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  • INTERVIEW: Upcoming Tax Deadline Resources

    Its just two days away from the Internal Revenue Service's tax deadline on April 15. KSTP sat down with Virginia Harn, a CPA with Clifton Larson Allen, on Sunday morning for more information for those who are still wrapping up their taxes...

  • Leah Moffitt pounds a tap into a maple tree on land owned by the Passamaquoddy tribe near Jackman, Maine. Tribe Banks on Syrup for Sweet Relief from Poverty

    The members of the Passamaquoddy tribe have looked under their feet for a bottled water plant and have turned to the sky for a wind farm. But it's the forest that will be the first to deliver as the impoverished tribe seeks to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in Maine...

  • Chances of Getting Audited by IRS Lowest in Years

    As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service's ability to police tax returns...

  • Minneapolis Sidewalk Sales Ordinance Changing

    The City of Minneapolis is looking into enhancing business practices by revamping its sidewalk sales ordinance. The proposal has passed one hurdle. The proposal would require at least five feet of right of way next to any display. That is a foot longer than what's required for a sidewalk café...

  • Lino Lakes Business Owner Arrested for Fraud while Trying to Flee Country

    The owner of a massage parlor in Lino Lakes was arrested and accused of posting fraudulent charges on customer accounts while attempting to flee the country Thursday, according to authorities. Stephanie Rae Lasch was intercepted at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport while boarding a flight to Beijing with her husband, authorities said...

  • New, Improved Town Hall Brewery Opens in Mpls.

    Minnesotans can now enjoy more beers and a bigger brewery at Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis. KSTP received a sneak peek of the new restaurant and if you've been there before it's practically unrecognizable. The new brewery moved downstairs and expanded, and that means more beer...

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 file photo, the logo for General Motors decorates the entrance to a former UPS facility. GM Making a New Repair in Recalled Cars

    General Motors has to repair another part on the 2.6 million small cars already being recalled for an ignition switch defect. That will add to GM's recall-related expenses. GM on Thursday said it expects to take a charge of $1.3 billion in the first quarter, up from an earlier estimate of $750 million...

  • Patent Troll Crackdown Stalls as Debate on Reform Bill Delayed in D.C.

    From small businesses to some of our state's largest employers, it's an issue many Minnesotans are following closely. Five Eyewitness News has previously reported on "patent trolls" targeting local businesses with demanding letters, threatening lawsuits. But the push to stop them seems to have stalled in Washington, D.C...

  • Organic Farm Opens in Former Hamm's Brewery

    The former Hamm's Brewery in St. Paul is producing again, but not what you think. A farm has moved into the building that has been vacant since 1997. Dave Haider is one of the co-founders of Urban Organic, the new occupant of the Hamm's Brewery  says when his farm is up to full potential it will ship an impressive amount of fresh produce. "We can turn out about 1-million pounds of organic produce each year."...

  • Photo: AP/Jim Mone Minnesota Lawmakers Boost Minimum Wage to $9.50

    Minnesota's minimum wage will climb to $9.50 by 2016 and go up automatically in future years under legislation bound for Gov. Mark Dayton's signature. The state House gave final approval Thursday to a bill raising Minnesota's minimum in three stages. Dayton says he'll sign it. When fully phased in, Minnesota will go from having one of the nation's lowest minimum wages to one of the highest...

  • Twin Cities Restaurants Forced to Raise Pork Prices

    Bacon lovers - be warned. The cost of the salty meat treat is going up soon all because of a nasty virus found in pigs. "This is only one day's worth," said Jason Mann as he opened up the smoker at Hickory Hut in St. Paul. It was full of pork. Hickory Hut sells about 2,000 pounds of it every week. Next week though, they're raising prices... 

  • Image: Family Dollar Family Dollar to Close Stores as Shoppers Pinched, Minn. Impact Unclear

    Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers. Family Dollar said Thursday that will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also permanently lower prices on about 1,000 basic items...

  • Dieters Move Past Calories, Food Makers Follow

    Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling. The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. That is chipping away at the popularity of products like Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine and Special K, which became weight-watching staples primarily by stripping calories from people's favorite foods...

  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons Allegiant Air to Pull Out of Rochester Airport

    Allegiant Air says it is pulling out of the Rochester International Airport and will end its weekly nonstop flights to Arizona on May 14. Allegiant began offering two weekly nonstop flights to Mesa, Ariz., in November 2012. The airline hoped to serve as a connection between Rochester and Mayo Clinic's Phoenix campus...

  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, photo, recruiter Valera Kulow, left, speaks with job seeker Monic Spencer during a career fair in Dallas. Applications for US Jobless Aid Dip 32K to 300,000

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in almost seven years, falling 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 316,250...

  • Photo: AP, File 'Heartbleed' Computer Bug Causes Major Security Headache

    A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information...

  • New Online Security Risk 'Heartbleed' Exposes Just About Everyone

    Security researchers have found a big, software security problem for two-thirds of the Internet. The gaping security hole is great concern to anyone who shops online, banks online, uses email or social media sites...

  • Photo: Facebook/Ashley Stopperan 	 	 		Survey Finds Less is Being Spent on Going to the Prom

    Designer gowns, oversized limousines and over the top spending has become quite the norm in recent years when it comes to senior proms. However, a new survey suggests the prom spending bubble has popped...

  • 87-Year-Old Fargo Man Skips Retirement, Still Makes Inventions

    Some people work all their lives, planning for quiet and lazy retirement days. However, this is not the case for Jim Bastian of Fargo. He lives in a retirement living center, but the 87-year old entrepreneur is still making inventions and applying for patents...

  • n this Aug. 2, 2013 file photo, the emblem of a Toyota car shines at Toyota Motor Corp.'s showroom Toyota Mega Web in Tokyo. Toyota Recalls 1.8M Vehicles in the US

    Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S. for various safety problems, including air bags that may fail to deploy. The Japanese automaker announced the U.S. recall Wednesday as part of a broader recall of 6.39 million vehicles - and 27 Toyota models - globally...

  • Photo: KSTP/File BofA Paying $772M Over Selling Credit Card Extras

    Bank of America Corp. is paying $772 million in fines and refunds to settle regulators' accusations that it misled customers who bought extra credit-card products and illegally charged others for credit monitoring and reporting services they didn't receive...

  • File Photo Mall of America Hosts South Metro Job Fair

    If you’re looking for a new job, you can head to Mall of America on Wednesday. The mega mall is hosting the South Metro Job Fair. Nearly 50 companies are looking to hire in fields ranging from banking to health care...

  • 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe Toyota Recalls about 6.4 Million Vehicles Globally

    Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places. No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two reports of fires are linked to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running...

  • This Feb. 11, 2011 file photo shows the Comcast logo on one of the company's vehicles, in Pittsburgh. Comcast Argues Benefits of Time Warner Cable Deal

    Comcast Corp. on Tuesday presented its case to government regulators arguing that its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. will benefit consumers without limiting competition. The company filed hundreds of pages of documents with the Federal Communications Commission after filing a notice Monday with the Justice Department...

  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra speaks at a news conference as she leaves the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Gov't: GM Missed Deadline for Faulty Switch Data

    A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter to GM on Tuesday that the company already owes $28,000 in fines, and they will accrue at $7,000 per day until it provides all the requested information...

  • In this April 29, 2013, file photo Lyle Cafe owner Barbara Johnson of Winthrop, Minn., speaks in support of a bill to raise Minnesota's minimum wage. KSTP/SurveyUSA: Minnesotans Favor Minimum Wage Increase

    The Minnesota Senate on Wednesday is poised to approve a dramatic increase in the state's minimum wage from $6.15 to $9.50 per hour. The bill would also index future increases to rise with the rate of inflation. According to our new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, 61 percent of Minnesotans surveyed approve of the increase to $9.50. However, only 49 percent think it's a good idea to index future increases to inflation...



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