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Chocolate, other sweeteners lifted Cargill's profit this winter

Cargill's fiscal third-quarter profit got a boost from growth in its sweetener business. File photo of cereal from a Cargill food lab made with EverSweet, a sweetener the company makes from the stevia leaf.

Grain and oilseeds, hampered by weather in South America, were the only weakness for the agriculture giant.

JavaCycle turns coffee-bean waste into sweet-smelling fertilizer

On the right, the chaff from roasted coffee beans that would have gone to the landfill. On the left, JavaCycle fertilizer pellets that make that byproduct sustainable. (

The parent company of Hill Bros. Coffee and Chock Full O'Nuts has partnered with the tiny, Minnesota-based operation to convert millions of pounds of roasted coffee-bean waste into commercial fertilizer.

US stock indexes mostly lower in early trading; oil rises

More than 30 percent of Minnesota farmers lost money in 2016

Two years of losses place financial stress on farmers as prices continue to decline.

Feds join second whistleblower case against UnitedHealth

The Minnetonka-based insurance company is accused of making false claims regarding Medicare patients that resulted in overpayment of hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Latest: AG sending 200 rape kits for testing monthly

The Latest on the state agency briefings to the Legislature's budget-writing committee (all times local):

Utilities vow to finish reactors despite Westinghouse woes

The electric utilities that own two nuclear reactors under construction in South Carolina say they're committed to finishing the project despite the bankruptcy of builder Westinghouse Electric Co.

Wyoming Machine wins national workforce award
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Traci and Lori Tapani recognized for training youth and women in manufacturing by National Association of Workforce Boards.

Thrivent Mutual Funds repeat wins in annual fund family awards
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Thrivent Mutual Funds repeats fund family wins in Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund awards.

Diversity in hiring falls short of goals for public projects

Contractors on public construction projects and government officials say more recruiting and training is needed.

Buffalo Wild Wings hires investment banker that activist shareholder wanted

Activist investor Marcato Capital takes another shot at the chain despite the hiring of Cypress Group.

Minnesota wineries fight state law requiring homegrown grapes

Alexis Bailly in Hastings, the state's first vineyard, and Next Chapter Winery in New Prague claim the ban protects the state's grape industry from competition.

Iron Range agency names new management company for Giants Ridge resort

It's the latest change at Giants Ridge after an unflattering audit in 2016.

Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle fake account suit

Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over up to 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission, the bank announced Tuesday.

Wells Fargo dinged by federal regulator over community lending

The bank received a low community-lending score as its struggles continue.

ASV construction equipment maker could be going public again

The Grand Rapids company filed papers for an IPO to raise $36 million.

Big banks, financial tech services play tug-of-war over consumer data

At stake are the digital trails that people leave with every electronic transaction.

Samsung may bring back fire-plagued Galaxy Note 7

– The star-crossed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — the ambitious new smartphone whose problems with fires prompted an unprecedented and costly…

Alexander: Here's how to fix Wi-Fi printing software

Q: For several weeks, my Microsoft Surface Pro tablet computer printed via Wi-Fi to an HP Photosmart 6520 printer. But now, files that have already…