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Local business owners expect to pass costs from latest tariffs to consumers.
President Donald Trump has argued that the cost of his tariffs on China will fall largely on the Chinese. The reality is more nuanced, said…
The vice president is promoting the new free trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Ex-congressman joins business alliance seeking NAFTA replacement.
Congress and others look to company for solutions to "lost Marie Curies."
Multimillion-dollar influence war pits corn growers, oil producers.
Compeer Financial's Rod Hebrink cites trade pressures, weather and low prices as key challenges.
U.S. companies paid tariffs totaling $1.5 billion on Chinese imports in December 2018, a trade group said. A year earlier, they spent just $168 million.
Lower U.S. demand, plunge in exports made for rough 2018.
Star Tribune Media Co. has expanded its board of directors, adding four new members. Joining the board will be Christine Fruechte, CEO of Colle McVoy;…
Minnesota will receive roughly $3.5 million from a vehicle company and parts maker accused of conspiring to cheat on pollution controls. According to lawsuits, Fiat…
EPA hasn't issued standards on chemicals dumped by 3M and others that have tainted water.
3M last year settled a state of Minnesota lawsuit related to PFAS, and faces litigation in other states. Environmental and consumer groups immediately challenged the EPA's decision not to push immediately for lower limits on the chemicals in drinking and groundwater.
Marty Davis thinks President Trump has "done more that's right for trade in America than any president since World War II."
A new report said the state will lose 16,100 jobs if the trade war continues.
And Minnesota freshmen in Congress are among those trying to end tactic.
Wisconsin's Duffy offers plan while Cargill and other firms report on toll of trade war.
Product approval requests made to regulators since the shutdown began are not moving forward.
Squelch the urge to retreat amid wild stock market swings, financial advisers say.
Project will pay growers to try methods to keep harmful carbon in the soil.
Serious neck injuries in patients who received the Infuse surgical implant weren't reported to regulators for years.
Suit that alleges First Amendment violations has failed in lower courts.
A measure that would have required some recipients to work was stripped from the bill.
WASHINGTON – As the first year of corporate tax reform winds down, the difficulty of measuring the impact of the biggest overhaul of the…
For farmers like Lance Peterson, who right now cannot break even on the sale of a bushel of soybeans because of oversupply, weather and tariffs, time is running out.
The rookies in Congress will face some enduring economic concerns.
Supporters of permanent repeal hope for bipartisan action during lame-duck session of Congress.
The loans are seen as less costly than payday options, but still carry a hefty interest rate.
Retaliatory Chinese tariffs squeezing state's farmers, with no end in sight.
Many of the state's big business leaders made personal donations.
Rule change welcomed by farmers would allow E-15 fuel blend to be sold year-round.
Congress is expected to resume efforts to craft new five-year bill after midterm elections.
Trump's revised trade deal has Minnesota farmers, workers cautiously optimistic.
About 800 U.S. firms say they can't find domestic suppliers.
Minnesota farmers, Midwest lawmakers are fighting uphill battle to find new markets.
With his latest protective tariffs on Chinese imports, President Donald Trump hit dozens of products in Minneapolis retailer's inventory.
Consumer bureau is looking at less policing of abusive lenders.
Those who rely heavily on deductions could see a bill.
Many Minnesota firms back a tougher stance with China but question Trump approach as bottom lines begin to suffer.
Some in the agricultural economy still give him the benefit of the doubt. But so far, Trump's tactics have only hurt farmers, and patience is running thin.
In Minn., everything from pigs to Red Wing Shoes could be affected.
Timetables that dictate industry actions are not as flexible as negotiating tactics, analysts say.
They were first canceled, but now are back on again.
The measure passed with bipartisan support and now heads to the Senate.
Area is finalist for a prized operation that could secure high-paying tech jobs for decades.
For many local business leaders, other issues are more pressing.
President of the Minnesota Farm Bureau feels like a bad dream has come true.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new rules last year that aimed to make payday lenders do more to ensure that borrowers have the means to pay back their loans on time. But now the CFPB is trying to delay and possibly gut that plan, and Congress recently toyed with killing it altogether.
Trade war would complicate operations of companies with multinational presence.
Cornell spoke at a reception on Capitol Hill hosted by the Economic Club of Minnesota.
Cargill, the Minnesota-based agricultural and shipping giant that is one of the world's largest private companies, has emerged as a leading voice in support of global trade as President Donald Trump imposes protective tariffs on other countries.
If China targets soybeans and corn for retaliatory tariffs, Minnesota farmers and companies could be badly hurt.
Army officials are expected to make a final decision by the end of June.
Tariff response could pack $35 million hit on Minnesota firms.
As Canada and Mexico fire back against new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, a wide range of Minnesota-made products could get hit in the retaliation.
Well over 1 million Minnesotans are likely already subject to mandatory arbitration of workplace grievances, if the state mirrors the rest of the nation, and…
Conservative House members joined Democrats in rejecting the nearly $870 billion bill.
Letter asks trade rep to remove med-tech products, components from 25 percent tariff.
Mike Mohan told a panel in Washington that targeting flat-panel TVs won't change China trade policy.
WASHINGTON — Minnesota’s economically critical medical technology sector is battling to extract itself from a potential tariff and trade war with China that it says…
Petition questions whether the standards have been lowered.
"We are the canaries in the coal mine."
Farmers and ethanol producers in Minnesota say the waiver controversy is the latest battle in a long-running war for sales and market share.
Minnesotans who've avoided paying state sales taxes on online and other kinds of remote purchases could soon see those taxes added to their bills, depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a widely watched case that will be argued this week.
It came less than a week after a public records watchdog group revealed that he had contributed $25,000 in 2016 to a group that mounted an anti-Muslim social media campaign.
Brad Anderson says he didn't know Secure America Now was involved in the ads. His $25,000 donation was meant as support for Israel, he says.
Minnesota is the nation's third largest producer of soybeans. The crop accounts for 30 percent of the state's agricultural exports. The state shipped more than $2 billion worth of soybeans abroad in 2016. More than half went to China.
Companies are withholding judgment until they see how the dispute plays out. But pork, corn, soybeans and other meats and commodities in Minnesota's critical agricultural sector could soon be harder to sell abroad.
China's retaliatory moves to penalize pork, ethanol will have outsized impact in the state.
Minnesota-based businesses worry over cost increases for consumers.
The Minnesota Democrat is part of a Senate effort to try to save hundreds of thousands of retired U.S. workers from catastrophic cuts in income.
Trump's tariffs take effect in less than two weeks, and farmers have no quick fixes.
The breath of President Donald Trump’s plan to put tariffs on steel and aluminum has been a problem for some Republicans in Congress, including GOP…
Tax on foreign profits could deliver a windfall to state, but firms are pushing back.
Proposal allowing firms to summarize malfunctions reignites safety debate.