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. 16

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: January 16, 2014 - 10:44 AM

A thorough discussion of the labor market’s problems – Atlanta Fed
Of course bank profits look better when banks tap loan-loss reserves – NY Times
Long defined by critics, “big ag” is battling back – AP
Income growth in Grand Forks among nation’s best – Grand Forks Herald
Best Buy had holiday sales fell, shares plunge – StarTribune
Why Google paid $3bn for a thermostat company – New Yorker
Mark Dayton’s $1bn 2014 wish list – StarTribune
China slows lending, informal loans grow – WSJ
Hundreds expected at PolyMet hearing in Duluth – News Tribune
Wisconsin metros see housing boost – Journal Sentinel
Despite improved housing market, lots of folks shut out of mortgages – NY Times
Bengals DC Mike Zimmer to be new Vikings coach – StarTribune

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