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Fire collapses portion of interstate highway in Atlanta
Seeking end to boycott, North Carolina rescinds transgender bathroom law
Verizon looking to launch online TV service
Teachers' union wants discipline change
Indonesian man found dead after being swallowed by python
More local vendors added to Target Field fare
Twins to break camp without ByungHo Park
With a shiner on his eye, Parise joins Wild for morning skate
Twins LHP Mejia named No. 5 starter
UND cuts women's hockey, men's and women's swimming
'Trading Spaces' returning to TV
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
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Evonne C. Frost
Delores A. Larson
Keith L. Sorenson
Elna Grace Paschka
Letter: MN anti-environment bills put politics ahead of science
Minnesota lawmakers: A bipartisan proposal to fight opioid abuse
Parenting Perspectives: Why I worry about what others think of me
Farmers leading progress on buffer requirement
Pinke: Rally around rural communities
Dave & Vivian Swanson
U.S. economy grew at modest 2.4 percent rate in Q1
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.4 percent annual rate from January through March, slightly slower than initially estimated. Consumer spending was stronger than first thought, but businesses restocked more slowly and state and local government spending cuts were...
May 30, 2013 - 10:25am
May 28, 2013
U.S. consumer confidence rises in May to 5-year high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' confidence in the economy jumped in May to a five-year high, lifted by a better outlook for hiring, rising home...
May 28, 2013 - 10:18am
May 13, 2013
U.S. retail sales rise in April on cars, clothing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending in April at retail businesses, buying more cars and clothes while paying less for gas. The rebound from a weak March suggests consumers may help boost economic growth again this spring. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER Associated...
May 13, 2013 - 8:31am
April 29, 2013
U.S. consumers boost spending 0.2 percent last month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans spent more last month and their income grew, the latest indication that tax increases have yet to hold back the consumer. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans spent more last month and their income...
April 29, 2013 - 8:19am
U.S. consumers keep spending despite reduced pay
WASHINGTON (AP) -- This year got off to a sour start for U.S. workers: Their pay, already gasping to keep pace with inflation, was suddenly shrunk by a Social Security tax increase. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- This year got...
April 29, 2013 - 6:29am
April 11, 2013
Cold March keeps shoppers' spending tepid
NEW YORK (AP) -- So much for new spring shorts and T-shirts. As cold weather lingered across most of the country, Americans shopped modestly in March. By MAE ANDERSON AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- So much for new spring shorts and T-shirts. As cold weather lingered across most...
April 11, 2013 - 1:14pm
March 26, 2013
Consumer confidence falls in March
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are less confident in the economy than they were last month as massive government spending cuts have stoked economic uncertainty. By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are less confident in the economy than they were last month...
March 26, 2013 - 12:47pm
March 15, 2013
Gas spike drives US consumer prices up 0.7 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A spike in gas prices drove a measure of U.S. consumer costs up in February by the most in more than three years. But outside the gain in fuel, inflation was mostly modest. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- A spike in gas prices drove...
March 15, 2013 - 7:38am
March 13, 2013
US retail sales up solid 1.1 percent in February
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in February, boosting retail spending 1.1 percent compared with January. About half the jump reflected higher gas prices, but even excluding gas purchases, retail sales rose 0.6 percent. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP...
March 13, 2013 - 11:13am
March 7, 2013
US consumer debt up $16.2 billion in January
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans stepped up borrowing in January to buy cars and attend school, while staying cautious about using their credit cards. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans stepped up borrowing in January to buy cars and attend school,...
March 7, 2013 - 3:04pm
Retailers report modest sales gains for February
NEW YORK (AP) -- Retailers are reporting modest sales gains for February as consumers, uninspired by cool weather and worried about the economy, shopped cautiously for spring merchandise. By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Retailers are reporting modest sales...
March 7, 2013 - 9:27am
March 5, 2013
US service firms grows at fastest pace in a year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. service companies grew in February at the fastest pace in a year, buoyed by higher sales, more new orders and solid job growth. The gain suggests higher taxes have yet to slow consumer spending on services. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON...
March 5, 2013 - 1:13pm
February 26, 2013
Consumer confidence rebounds in February
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans seem to be more confident in the economy than they have been in the past few months. But that doesn't mean they're willing to spend more money. By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans seem to be more confident in the economy than...
February 26, 2013 - 12:58pm
February 13, 2013
US retail sales rise 0.1 percent after tax increase
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans barely spent more last month at retail businesses and restaurants after higher taxes cut their paychecks. The small...
February 13, 2013 - 9:11am
February 7, 2013
Retailers report strong January sales
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sometimes, the devil is in the deals. Americans shopped the winter clearance racks in January, resulting in strong sales during the month for retailers. But spending is expected to slow as the deals dry up heading into the spring, and Americans digest rising gas prices...
February 7, 2013 - 12:00pm