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Keep pushing Cuban trade, Klobuchar and Emmer tell business leaders

President Obama before addressing the Cuban people during a visit in March.

Two top Minnesota lawmakers say the business case will be key to building support to end the long-standing trade embargo.

MNsure to seek IT vendor options with eye on improving website

The search could begin this summer by way of a “request for information” that might ultimately lead to website changes by the second half of 2017, said Allison O’Toole, the MNsure chief executive.

The search might ultimately lead to website changes by the second half of 2017, said Allison O'Toole, the MNsure chief executive.

Creation agency hires its first global executive creative director

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Brad Cohn is moving from Florida to Minneapolis to get the creative juices going at Creation.

Minnesota premiums still below average

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Despite big jumps, premiums on the MNsure exchange for 2016 were lower than averages for the region and nation, according to a new report.

U.S. attorney asks state court to halt discovery in Starkey lawsuits

Lawyers call the motion unusual.

Stanton's latest downtown condo project clears hurdle

Coon Rapids developer Jim Stanton received approval this week from the Minneapolis Planning Commission for his biggest downtown condo project yet: The Legacy, a 374-unit…

Hot Property: Kraus-Anderson headquarters redevelopment in downtown Minneapolis

Address: 525 S. 8th St., MinneapolisType: Mixed-useOffice building size: 103,000 square feetApartment units: 307Hotel rooms: 158Developer: Kraus-Anderson RealtyArchitects: ESG Architects, Pope ArchitectsDetails: Work is underway…

New company building modular homes on vacant lots in north Minneapolis

Smart Homes, associated with Thor Construction, hopes the option makes homeownership affordable to more residents.

Patterson's animal supply division boosts quarterly sales

Dental supply division sees slight decrease in sales.

Comcast vows better service, more Wi-Fi sites in Twin Cities

Comcast said Thursday that it is trying to improve its customer experience and will add new services, along with 400 workers, this year in the Twin Cities.

Riverfront plans get first look from Rochester's Destination Medical Center board

The hotel and retail complex would sit on the banks of the Zumbro River.

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___$50 oil shouldn't pose major threat to consumers, economyNEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil topped $50 a barrel this week for the first…

$50 oil shouldn't pose major threat to consumers, economy

The price of oil topped $50 a barrel this week for the first time since July, delivering a cash infusion to oil producers and a lift to beaten-down energy stocks.

Minneapolis City Council gives tentative approval to sick-leave mandate

With final approval expected Friday, the ordinance would go into effect July 1, 2017.

The Latest: 2nd man sentenced for stalking TV anchor

The Latest on sentencing for the stalkers of two TV news anchors (all times local):

Land O'Lakes gives boost to Minnesota water quality effort

The company said it will help the state fight against pollution from agriculture.

Jury sides with Google in closely watched copyright case

A federal jury has sided with Google in a $9 billion legal battle with tech industry rival Oracle, a complex copyright case that was closely watched in Silicon Valley.

Signet and NetApp drop while Dollar Tree and US Foods climb

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:

Cabela's plans to outsource its catalog and ad design work

Cabela's said it plans to outsource the design work for its catalog and advertising, but the outdoor gear seller says the move wasn't triggered by its ongoing strategic review.