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Retiring Andover farmers struggle to find someone to continue their work

Bob and Bonnie Dehn didn’t plan on being farmers. He was a mailman, she worked in finance, and they just wanted to own some land to build a house and grow flowers to sell at the local farmers market. When Bob was diagnosed with cancer in 1979 they started Dehn’s Garden, a family farm in Andover where they could grow and harvest vegetables and herbs to support themselves in case he took a turn for the worse. Now they want to retire, but they’re struggling to find buyers who will continue the 105-acre operation. Their two daughters don’t...


Revenues in Legal Cannabis Continue to Skyrocket as Demand for CBD Based Products Rapidly Explode in Popularity

Revenues being generated from the legal cannabis and marijuana market continues to push upward as leaders throughout the industry announce positive financial results and aim at surpassing initial benchmarks set last year. This growth in the multi-billion market is expected to get even stronger for companies such as: PotNetwork Holding Inc. (OTC: POTN), Cannabis Science Inc. (OTC: CBIS), Agritek Holdings Inc. (OTC: AGTK), Easton Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTC: EAPH), American Cannabis Company Inc. (OTC: AMMJ). http://www.prnewswir...


Uptown Diner fires 2 workers photographed wearing Nazi uniforms

A Minneapolis restaurant has fired two employees who appeared in photos wearing Nazi apparel and displaying white supremacy paraphernalia, an announcement on the restaurant’s Facebook page said. The Uptown Diner released the two employees after it became aware of the photos, which were making the rounds Tuesday on Facebook.


White Earth tribes hopes hemp project will be successful

There’s a lot of expectation invested in a few acres of hemp growing on a hill overlooking the small town of Callaway on the edge of the White Earth Reservation. “I’m kinda nervous,” said tribal secretary-treasurer Tara Mason. “I don’t think I’ve been this concerned about how a crop is doing on White Earth until we planted these.”


Hy-Vee, Inc. Becomes First Midwest Retailer to Offer 100 Percent Responsibly Sourced Fresh and Frozen Seafood in All Stores

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Aug. 15, 2017) — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today that 100 percent of its national brand frozen seafood is now responsibly sourced in compliance with its Seafood Procurement Policy. This exciting achievement means that Hy-Vee is the first Midwest retailer to guarantee that 100 percent of the fresh and frozen seafood sold in its 245 stores comes from environmentally responsible sources. This builds on Hy-Vee’s announcement in December 2015 that 100 percent of its private label fresh and frozen seafood is responsibly...


Target pulls out of yearlong sales slump with higher store traffic, online purchases

Target Corp. has pulled out of a yearlong sales slump while department stores continue to struggle. After four consecutive quarterly sales declines, the Minneapolis-based retailer said this morning that comparable sales in the May-to-July quarter rose 1.3 percent, driven by increased traffic and a 32 percent growth in online sales. Target's stock jumped 5 percent in premarket trading.


Health insurers seek higher rates for Minnesota small businesses

Small business health plans in Minnesota could be facing double-digit premium increases next year, with some insurers saying that enrollees are consuming more care just as medical costs are rising. The number of those potentially affected by proposed increases is about 160,000.


North Dakota oil production remains above 1 million barrels per day

North Dakota oil production dropped a tad in June as oil prices fell, but it remained above the 1 million barrel-per-day level. Meanwhile, with the Dakota Access pipeline coming online in June, the share of oil shipments out of North Dakota by rail dropped below 10 percent from over 25 percent earlier this year.


Serta Simmons cancels $27 million bed factory in Lakeville

Serta Simmons Bedding has canceled plans to build a $27 million bed-manufacturing plant in Lakeville, company and state officials confirmed Monday. The Atlanta-based bed maker announced in 2015 that it intended to build the factory and staff it with 200 hires. Those plans were delayed last year, and the state officially canceled its participation in the plans last spring, state officials said.


Target, Best Buy see nice return on border adjustment lobbying effort

WASHINGTON – In the first six months of 2017, Best Buy spent $1.71 million lobbying, twice as much as it spent the entire year in 2016. Target Corp. spent $1.48 million lobbying from January through June 2017, only slightly less than it spent all of last year. The numbers, drawn from government records, show the Minnesota companies’ determination to kill a border adjustment tax on imports that House Republicans made a centerpiece of their Better Way tax reform plan.


Not your parents' incentive plans

Employees born in the “millennial period” are no longer the new kids on the block. They have begun to transition into middle-management and other key employee roles in businesses all around the country. Couple this with the fact that the top concern of companies today is hiring and retaining qualified employees and you have a scenario where business owners must worry about how to compensate this newest generation of key employees. And the tried-and-true methods of long-term incentive compensation that worked with baby boomers might not fit...


Reinsurance would preserve MNsure choices, but few will see premium drops

A new state program promises to significantly lower health insurance rates next year in the individual market, but that doesn’t necessarily mean consumers will see reductions in what they are paying each month for coverage. The state Commerce Department last week released proposed rates for 2018 in the market that primarily serves people under age 65 who are self-employed or don’t get coverage from an employer.


First Nations are getting into the marijuana game amid uncertainty in U.S.

While only a handful of tribes in the United States have successfully entered the marijuana industry, the picture looks a lot different just across the border. According to The Cannabis Business Times, 13 First Nations have joined a medical marijuana collective. The Pontiac Group, a Native-owned development firm that helped facilitate the partnership, expects more in the future.


Testing the waters of the hemp industry

NESPELEM – In a shot at entering a $600 million hemp production industry, the Colville Tribes planted a 60-acre test plot, planning to research the marketability of hemp seed and fiber projects. Colville Business Council member Michael Marchand announced the new project, July 28.


Native American health care to be gutted as tribal elites support private markets

Amid the continuing health care debate in Washington, Native Americans throughout the country are bracing for major cuts to their insurance coverage. Under the Republican health care legislation just voted down in the US Senate, nearly 6 percent of the Native population, or 300,000 individuals, would lose access to health care coverage. In addition, government health agencies that serve Native Americans and Alaska Natives face ongoing budget cuts of up to $300 million. Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all tribal members were eligible to...


Tribal pot store near downtown Las Vegas aims to be biggest in the country

The boom from legalized recreational marijuana in Nevada is about to get even bigger, thanks to a massive store set to open early next month near downtown Las Vegas. With 15,800 square feet of retail space, Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace, located on tribal land, will be the largest standalone retail marijuana facility in the U.S., according to its owners.


Wells Fargo faces lawsuits, angry lawmakers over car lending

NEW YORK — The heat on Wells Fargo over its auto lending business has intensified, with customers filing at least three lawsuits, politicians calling for hearings and a bank regulator issuing a subpoena for records. Wells Fargo, still trying to recover from a fake accounts scandal, said last week that roughly 570,000 customers were signed up for and billed for car insurance that they didn't need or necessarily know about. Many couldn't afford the extra costs and fell behind in their payments. In about 20,000 cases, cars were repossessed....


Colville Tribe will test hemp production on its reservation

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is testing the potential for industrial hemp production on its lands. The tribe planted a 60-acre plot of hemp in July and will study the viability of raising hemp for seeds and fiber. The Colvilles are the first Washington tribe to be issued a permit by the state Department of Agriculture to research hemp production under federal guidelines.


MNsure losing last option for small businesses

The last health insurer selling small business coverage through MNsure won’t return to the state’s health insurance exchange next year, and will instead transition customers to the market where small businesses buy directly from health plans. The decision announced Monday by Eagan-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is another blow to MNsure’s small business program, which never really got off the ground after being launched for 2014.


Former Seminole Chief Leads Partnership to Boost Legal Marijuana Industry on Tribal Lands

He led the Florida Seminole Tribe when it challenged the U.S. Supreme Court over gaming on tribal lands. The legal victory helped kick start a gambling industry now estimated at more than $33 billion. Now former Seminole Chief James Billie wants to do for marijuana what the tribes achieved for gaming, aiming to make tribal producers the source for marijuana in a growing number of states that have legalized recreational and medical use of the drug. Billie is partnering with Nevada-based Electrum Partners in the effort to bring investment and...


Green gold: A Nevada mining town straddles the Wild West and marijuana culture

Don Knight keeps a "hard times" stockpile in the basement of his turn-of-the-century bungalow in Elko, Nev. Dozens of tightly sealed ammo cans are stacked in the corner, each packed with a handful of shotgun shells, a 2,000-calorie vacuum-sealed military food brick, a stash of water purifying tablets and a nugget of his favorite marijuana strain: Gorilla Glue #4.


As California's labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots

SALINAS, Calif. – Driscoll’s is so secretive about its robotic strawberry picker it won’t let photographers within telephoto range of it. But if you do get a peek, you won’t see anything humanoid or space-aged. AgroBot is still more John Deere than C-3PO — a boxy contraption moving in fits and starts, with its computer-driven sensors, graspers and cutters missing 1 in 3 berries.


Minnesota health insurance shoppers brace for new rates

People who buy health insurance on their own are about to experience what’s become a dreary summer ritual — the first look at next year’s premiums. The state Commerce Department on Monday is scheduled to release preliminary rate requests from health insurers for the roughly 170,000 people who buy individual policies.


Who Gets to Sell Cigarettes Without Taxes?

American Indians introduced tobacco to the rest of the world centuries ago, and the nicotine-laden herb remains an important part of their culture and religious ceremonies. It’s also key to the commercial success of Grand River Enterprises, a company dominated by two Mohawk men on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in Ontario, Canada. GRE manufactures Seneca and other brands of cigarettes at a sprawling plant on the reserve in Ohsweken. They’re sold at smoke shops there and through distributors who market them across Canada, the...


Hormel launches snack packs with meat, cheeses and nuts

Hormel Foods has rolled out a new snack, a meat-cheese-and-sweet item under its Natural Choice meats brand. The Austin, Minn.-based company branched off into snacking — a hot consumer trend — in 2013 with sandwiches and wraps, and followed that up in 2015 with peanut butter snacks under the Skippy label.


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