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MN Business Leaders Optimistic About 2014

Hiring, capital expenditures, R&D spending to increase–but so might prices.

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MN Ranked 2nd-Best State For Achieving The American Dream

Attaining the second-highest “opportunity score,” Minnesota ranked especially well for its education opportunities and civic engagement on a recent list published by Forbes.

March 31, 2014

New Census data show shift to urban core

New Census data say that the Twin Cities metro ballooned by more than 100,000 people between 2010 and 2013, mirroring a trend of growth in a majority of urban cores nationwide. Growth in the metro...

March 27, 2014

Minnesota ranks 4th in measure of nation's well-being; N.D. 1st

Minnesota ranks as one of the nation’s top states when it comes to well-being. Gallup Healthways released their annual “State of American Well-Being” index Tuesday, and as a whole...

March 25, 2014

Minnesota town ranks No. 10 on best small towns to visit in 2014 list

A small town about 125 miles southeast of the Twin Cities has been named to Smithsonian Magazine’s list of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014. For the third year, the magazine examined...

March 23, 2014

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Minnesota's Top Technology Trends In 2014

3-D Printing, Wearable Technology Gaining Ground

March 21, 2014

Study: $50M Nicollet Mall makeover could generate $100M in spending

A new study says a $50 million facelift for Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis will more than pay for itself – spurring $106 million in additional spending and creating 860 jobs, the Downtown...

March 20, 2014

6 Of Forbes' "Most Trustworthy Companies" Are From MN

Hawkins, Tennant Company, Patterson Companies, Capella Education, Apogee Enterprises, and Buffalo Wild Wings were recognized for their corporate credibility.

March 20, 2014

Thanks, Uncle Sam: Survey shows how we'll spend our tax refunds

Splurge…or plan for a rainy day? According to a new survey reported in the Wall Street Journal, half of all American adults who expect to get a tax return this year indicate that they plan to...

March 18, 2014

Analysis of MN's post-Obamacare insurance market finds competition about the same

A new analysis of health insurance market competition by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds Minnesota remains about as competitive as it was before Obamacare took effect. And Kaiser found that when...

March 17, 2014

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U.S. News Ranks MN Grad Schools Among Best In Nation

Several Minnesota graduate schools—including the University of Minnesota, St. Thomas University, and Hamline University, among others—were ranked among the best in the nation.

March 13, 2014

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Survey Finds MN Businesses Are Ramping Up Production

They're also briskly investing in their infrastructure and talent.

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Economic Uncertainty Be Damned

Minnesota’s business leaders are tackling their most pressing business challenge head on.

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