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US sportswear traced to factory in China's internment camps

HOTAN, China — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China's far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college...

 

Wisconsin is home to the nation's first Indian-owned distillery

RED CLIFF, Wis. – One of the last relics of federal prohibition may soon come to an end, after Congress voted late last month to lift a 184-year-old ban that prohibited distilleries on tribal lands. Once signed into law, American Indians across the country can tap into the budding industry of craft spirits on their...

 

Hy-Vee Acquires 22 Shopko Pharmacies in 17 Cities

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Dec. 14, 2018) — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today that it has acquired the business of 22 Shopko pharmacies in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Shopko patient files will merge into existing Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations in the 17 cities where the acquisitions have taken...

 

Minnesota regulators affirm decision on route for new $2.6 billion Enbridge pipeline

State utility regulators Thursday stood by their decision approving a route for Enbridge's controversial new pipeline across northern Minnesota. The decision by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) was expected, as the PUC rarely rescinds its earlier judgments. The PUC already had voted last month against...

 

U.S. House passes $867 billion farm bill, which President Donald Trump is expected to sign

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed the final version of the farm bill that dictates most of the country's agricultural and food programs for the next five years. The $867 billion measure heads to President Donald Trump, who is expected to...

 

Marijuana Industry Border Issues Would Be Solved Under New Congressional Bill

Marijuana can really mess up border and immigration issues for people who partake in consumption or participate in the industry, but that would change if a new bill being introduced in Congress this week is enacted. Under current U.S. laws, people who admit to past cannabis use or who work for or invest in marijuana...

 

Mayor Emanuel targets state constitution to solve pension crisis

CHICAGO — Since 2010, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been working to shore up city pensions. Taxpayers have had to really stepped up to the plate. But new trouble is on the horizon and Emanuel is out with a new plan. Before exiting his job as Chicago mayor, Emanuel is leaving behind a blueprint to fix public pensions....

 

BP: County to rework ordinance on tobacco sales

BEMIDJI—Following a public hearing and commissioner concerns, the Beltrami County Board decided Tuesday to rework an ordinance that raises the legal age to buy tobacco products. The ordinance would raise the buying age for tobacco products to 21. It was introduced during a meeting in late November and on Tuesday,...

 

Trump administration hid report revealing Wells Fargo charged high fees to students

The Trump administration for months concealed a report that showed Wells Fargo charged college students fees that were on average several times higher than some of its competitors. The “unpublished” report was obtained by POLITICO through a Freedom of Information Act request. It was produced by the Consumer...

 

Hy-Vee Partners with Hormel Foods and First Responders to Give Away 5,250 Hams

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Dec. 11, 2018) – Hy-Vee, Inc. is announcing a partnership with Hormel Foods and first responders in 19 cities across the Midwest for its second annual Hy-Vee Hams for the Holidays campaign. Over the next two weeks, Hy-Vee will hand out 5,250 Hormel® Cure 81® hams to families in need...

 

Nebraska asks judge to toss suit over Winnebago Reservation cigarette sales

Cigarette sales on the Winnebago Indian Reservation can still be regulated in some ways, even though tribal reservations are considered sovereign territory, attorneys for the state of Nebraska argued Monday in federal district court in Omaha. Assistant Attorney General Daniel Muelleman said the two companies that...

 

Minnesota manufacturers worry most about long-term worker shortages

Filling vacant jobs in a growing economy has been out of the headlines for a few weeks. Swooning financial markets of late are signaling economic slowdown to recession for 2019, thanks in part to U.S.-China trade war jitters that have plowed into the farm economy and which could threaten manufacturing and other...

 

Marlboro maker places $2.4 billion bet on marijuana

One of the world's biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion buy-in. Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. is taking a 45 percent stake in Cronos Group, the Canadian medical and recreational marijuana provider said Friday. https://www.courant.com/business/hc-biz-mar...

 

China demands Canada release executive of tech giant Huawei

BEIJING — China on Thursday demanded that Canada release an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei who was arrested in a case that compounds tensions with the U.S. and threatens to complicate trade talks. Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Ltd., faces possible extradition to the United...

 

Is China using a Native American front to build a state-owned oil refinery?

TRENTON – An oil company with deep ties to Chinese state-owned enterprises is attempting to quietly set up a refinery near a historical site in western North Dakota, raising red flags with locals about more than the possibility of water contamination. According to Williams County Planning and Zoning Application...

 

For Minnesota farmers, lull in U.S.-China trade war may come too late

Washington – The temporary truce in the trade war between the United States and China may come too late to reverse damage to Minnesota’s critically important agricultural sector from existing tariffs that remain in place. The Trump administration was set to raise levies from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion worth...

 

Minnesota, Midwest factories see slowest growth in two years

Midwest manufacturers, including those in Minnesota, are growing, but not as quickly as the average growth nationwide. Creighton University's Mid-America Business Conditions Index — which tracks monthly factory growth in Minnesota and eight other central states — slid for a third consecutive month to the slowest...

 

Hy-Vee Partners With Suppliers to Fight Illegal Fishing

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Dec. 3, 2018) – As part of its Due Diligence Plans to improve traceability and social responsibility within its seafood supply chains, Hy-Vee, Inc. recently partnered with two of its seafood suppliers and FishWise to trace products from fishing vessel to supermarket. Hy-Vee and the companies...

 

GM's secret plan to shut plants, cut jobs likely signals more to come

DETROIT – Turns out no one keeps a secret as well as General Motors’ leadership. On Nov. 20, the automaker’s board of directors approved a massive cost-cutting plan that included shuttering two assembly plants in the United States, one in Canada and two U.S. propulsion plants by the end of next year. Combined...

 

PINKY SWEAR FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH HY-VEE FOR HOLIDAY REGISTER ROUND-UP TO RAISE FUNDS FOR KIDS WITH CANCER AND THEIR FAMILIES

BLOOMINGTON, MINN – Nov. 30, 2018 – Pinky Swear Foundation is excited to announce a new holiday Register Round-Up initiative with Hy-Vee, Inc. This in-store event, where customers will be given the opportunity to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar to donate to Pinky Swear Foundation, will take place at...

 

Whiteclay beer stores drop lawsuit against state for alleged unpaid taxes

LINCOLN — Owners of the four now-closed beer stores in the border village of Whiteclay, Nebraska, have reached settlements in their lawsuits challenging nearly $700,000 in allegedly unpaid state taxes and fees. The beer stores and the Nebraska Department of Revenue filed a joint motion to dismiss the lawsuits on...

 

Bison bars were supposed to restore Native communities and grass-based ranches. Then came Epic Provisions.

To hear the processed food industry tell it, the bison bar—the trendy, protein-dense snack now ubiquitous at high-end grocery stores across the country—has a clear, undisputed origin story. It was invented in 2011 by Katie Forrest and Taylor Collins, vegan endurance athletes who turned to meat to power their...

 

Powell: US economy healthy and rate hikes aren't automatic

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cast a bright picture of the U.S. economy Wednesday and appeared to suggest that the Fed might consider a pause in its interest rate hikes next year to assess the impact of its credit tightening. Powell's comments ignited a huge rally on Wall Street, with the Dow...

 

Farm bankruptcies are on the rise, and bankers worry that far more are on the way

Farm bankruptcies are on the rise in Minnesota and across the Upper Midwest. Eighty-four farms filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months that ended in June, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. That’s more...

 

Black venture capitalist tells Twin Cities venture investors: It's time to fund more minority businesses

Arlan Hamilton is a trailblazing black woman who built a venture-capital firm from scratch. She also is part of the response to a 2017 article in Fast Company called: “Why Venture Capitalists Aren’t Funding the Businesses We Need.” http://www.startribune.com/black-venture-capitalist-tells-twin...

 

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