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750,000 Medtronic defibrillators vulnerable to hacking

As many as 750,000 heart devices made by Medtronic PLC contain a serious cybersecurity vulnerability that could let an attacker with sophisticated insider knowledge harm a patient by altering programming on an implanted defibrillator, company and federal officials said...

 

Hemp Opportunities Growing Like Weeds

While farmers and other businesses across the country are eager to break into the newly legalized hemp industry since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, Pennsylvania’s lawmakers are working diligently to ensure that their constituents are out in front of the rest of the nation. Section 10113 of the lengthy federal...

 

Twin Cities in running for offices USDA wants to move out of the D.C. Beltway

The Twin Cities is in the running as the landing spot for two major research divisions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the Trump administration has pledged to move out of the Washington, D.C., area by the end of the year. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Tuesday the list of potential locations for...

 

Cost of adding new wind, solar energy continues to fall in Minnesota, report says

The cost of deploying wind and solar energy continued to decline significantly in Minnesota last year, and wind - even without federal tax subsidies - may be the state's cheapest source of new electricity. Those conclusions were included in a report released Monday by...

 

Established Environmental Services Company Announces Plans to Open an Office in Hibbing's North Industrial Park

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota (March 6, 2019) – RMB Environmental Laboratories, Inc, a Minnesota-based privately-owned analytical laboratory announced today the establishment of its’ newest office in Hibbing, Minnesota. RMB Environmental Laboratories provides an array of environmental services including...

 

Tax cuts, increased spending drive increase in federal deficit

WASHINGTON - The federal budget deficit ballooned rapidly in the first four months of the fiscal year amid falling tax revenue and higher spending, the Treasury Department said Tuesday, posing a new challenge for the White House and Congress as they prepare for a number of budget battles. The deficit grew 77 percent...

 

Target's new strategy pays off in largest sales bump since 2005

Target Corp. is embracing the blur - and it paid off in its best full-year sales growth since 2005. The blur is the way America shops these days. Sometimes we walk the aisles of a store, sometimes we shop online. We get things shipped to our homes or decide we can't...

 

Lilly to sell cheaper version of top-selling insulin Humalog

INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Lilly is offering a half-price version of a top-selling insulin to ease the financial strain imposed on some patients, but an advocacy group says much bigger changes are needed. The drugmaker said Monday it will introduce a version of the diabetes treatment Humalog that will be called Insulin...

 

Northwest Minnesota tribe hopes to recoup losses on Star Lake Casino project

WHITE EARTH, Minn. - A White Earth investigative entity is hoping the band can file an insurance claim to recover up to $1 million of the $5.8 million that band says was spent on the now-defunct Star Lake Casino project. The Other Government Project, an investigatory...

 

Hy-Vee to Support The Great American Milk Drive Throughout March

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (March 1, 2019) — Today, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced its commitment to delivering much-needed milk to local food banks in its eight-state region by partnering with The Great American Milk Drive throughout the month of March. This is the third consecutive year of the companywide partnership. During...

 

American, Delta fined for long delays on airport tarmacs

NEW YORK - The government has fined American Airlines and Delta Air Lines for several instances where passengers were stuck on planes that spent over three hours on airport tarmacs. The Department of Transportation said Thursday it is fining American $1 million and...

 

Manufacturing advocates warn of looming labor crisis at Twin Cities event

The number of unfilled U.S. manufacturing jobs will swell to 2.4 million in a decade unless aggressive recruiting and training begin now. That was the message Monday from industry leaders who stopped at Protolabs' factories in Plymouth and Brooklyn Park and Graco in...

 

Nearly 150 years later, the buffalo slaughter hangs over American Indian wealth, study finds

Eight years ago, an economist produced a new theory that international trade played a major role in an American tragedy: the immense killing in the late 19th century that brought the North American bison close to extinction. The idea challenged the narrative that the slaughter of the bison, or buffalo, was mainly...

 

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

NEW YORK - Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in incentives promised to what is already one of...

 

EPA rolls out plan to deal with toxic chemicals in water

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlined a national plan Thursday to deal with public health risks of pollution caused by a family of chemicals used in many household products, including those produced by Minnesota-based 3M Co. Drinking water and groundwater pollution caused by...

 

Kauffman & Associates, Inc., awarded Minority Business Development Agency grant to assist Native businesses

SPOKANE, WA—Kauffman & Associates, Inc., (KAI) was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to launch Northwest Native Ventures (NNV)—a business incubator for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. KAI is a...

 

MANN+HUMMEL presents technology to reduce NO2 pollution on roads with heavy traffic

Ludwigsburg, February 7, 2019. Today, at its headquarters in Ludwigsburg, filtration specialist MANN+HUMMEL presented a technology which reduces nitrogen dioxide (NO2) at locations with high levels of pollution. At the end of last year, Filter Cubes from MANN+HUMMEL...

 

Hy-Vee Announces Expanded Discount Medications List at All Hy-Vee Pharmacy Locations

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 6, 2019) — Today, Hy-Vee, Inc. announces the expansion of its discount medications list to assist customers with lowering their health care costs, making their lives easier, healthier and happier. The new medication list went into effect Feb. 1, and is available to all patients with no enr...

 

Diabetes advocacy group calls UnitedHealthcare policy 'unacceptable step backward'

An advocacy group for patients with Type 1 diabetes is calling out a new UnitedHealthcare policy that expands an existing agreement with Medtronic and makes the manufacturer's medical devices the "preferred" insulin pumps for children with the autoimmune condition. On...

 

Protesters in custody after tampering with Enbridge pipelines in Itasca County

Four protesters were in custody Monday afternoon in Itasca County after tampering with equipment along Enbridge's oil pipeline corridor across northern Minnesota. The pipeline protesters, who call themselves the Four Necessity Valve Turners, posted a video to their...

 

Two Cities Awarded Grants for Innovative Business Development

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced grants totaling more than $1.8 million for infrastructure projects that support innovative businesses and organizations. The funding was awarded from DEED’s Innovative Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant...

 

To help aging America, it's time to think beyond nursing homes, says Ecumen chief

Shelley Kendrick has spent nearly three decades working in health care and senior services. On Monday, the native of Flint, Mich., will take over as chief executive of Ecumen, a $147 million provider of senior housing and services. The Shoreview-based nonprofit serves about 15,000 people each year in independent...

 

Polaris powers into vacation rentals with fleet of 'adventure' vehicles in 30 states

Three years ago, a couple of Polaris employees had a hunch. If vacationers could rent the latest models of Polaris snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or Slingshot three-wheelers, they would gain "an experience" and become fast fans of one of America's top power-sports...

 

Hy-Vee Launches Campaign to Help Replenish Local Food Banks Across Eight States

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 1, 2019) — Today, Hy-Vee, Inc. launched a campaign called “Feed the Need” to help replenish local food banks across its eight-state region. The supermarket chain recently become aware of a major crisis that food banks are facing – with many being extremely low on food due to an...

 

Minnesota tech company wins first prize in '$1 Million Challenge' for minority entrepreneurs

HabitAware, which makes software and wearable technology that helps people with destructive, "body-focused" repetitive behaviors, won the first prize among nine finalists in the first "MEDA's $1 million Challenge" for minority entrepreneurs. HabitAware, based in St....

 

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