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Small businesses owners in the state who responded to a recent survey said that the economy and jobs are the most critical issues in the upcoming presidential election, while ethics, honesty, and corruption in government are also important when selecting a candidate.
University of Minnesota Duluth alumnus Brian Kobilka and Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University will share the award for their research on protein receptors, which help the body sense and respond to outside signals.
New business filings for the first three quarters of 2012 totaled 47,069, compared to 39,977 for the same period in 2011.
According to new data, Wells Fargo holds 43 percent of bank deposits in Minnesota—up from its 30.5 percent share last year and nearly double the 22.5 percent share held by local competitor U.S. Bank.
In a survey in which 10,554 diners weighed in on everything from their favorite burger and fries to salad and fast-food chain, Caribou Coffee and Buffalo Wild Wings were among the local chains that did well.
Additional company executives made appearances on American Banker magazine’s 25 “women to watch” ranking and its list of top banking teams.
However, there is a silver lining: The state has added 24,500 jobs in the past year, representing a growth rate of 0.9 percent—and Minnesota’s unemployment rate still remains well below the national rate, which was 8.1 percent last month.
In Experian’s ranking based on the average of credit scores of residents in 143 U.S. cities, Minneapolis reclaimed the top spot after losing it in 2011 after four straight years of coming in first.
The owner of The Wirth Companies and developer of major Minnesota projects like the Grand Lodge Hotel Waterpark in Bloomington was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay $6.46 million in restitution.
Three University of Minnesota researchers are developing technology that will use natural bacteria to purify water contaminated due to fracking.
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