National
November 20

Biden says he's decided on treasury secretary nomination

President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday that he has decided whom to nominate as his secretary of the Treasury Department.
Coronavirus
November 20
Minnesota is slated to receive 25 staffed ambulances from FEMA to help hospitals transfer patients to other medical facilities because of the COVID-19

FEMA ambulances deployed to help transfer Minn. patients

The state is getting 25 staffed ambulances from the federal government to help hospitals transfer patients so medical centers are better prepared for a surge of critically ill patients.
Business
November 19
Minnesota's unemployment rate fell sharply in October, shaped again by the departure of people from the workforce.

Minnesota prepares for more jobless claims as new restrictions go into place

Unemployment fell to 4.6% in October, but new pandemic restrictions likely to raise rate.
Duluth
November 19
Workers watched and guided crane operators as they moved a section of a wind turbine tower off the BBC Xingang and onto a flatbed truck.

Another record season for wind turbine shipments at Duluth port

About 525,000 tons of blades and tower parts will move through the harbor this year.
Business
November 19
A for sale sign outside an Edina home in July 2014.

Twin Cities home sales surge led by 47% increase in Minneapolis

Low rates helped drive surge; the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped Thursday to 2.72%.
Business
November 19

PUC backs CenterPoint plan for renewable natural gas system

The utility hopes to establish a supply system to sell renewable natural gas to customers.
Business
November 19
Macy’s lost money in the fiscal third quarter and reported a 20% decline in same-store sales.

Macy's loses money in 3Q; virus surges into holiday season

Macy's swung to a quarterly loss and sales tumbled 22% as the department store chain struggled to bring shoppers back to stores during a pandemic.
Business
November 19
Chicago Lake Liquors owner John Wolf stocked shelves on Wednesday in preparation of the Thursday reopening after rioting and fires destroyed the inter

Chicago Lake Liquors reopens after Minneapolis looting

Riot-damaged Chicago Lake Liquors reopens after $3 million rebuild.
Business
November 19
Boston Scientific is cutting about 100 jobs in the Twin Cities after winding down a heart valve product.

Boston Scientific plans to cut 106 jobs at Twin Cities plant

Decision to drop heart valve means 100 jobs lost at Maple Grove plant.
Business
November 19
Target's third-quarter results showed more huge gains in sales and profits, though at slightly slower rates than seen earlier in the year. File photo

Target shares hit new high after results show shoppers are still pouring into its stores

Analysts say pandemic may keep sales up in 4th quarter but growth isn't sustainable.
Local
November 18

Feds charge onetime Wadena insurance agent with stealing $524K from clients

Former Wadena insurance agent's brother said he had a "habit of living very well."
Business
November 18
Amy Sinclair, Executive Director of Thielen Foundation, handed out turkeys at East St. Paul Worship and Service Center of the Salvation Army.

Jennie-O partners with football star Thielen's turkey giveaway

Player's foundation helps to provide 2,000 birds to Salvation Army this year.
Business
November 18

Delta will keep middle seats empty through March

Airline not following other carriers in easing anti-virus safety measure.
Variety
November 18

Apple to cut app store fees as legal scrutiny intensifies

Apple will cut its app store commissions in half for most developers beginning next year amid an intensifying debate about whether the iPhone maker has been using the fees to unfairly fatten its profits and stifle rivals competing against its own music, video, and other subscription services.
Business
November 18
Amazon opens online pharmacy, shaking up industry

Amazon opens online pharmacy, shaking up industry

Amazon opened an online pharmacy Tuesday that allows customers to order medication or prescription refills and have them delivered to their front door in a couple of days.
Business
November 18

The Stable acquires Jacobs Marketing in a made-in-Minneapolis deal

Jacobs Marketing, started in 1982, is best known for its retail marketing muscle.
Business
November 18
Shannon Mueller, of Husdon, Wis., walked up to “Santa Scott,” with her bashful 2-year old, Porter, and 5-month old, Rylan, before taking photos No

At Twin Cities malls, it's Zoom Santa and wish lists shared through glass

Thanks to COVID, kids can't sit on the jolly old elf's lap, but they can still get face time.
Duluth
November 18
Enbridge Energy has already built a 14-mile stretch of Line 3 from the Minnesota line to its terminal in Superior, Wis., but the rest of the project f

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency advisers quit over pipeline permit

A dozen of the board's 17 members signed a letter, which called the water quality permit the "final straw" in a series of MPCA actions they said sidelined the advisory group
Business
November 17
The sun set over the Bakken Oil Formation, behind an oil well near Williston in 2013. North Dakota, the nation's second-largest oil and gas producer,

Oil and gas production rising in North Dakota, but future is murky

North Dakota posted a solid hike in petroleum output in September, while the industry now races to start new wells before pro-oil President Donald Trump…
West Metro
November 17
A masked employee cleaned a table at Blarney Pub & Grill in Dinkytown on Nov. 13. Hennepin County commissioners approved $8 million Tuesday to help st

Hennepin County approves $8M to help bars and restaurants

Funding expected to help hundreds of businesses hurting under COVID rules.