High Minn. land prices force aspiring farmers to sidelines High land prices are making it difficult for young farmers. In one of the most volatile and expensive land markets in history, they generally don't have the financial resources to compete with established producers or investors. For those seeking a start, just renting a few acres is daunting.5:40 a.m.
Lawmakers, retailers consider effect of sales tax on clothes All but seven of the 50 states tax clothing sales, and the idea of extending the sales tax to clothing in Minnesota has been proposed many times in the Legislature. Supporters say it could help stabilize sales tax revenue, while critics worry that retailers would lose a competitive advantage.6:49 a.m.
Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The 'Nones'
As religious as this country may be, many Americans are not religious at all. The group of religiously unaffiliated – dubbed "nones"-- has been growing. One-fifth of Americans say they're nones, as are one in three under 30. They're socially liberal and aren't looking for an organized religion.
Race Equality Champion Eugene Patterson Dies
Civil rights advocate Eugene Patterson has died at the age of 89 after being treated for cancer. Patterson was a Pulitzer Prize winning editor and columnist. One of his most memorable columns was written after the church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four girls in 1963.
Goldman Sachs Timing Bonuses For U.K. Workers
According to the Financial Times, Goldman Sachs is looking at waiting until the top British tax rate falls by 5 percent in April before paying out bonuses. In December, Goldman paid $65 million in bonuses to its top American-based executives before the tax rate rose for high income earners, as part of the Fiscal Cliff deal.
Need A Career? Try Making Gelato
Gelato University in Bologna, Italy, teaches students the art of making Gelato — Italy's creamier version of ice cream. The week-long course costs about $1,200 but it comes with a $1,200 coupon toward the purchase of a gelato maker. The school has more than 6,000 students a year.