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Trump could privatize nation's air traffic controllers
Your fleece jacket might be polluting the Mississippi River
No draft for women in $618.7 billion annual defense bill heading to Obama
Landmark survey finds U.S. transgender people harassed in public restrooms
Man facing 16 felonies for alleged kidnapping, assault of Willmar woman
Card slow, then stop, St. Cloud Tech
Morris/CA boys down Lakers in OT
LQPV rebounds in second half, wins in OT
Cards warm up for Classic with win over Rocori
Tough night on ice
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Harlow D. Skindelien
Marlene M. Baumann
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Dionne commentary: The disempowered majority in U.S.
Will commentary: Trump's Carrier ploy is not conservatism
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Parker commentary: Donald Trump's demagogic illogic
Thomas commentary: Remembering Pearl Harbor at 75
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
November 7, 2013
Cautious consumers seen curbing U.S. economic growth
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth likely slowed a bit in the third quarter as consumers kept a lid on spending, supporting the Federal...
November 7, 2013 - 6:40am
November 5, 2013
Concerns rise for farmers as weather and economic issues impacting the ag sector
MINNEAPOLIS — Farmers face unpredictability, whether the topic is the weather or economics. In the weather, farmers are going to be forced...
November 5, 2013 - 11:55pm
October 31, 2013
Effects of shutdown minimal in Midwest when business activity index surges
WASHINGTON — Business activity in the Midwest surged past expectations in October as new orders hit their highest level since 2004, countering recent evidence of soft economic growth. Weekly unemployment claims also fell, in welcome news for the nation’s battered labor market...
October 31, 2013 - 11:35pm
October 30, 2013
Fed maintains strong stimulus as U.S. growth stumbles
WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve extended its support for a slowing U.S. economy on Wednesday, sounding a bit less optimistic about growth and saying it will keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month for the time being.
October 30, 2013 - 2:22pm
U.S. consumer prices rise, but underlying inflation benign
WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices rose modestly in September but there was little sign of underlying inflation in the economy, which should give the Federal Reserve scope to maintain its monthly bond purchases. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer...
October 30, 2013 - 7:59am
October 29, 2013
U.S. consumer spending measure rises, but auto sales tumble
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gauge of U.S. consumer spending rose in September as Americans likely snapped up Apple's new iPhone and bought leisure goods, but falling sales of automobiles pointed to sluggish economic growth during the third quarter.
October 29, 2013 - 10:56am
U.S. producer prices unexpectedly fall, inflation pressures muted in September
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. producer prices unexpectedly fell in September and the increase in the annual rate was the smallest in nearly four years, pointing to a benign inflation environment.
October 29, 2013 - 9:53am
October 28, 2013
U.S. factory, housing data suggest economy losing steam
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing output barely rose in September and contracts to buy previously owned homes recorded their largest...
October 28, 2013 - 12:28pm
U.S. industrial output posts largest gain in seven months
(Reuters) - U.S. industrial production recorded its largest increase in seven months in September as utilities output surged after several months of declines, but manufacturing showed signs of cooling. Industrial output rose 0.6 percent last month after increasing 0.4 percent in...
October 28, 2013 - 9:37am
October 24, 2013
U.S. manufacturing growth slows in October, disrupted by government shutdown: Markit
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing grew at its slowest pace in a year this month and factory output contracted for the first time since late 2009, an industry report showed on Thursday. Financial data firm Markit said its "flash," or preliminary, U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing...
October 24, 2013 - 8:59am
October 22, 2013
Concerns over hiring likely to linger
WASHINGTON — The uncertainty and weakness that hung over the nation’s job market in September before the government shutdown aren’t going away. Employers will likely remain slow to hire as long as the economy struggles to accelerate, consumers limit their spending and Congress...
October 22, 2013 - 11:12pm
October 17, 2013
EBay holiday quarter outlook disappoints on U.S. weakness
(Reuters) - EBay Inc on Wednesday gave a disappointing holiday forecast, saying the U.S. economic environment, including consumer confidence, had deteriorated in part because of the shutdown of the U.S. government.
October 17, 2013 - 7:17am
October 4, 2013
Letter: Hunting boosts our economy
The beginning of hunting season is as much a hallmark of fall in Minnesota as football games, changing foliage, and cooler temperatures. Although nearly all Minnesotans are aware of the role hunting plays in our state’s heritage, hunting is rarely recognized as the economic driver...
October 4, 2013 - 12:00am
October 2, 2013
Private sector adds 166,000 jobs in September: ADP
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. private employers added 166,000 jobs in September, lower than economists' expectations for the month, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show...
October 2, 2013 - 7:23am
September 26, 2013
U.S. jobless claims fall; no more backlog
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week to a near six-year low, a promising sign for the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 305,000, the Labor Department...
September 26, 2013 - 7:52am