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by / on March 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm / in Business, News, State/Region

Xcel Energy rates increase

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (AP) – Regulators have approved rate hikes for Xcel Energy in 2014 and 2015, but it’s not yet clear just how much it’ll cost Minnesota customers.Most of the financial details in Xcel’s request were approved Thursday. The Star Tribune reports it will likely be several weeks before there’s a final rate, as regulators must still make several related […]

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by / on March 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm / in Business, News

Ameriprise settling lawsuit

ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Ameriprise Financial is settling the 2011 lawsuit against them for a sum total of $27.5 million.  Ameriprise was being sued because they allegedly filled their 401(k) with company mutual funds and charged their employees and retirees with excessive fees.  A joint motion was approved and filed on Thursday by both of the parties involved in the […]

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by / on March 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm / in Business, Local, News, State/Region

Dayton to deliver speech to Legislature

AP-MN-XGR–State of the State Dayton picks a date for State of the State Eds: APNewsNow. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton still has some time to write his State of the State speech. The governor’s office on Friday announced he will deliver the annual address to the Legislature on the night of April 9. It comes just after […]

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by / on March 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm / in Business, Local, Main Menu, News, State/Region

Minnesota’s unemployment numbers holding steady

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Minnesota’s unemployment rate was little changed in the first figures covering 2015, holding at a seasonally adjusted rate of 3.7 percent for the sixth consecutive month. The labor force participation rate and the employment-to-population ratio ticked up in January, according to data released Tuesday. But employers eliminated 7,900 jobs that month, mostly from the trade, […]

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by / on March 4, 2015 at 8:33 pm / in Business, News

Big news for Target Corporation

Target Corp. has major plans for the upcoming years involving restructuring and other improvements. A meeting was held on Tuesday in which the corporation announced their plans to cut several thousands of jobs in order to cut two billion dollars in costs over the next two years. Their goal is for Target to be able to compete in an increasingly […]

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by / on March 3, 2015 at 7:50 pm / in Business, Local, National, News, Politics, State/Region

Minnesota House bill would help agriculture exports to Cuba

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Seeking to fan agriculture exports to Cuba, a Minnesota House panel took initial steps Tuesday to spend state money on promoting the shipment of goods to the island nation amid improving relations with the United States. The bipartisan bill that the House Agriculture Finance Committee kept in the budget mix would designate $100,000 to promote […]

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by / on February 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm / in Business, Main Menu, News

Chicago flights cancelled beginning on Friday

(Photo credit: St. Cloud Regional Airport) St. Cloud, Minnesota – Flights between the Granite City and the Windy City have officially came to an end. United Airlines is eliminating the SkyWest direct flight between St. Cloud and Chicago after a one-year trial period due to low profitability. Even with the cancellation of this flight doesn’t mean that any employees will be laid […]

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by / on February 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm / in Business, Local

St. Cloud Native starts a Brewery

A new brewery is opening Saturday in St. Cloud. Chris Laumb, the head brewmaster is opening Beaver Island Brewing Company downtown. It is located at 216 Sixth Avenue South and opens it’s doors at 4 p.m. after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Laumb, a graduate from St. Cloud Tech High School, started home brewing with no intention in pursuing a brewing career. […]

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by / on February 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm / in Business, Local, News, Politics, State/Region

Sunday funday?

ST. CLOUD, Minn.- Representative Jenifer Loon has proposed a bill that would lift the ban on Sunday Liquor sales in Minnesota. The proposal may seem long overdue to some, considering Minnesota is one of only 12 states that still has the ban. All surrounding states have lifted the ban, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, which has liquor […]

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by / on February 18, 2015 at 8:09 pm / in Business, Featured Stories, Local, News, St. Cloud State, Top Stories, Video

As you like it

Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration. At Brothers Bar and Grill in downtown St. Cloud, Charlene Ridlon’s Paint N Party class allows people to discover talents they never even knew they had.

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