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Xcel wants to increase Minnesota residential electricity bills by nearly 20%

Xcel Energy on Monday proposed an electricity rate increase of 21.2%, or $677.4 million, over three years, with just more than half hitting Minnesotans' pocketbooks in 2022. With the rate hike, the company's average residential customers would see a 19% increase in their electricity bills from 2022 through 2024 - or on average...

 

Security team helps victims of ransomware attack, including Crystal Valley co-op in Minnesota

In a year rife with ransomware attacks, when cybercriminals have held the data of police departments, grocery and pharmacy chains, hospitals, pipelines and water treatment plants hostage with computer code, it was a win, rare in the scale of its success. For months, a team of security experts raced to help victims of a...

 

Chickasaw Nation unveils plans for development of an expansive resort-style destination development adjacent to First Americans Museum in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 21, 2021) – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby today unveiled plans for a major resort-style development to be located adjacent to the newly-opened First Americans Museum. Situated along the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City, OKANA Resort & Indoor Waterpark will be a $300+ million...

 

Workers fed up with nights, weekends seek flexible schedules

NEW YORK - After struggling to hire workers for its outlet store in Dallas, Balsam Hill finally opened on Sept. 1. But the very next day, the online purveyor of high-end artificial holiday trees was forced to close after four of its five workers quit. The main gripe for three of them? Working on weekends. So they found jobs...

 

UnitedHealthcare pushing online visits with new 'virtual-first' health plan

UnitedHealthcare has launched what it calls a "virtual-first" health plan where patients start with online health care providers before moving to in-person visits as needed. The Minnetonka-based carrier, which is the nation's largest health insurer,announcedthe health plan this weekas a way to reduce costs at a time when the...

 

What's behind the worker shortage slowing the economic rebound

Fall was meant to mark the beginning of the end of the labor shortage that has held back the nation's economic recovery. Expanded unemployment benefits were ending. Schools were reopening, freeing up many caregivers. Surely, economists and business owners reasoned, a flood of workers would follow. Instead, the labor force...

 

Dairy Queen goes to court over Blizzard name

A federal judge in St. Paul is hearing arguments this week in a lawsuit by International Dairy Queen Inc. that accuses a Massachusetts company of wrongfully using the "Blizzard" name for bottled spring water and asks for damages. Dairy Queen, based in Bloomington, is suing W.B. Mason Co. of Brockton, Mass., alleging its bottled...

 

REPORT: Amazon.com partnering with Puyallup Tribe to Build Sorting Center on Tribal Lands near Tacoma, Wash.

TACOMA, Wash.- Global e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. is partnering with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to open a massive sorting center on tribally owned lands near Tacoma, according to a report in Tribal Business News. The 520,000-square-foot sorting center that's currently being built will employ more than 500 people when...

 

Railroad venture significantly increasing number of oil trains running through Minnesota

A new Canadian railroad venture is sparking a significant increase of 15 to 20 oil trains that run through Minnesota each month. Canadian Pacific Railway's specialized new Canadian crude cargoes run on its main line, which bisects the Twin Cities. And the Canadian rail giant's recent deal to purchase a major U.S. railroad will...

 

Nearly all Minn. farmers white, and change doesn't come easy

RUTLEDGE, Minn. - Two Pine County farms, less than 40 miles apart as the crow flies, are on opposite sides of a debate over racial discrimination in U.S. agriculture that's flaring anew but has deep roots in the nation's history. Outside the small town of Rutledge, Harold Robinson and Angela Dawson joined Minnesota's tiny...

 

Minnesota employers hire IT apprentices to boost minority ranks of skilled workforce

Apprenticeships aren't just for manufacturing and other blue-collar jobs anymore. A several-year-old apprenticeship movement, most recently in information technology, has rooted among Twin Cities employment-trainers and business partners that are rebounding from the pandemic and recession. This has led to accelerated hiring of...

 

Minnesota Line 3 critics travel to Washington

Line 3 opponents took their case against the controversial newly built pipeline to Washington last week, focusing on Democratic President Joe Biden during his first year in office. A show of strength to demonstrate continued opposition to Line 3 came Tuesday near a popular area in the nation's capital, at an event that included...

 

Leech Lake Nation acquires Teal's Market in Cass Lake

CASS LAKE -- The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe announced on Friday their venture into the food retail industry with the purchase of Teal's Market located in Cass Lake. Leech Lake Market is anticipated to take over operations on Thursday, Oct. 21, and will feature the same fresh meats and produce, wide ranges of quality groceries with competitive pricing, a bakery, walk-up deli and...

 

For the cities along Line 3, the pipeline workers brought a welcome boom, while it lasted

On a recent weekday, the city’s main street was quiet. Some cars were parked in front of the post office and around the corner by the meat market. In the kitchen of the Corner Store and Restaurant on Highway 371, cooks load plates of fried eggs and hash browns for a handful of diners. It’s a very different scene from earlier this year, during the Line 3 pipeline...

 

Enbridge misses aquifer cleanup deadline

Enbridge has missed a deadline to fix an aquifer breach near Clearbrook, Minn. The company had until Oct. 15 to stop the unauthorized flow of groundwater that occurred when Line 3 construction crews pierced the aquifer near the Clearbrook Terminal in late January. The breach resulted in millions of gallons of groundwater...

 

Leech Lake Announces Acquisition of Teal's Market in Cass Lake

CASS LAKE, MN- After several months of negotiation with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Teal's Market has publicly announced the sale of their Cass Lake location to the tribe. The store will be rebranded as "Leech Lake Market" and reopen under the new ownership on Friday, October 22, 2021. "Our family has been part of the Cass La...

 

UnitedHealth Group's latest profit soars past $4 billion

UnitedHealth Group saw its third-quarter profit surge beyond the $4 billion mark as company executives provided a cautiously optimistic outlook that financial hits from COVID-19 should moderate next year. Investors cheered the results Thursday by pushing up by 4% the stock price at the Minnetonka-based health care giant. All...

 

Social Security checks getting big boost as inflation rises

WASHINGTON - Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic. The COLA, as it's commonly called, amounts to an added $92 a month for the...

 

Minnesota border communities celebrate impending return of Canadian visitors

DULUTH – When vaccinated Canadians are allowed to drive into the U.S. for any reason next month, it will mark a long-awaited reunion for the communities and businesses along Minnesota's northern border. "We consider ourselves sister cities with Fort Frances [Ontario], and we balance each other out," said Tricia Heibel,...

 

Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley Partners with Comcast Business to Bridge the Gap in Telehealth Offerings During the Pandemic

San Jose, Calif. | Comcast Business today announced that the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley has selected Comcast Business to deliver broadband connectivity at nine of its key locations, providing critical reliability for its facilities and supporting a widespread shift to telehealth services at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian Health Center of Santa...

 

Target to invest $100 million in Black-led organizations

Target Corp. will invest $100 million in Black-led organizations through 2025 as it continues to realign its philanthropic priorities. The investment, which will include non-profits and programs that work to elevate Black voices, will be made through the Minneapolis-based retail chain and its foundation "to help fuel economic...

 

Americans quit their jobs at a record pace in August

WASHINGTON - One reason America's employers are having trouble filling jobs was starkly illustrated in a report Tuesday: Americans are quitting in droves. The Labor Department said that quits jumped to 4.3 million in August, the highest on records dating back to December 2000, and up from 4 million in July. That's equivalent to...

 

Minnetonka Moccasin apologizes to Native Americans for not acknowledging its reliance on them

Minnetonka Moccasin Co., the Minneapolis company that over 75 years popularized Native American-styled footwear across the country, issued a formal apology Monday for adopting Native American culture without acknowledgment. The company, which dropped "moccasin" from its logo in 2008, has now removed the word from much of its...

 

Southwest cancels hundreds more flights; passengers stranded

DALLAS - Southwest Airlines canceled more than 350 flights Monday following a weekend of major disruptions that it blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues. The pilots union accused the company of a botched response to what it said would have been a minor challenge for other airlines. The third straight day of...

 

Facebook unveils new controls for kids using its platforms

NEW YORK - Facebook, in the aftermath of damning testimony that its platforms harm children, will be introducing several features including prompting teens to take a break using its photo sharing app Instagram, and "nudging" teens if they are repeatedly looking at the same content that's not conducive to their well-being. The...

 

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