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Ethanol supporters in Minnesota are not pleased. They want an even larger blending mandate.
The U.S. court system upheld rules that require meatpackers to tell consumers where animals used in their products are born, raised and slaughtered. But the World Trade Organization may have killed the rules.
Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken maintained their objection to the bill to give President Obama "fast track" trade negotiating authority before and after…
The U.S. requirement to disclose country of origin ran afoul of the World Trade Organization.
WASHINGTON – Bob Zelenka, executive director of the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association, sums up the current rail shipping conditions for Minnesota grain farmers…
Regulators and railroads work to keep oil train restrictions from slowing down a system that has just started to move again.
Klobuchar and Franken vote no; others join Republicans to move trade promotion authority for Obama into discussion.
Senate votes should lead to negotiating authority on free trade agreement.
Klobuchar, Franken join in denying Obama in Senate.
New disclosure rules would require communities to request information.
Three-judge panel rules patient can’t sue over Medtronic device.
Worried about increasing oil train traffic, the U.S. and Canada ordered cars to have thicker shells, more insulation and better valve structures.
Critics claim that some cut-rate long distance routers moving calls in the middle of the nation’s telecommunications network simply do not connect rural calls to avoid expensive connection fees.
General Mills and Cargill workers are spearheading Partners in Food Solutions, an effort to improve food production and distribution in Africa.
Three state politicians say the industry is dragged down by poor regulation enforcement.
Law co-sponsored by Rep. John Kline allows changes in multi-employer funds. Proposal for cuts was unveiled Wednesday.
Funding is seen as far short of what is needed to reduce the disease’s impact by 2025.
Industry says reinforced cars on current routes are better than trying to avoid heavily populated areas.
Fight over fast-track authority puts Republicans with Obama, Democrats against him.
Medica, UnitedHealth have big stake in Supreme Court health subsidy case
While many in the U.S. Senate and House pay lip service to ending the sales tax on medical devices that was instituted to help pay for national health care reform, no consensus exists about exactly how.
White House lists export gains by state, including Minnesota.
Minnesota companies say they need the financial help.
But if it has to happen, leaders of big businesses want other changes to the tax code as well.
The GOP controls Congress but lacks votes to override the president's veto.
If Target’s pay scale slips below Wal-Mart, the turnover in personnel could affect productivity and customer satisfaction.
Minnesota’s food giants are fighting an FDA proposal to list “added sugars” separately on nutrition labels.
Cargill and Hormel were part of trade groups seeking to avoid packages that say where animals are born, raised and slaughtered.
The devicemaker will pay $2.8 million after feds said it encouraged unapproved use of neurostimulation product.
President Obama wants to impose a one-time mandatory 14 percent tax on foreign profits that U.S. companies have stashed abroad, a move that would force Minnesota’s major companies to pay the government billions of dollars.
The president proposed a national initiative to help research, fight diseases.
Survey is at odds with other analyses that saw little change.
Conclusions differ sharply from the case the med-tech industry is making against the tax.
Mayor Betsy Hodges says city’s future as “majority minority” requires closing income gap.
Andy Slavitt led UnitedHealth’s Optum subsidiary.
Proposed FDA rules would require new premarket approval of certain diagnostic tests.
Cargill and the new U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba — more than two dozen trade associations representing virtually every crop and meat produced in the United States — have engaged Minnesotans in Congress for help.
Environmentalists dislike Keystone XL, but without it more oil trains could roll through Minnesota.
Rep. Erik Paulsen hopes Congress can negotiate a way to offset the lost revenue with health care savings.
BNSF fought order sought by power companies and politicians to address low stockpiles in Minnesota and surrounding states.
The change, and the fact that it was included in a spending bill, doesn’t sit well with some farmers.
Regulator says banks failed to protect credit unions from bad mortgage-backed securities.
Deficit hawk says leadership now is key to avoiding painful entitlement cuts.
Questions inevitably arise, whether there are any conflicts of interest or not.
They worry that if weather turns harsh this winter, the rail system could be overtaxed
Minnesota Rep. John Kline’s push to get it into the omnibus budget bill needed to keep the government running has enraged retirees. The Republican says it's necessary to prevent insolvency.
Bar Association initiative focuses on human rights.
Minnesota ranks near the bottom in federal contracts, jobs, grants and benefits.
The state’s diversified corporate base serves as a hedge against revenue losses, Commissioner of Revenue Myron Frans said.
The EPA cited the state’s efforts as an example for others to follow as new regulations regarding greenhouse gases and clean energy goals are set.
Getting basic information on costs and procedures remains a challenge in the Twin Cities.
Former U.S. representative who helped pass NAFTA calls it “the gold standard of trade treaties.”
After months of rail service problems, some utilities and elected officials say BNSF Railway needs to prove it has a plan to rebuild coal stockpiles.
Sugar producers, including the Minnesota sugar beet industry, back new limits on Mexican sugar that some say undermine NAFTA.
Consumers pay extra $1 billion per year because of government price supports for sugar, economists say.
Critics say a likely presidential veto means a repeal would come as part of a broader bill.
Foreign profits sit on sidelines as companies seek tax reform.
U.S. Bank is piloting a federal program that tackles an ugly legacy of the recession – a hiring bias against the long-term unemployed.
To keep federal aid, for-profit colleges’ graduates’ debt repayments must be less than 8 percent of total earnings.
The deal will increase parent UnitedHealth’s business with health insurance exchanges.
Consumer groups, foreign and domestic producers are at odds over new labeling measures.
Critics say they prove oil favoritism; railroads say numbers are misleading.
Minnesota-based ag giant wants court to overrule decision that connects it to Ivory Coast farms that used child labor.
Minnesota’s senior U.S. senator had criticized potential deal in light of rail-shipment delays.
Federal agencies will adopt “chip and PIN” cards, providing a boost for anti-hacking technology.
Reported talks between Canadian Pacific, CSX led to a quick reply from Klobuchar, who says shipping delays are costing millions.
The class-action lawsuit over Infuse bone implant advances, may hurt $43B Covidien deal.
The company plans to cover taxes executives will incur from its takeover of Covidien. But a plaintiff calls the decision by senior managers and the Medtronic board self-serving.
Edina-based company says 18 stores in Minnesota were affected in the cyberattack.
Opponents of the tax, including big med-tech companies, are continuing efforts to kill it.
The government-run bank got a nine-month reprieve after a fierce attack from Tea Party Republicans.
Big banks reportedly asked the former Minnesota governor’s lobbying group to back off.
Price of shipping cars explodes as deliveries remain uncertain.
The company said it lost $90 million after corn grown from genetically modified Syngenta seed was refused by China.
In speech, Treasury Secretary Lew calls for strong action against pending deals like Medtronic’s.
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