Annie Baxter Feature Archive

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)
A housing index shows that Twin Cities home prices logged gains in April. (06/26/2012)
Best Buy's CEO and its founder recently left the company after a scandal. And the retailer has faced lots of criticism that it hasn't done enough to respond to fierce competition from online and bricks and mortar rivals. Some Best Buy employees who spoke to MPR News are still confident in the company's future, while others are planning their exit strategy. (06/21/2012)
Best Buy's leaders promised more aggressive cost-cutting and innovation at today's annual shareholder meeting. (06/21/2012)
The median sales price climbed to $169,000, notching a roughly 11 percent gain from the same month last year. Prices rose in April and March as well. (06/12/2012)
Regional reports on the job and housing markets for the month of May are due out this week. (06/11/2012)
Best Buy founder and chairman Richard Schulze is stepping down from his board position earlier than originally planned to explore options for his hefty 20 percent stake in the company. (06/07/2012)
Twin Cities-based Supervalu plans to cut up to 2,500 western U.S. workers in its Albertson's subsidiary. (06/07/2012)
Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans says it's considering backing off its Lutheran membership requirement. (06/06/2012)
The maximum duration of extended unemployment benefits in Minnesota will drop from 60 to 46 weeks later this month. (06/04/2012)
Minnesota manufacturers foresee growing strength in the regional economy over the next three to six months. That's according to a survey of supply managers from Creighton University. (06/01/2012)
The number of online want ads for jobs in Minnesota dropped in May, according to the research group The Conference Board. (05/30/2012)
The Twin Cities housing market in March posted its second consecutive month of price gains on an annual basis, according to the latest Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Index. (05/29/2012)
Short sales involve selling a home for less than is owed, and most people who have been through one probably would not describe it as a short process. But new federal guidelines could push banks to approve those sales faster. (05/25/2012)