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  • --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.'

  • Big Government Tax Grab!     Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 7:54 PM ET

    Minnesota and Oregon are testing new programs to tax motorists for how many miles they travel, rather than how much gasoline they buy. Robert Atkinson, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation founder & president and Dan Mitchell, Cato Institute senior fellow, offer insight.

  • Money-Making Athlete Wives Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 4:29 PM ET
    The stereotype about professional athletes’ wives is they’re not much more than gold-digging arm candy, with few accomplishments of their own. The stereotype no longer applies today, thanks to the efforts of some high-profile women who established themselves well before they married their famous husbands.Many of the wives of today’s professional athletes are entrepreneurs and business professionals. Some of them have been so successful in their chosen fields they are as famous as their husbands.

    What follows is a list of the wives of 10 athletes who’ve made names for themselves as columnists, models, designers and more.

  • Vikings fans should expect a new stadium to be built on the site of the Metrodome for some $975 million, with CNBC's Darren Rovell.

  • Father and Son Pro Athletes Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 4:39 PM ET
    Professional sports are full of sons who have taken up the mantle of their fathers and gone into the family business. There’s Bobby and Barry Bonds. There’s Archie Manning, who spawned a professional football dynasty in his sons Eli and Peyton. And then there’s the Ken Griffeys and the Cal Ripkens, junior and senior.Unlike some who follow their fathers into the family business, none of these pro athlete sons can be accused of gaining their careers through nepotism. They may have famous pedigrees

    Who are some professional athlete fathers whose sons followed in their footsteps? Find out!

  • Homes of the GOP Candidates Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 3:27 PM ET
    When every part of a presidential candidate’s life and history goes under the microscope, it’s not surprising that some of their homes have led to controversy. In fact, for one candidate, two properties have become the center of a heated debate.

    Click ahead to learn about these abodes, located in nine states, and find out who owns, has owned, or rents each house.

  • Recession Catches Up to NFL—Sort of Friday, 9 Sep 2011 | 9:56 AM ET
    Snow surrounds the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Mall of America Stadium where the inflatable roof collapsed under the weight of snow during a storm Sunday morning December 12, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    As the NFL's Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints kicked off the football season on Thursday, even America's most popular sport finds that it isn't entirely spared by the recession.

  • Main Street and the Debt Threat     Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 1:35 PM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson talks to Minnesota business owners and residents about their plans in the event the U.S. defaults on its debt.