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Changing climate will reduce corn production, University of Minnesota study predicts

A University of Minnesota study says corn harvests could shrink in the region by midcentury because of higher temperatures — mixed with cycles of drought followed by heavy rain — if farmers use the same varieties of corn and do not use irrigation.

Yields could fall sharply by 2050 because of climate change, according to U models, but growers trust technology to adapt.

Janet Yellen says Fed could raise rates in coming months

Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, speaks during an event where she was given the Radcliffe Medal, awarded to someone whose work has made a an impact on society, in Cambridge, Mass., May 27 2016. Yellen said on Friday that the Fed was on track to raise interest rates �in the coming months,� reinforcing a recent effort by central bank officials to prepare investors for higher borrowing costs.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that an interest rate hike would be appropriate in the coming months if the economy keeps improving.

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.

Bellhops service booming in Minneapolis as company searches for more movers

National Uber-like company says it needs more movers.


Bright Health, Harken take aim at exchanges in Colorado and Florida

The insurers are targeting Colorado and Florida, where UnitedHealth is pulling out of exchanges.


Workers, labor groups cheer passage of Mpls. sick-leave ordinance + Photo Gallery

Starting July 1, 2017, workers at Minneapolis businesses with six or more employees will be able to earn up to 48 hours of paid sick leave per year, at a rate of one hour of leave per 30 hours worked.


Congress' grade so far? Incomplete at best

Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating college kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades of incomplete or even worse.


Education Department replaces career college chain monitor

The Education Department has appointed a new lawyer to oversee the turnaround of schools once owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., following an Associated Press review that found trouble at the schools and questioned the previous monitor's independence.


In business and politics, Trump stokes internal rivalries

When Donald Trump acquired a pair of Atlantic City casinos in the mid-1980s, he pitted his managers against each other in a ferocious competition over everything from booking entertainers to attracting high-rolling gamblers.


Expecting worst, holiday travelers find fast airport lines

Fast moving airport security lines at the start of the Memorial Day weekend could bode well for return travelers Monday.


Court ruling raises possibility Kansas schools can't open

Kansas faces a threat that its public schools won't open for the next school year after the state Supreme Court rejected some education funding changes made by the Republican-dominated Legislature.


Wisconsin veterans visit memorials to honor fallen comrades

John Brandenburg touched the letters in the black granite wall.


Holiday air travelers get a break from long security lines

Travelers who were dreading long airport security lines ahead of the Memorial Day weekend instead reported moving quickly through checkpoints Friday after authorities opened extra screening lanes and used bomb-sniffing dogs to give some passengers a break from removing their shoes.


Smaller family resorts becoming a threatened species

Loss of summer tradition is lamented, even as one young family bucks trend.


Now Gawker has its own billionaire backer, sort of

The courtroom fight between former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and news-and-gossip site Gawker is becoming a battleground of sorts for Silicon Valley tycoons as well.


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

He asked a state court to pause pretrial discovery to "preserve the integrity" of separate federal inquiry.


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.


2nd large railroad not interested in proposed Chicago bypass

A second large railroad has told federal officials it isn't interested in a proposed $8 billion, 278-mile rail line from Indiana to Wisconsin aimed at relieving Chicago-area freight congestion.