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  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A farm group seeking to block a new law that exempts dairy and swine operations from North Dakota's anti-corporate farming legislation has successfully pushed the matter to a public vote, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Tuesday. Jaeger said his office verified that petitions submitted by the North Dakota Farmers Union have enough valid...

  • GRAINS-Weaker dollar helps U.S. grains recover losses Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    *Corn up after hitting 3- week low on improving U.S. weather. Chicago Board of Trade September wheat was unchanged at $5.32-3/ 4 a bushel by 1157 GMT, after falling to $5.30, its lowest since June 25. Corn rose 0.2 percent to $4.05-3/ 4 a bushel after hitting its weakest since June 30, while soybeans added 0.55 percent to $10.13-1/ 4 a bushel.

  • Tile Shop profit up 17 percent in 2Q Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    PLYMOUTH, Minn.— Tile Shop Holdings reported a 17 percent jump in second-quarter profit as comparable-store sales grew. Tile Shop expects full-year earnings in the range of 28 to 33 cents per share, with revenue in the range of $280 million to $290 million. Shares of Tile Shop Holdings Inc. have increased 64 percent since the beginning of the year, hitting a 2015...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Garrison Keillor, creator and longtime host of the popular "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show, says he means it this time: He's retiring. In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Keillor said he plans to step down as host after next season, following four decades of entertaining listeners with his baritone voice and folksy comedy sketches...

  • *Bonduelle in talks with Centerview to buy Green Giant-sources. July 21- French food group Bonduelle SCA is in discussions to team up with Centerview Partners in a bid to acquire General Mills Inc's Green Giant frozen and canned vegetable business, according to people familiar with the matter. General Mills and Centerview declined to comment.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfare of the nation's economic turnaround. The report, released Tuesday from the child advocacy group the Annie E. Casey Foundation, showed some signs of slight improvement, including high school graduation rates at an all-time...

  • *Corn drops to 3- week low as U.S. weather improves. Corn slid to a three-week low as investors continued to reduce weather risk premium in the market on prospects of bumper U.S. yields following warmer weather across the Midwest. Corn gave up 0.2 percent to $4.04-1/ 4 a bushel, weakest since June 30, while soybeans added 0.2 percent to $10.09-1/ 4 a bushel.

  • GRAINS-Corn falls for third session, near 3-week low Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 9:05 PM ET

    SYDNEY, July 21- U.S. corn fell for a third consecutive session on Tuesday to hover close to a three-week low as forecasts for favorable weather boosted yield prospects. *Chicago Board of Trade December corn lost 0.12 percent to $4.15-1/ 2 a bushel, having slumped 3.5 percent in the previous session when prices hit a three-week low of $4.15-1/ 4 a bushel.

  • USDA scientists believe waterfowl dropped the virus during the spring migration north, and they worry it could return this fall and potentially reach other regions, too, as temperatures cool and birds return south. Bird flu has cost U.S. poultry producers about 48 million birds, mostly egg-laying chickens in in Iowa and turkeys in Minnesota.

  • This table contains projected and actual enrollment figures for the newly eligible Medicaid population in the 30 states and the District of Columbia that have opted to expand the program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Where available, it also provides the estimated and revised cost of paying for the program during the 2017 fiscal year, when states...

  • WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois- based Aspen Foods is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of raw, frozen chicken products over concerns they might be contaminated with salmonella. Brands associated with the recall include Kirkwood, Roundy's, Safeway Kitchens and Spartan. The Department of Agriculture said earlier this week that...

  • NEW YORK, July 17- Japanese insurers including MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Inc and Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc are seeking mergers with peers in the United States, as a declining population at home forces them to pursue markets that are growing overseas. Property and casualty insurers are particularly hungry for non-domestic acquisitions...

  • The Sacramento, California- based Pacific Legal Foundation announced it has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on behalf of the ranchers over the recent expansion of the Clean Water Act. EPA spokeswoman Monica Lee declined to comment on the lawsuit. The agency said in a statement that the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean...

  • July 16- Bank of Montreal agreed to pay $16 million to end a U.S. lawsuit claiming that a lender it bought caused two bankrupt Florida funds to lose money in imprisoned swindler Thomas Petters' $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme. Bank of Montreal denied liability in agreeing to settle. The lawsuit by the trustee Barry Mukamal stemmed from Petters' relationship with...

  • WASHINGTON— The family-owned Hubbard Broadcasting Inc. is giving the Newseum $5 million to support the Washington museum's programs about the five freedoms of the First Amendment. The Newseum announced the $5 million pledge Thursday. Hubbard is based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • UnitedHealth tops Street 2Q forecasts, raises forecasts Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    UnitedHealth continued to juice up its business outside health insurance in a better-than-expected second quarter while rivals scrambled to add enrollment in a wave of mega-mergers sweeping the sector. UnitedHealth, already the nation's largest Medicare Advantage plan provider, has taken a different path on acquisitions, one that veers from its core...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St higher; financial stocks lead Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 1:09 PM ET

    *Nasdaq biotech index hits record high on Celgene deal. Celgene jumped as much as 10.7 percent to a record high of $135.98 after the company said it would buy Receptos to get a potential multibillion-dollar drug. Celgene's gains helped push the Nasdaq biotech index to hit a record high for the third time in three weeks.

  • Senate clears way for final vote on No Child rewrite Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 1:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for a vote on a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, which is long overdue for an overhaul. Lamar Alexander, R- Tenn., and Patty Murray, D- Wash., would narrow No Child Left Behind's federal involvement in public schools by giving states and school districts more control over...

  • Winmark posts 2Q profit Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 11:42 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Winmark Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $4.8 million. The Minneapolis- based company said it had profit of $1 per share. Winmark shares have increased 19 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Nasdaq biotech index hits record high on Celgene deal. *Bank of America rises after profit more than doubles. *Delta Air Lines warning weighs on airline stocks.