Annie Baxter Feature Archive

The Creighton University business conditions index jumped to 59 in August from July's reading of 54. A score above 50 indicates economic expansion. (09/03/2013)
International sales of Minnesota goods fell to $5.2 billion in the second quarter of the year. That was a drop of 6 percent compared to the same period last year. (08/29/2013)
Even though overall mosquito numbers are dropping, there's a spike in the kind of mosquito that transmits West Nile virus. (08/29/2013)
Advertisements featuring gay couples are still few and far between. Many companies try to cater to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers, but those efforts are generally not obvious to the general public. That's starting to change. (08/29/2013)
As they continue to emerge from the economic depths of the Great Recession, Minnesota's community banks are contending with fewer loans that have soured, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis concluded after a quarterly look at banking conditions in the state. (08/22/2013)
Cargill is halting its salt mining operations deep under Lake Erie in Ohio for safety reasons. (08/21/2013)
The Delaware company, MPHJ Technology Investments LLC, was accused of trying to wring money out of hundreds of Minnesota businesses over alleged violation of patent rights. The company told business owners that their use of office equipment to scan documents to email infringed on its patents. (08/20/2013)
Minnesota's factories are churning out lots of products like airplane parts and medical devices these days, but they're not exactly going on hiring sprees. (08/19/2013)
The city of Minneapolis and the state's economic development agency are teaming up on a program to help workers over age 50 and veterans under 30 escape long-term unemployment. (08/14/2013)
A new program launching in Minneapolis next month aims to help long-term unemployed workers over age 50 and young veterans find jobs. (08/13/2013)
The median Twin Cities home price jumped to $208,757 last month, an increase of 17.2 percent compared to July of last year. (08/12/2013)
To stand out in a crowded marketplace, some buyers have decided to employ a very traditional and personal medium -- deeply personal and emotional letters they hope will curry favor with the sellers. (08/12/2013)
The founder of a prosthetic knee manufacturer based in Pillager, Minn., is competing this weekend in an extreme sports competition in Los Angeles. (08/03/2013)
The University of Minnesota says it has launched a record number of startup companies in its 2013 fiscal year. (08/03/2013)
A survey of factory supply managers shows continued, though slightly more muted, optimism about the economy in the coming months. (08/01/2013)