beats Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:27 AM ET

    MEDINA, Minn. _ Polaris Industries Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $88.6 million. Polaris Industries expects full-year earnings to be $7.27 to $7.42 per share. Polaris Industries shares have decreased almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Proto Labs meets 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:15 AM ET

    MAPLE PLAIN, Minn. _ Proto Labs Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $10.5 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 45 cents per share. Proto Labs shares have climbed 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • April 22- A group of small banks and credit unions suing Target Corp over its massive data breach in 2013 are moving to block the retailer's proposed $19 million settlement with MasterCard Inc, calling it a "sweetheart deal" aimed at undercutting their own claims for losses. "The agreement between Target and MasterCard is nothing more than an attempt by Target to...

  • Graco misses 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 5:18 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Graco Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $68.8 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 80 cents per share. Graco shares have fallen 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Two different strains have been discovered in the United States this year. The H5N2 strain is in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows.

  • *Visa, MasterCard rise as China opportunity seen. April 22- U.S. stocks ended stronger on Wednesday as Visa's potential expansion into China and talk of a turnaround at McDonald's helped investors look beyond a mixed bag of quarterly earnings. Visa ended 4.07 percent higher at $68.01 after hitting a record high of $69.98, while MasterCard closed up 3.91 percent...

  • Ameriprise misses 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $393 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.33 per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.9 billion.

  • Select Comfort beats Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Select Comfort Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $28.8 million. Select Comfort expects full-year earnings to be $1.35 per share. Select Comfort shares have climbed 26 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk. Alicia Fry, an influenza expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said officials are hopeful...

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. part-time employment is fast-approaching levels common since the 1970 s in a sign that a key part of labor market slack may be almost gone, giving the Fed one less reason to delay hiking interest rates frozen near zero for more than six years. Central bankers watch the part-time figures as a measure of labor market health.

  • PITTSBURGH— A former Pennsylvania casino worker and a Nevada high school student pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a Uganda- based scheme that produced more than $1.5 million in high-quality counterfeit U.S. bills. Michael Lin, 20, of Bethlehem, and Zackary Ruiz, 28, of Las Vegas, appeared before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— The first-quarter performance of St. Jude Medical eclipsed the negative effects of the strong dollar and shares of the medical device maker hit an all-time high Wednesday. Jude said it earned 93 cents per share, which topped analyst expectations by 2 cents, according to poll by Zacks Investment Research. Jude now expects an adjusted per-share...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— A federal judge on Wednesday heard arguments about whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be granted a new trial or should pay less than the $11 million awarded to plaintiffs in a lawsuit resulting from a fatal crash in Minnesota. A jury in February cited a design defect in determining that Toyota was 60 percent to blame for a 2006 crash that killed three...