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

The difficulties of downtown development in Willmar

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: September 16, 2014 - 9:44 AM

The West Central Tribune reports:

The Willmar City Council voted 6-2 Monday night to table a proposed ordinance amendment that would permit downtown businesses such as cafes and restaurants to use the public sidewalk for commercial purposes seven days a week.

The council tabled the proposed ordinance amendment after some concerns were raised by downtown business people during a public hearing about possible loitering and types of furniture that would be placed on the sidewalk.

After hearing the concerns, council member Denis Anderson offered an amendment to the proposed ordinance amendment that would call for cafe or restaurant furniture to be suitable and in good repair.

Council members also asked whether glass or paper tableware would be used at outdoor tables, whether dogs would be allowed, and they raised the issue of "loud talking."

Opening Belz, Sept. 16

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: September 16, 2014 - 9:15 AM

Essar Steel deal up in the air as bond deal fails – StarTribune
Rural counties among most unequal, study shows – Des Moines Register
GDP by metro area for 2013 released this morning – BEA
Portland, Ore., has more educated people than it can use – NY Times
The rich spend money on education, the poor on rent – Atlantic
Average home price in London tops £500k ($830k) – Business Insider
Renaissance Festival, mining pit make strange neighbors – StarTribune
State, city grants needed for apartments in housing-strapped Roseau – Grand Forks Herald
Cooperative child care model considered in western ND – Bismarck Tribune
City of Willmar struggles to allow sidewalk cafes downtown – West Central Tribune
Hedge funds among those who will win big in Alibaba IPO – WSJ

Opening Belz, Sept. 15

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: September 15, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Germany’s push to cut emissions clears the way for everyone else – NY Times
Bryan Caplan on the economic case for open borders – Vox
Little brother: Advertising transforms into surveillance – Economist
Schafer: Low wages are a problem the recovery won’t fix – StarTribune
Iowa Farm Bureau seeks stiffer penalties for livestock theft – Des Moines Register
Detroit takes big step toward bankruptcy settlement – Detroit Free Press
A look at the Minnesota Job Creation fund, sprinkle politics on top – Associated Press
24-year-old wants to open hotel in downtown Minneapolis – StarTribune
S&P: Income gap contributes to falling tax revenue – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Auto regulator slow to respond to deadly vehicle crashes – NY Times
Democrats outspend Walker in Wisconsin governor race – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Opening Belz, Sept. 11

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: September 11, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Steven Pinker on Ivy League admissions and meritocracy – New Republic
Schafer: Apple Pay is the real news from Apple – StarTribune|
What’s NASA up to these days? A lot, they just can’t explain it – GQ
Target holds a pep rally: “We need to be cool again” – StarTribune
Chinese global mining play is not panning out – WSJ
Backed up train traffic cancels Bismarck parade – Bismarck Tribune
Horace, the richest town in North Dakota – Fargo Forum
Alibaba IPO will end enchantment with Yahoo stock – WSJ
By one measure, millennials are out-reading older Americans – Quartz
The most affluent town in each state – Business Insider
Coast Guard: Great Lakes unprepared for oil spill – Detroit Free Press
Are startups moving to mid-sized cities? – CityLab

Opening Belz, Sept. 10

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: September 10, 2014 - 12:09 PM

New Cliffs Natural Resources management closes Duluth office – News Tribune
Boston Scientific hit with big court decision on pelvic mesh product – StarTribune
Vikings call delayed blitz on Ryan Cos., try to wrest control of land – StarTribune
Sorry, manufacturing cannot rebuild the U.S. middle class – Financial Times
How the next iPhone could kill the credit card – Wired
As Austin shows, a great economy comes with sacrifices – Albuquerque Business Journal
Chinese government is making some moves on air pollution – LA Times
Minnesota propane outlook improves, officials watchful – Bemidji Pioneer
Boil order lifted in Brainerd – Brainerd Dispatch


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