What are the forces moving the Minnesota economy? Adam Belz tries to identify the trends and show the connections between Minnesota and the larger U.S. and global economies. You can connect with him on Twitter: @adambelz

Opening Belz, Jan. 8

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: January 8, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Polar vortex exposed huge weakness in natural gas supply chain – Reuters
ADP: Private sector employment strengthened in December – WSJ
American Crystal COO, key figure in lockout, retires – Fargo Forum
Thanks to trans-fat backlash, butter sales are at a 40-year high – LA Times
Select Comfort debuts $8k bed that monitors heart, stop snoring – StarTribune
Puerto Ricans heading north in droves to escape battered economy – WSJ|
Shrinking Rainbow to close two more stores in north metro – StarTribune
Argument: Open office plans are terrible – New Yorker
How movie studios get good blurbs from bad reviews – Gelf

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