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Golden Corral, buffet of the South, opens first spot in Twin Cities tomorrow

Golden Corral, a North Carolina-based buffet chain, is opening in the Twin Cities on Thursday at this first location in a former Old Country Buffet restaurant in Maple Grove.

Golden Corral updates the buffet concept with choices for all age groups.

Lew says Apple's tax fight could spur congressional action

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Wednesday criticized a European ruling that Apple owes more than $14.5 billion in back taxes. But he said the decision may spur Congress to finally address the stalled effort to reform America's corporate tax structure.

Another big wind farm opens for Xcel in Minnesota

The electricity producer adds 100 turbines of generating capacity.

Magnetation could close its final Minnesota plant in Grand Rapids

About 160 workers could be affected, company said in government filing.

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.

Uranium miner agrees to fix radioactive sludge leaks

A uranium mining company has agreed to corrective measures after two spills of radioactive sludge, the most recent on March 29 when some of the material from a Wyoming mine leaked from a truck onto a highway, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday.

Labor board orders Volkswagen to begin bargaining with UAW

The National Labor Relations Board is ordering Volkswagen to engage in bargaining with a group of skilled trade workers who voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee.


Another big wind farm opens for Xcel in Minnesota
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The electricity producer adds 100 turbines of generating capacity.

Doran spends $25 million on Calhoun Village Shopping Center
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Kelly Doran, best known as residential developer since Great Recession, expands his commercial portfolio


Coca-Cola is now giving back as much water as it uses

The Coca-Cola Company has just achieved one of its major environmental goals, five years ahead of schedule. The company announced this week that for every…


Retailers respond to widening U.S. income gap in school supply sales

From $30 pens to $1 pencil packs, retailers are responding to the divide.


Energy companies pull US stocks lower as oil prices fall

U.S. stocks took small losses Wednesday as energy companies fell with the price of oil and chemical and materials companies traded lower. That pulled the market lower for August, ending a five-month winning streak for stocks. The losses were very small, though, as this proved to be one of the quietest months in recent history for stocks.


Judge orders Minneapolis metal shredder to cease major part of operations

Operations must cease by Friday. State pollution officials applaud the judge's action.


Doran spends $25 million on Calhoun Village Shopping Center

Kelly Doran, best known as residential developer since Great Recession, expands his commercial portfolio


Before $15 minimum wage decision, activists want Mpls. to drop appeal

One day after Minneapolis argued for the Supreme Court to bar a vote on the city's minimum wage, activists swarmed City Hall demanding they drop the effort.


Struggling Iron Range company on verge of shutting down

An innovative Iron Range company that mines leftover mine waste is on the verge of shutting down unless it's rescued by outside investors.


Delta is spending $50M to stop losing your luggage

Delta Air Lines is using new tags and scanners in an attempt to minimize one of air travel's biggest headaches: lost and delayed luggage.


Paddock leaves U.S. Bank for Wells Fargo in San Diego

Margaret Paddock ran the $16 billion-asset private wealth management practice of U.S. Bank for a decade.


MNsure still missing board members

A top Republican says the MNsure exchange needs leaders in place as government-run marketplaces face a challenging open enrollment this fall.