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  • USA Today founder honors ND Olive Garden reviewer Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:43 AM ET

    She's known for her earnest review of an Olive Garden restaurant in North Dakota that went viral on the Internet. Six decades after they worked together at the University of South Dakota's student newspaper, Al Neuharth, 88, and Marilyn Hagerty, 86, are reuniting.

  • ND trade delegation heading to Colombia next week Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:49 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.-- Representatives of six North Dakota companies are going on a trade mission to the South American nation of Colombia next week. It is the first North Dakota trade mission to Colombia in four years.

  • US cities with the highest and lowest unemployment Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:13 PM ET
  • Unemployment rates for Midwestern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
  • Unemployment falls in nearly 90 pct. of US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:29 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Unemployment rates fell in August in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months.

  • The Best States for Entrepreneurs Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:46 PM ET
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    For the second year in a row, the Bay State topped an annual state index, which offers a comprehensive look at entrepreneurship. Did you say Minnesota?

  • Ratings agency says Bank of ND remains strong Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:57 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- A national ratings agency says the state-owned Bank of North Dakota is in great shape. Standard& Poor's says the ratings could decline if the state's economy weakens, but it says North Dakota's economic prospects are good right now. Jack Dalrymple is chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

  • Wind company ending ND jobs, creating Brazil jobs Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    LM Wind Power said Tuesday in a statement that the Brazil plant will deliver blades to wind farms in Brazil and throughout South America.

  • Outside money fills airwaves in tight Senate races Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS-- Campaign cash from outside political groups is flooding into conservative states with close Senate races like Indiana, Arizona and Montana, where residents are more accustomed to local news promos between football games than the relentless, often snarky attack ads.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Titan Machinery Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Baird analyst on Wednesday reaffirmed his "Buy" rating for Titan Machinery Inc., saying that while the third quarter could prove to be tough, he's confident that the company is on track to meet its long-term profit expectations.

  • ND 2nd quarter taxable sales up 42 percent Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:46 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- Taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota during April, May and June grew nearly 42 percent compared to the second quarter of last year, to more than $6.4 billion. Tax Commissioner Cory Fong says the economic growth is spread across nearly all major industry sectors.

  • ATLANTA, Oct 2- The percentage of U.S. high school students who drink and drive has dropped by more than half in two decades, in part due to tougher laws against driving under the influence of alcohol, federal health officials said on Tuesday.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • 10 NDSU players plead guilty to petition fraud Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:24 PM ET

    FARGO, N.D.-- Ten North Dakota State University football players pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor election fraud and were sentenced to community service for faking signatures on proposed ballot measure petitions that they were hired to collect.

  • Wheat production mixed in the Dakotas this year Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:20 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.-- Wheat production this year is up in North Dakota but down in South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department's annual small grains summary shows spring wheat production up 53 percent in North Dakota, durum wheat up 133 percent and winter wheat up 189 percent.

  • Oil regulator expects ND 'discounts' to abate Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:05 AM ET

    Lynn Helms says North Dakota crude oil also could be in demand to make jet fuel for Delta Air Lines Inc.. He says they'll make it easier for North Dakota crude oil to flow to refineries in Texas and the Gulf Coast. The airline is exploring getting North Dakota crude, because it's cheaper than oil from Britain's North Sea.

  • 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.

  • Dry conditions help harvest of late season crops Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:23 PM ET

    FARGO, N.D.-- Dry conditions have allowed North Dakota farmers to continue a rapid pace of harvesting late season crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that corn was 98 percent mature and 36 percent harvested, well ahead of last year and the five-year average. The dry edible bean harvest was 95 percent complete.

  • Airline to cancel federal subsidy for ND airport Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:20 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- An airline that for two decades has received federal subsidies to fly to a small North Dakota city says it no longer needs taxpayer help because the oil boom in the area has made the service self-sufficient.

  • 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.