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, 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

Opening Belz, Sept. 9

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: September 9, 2014 - 9:26 AM

Vermont brewery sues Bent Paddle in Duluth over logo – News Tribune
Reddit raises more than $50 million from VCs – Recode
Lake Okoboji, an old-time Iowa vacation oasis – NY Times
Federal Reserve to hit big banks with stiffer surcharge – WSJ
St. Paul Saints’ new Lowertown ballpark to be named CHS Field – Pioneer Press
August barge traffic in Winona highest in a decade – Winona Daily News
American Crystal complains of beet harvest worker shortage – Grand Forks Herald
Trucking companies complain of long haul trucker shortage – Kansas City Star
International demand rising for Texas homes – Dallas Culture Map
At McCormick Place, they’re 3D-printing an electric car – Chicago Tribune
Chinese investors at work on canal across Nicaragua – LA Times
Another round of tests ordered for Brainerd drinking water – Brainerd Dispatch

Opening Belz, Sept. 8

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: September 8, 2014 - 11:50 AM

How organized labor is stirring in the fast food industry – New Yorker
It’s never been more lucrative to be a math-loving people person – HBR
Bees, pesticides and modern agriculture – StarTribune
Illinois gas tax receipts plummeted 24% from 2007 to 2013 – Chicago Tribune
Report says lenders have neglected foreclosures in minority areas – Indianapolis Star
Couple heads to D.C. by canoe to protest copper-nickel mine – Duluth News Tribune
The Bachman (floral and gifts) family is interested in medical marijuana – StarTribune
Food snobbery has hit the nursing home – NY Times
CHS plans $3bn fertilizer factory 90 miles west of Fargo – StarTribune
This website broke the story about MakerBot’s CEO stepping down – 3D Print
A nice look at the changing Twin Cities tech scene – StarTribune

Opening Belz, Sept. 5

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: September 5, 2014 - 12:47 PM

U.S. job growth misses expectations, economy adds 142,000 jobs in August – NY Times
Historic Jackson Building could be North Loop’s second hotel – StarTribune
Hackers have breached Healthcare.gov – WSJ
Banking will never know a more disruptive force than Excel – Financial Times
Wisconsin’s Gogebic taconite mine may shrink in scope – Journal Sentinel
BP may be fined up to $18 billion for oil spill in the Gulf – NY Times
Is a Goldman “vice president” a company officer? Not to Goldman – Bloomberg
Fast food workers protest for better pay at Uptown McDonald’s – StarTribune
Dinosaur skeleton discovered in Patagonia had shin the size of a man – LA Times
St. Lawrence Seaway has been busy this year, Duluth port traffic up – News Tribune
Rural Minnesota teachers finding it tough to lure new teachers – MPR
Terror at Cape Cod: More great white sharks swimming off Massachusetts – Boston Globe
Keystone XL payment to public schools stands even if pipeline not built – Omaha World Herald


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