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, Aug. 12

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: August 12, 2014 - 9:53 AM

Grain shipments still behind in Upper Midwest rail system – StarTribune
Wages have yet to recover from recession, study shows – Journal Sentinel
High rents are not likely to fade soon, Cleveland Fed says – WSJ
Saudis are inching toward shale exploration of their own – Arab News
FICO recalibrates credit scoring, could help consumers – StarTribune
A little collection from John Brooks, Bill Gates’ favorite business writer – New Yorker
Sue: The curse of the $8 million T-rex at the Field Museum – Telegraph
Surfing on the Great Lakes has its own culture – Northwest Michigan Second Wave
The Men in Blazers, Rog and Davo, are headed to NBC Sports – WSJ

Opening Belz, Aug. 11

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: August 11, 2014 - 8:58 AM

In U.S. oil boom, Alaska is the unlikely loser – WSJ
There were only 2 foreclosures in April in Benton County – St. Cloud Times
Is Apple losing its creative mojo? Not so fast – Harvard Business Review
Getting a mortgage is becoming a lot easier – StarTribune
Driverless military vehicles are a real possibility – Journal Sentinel
Schafer: “Benefit corporations” kick in by January, but many Cs are already Bs – StarTribune
These punk archaeologists explain why they dug up the Atari landfill – Atlantic
How technology is changing prostitution – Economist
New Sprint CEO takes reins today in Kansas City – KC Star
Researchers invent a way to stabilize time-lapse GoPro videos – Microsoft

Opening Belz, Aug. 8

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: August 8, 2014 - 9:09 AM

Iraq in crisis. ISIS routs Kurds, Maliki reluctant to step down – NY Times
Global chaos cuts Cargill’s annual profit 19 percent – StarTribune
They’re saying the polar vortex caused a baby boomlet in Pittsburgh – Post-Gazette
Cliffs says Highway 53 over Thunderbird Mine must move – Duluth News Tribune
Environmental disaster after basin bursts at copper mine in British Columbia – Global News
Russian food import ban to hit Poland, Norway hardest – WSJ
Minnesota rental costs rise, but incomes fall – St. Cloud Times
New paper on why housing prices are rising in urban centers – Stanford
Tribe in ND wants royalties for natural gas flaring – Bismarck Tribune
Door opens for new Enbridge pipeline route in northern MN – StarTribune
Loss of mid-wage jobs hampers California’s growth – LA Times

Opening Belz, Aug. 6

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: August 6, 2014 - 8:32 AM

Difficult but important for all of us: the language of finance – New Yorker
Mississippi still blocked to barge traffic south of the Twin Cities – StarTribune
Strike is on at Simplot plant in Grand Forks – Grand Forks Herald
Walgreens to remain based in U.S., forgo tax inversion – Chicago Tribune
Sprint backs off bid to acquire T-Mobile – Kansas City Star
What the Gannett spinoff could mean for the Des Moines Register – Business Record
The consolidation of Isis and the failures of western Middle East policy – London Review of Books
U.S. firms make move toward Africa, Chinese are way ahead – LA Times
Moms make less than single women, single moms make less than other moms – WSJ
Woodbury fast-tracks plans to develop old State Farm site – StarTribune

Opening Belz, July 31

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: July 31, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Fast, smart email interview with Tyler Cowen on inequality – NY Times
“Factoryless” category could change how U.S. counts manufacturing jobs – Journal Sentinel
Almost 1 in 7 private-sector jobs in ND tied to oil and gas – Grand Forks Herald
Erosion exposes Enbridge oil pipeline near Tamarac River – MPR
Target has a new CEO, a Pepsico executive – StarTribune
Alas, Target fed the story to the Wall Street Journal – WSJ
Cargill to close Milwaukee beef plant tomorrow – StarTribune
GDP growth rebound stokes Fed debate, yada yada yada – WSJ
Recovering RV market mirrors economic growth – Des Moines Register
Families are borrowing less to pay for college – WSJ
PR stunt: Thermos overnighted hot Spyhouse coffee across the country – Atlantic

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