In Texas, temperatures plunged and equipment froze in February. Supply cratered just as demand soared.

How a deep freeze in the South burned Minnesota consumers

Minnesota utilities made a losing bet on natural gas markets, leaving customers on the hook for higher prices.

How to earn up to 5% interest on a Minnesota checking account

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Tellers Kathy Romero,  left, and Gabrielle Kohlmeier handle accounts at the St. Paul Federal Credit Union.
Higher interest rates come with hurdles customers must clear each month.

Schafer: How bosses can prevent employee churn at pandemic's end

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One out of three millennials said they were planning to look for a new job once the pandemic eases, according to the Prudential Pulse of the American
Workers have reported high levels of burnout.
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To preserve affordable houses, Edina takes aim at teardowns

Ethan Moore and Carolina Trevino Guajardo are accustomed to unsolicited mail offers to buy their 1950s rambler in Edina, where hundreds of houses have been…
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Use of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is paused.

Minnesota doctors hope for quick return of J&J vaccine

Single-dose product is key for reaching some groups, health officials say, but they fear a stigma might linger.
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April 17
A tobacco farm in the province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba.

Cuba loosens state controls on agriculture production

HAVANA – Cuba is loosening a decades-old ban on the sale of beef and dairy products except to the state.Ranchers will be allowed to do…
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April 17
Activation of the Nobles 2 wind farm in 2020 in southwestern Minnesota pushed Minnesota Power to 50% renewable energy in December.

Zero-carbon electricity now provides most power in Minnesota

Clean energy grew in Minnesota last year despite the pandemic and recession.
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April 17
Ernest Hemingway at home in Cuba in the late 1940s.

Old rules still make sense in writing

The recent PBS series on the life of Ernest Hemingway displayed the writing-style rules of the Kansas City Star newspaper, from when Hemingway worked there…
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April 17
The American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2021 report card said 42% of bridges in the United States are at least 50 years old and 7.5% of them are st

Biden's infrastructure plan seen as aiding 'initial link' in farm supply chain

Spending could help farmers better transport crops from fields. But its support for EVs could diminish demand for ethanol.
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April 17
The earliest you can claim Social Security retirement benefits is age 62.

It pays to think through your Social Security strategy

Q: Do you agree that if one's retirement savings is large enough, it makes sense to take Social Security first and delay drawdowns from the…
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April 17
If you work at a company with more than 20 employees and lose your job, you can remain on your employer-sponsored health insurance plan for 18 months

COBRA is free for six months under the COVID relief bill. Do you qualify?

More than 2 million people could benefit.
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April 17

Investors shouldn't mistake the market for the economy

Equities are a leading indicator of economic activity and move up or down in anticipation of future outcomes.
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April 17
A new book has tips on making and saving money.

Writer advises women to 'think like a breadwinner' for financial success

highlights how women can shift their financial lives into a higher gear.
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April 17
Real estate agent Leah Drury greeted prospective buyers as they arrived at an open house she held Wednesday evening in South Minneapolis .       ] GLE

Dearth of homes for sale in Twin Cities sends median sale price to $327,500 in March

Sellers now getting more than list price as buyers face fierce bidding wars fueled by low interest rates.
The annual Star Tribune 50 looks at the state's largest public companies. Combined, the companies on the list employ more than 1.2 million people.
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April 16
Saida Mohamed, top, owner of Lake Cedar Pharmacy, was again the  target of looters this week.

Pharmacies feel especially vulnerable to criminal opportunists

Weary of riots and recent break-ins, pharmacists feel extra vulnerable
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Hutchinson man charged in attacks on Menards employee, police officer

The series of confrontations took place after a cashier told the suspect to put on a face mask.
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A house is listed for sale on Ninth Avenue South in St. Cloud.

Central Minnesota home prices up 20% from a year ago

A 'stubbornly persistent shortage of homes' is prompting buyers to pay more for properties statewide.
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This file photo from December 2020, shows Lisa Monet Zarza at Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville. AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Owner of Alibi Drinkery denied liquor license for Northfield bar, restaurant

Alibi at Froggy Bottoms remains open without serving alcohol.
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April 16
U.S. Bancorp will maintain its real estate and employee presence in downtown Minneapolis, executives said Thursday. The company employs 5,000 people i

U.S. Bancorp will maintain space in downtown Mpls. towers

The Minneapolis banking giant also released more than $1 billion in bad-loan reserves, lifting its profit, as economy improves.
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April 15
A rig was drilling three new wells in North Dakota in this file photo.

Blackouts cut North Dakota oil production

Bad February storms in the south stressed the country's power grids and caused disruption in the state's oil counties.
The Louriston Dairy near Murdock, built and operated by Riverview LLP, is home to 9,500 cows, 40 times more than the average American dairy. The compa
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A Target employee at the Nicollet Mall store holds a device used to identify items bought online. The order was being fulfilled in the store.  (Courtn

Target unveils new plan to deliver online deliveries faster

The process will be tested in the Twin Cities before being rolled out elsewhere.
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April 15
Minnesota's job recovery accelerated in March and the unemployment rate fell to 4.2% from 4.4% a month earlier.

Construction hiring adds speed to Minnesota's jobs comeback

The unemployment rate fell to 4.2% in March from 4.4% a month earlier.
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April 15
UnitedHealth Group solidly beat expectations for first quarter earnings as the nation’s largest health insurer added more than 1 million subscribers

UnitedHealth Group boosts outlook on profit jump

First quarter earnings beat expectations as insurance subscribers grew by 1 million people.