Jim Spencer | Star Tribune
Washington Correspondent

Previously, he worked as an enterprise reporter in Minneapolis, writing on topics including Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, lake pollution caused by residential development, unintentional shootings of children, suicide among senior citizens, and budget cuts to homebound care for the disabled.


Trump orders start of process to allow E-15 fuel sales year-round

Rule change welcomed by farmers would allow E-15 fuel blend to be sold year-round.


Several ag programs expire as farm bill talks stall

Congress is expected to resume efforts to craft new five-year bill after midterm elections.


Minnesota workers, companies scrutinize revised NAFTA deal

Trump's revised trade deal has Minnesota farmers, workers cautiously optimistic.


Minnesota companies join scrum seeking relief from steel, aluminum tariffs

About 800 U.S. firms say they can't find domestic suppliers.


Little appetite for effort to bolster ag trade with Cuba

Minnesota farmers, Midwest lawmakers are fighting uphill battle to find new markets.


Target, consumers could be closer to feeling pain from tariffs

With his latest protective tariffs on Chinese imports, President Donald Trump hit dozens of products in Minneapolis retailer's inventory.


Advocates push for continued oversight of loans to veterans, service members

Consumer bureau is looking at less policing of abusive lenders.


Accountants warn tax reform could add up to April shock

Those who rely heavily on deductions could see a bill.


Minnesota's small businesses take big hit from China tariffs

Many Minnesota firms back a tougher stance with China but question Trump approach as bottom lines begin to suffer.


Among Minnesota farmers, support for Trump is bent, not broken

Some in the agricultural economy still give him the benefit of the doubt. But so far, Trump's tactics have only hurt farmers, and patience is running thin.