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In this photo taken on Feb. 10, 2015 with a fisheye lens, Torsten North, a project foreman for Turner Construction Company, talks on his phone at the top of a 238-foot high construction crane working on a new building in Seattle's South Lake Union.

Company Town? In Seattle, Some Fret Over Amazon's Growth

Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again. Thickets of yellow cranes have crowded the skyline, where new glass-sided office buildings, hotels and apartment towers blot out views of the mountains and the Space Needle...


  • Minn. AG Sues Florida College Loan Forgiveness Company

    Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit against a college loan "forgiveness" company. The lawsuit alleges that Student Aid Center Incorporated charged for people to fill out and submit forms to the federal government for loan repayment and consolidation programs...

  • A man sells Greek and European Union flags during a rally organized by supporters of the YES vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. IMF: Greece Misses $1.8 Billion Loan Payment

    The International Monetary Fund says Greece missed a $1.8 billion debt payment Tuesday, becoming the first developed country to default on a loan to the lending agency. Eurozone finance chiefs refused to grant a last-minute extension of the bailout program Greece has relied on for five years, and the Greek government couldn't come up with money...

  • Lobby area rendering of the new TCF Bank corporate facility TCF Bank to Move 1,700 Employees to New Corporate Campus in Plymouth

    TCF Bank representatives said the financial corporation is planning to add a new corporate campus at its corporate center in Plymouth. The corporation plans to move 1,700 TCF employees (1,600 existing, with 100 additional work stations for additional growth and hiring) to the new, 400,000-square-foot facility....

  • Longtime Brooklyn Center Garden Center to Close

    Malmborg’s Garden Center and Greenhouse in Brooklyn Center is closing July 5 after 57 years of business. Buildings on the site will be removed to make way for a charter school, according to the family-owned business...

  • This June 22, 2015 photo shows a flooded soybean field near Terre Haute, Ind. A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground in the U.S., though a wet few months have kept farmers from planting in some states. USDA: Record Soybean Crop Planted, Progress Slowed by Rain

    A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday, but it's not clear whether they'll all sprout because persistent rain in some Midwestern states has flooded fields and slowed plant development....

  • Original Famous Dave's Revives Fireworks Display Despite Fire Damage

    The original Famous Dave’s restaurant in Hayward, Wisconsin, is continuing its annual fireworks display despite a fire that destroyed the building last November. The restaurant has hosted a community fireworks event for the last 20 years, but it was unclear if the display would be able to continue after the fire last fall...

  • St. Paul Company Closes Wisconsin Call Center

    A Minnesota company that helps raise money for Republican candidates has abruptly closed its Oshkosh call center, cutting 153 jobs. St. Paul, Minnesota-based Strategic Fundraising Inc. notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development of Monday's closing...
      

  • In this April 23, 2013, file photo, a JetBlue plane takes off in view of the air traffic control tower at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in Seattle. After Resisting for Years, JetBlue Adds Checked Bag Fee

    The era of free checked suitcases on JetBlue has come to an end. The airline proudly proclaimed itself a holdout on fees for years, allowing passengers to check one bag for free. Now it will charge up to $25 for checked luggage...

  • Battle Over Obscure Export Bank Rattles Some Minn. Businesses

    It's either a crucial driver of jobs and economic growth in Minnesota, or a handout to big corporations that costs taxpayers billions of dollars, depending on your perspective. Or, if you're like most Minnesotans, you've likely never even heard of it....

  • Labor Proposal Would Make Millions More Eligible for OT

    The Labor Department is proposing to make up to 5 million more people eligible for overtime in its latest effort to boost pay for lower-income workers. An official familiar with the proposal, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to avoid pre-empting an announcement expected Tuesday, says it would more than double the level at which full-time, salaried workers must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week....

  • The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce building Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Picks Loon as New President

    The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's new president comes from the group's national arm but has extensive ties to the state's business and political scenes. Doug Loon, currently an executive with the U.S. Chamber, will take over the top job at the state business lobby in September....

  • Supporters of NO vote in the upcoming referendum, gather during a rally at Syntagma square in Athens Monday, June 29, 2015. Global Stocks Stumble as Greece Debt Woes Escalate

    Mounting concerns about Greece drove markets down Monday after talks between the country and its creditors broke down. U.S. stocks fell, while major indexes in Europe took much bigger losses...

  • 3M Considers Ending Body Armor Business

    Maplewood-based 3M says it will likely be ending its body armor business for the U.S. Army soon. 3M produces armor for soldiers and plating for military vehicles. In a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh, the company said $80 million normally given by the military on a contract for the equipment was diverted to other projects...

  • Kohl's, California Prosecutors Reach Almost $1M Settlement

    Kohl's has reached a almost $1 million settlement with prosecutors in four California counties who alleged some of the Wisconsin-based company's department stores charged customers more than the price advertised on shelves and signs....

  • Nye’s Polonaise Room to Stay Open Until 2016

    A longtime northeast Minneapolis restaurant will live to see another day – for a while. Nye’s Polonaise Room was expected to close in August or September but will stay open until January 2016. The owners said the decision is “due to the overwhelming support of our dedicated customers.”






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