Jim Spencer | Star Tribune
Washington Correspondent

Jim Spencer works in the Star Tribune's Washington, D.C., bureau. He covers the intersection of Minnesota businesses and industry with national politics, legislation and regulation. Spencer has more than three decades' experience as a news reporter, columnist, feature writer and sports writer.


Cargill sounds alarm as trade war looms

Cargill, the Minnesota-based agricultural and shipping giant that is one of the world's largest private companies, has emerged as a leading voice in support of global trade as President Donald Trump imposes protective tariffs on other countries.


As China, U.S. move closer to trade war, Minnesota ag interests fret

If China targets soybeans and corn for retaliatory tariffs, Minnesota farmers and companies could be badly hurt.


Twin Cities among 5 finalists for coveted Army R&D facility

Army officials are expected to make a final decision by the end of June.


Canada's tariff retaliation has $35M price tag for Minnesota

Tariff response could pack $35 million hit on Minnesota firms.


Tariffs will pack a punch in Minn. if trade war comes to life

As Canada and Mexico fire back against new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, a wide range of Minnesota-made products could get hit in the retaliation.


Supreme Court decision will likely make arbitration clauses more common

Well over 1 million Minnesotans are likely already subject to mandatory arbitration of workplace grievances, if the state mirrors the rest of the nation, and…


Vows to try again after farm bill is voted down in the U.S. House

Conservative House members joined Democrats in rejecting the nearly $870 billion bill.


Three Minnesota GOP congressmen back appeal for med-tech tariff reprieve

Letter asks trade rep to remove med-tech products, components from 25 percent tariff.


Best Buy exec Mike Mohan speaks against tariffs on Chinese TVs

Mike Mohan told a panel in Washington that targeting flat-panel TVs won't change China trade policy.


Minnesota med-tech industry seeks China tariff relief

WASHINGTON — Minnesota’s economically critical medical technology sector is battling to extract itself from a potential tariff and trade war with China that it says…