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

Posts about Business trends

Opening Belz, July 1

Posted by: Adam Belz Updated: July 1, 2014 - 9:30 AM

Absent tougher sanctions, ND oil patch will look like a “surreal birthday cake” – Fargo Forum
U.S. Bank agrees to $200m settlement over FHA loan underwriting – StarTribune
Supreme Court deals setback to unions in Illinois case – Chicago Tribune
Union ruling may upend sweeping worker organizing effort in MN – StarTribune
China’s corruption crackdown snares former general – Financial Times
GM to recall 8.45 million more vehicles over ignition switches – WSJ
Mankato-based Enventis purchased for $350m by Illinois firm – StarTribune
Action Park, an “insane” waterpark in New Jersey, has reopened – NY Post
Badlands, Wind Cave could get more bison from Yellowstone – Mitchell Daily Republic
Ames tech startup Workiva plans to add 600 jobs – Des Moines Register
K.C.’s P&L district, one of the best places to watch a soccer game in the U.S. – Kansas City Star

Opening Belz, June 30

Posted by: Adam Belz Updated: June 30, 2014 - 10:41 AM

Janet Yellen’s security detail irks her Georgetown neighbors – WSJ
Atop sea of oil in Texas, poverty digs in – NY Times
Northland counties are among state’s most aged – Duluth News Tribune
American Crystal fighting to stay out of sugar vs. corn syrup lawsuit – Fargo Forum
For struggling Michigan, the economic lessons of Minnesota – StarTribune
Williston breaks ground on $60 million hospital – Bismarck Tribune
From farm boy to billionaire, a profile of Glen Taylor – StarTribune
An OK profile of Jeff Immelt, Jack Welch’s successor at GE – Economist

Opening Belz, June 27

Posted by: Adam Belz Updated: June 27, 2014 - 9:51 AM

More financing woes for the Essar Steel project on Iron Range – StarTribune
In Detroit, a flood of tax foreclosures sends people packing – NY Times
Lenders are back pursuing risky credit-card borrowers – WSJ
Cost of All-Star game unknown, nobody wants to discuss it – StarTribune
None for July 4th, but Iowa sweet corn crop looks real good – Des Moines Register
Fargo man opens Afro-Latino restaurant to pay for son’s medical care – Fargo Forum
Personal income weak across ninth district in 1st quarter – FedGazette
After closures, Duluth only has one Pizza Hut left – News Tribune
Graphic showing how minimum wage will rise in states – WSJ
They had no idea. The Archduke’s assassination, as it was first reported – Economist

Opening Belz, June 26

Posted by: Adam Belz Updated: June 26, 2014 - 9:50 AM

Barclays sued, accused of giving unfair edge to high frequency traders – Reuters
North Dakota is getting younger thanks to oil boom – Bismarck Tribune
Millennials set to move out, goose the housing market – Washington Post
Wisconsin continues to lag the nation in job creation – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
France faces prolonged economic stagnation – Sober Look
The hockey stick of human prosperity – Marginal Revolution
Monsanto said to have weighed deal similar to Medtronic’s – Bloomberg
The syndrome of “hell no, we won’t pay” – ZDNet

Opening Belz, June 25

Posted by: Adam Belz Updated: June 25, 2014 - 9:10 AM

General Mills misses on profits, aims to cut costs – StarTribune
Turns out the U.S. economy shrank by 2.9 percent in the first quarter – Bloomberg
Medtronic could avoid $4.2 billion in taxes by overseas move – StarTribune
St. Louis Co. board opposes any new federal review of copper mining – Duluth News Tribune
Economist: U.S. productivity was slowing even before the recession – NBER
Booming St. Cloud hits record for employment – St. Cloud Times
High altitude harness maker Capital Safety to add 100 jobs in Red Wing – MSPBJ
Big Ten schools could afford to pay athletes – Chicago Tribune
Climate change could burn ag economy: report – StarTribune
The life and mind of Luis Suarez, a magical soccer player and serial biter – ESPN

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