Annie Baxter Feature Archive

Flint Hills Resources has revealed plans for a $400 million upgrade of its 57-year-old Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount. (11/16/2012)
At a time when thousands of workers were leaving construction for lack of work, CJ Akins went running towards it. She's among a growing number of people who are benefitting from construction firms that have begun to hire again, a sharp contrast to a few years ago when the housing sector tanked and new building projects came to a halt. (11/13/2012)
The median home price climbed to $175,000, up nearly 15 percent from the same period last year. October was the eighth consecutive month of price gains. (11/12/2012)
The federal government is giving $105 million to a program to help low-income Minnesotans pay heating bills. (11/09/2012)
Consumers and businesses alike have been jittery about spending cash, resulting in weak economic activity and tepid job growth. Confidence in the economy among some Minnesota employers is still wavering in the wake of the election. (11/08/2012)
A gauge of economic activity among Minnesota's manufacturers continued to languish in October. (11/01/2012)
Online job postings in Minnesota ticked up slightly this month according to the Conference Board. (10/31/2012)
In the days leading up to the storm, Target likely got a sales bump from customers stocking up on essentials like food, flashlights and batteries. (10/30/2012)
Minnesota-based retailers with operations on the East Coast say it's too early to gauge the financial impact of Hurricane Sandy. (10/29/2012)
Some powerful U.S. Senators are leveling serious charges against Medtronic, releasing today a sharply critical report on the company's spine product, InFuse. (10/25/2012)
Hot weather likely means greater energy use as Minnesotans turn on their air conditioners. (07/03/2012)
Groups backing same-sex marriage say they have gathered more than 80,000 signatures on petitions supporting General Mills. (07/03/2012)
While thousands of Minnesotans are still struggling with unemployment, some lucky workers are entertaining multiple job offers. That's the world of tech jobs these days, where demand for talent is so great that workers seem to be enjoying a seller's market. (07/02/2012)
Minnesota exports grew to nearly $5 billion in the first three months of the year, a 2 percent increase from the same period a year earlier. (06/28/2012)
TCF Bank says it's ditching a monthly maintenance fee for most of its checking accounts. The bank had imposed the fees in 2010 in response to federal restrictions that cut into revenue. (06/27/2012)