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States that expanded Medicaid saw drop in medical debt, U study finds

U report said that states using expanded Medicaid eligibility helped low-income Americans.

Schwan's acquires two more frozen pizza companies

Schwan's CEO Dimitrios Smyrnios said the acquisitions would add to the company's focus "innovating and growing the pizza category and meeting consumer demand."

Delivery company picks up two more food firms and once again adds to its frozen-food offerings.

More than $2 million in state grants will help train workers

The state funds help companies design programs with colleges to keep up with technology.

3M profits surge in second quarter. 3M raises outlook

Divestitures and improved sales helped results

Shakopee's first halal market caters to growing Somali population

With a market in place, they want to make a community center a mosque.

Apple turns to the 'Rock' to boost its Siri vocal assistant

The popular actor is brought aboard to stem slumping engagement.

$1 sodas help boost McDonald's sales in US

McDonald's says a promotion for $1 sodas and a new line of premium burgers helped boost sales in its flagship U.S. market.


Brilliant Reflective promotes reflective strips for safety
Inside Track

The Oakdale company is donating 250,000 packs of reflective strips to schools, teams and event organizers.

Buffalo Wild Wings' new small-format store debuts today in Edina
Table Talk

The first of two B-Dubs Express locations in Minnesota opens on Monday.


Minneapolis proposal to restrict menthol tobacco sales sparks debate

Businesses balk at lost revenue; advocates cite health benefits.


TCF beats expectations with a nearly 5 percent jump in Q2 profit

Executives give an upbeat outlook, say changes to auto-finance strategy are paying off.


Life Time's Bahram Akradi is now on Northern Oil and Gas board

Akradi, the company's second largest investor, originally was rejected for a seat in June.


Brilliant Reflective promotes reflective strips for safety

The Oakdale company is donating 250,000 packs of reflective strips to schools, teams and event organizers.


Best Buy introduces 'smart home' service aimed at caretakers' needs

The service offers an in-home assessment with families to design the right array of monitors and devices, and Geek Squad workers install the custom-built systems.


Keep big purchases within your means

I had several wonderful conversations with recent retirees about their personal finances at Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th anniversary open house last Saturday. One lesson stood…


For an emerging economy, China's corporate and household debts have become very large

Authorities seek to curb risk amid high corporate and household debt.


Are dehumidifiers working for fewer summers? Growing recalls frustrate consumers

As summer weather turns hotter and more humid, more consumers are discovering their dehumidifiers aren't as trusty as those in basements past.


Mackay: How to stop the theft of time

When faced with a task that you just don't want to do, many of us simply put it off until tomorrow. That's why tomorrow is often the busiest day.


KKR's Internet Brands buying WebMD in $2.8B deal

KKR is buying health information website WebMD in a deal valued at about $2.8 billion.