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  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— 3 M's profit rose 7 percent in the fourth quarter and sales increased at all its business units, though revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations. 3 M Co. makes consumer, medical and business products, including Post-it notes, Scotch tape, industrial coatings and ceramics. 3 M expects full-year earnings between $8 and $8.30 per share.

  • G&K Services meets 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    MINNETONKA, Minn. _ G&K Services Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $17 million. G&K Services expects full-year earnings to be $3.20 to $3.30 per share, with revenue in the range of $930 million to $950 million. G&K Services shares have declined slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Polaris Industries tops Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 6:18 AM ET

    MEDINA, Minn. _ Polaris Industries Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $135.4 million. Polaris Industries expects full-year earnings to be $7.22 to $7.42 per share. Polaris Industries shares have declined 6.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Mark Dayton released a $42 billion budget Tuesday that puts a heavy emphasis on education for the youngest Minnesota residents, leaving advocates for nursing homes, local governments and tax breaks to grab for a legislative lifeline in bids for state money. His two-year proposal is the opening move in a chess match over state spending that will play out for...

  • Graco misses 4Q profit forecasts Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 4:43 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Graco Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $49 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 85 cents per share. Graco shares have dropped roughly 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Mark Dayton unveiled a plan Monday that would resurface or replace 2,200 miles of roadway, repair 330 bridges and boost funding for local infrastructure projects— but would come at a noticeable cost to taxpayers. His proposal would add a new 6.5 percent tax on gas at the wholesale level and hike license tab fees, with a separate sales tax increase in the Twin...

  • ST. LOUIS— Post Holdings will spend $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the cereal aisle by buying the privately held MOM Brands Co., maker of Malt-O-Meal cereals. Post has been on acquisition spree lately to diversify, adding the PowerBar and Musashi nutrition brands, which it purchased from Nestle SA, and the peanut butter maker American Blanching Co..

  • One of the planes, a single-engine aircraft carrying only a pilot, crash-landed about 250 miles off Maui. The other plane was carrying four people and went down several miles off Oahu. Dramatic Coast Guard video shows the plane carrying just the pilot— a Cirrus SR22 traveling from California to Maui— as it releases its parachute.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 10 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to take part in panel discussion on "The Global Economic Outlook"- 1500 GMT. **DUSSELDORF, Germany- Deutsche Bundesbank board member Joachim Nagel speaks at the annual conference of the German-Chinese Economy, organized by Handelsblatt and HSBC- 1400 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- Central Bank of Luxembourg Governor and...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home rental prices continued to climb at a modest pace in December, but rapidly escalating costs in cities such as San Francisco and Denver suggest that apartment dwellers are facing more financial pressure. Prices rose 3.3 percent in December compared with 12 months earlier, real estate data firm Zillow said Friday. Rental prices have risen 52...

  • Digi International reports 1Q loss Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:52 PM ET

    MINNETONKA, Minn. _ Digi International Inc. on Thursday reported a fiscal first-quarter loss of $339,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. For the current quarter ending in March, Digi International said it expects revenue in the range of $50 million to $53 million. Digi International shares have decreased 4 percent since the...

  • Deluxe posts 4Q profit Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 8:57 AM ET

    SHOREVIEW, Minn. _ Deluxe Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $58 million. On a per-share basis, the Shoreview, Minnesota- based company said it had profit of $1.16. Deluxe expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.35 to $4.55 per share, with revenue ranging from $1.74 billion to $1.78 billion.

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 5 Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    EDINBURGH, Scotland- Bank of England monetary policy committee member David Miles gives a speech at University of Edinburgh on "What can monetary policy do?" LONDON- Bank of England regulator Paul Fisher speaks at the Westminster Business Forum Insurance event- 0925 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England regulator Andrew Gracie gives speech at cyber-security conference...

  • NVE posts 3Q profit Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 5:01 PM ET

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. _ NVE Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $2.8 million. On a per-share basis, the Eden Prairie, Minnesota- based company said it had profit of 57 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Low oil prices a bonus for Minnesota railroad regulators Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 3:46 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Lower gas prices have had an added bonus in Minnesota beyond fatter wallets: Train traffic is leveling off, giving regulators space to refocus on safety issues, a state railroad official told lawmakers Wednesday. The memories of an explosive wreck that killed 47 people in Quebec and a near-miss in North Dakota a year ago still loom large in Minnesota,...

  • U.S. Bancorp tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:24 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ U.S. Bancorp on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.49 billion. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 77 cents per share. U.S. Bancorp shares have fallen slightly more than 8 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has decreased nearly 2...

  • UnitedHealth topped Wall Street expectations for the fourth quarter, and the nation's largest health insurer brought an optimistic vibe for the new year as it detailed final results from 2014.. UnitedHealth said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act delivered a hit totaling $1 billion, or about $1 per share, to its 2014 earnings But the insurer saw enough...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration may need the vote of a frequent conservative antagonist on the Supreme Court to preserve a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination. The court is considering a challenge from Texas officials to the use of so-called disparate impact lawsuits, which allege that even race-neutral lending or housing...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 3 Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will preside over an open session of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the Treasury Department. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen participates in open session of the Financial Stability Oversight Council meeting- 1930 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England will release the minutes from its January policy meeting-...