Eric Wieffering

Assistant Managing Editor | News
Phone: 612-673-1736
Eric Wieffering supervises coverage of local and regional news, including politics, education, the environment and other topics.

Recent content from Eric Wieffering

At times, even General Mills can't tame the online beast

U.S. companies will spend more than $1 billion on social media marketing this year. They will employ all manner of digital technology to try to deepen their relationships with customers, including bombarding us with tweets and imploring us at every turn to like them.

Updated: August 23, 2011, - 09:57 PM

Social Security's problems are solvable

Few government programs invite more magical flights of fancy than Social Security.

Updated: August 20, 2011, - 10:08 AM

Feds making a return visit to MTS Systems

Lessons apparently don't stay learned at MTS Systems.

Updated: August 16, 2011, - 09:40 PM

Small firms hit twice when clients go bankrupt

When one of his biggest customers went bankrupt, Corby Pelto allowed himself to entertain the notion that the court-appointed trustee overseeing the case might help his Minneapolis-based insurance services firm recover some of the $18,000 Pelto was still owed.

Updated: August 13, 2011, - 12:56 PM

Growth need not be a casualty of austerity

The stock market is not the economy, and it's not even the most reliable indicator of what will happen in the economy. Back in October 1987, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 22 percent of its value in a single day. It would be another two years before stocks recovered, but the U.S. economy? It grew 4.1 percent in 1988. The recession that everyone feared was imminent didn't arrive until 1990.

Updated: August 10, 2011, - 09:02 PM

To fix the deficit, first wise up about accepted wisdoms

Last week's vote to raise the debt ceiling left the United States facing the worst of all worlds: the prospect of a weaker economy and the likelihood of higher debt levels, since the planned spending cuts will not offset the surging cost of entitlement programs.

Updated: August 06, 2011, - 06:33 PM

Protections for sugar company, but not its workers

American Crystal Sugar Co. paid out nearly half a billion dollars last year to the 2,800 sugar beet farmers who own the co-op. This year, it's likely to be $750 million or more.

Updated: August 02, 2011, - 12:56 AM

Medicare excluded, any deficit fix is fleeting

Once upon a time, a U.S. president pushed through sweeping health care legislation that the country couldn't afford.

Updated: July 30, 2011, - 09:25 PM

Investors place faith in Treasurys

Yet as others worry about debt-ceiling deadline, investors Tuesday bought $35B in U.S. Treasurys.

Updated: July 27, 2011, - 10:39 PM

Growth would solve our problems

The most frustrating aspect of the state's three-week government shutdown was that Minnesota's future seemed to hinge on one of two choices: Cut spending or raise taxes.

Updated: July 25, 2011, - 08:52 PM

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