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  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Ind. Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians based outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the performers' average salary by $46,000 a year.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Best Buy rises Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Best Buy Co.' s shares ticked higher in premarket trading after a report said its founder and former chairman Richard Schulze is making some headway with his potential buyout offer of the electronics retailer.

  • Xcel: Sherco power plant repairs could cost $200M Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:26 AM ET

    BECKER, Minn.-- Xcel Energy Inc. says it will cost as much as $200 million to repair the damage from a catastrophic turbine failure at Minnesota's largest power plant last November. Sherco plant director Ron Brevig says Xcel still hasn't determined exactly why turbine broke up, sending debris and metal flying and sparking a fire.

  • AGP co-op expands production of soy feed additive Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:51 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- Ag Processing Inc. plans to expand one of its soybean processing plants in Minnesota to boost production of a soy feed additive for cattle. CEO Keith Spackler says demand is strong for the AminoPlus product, and this expansion will help the company serve customers in the upper Midwest, Canada and other international locations.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms Great River Energy bonds at 'A-' Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:32 PM ET

    Oct 2- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the' A-' rating on the following Great River Energy outstanding bonds:. --$2.49 billion First Mortgage Bonds. SOLID ECONOMY: GRE is the second largest wholesale power supplier in Minnesota, with its member systems serving a diverse and, primarily residential customer base, including suburbs of the Twin Cities.

  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Indy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:24 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the average musicians' salary by $46,000 a year.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • Home price changes in 25 largest US metro areas Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:04 PM ET
  • Minn. farmers make quick progress on harvest Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on corn and soybean harvests, thanks to dry weather. According to the USDA's Minnesota crop-weather report, corn was 53 percent harvested as of Sunday. That's way ahead of last year's 5 percent, which is also the five-year average.

  • Mosaic 1Q profit shrinks on weak fertilizer supply Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:23 AM ET

    PLYMOUTH, Minn.-- Mosaic Co.' s net income shrank 18 percent in its fiscal first quarter because of lower prices for its phosphate fertilizer and production problems that weighed on sales volumes. The company's results missed Wall Street's view and shares dropped $1.38, or 2.4 percent, to $56.63 in premarket trading Tuesday.

  • Regis completes sale of Provalliance stake Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:42 AM ET

    Regis also announced in July that it is selling hair replacement services provider Hair Club for Men and Women to Japan's Aderans Co. for $163.5 million in cash. Aderans, based in Tokyo, offers hair replacement and restoration products and services.

  • AFL-CIO endorses boycott of American Crystal Sugar Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The AFL-CIO has endorsed a nationwide consumer boycott of American Crystal Sugar products to protest its 14- month lockout of union workers.

  • TEXT-S&P revises Land O'Lakes outlook to negative Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:34 PM ET

    --Land O' Lakes might not reduce the acquisition-related debt enough to improve debt leverage during our outlook period, meaning credit measures may remain weaker than expected beyond fiscal 2013..

  • Survey suggests little economic growth in Midwest Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- Little or no economic growth is likely this year in most of the nine Midwest and Plains states covered by a survey of business leaders, but the booming oil business will continue to drive growth in North Dakota and Oklahoma, according to the report released Monday.

  • --HealthPartners Inc.' s operating performance has strengthened during the past two years. Rating Action On Oct. 1, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services raised its ratings on Minneapolis, Minn.- based HealthPartners Inc. to' A-' from' BBB+'.

  • Obsession Homes Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 4:21 PM ET
    Location: Falmouth, Upper Cape Cod, Mass. Price: $2.995 millionBedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 halfSquare footage: 3,934The original Grey Gardens [pictured at center], a shingle-style home in East Hampton, on Long Island, N.Y., was the home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis’s aunt Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter “Little Edie.” The house first drew notoriety with the 1975 documentary of the same name, which revealed that the two ladies were living in squalor in the once-grand home. With new owner

    For a special few, a house is a blank canvas on which to paint their personality, a stage for their creativity including tributes to television shows, movies, superheroes and sports.

  • According to the most recent annual report from the USDA, it now costs $234,900 to provide a child with 17 years of food, shelter, and other necessities. For 2011, that broke down to an annual cost for two-parent, middle-income families of $12,290 to $14,320 –depending on the child’s age. The USDA has a “Cost of Raising a Child”  on their website, which shows that the category taking up the largest chunk out of parental pockets is housing. The second- largest expense category is childcare. Those

    According to the most recent annual report from the USDA, it now costs $234,900 to provide a child with 17 years of food, shelter, and other necessities. Click to learn more.

  • Foodie Fad to Bona Fide Business Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 11:14 AM ET
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    Once relegated to non-profit, community-based endeavors, urban farming is gaining traction with small companies seeking profits. See where rooftop-garden businesses are sprouting up across the U.S.

  • Cities With the Best Credit Scores 2012 Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 2:09 PM ET
    Average Credit Score: 789Average Debt: $22,439Average Number of Late Payments: 0.27Average % Credit Available: 77.52Average Number of Open Credit Cards: 1.71The highest-ranking city is Wausau, Wis., a remarkable development considering that in the previous year, it didn’t even make the list. Interestingly, of all 10 cities on this list, four including Wausau, are located in the state of Wisconsin. When it comes to managing personal credit and debt, the people of Wisconsin must be doing something

    What U.S. cities have the best credit scores for 2012? Click to find out.

  • Is the Government a 'Gangsta's Paradise'?     Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 7:55 PM ET

    Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura explains why he thinks U.S. politics and the government has become its own 'gangsta's paradise.'