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AgStar merger creating one of nation's largest farm credit associations

Credit is the financial lifeblood for farm operations and, like other aspects of agriculture, is in a consolidation trend.

The merger of three major agricultural lenders in the Upper Midwest is raising questions about how big is too big when it comes to the Farm Credit System.

MNsure weighs tighter sign-up rules

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The exchange can follow the feds' lead or side with consumer advocates.

As the recalls pile up at Polaris, trouble gets deeper and deeper

Randy Knadle, service manger at Cannon Power Sports, Inc., inspected last week in Cannon Falls, Minn., a Polaris ATV General 1000 that has been recently recalled due to potential fire risks.

Polaris' position as an icon of Midwestern manufacturing know-how has suffered with 12 rounds of recall notices affecting 338,800 vehicles.

Appetite grows for local food, fueling land rush in Twin Cities

New farmers get creative to find arable land in city.

Schafer: Twin Cities experts focus on keeping the customer satisfied

Minneapolis marketing consultant Dan Wallace thinks the Twin Cities might have a top "cluster" of thought leadership in managing a better customer experience. He makes a good point.

Tony Gwynn Jr. follows dad in brewing as well as baseball

Wearing safety goggles and glancing at his watch, Tony Gwynn Jr. waits for the right moment to add hops to a kettle of boiling water and malted barley as he tweaks his craft beer recipe on a two-keg system dwarfed by giant tanks at AleSmith Brewing Co.

Baby bump: Birthing giraffe becomes a cash cow for tiny zoo


Schafer: Twin Cities experts focus on keeping the customer satisfied
Lee Schafer

Minneapolis marketing consultant Dan Wallace thinks the Twin Cities might have a top "cluster" of thought leadership in managing a better customer experience. He makes a good point.

Elizabeth Lilly opens her own investment shop in St. Paul
Neal St. Anthony

Investment manager Elizabeth "Beth" Lilly has never been shy about making a call.


Elizabeth Lilly opens her own investment shop in St. Paul

Investment manager Elizabeth "Beth" Lilly has never been shy about making a call.


Review: Galaxy S8 gives Samsung a shot at reputation rehabilitation

SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 $720 New smartphone a chance for redemption The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are Samsung’s newest phones, and it is a critical…


Business bookshelf: 'The Spider Network' a surprisingly Hollywood-like explanation of financial scandal

The Spider Network   David Enrich, Custom House, 508 pages, $29.99. Of all the financial schemes and crises of the past decade, it may seem…


Mixing alcohol and shopping can be costly mistake

Honesty time: What is your most embarrassing drunk purchase? When Reuters canvassed social media on this very question recently, we received some cringeworthy responses. A…


Going digital: Device makers chase fast-growing, data-driven market

Companies big and small are looking to carve out a chunk of the hot sector.


Sealy of Minnesota pays $175K in case over severe racial harassment

Workers alleged racial slurs, a noose and KKK hood were ignored.


5 ways millennials can make car buying a smoother ride

As millennials shop for wheels they're finding it's not as easy as swiping right on their smartphone. Some dealers might assume millennials don't have enough…


Self-employed? A Solo 401(k) may be worth considering

If you are self-employed and trying to boost your retirement savings, you may want to consider Solo 401(k) plans.Solo 401(k) plans are qualified retirement plans…


Tech entrepreneur turned small-town Texas values into a global social network

The son of immigrant physicians from India, Nirav Tolia grew up in Odessa, Texas, of "Friday Night Lights" fame. Rather than boring him, his small-town…


Bankers' fading fear of oil lending is latest boon for shale

Wall Street banks’ growing optimism about the energy industry is the latest boost for U.S. oil and natural gas producers already enjoying higher prices. JPMorgan…