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  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an upcoming fitting before their wedding. Dennis Daugaard has proposed a half-cent sales tax increase to help raise teacher pay, but his plan needs two-thirds approval in both the House and the Senate— a tough proposition in a legislature with an...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid. The decision by Nassau to rely on solar, wind, landfill gas and battery storage by 2020 puts the town of 5,000 near Albany on the leading edge of a national...

  • Wyoming sees record number of tourists in 2015 Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 10:09 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming attracted a record number of tourists— and their money— in 2015, according to preliminary numbers. Lower fuel prices, well executed marketing campaigns and more foreign travelers all had a part in boosting travel in Wyoming and nationwide, state Office of Tourism Executive Director Diane Shober said. According to preliminary numbers, a...

  • OneBeacon posts 4Q profit Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 7:26 AM ET

    PLYMOUTH, Minn. _ OneBeacon Insurance Group Ltd. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $22.7 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Plymouth, Minnesota- based company said it had profit of 24 cents per share. For the year, the company reported profit of $36.8 million, or 38 cents per share.

  • Obama health care law posts respectable sign-up season Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 3:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Still facing political jeopardy, President Barack Obama's health care law beat expectations by earning solid sign-ups this year, according to figures released Thursday by the administration. "It's not the unequivocal success that Obamacare advocates had hoped for, but also not the disaster that critics thought could make it a talking point on...

  • LANSING, N.Y.— Mining operations remain suspended at a central New York salt mine nearly a month after 17 workers were rescued when an elevator became stuck 900 feet underground. Minneapolis- based Cargill Inc. says work continues on the elevator system at the mine in the Finger Lakes town of Lansing, 40 miles southwest of Syracuse. They were trapped for up to nine...

  • Piper Jaffray posts 4Q profit Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 8:51 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Piper Jaffray Cos. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $12.1 million. The company, based in Minneapolis, said it had earnings of 88 cents per share. Piper Jaffray shares have fallen 19 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Proto Labs beats Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 6:21 AM ET

    MAPLE PLAIN, Minn. _ Proto Labs Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $12 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 47 cents per share. Proto Labs shares have decreased 17 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- The state-owned China National Chemical Corp, which plans to buy Swiss seeds and pesticide maker Syngenta, will promptly start preparations for what could be a lengthy U.S. national security review, as the House Agriculture Committee chairman said he would monitor the deal. The $43 billion deal, which was announced on Wednesday as a way for...

  • SPS Commerce tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 5:45 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ SPS Commerce Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $2.1 million. For the current quarter ending in April, SPS Commerce expects its per-share earnings to range from 20 cents to 22 cents. SPS Commerce expects full-year earnings in the range of 92 cents to 95 cents per share, with revenue ranging from $191.5 million to $193 million.

  • Hawkins posts 3Q profit Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 5:29 PM ET

    ROSEVILLE, Minn. _ Hawkins Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $815,000. On a per-share basis, the Roseville, Minnesota- based company said it had profit of 8 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings misses Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 4:15 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $25.3 million. Buffalo Wild Wings expects full-year earnings to be $5.95 to $6.20 per share. Buffalo Wild Wings shares have decreased 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Wall St down after weak services data but off lows. NEW YORK, Feb 3- U.S. and European stocks came off their lows on Wednesday, helped by rebounding oil prices, while a soft report on the U.S. services sector weighed on the dollar by making future rate hikes appear less likely. The U.S. economy's service sector expanded in January at a slower pace than the previous month,...

  • Rubio could see campaign fortunes rise from Iowa finish Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 3:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Marco Rubio's strong third-place finish in Iowa could sound like a starting gun to the Republican Party's top donors. Rubio, a 44- year-old Florida senator, came within striking distance of Trump's second place in Iowa, a surprising result given the celebrity businessman's dominance in polls. Rubio moves on to New Hampshire, which weighs in Tuesday,...

  • C.H. Robinson tops 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 4:30 PM ET

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. _ C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $126.6 million. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 87 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $3.31 billion.

  • STORRS, Conn.— The University of Connecticut is creating a community for black men inside a new dorm on its campus, following the lead of some other predominantly white schools in an effort to boost low graduation and retention rates among male African-American students. "We really want a wrap-around approach to make sure that we are creating an optimal...

  • NEW YORK— Richard Davis, the chief executive of regional banking giant U.S. Bank, took his job at a terrible time: late 2006, just months before the housing bubble began to pop, which quickly led to the financial crisis and the Great Recession. While U.S. Bank weathered the financial crisis better than most large banks and even remained profitable, the aftermath of...

  • Techne tops Street 2Q forecasts Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 7:39 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Techne Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $25.9 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 82 cents per share. Techne shares have dropped 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ATLANTA— Delta Air Lines is apologizing to passengers after a confrontation between two flight attendants last month led pilots to make an unscheduled landing halfway through the trip. The Aviation Herald, a website that tracks accidents and other incidents involving planes, said Delta flight 2598 was headed from Los Angeles to Minneapolis on Jan. 22 when two...

  • WASHINGTON— Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain. The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens last month. Rubens earns $181,497 as director of the Philadelphia regional office for the Veterans Benefits...