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Bio-methane from cow manure could be a 'new gold rush' on the farm

The back end of a cow generates 80 pounds each day of what Dennis Haubenschild, who owns 750 of them near Princeton, refers to as a "non-depletable renewable resource." Now, technology and policy are aligning for farmers to take advantage of all that manure in a...

 

Former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf fined $17.5M for sales scandal

NEW YORK - Federal regulators have slapped former Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf with a $17.5 million fine for his role in the bank's sales practices scandal. Stumpf also accepted a lifetime ban from the banking industry. Along with its fine against Stumpf,...

 

YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities Offers First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Health Program Benefitting Members and Kids Through YMCA MN Apple Watch App

Minneapolis, MN - The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, is offering a unique community digital health program with Apple Watch designed to help its members reach their health and well-being...

 

Property Appraiser's Office Uses Cutting-Edge AI Technology to Aid Its Operation

Orlando, FL – Employing cutting-edge technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) to aid a profession that requires precise measurements and analysis, the Orange County Property Appraiser’s office is entering the new decade armed with AI-based tools. This busy office, located in Orange County, Florida, boasts...

 

YMCA Celebrates Mentors Being Positive Role Models For Young People

• According to the National Mentoring Partnership, youth at risk for falling off track are 55 percent more likely to enroll in college and 130 percent more likely to hold leadership positions when they had a mentor in their lives. • According to Youth.Gov, studies show that youth who form supportive, healthy relati...

 

Online used-car seller Carvana arrives in Minnesota

Carvana Co., an online seller of used cars, started service in Minnesota this week and may test the limits of the state's dealership rules. The Tempe, Ariz.-based company, which has been operating since 2012, will now deliver cars to buyers within a 100-mile radius of...

 

Starbucks, home of the $4 latte, is moving into poor areas

DETROIT - Starbucks has a point to prove: There's more to the company than selling $4 lattes to rich people. The Seattle-based coffee giant that has cultivated a reputation for being socially responsible said Thursday it is expanding its effort to put more coffee shops...

 

Minnesota farmers backed away from soybeans in 2019

Minnesota farmers planted 12% fewer acres of soybeans in 2019 than the previous year, as the trade war battered demand for the state's second-largest cash crop and heavy spring rains delayed planting. The decline in soybeans led to a drop in acres planted for all crops...

 

Red Lake's Subway Grand Opening Scheduled for January 31, 2020 - 7 AM - 9 PM

Red Lake's new Subway Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, January 31, 2020, from 7 AM - 9 PM. Their special will be a :Buy One, Get One Free on footlongs. Purchase requires a footlong and beverage to receive a free footlong, This includes all footlongs $5.00 and...

 

CenturyLink to pay back $8.9M to Minnesota customers

CenturyLink, the nation's third-largest telecom company, has agreed to pay $8.9 million to tens of thousands of customers in Minnesota who were allegedly overcharged, state Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Wednesday. The settlement also requires the company to...

 

Muskogee Technology Named 2019 Top 10 Defense Solutions Provider by Manufacturing Technology Insights Magazine

ATMORE, AIa., Jan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Manufacturing Technology Insights, the publication for that industry, recently showcased Muskogee Technology (MT) as one of their Top 10 Defense Solutions Providers in its November issue. "As a Nadcap Composites and AS9100D certified manufacturing facility, we have an...

 

Native American businesses in Montana to get $320,000 from grant

Twenty-five Native American-owned businesses in Montana will receive $320,000 to support economic growth, thanks to the Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant program. Each business will receive between $7,000 and $14,000 to support land purchases, building, equipment, assets, technology, operational costs and...

 

Pier 1 Imports closing nearly half of stores as sales falter

FORT WORTH, Texas - Pier 1 Imports is closing nearly half its 942 stores as it struggles to draw consumers and compete online. The home decor company said Monday it is closing up to 450 stores and will also shutter distribution centers. It didn't say where the store...

 

Fastenal worker loses job after angry tweet maligning holiday gift goes viral

Call it a lesson in workplace etiquette - and policies - and the power of social media. A Fastenal branch manager in Canada was fired just before New Year's Day for violating company policy when he lobbed a tweet criticizing the company's choice of a holiday gift of...

 

Borden becomes second big U.S. milk producer to file for bankruptcy

Borden Dairy Co. filed for bankruptcy late Sunday, Jan. 5, becoming the second major U.S. milk producer to do so in recent months as rising milk prices and other challenges made its debt load unsustainable. The Dallas-based company listed assets and liabilities of between $100 million and $500 million in its Chapter...

 

Experian to Pay $24 Million for Letting Payday Loans Hurt Credit Scores

Experian has agreed to settle with 56,000 Americans who had their credit reports tainted by data from a beleaguered online payday lender. The $24 million settlement comes in response to a federal class-action suit filed in 2016 by a Gwinnett County, Ga., woman who,...

 

Minnesota stocks soared last year but couldn't keep up with sprinting U.S. stocks

U.S. stocks, which began 2019 in the wake of a volatile, down-ticking 2018, roared to new heights, continuing the unprecedented 10-year run of the bull market. That is thanks to better-than-expected corporate earnings, gushing federal spending and low interest rates....

 

Paul Bunyan Communications Introduces GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi 6 Technology

(Bemidji, MN) (January 3, 2020) – The world's most powerful Wi-Fi is now available locally, Paul Bunyan Communications announced today. GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi 6 technology is now available to all locations within the GigaZone. GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi leverages t...

 

Illinois sees first legal sales of recreational marijuana

CHICAGO - The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal Wednesday in Illinois to the delight of pot fans - many who began lining up hours early at dispensaries. About 500 people were outside Dispensary 33 in Chicago. Renzo Mejia made the first legal...

 

The Week In Cannabis: Aurora's Roller Coaster Ride, USDA's Hemp Moves, MJ's Dividend And More

The last full week of the year, and decade, came with relatively few developments. We started off with some sad news, as we learned psychedelic pioneer and spiritual teacher Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert, died at 88. His work lives on in the hearts and minds of the...

 

455,000 petition signers asks Target to ban plastic bags

It may have been a small group Thursday delivering a petition asking Target to ban plastic bags. However, the petition with 455,000 signatures is Change.org's largest environmental petition in 2019, said Michael Jones, managing director of campaigns for the petition...

 

Returns the new normal for Target, Best Buy and the rest of retail

With presents unwrapped, now comes the least fun part: holiday shopping returns. Consumers return more items during and after the holiday shopping season than at any other time of the year. http://www.startribune.com/returns-the-new-normal-for-target...

 

Dispensary owners band together in Garden River First Nation, call for end to cannabis moratorium, police raids

A grassroots group led by cannabis dispensary owners in Garden River First Nation is calling on chief and council to lift its community-wide moratorium on cannabis. The recently-formed Ketegaunseebee Medzin Society issued a letter to the First Nation’s cannabis working group last week, calling for the cannabis...

 

U.S. House vote to lift federal tax deduction cap could be short-lived

WASHINGTON – A vote in the House to lift a cap on federal tax deductions for state and local tax payments (SALT) was glad tidings for high income, high tax states like Minnesota. The great joy may be short-lived, however, as the bill faces long odds of even being considered in the Republican-controlled Senate....

 

Food poisoning linked to hard-boiled eggs in food service

NEW YORK - Pregnant women, people over the age of 65 and people with weakened immune systems should throw away store-bought hard-boiled eggs because of a food poisoning outbreak linked to a Georgia company, health officials said Thursday. They said the same goes for...

 

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