Minnesota Public Radio features by Andrew Haeg http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=26 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:22:56 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Andrew Haeg http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 What's your most pressing health care need? Minnesota Public Radio's Public Insight Network team partnered with nonprofit investigative reporting outlet ProPublica to find out how the health care system is affecting the people who rely on it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/09/09-health-care-map/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 19:36:32 -0500 Contractors and soldiers The U.S. government says there are about 190,000 private contractors in Iraq, supporting 163,000 U.S. troops. Andrew Haeg has the story of two of them -- one civilian, one military. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/02/contractors_soldiers?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2007 15:46:11 -0500 Of microbes, patterns and the urban condition "The Ghost Map" is a chronicle of the 1854 cholera outbreak that ravaged London's Soho neighborhood, the two men who determined its source, and how it all changed epidemiology, mapping and the way cities work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/ghostmap?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Muslims learning politics in 5th district race In Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, Muslims are speaking with a newly found political voice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/13/muslimvoters?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Swing voters analyze debates for Senate and governor Swing voters assess the candidates for governor and U.S. Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/11/swingvotersdebate_1?refid=0 Mon, 11 Sep 2006 10:48:35 -0500 Reflections on Mozart's Requiem On the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, many are reflecting on his lasting musical works. It was the piece Mozart left unfinished at his death that many consider his most powerful piece. Mozart's Requiem defied the strictures of the traditional liturgical death Mass, leaving future generations with a nuanced and surprisingly uplifting piece. Four Minnesotans share their thoughts on the lasting power of the Requiem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/01/27_mozartrequiem?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans opening hearts and homes in wake of hurricane disaster Minnesota is responding to Hurricane Katrina with its publicly-funded resources, as well as with private donations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/04_wilcoxenw_katrinamnsun/?refid=0 Sun, 04 Sep 2005 10:35:00 -0500 Minnesota to accept 5,000 evacuees; some residents aren't waiting Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Saturday that Minnesota has told the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the state will make room for 5,000 victims of Hurricane Katrina. But some of the state's residents aren't waiting for them to arrive. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/03_haega_mnreaxsat/?refid=0 Sat, 03 Sep 2005 16:17:00 -0500 The recovery is in the eye of the beholder As part of our series, Whose Recovery Is It?, our newsroom wanted to get a sense of how people were experiencing the economy first hand. So we asked people to tell us how, if at all, they were affected by the recession or the recovery -- and what observations they had about the state of the economy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/13_haega_pij/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Remembering 9/11: Your reflections MPR News marked the second anniversary of September 11 by asking you for your stories about its impact. Did the events of that day leave a lasting mark on you and your family? Or has the impact faded? How will you remember September 11th? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/11_haega_ij/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2003 00:01:00 -0500 3M's third quarter a strong one 3M reported strong third-quarter earnings, due to cost-cutting and stronger sales in the Asia-Pacific region. Company officials say, despite the improved results, they don't yet see any rebound in the global economy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/21_haega_3m/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Venture capital is hard to find Venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in Minnesota say the slow economy and declining stock markets make it much harder for new companies to find investors. At a venture capital conference concluding today in Minneapolis, investors say they're more cautious. For entrepreneurs, that's a dramatic change from just two years ago, when a good idea and some gumption could fetch millions of dollars in startup capital. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/16_haega_venturecap/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Poll shows Minnesotans are skeptical of business leaders A Minnesota Public Radio - Pioneer Press poll conducted last week found that only about half of Minnesotans believe business leaders generally act in an ethical manner. The poll also found about half --54 percent-- say their opinion regarding the ethics of business leaders has gotten worse in the past year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/20_haega_corporatepoll/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Tough times ahead for Northwest Northwest Airlines has yet to emerge from the perilous downturn in the travel industry, though the airline is performing better than most of its peers. Flights are filling up, but Northwest is flying fewer planes, and making less money off their once all important business travelers. Now the Eagan-based airline is asking its employees to help it avoid sinking any further. But the airline's unions say they don't trust Northwest's management, and they will resist giving back hard-won wages and benefits. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/16_haega_northwestupdate/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 'Little people' may feel effect of big-league strike Major League Baseball owners and players may be close to settling their differences and avoiding a walkout. But, without an 11th hour reprieve, players will strike Friday. Those in and around the Metrodome who depend on the Twins for income say a strike would have substantial short and long term effects on their pocketbooks, and on baseball in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/29_haega_strikeeconomics/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Immigrants increasingly important in real estate market Low interest rates continue to fuel demand for homes, despite a weak economy. Experts say immigration is helping to fuel demand for homes nationally and in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/27_haega_realestate2/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Soaring home prices boost wealth, but block some buyers The price of a home in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Rochester has risen at double digit rates for at least four years. Many homeowners in those areas have seen their net worth balloon. But others trying to buy their first house have watched as prices have soared beyond their reach. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/26_haega_realestate1/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Risky business The St. Paul Companies CEO Jay Fishman spoke to business leaders Tuesday about his first year running the nearly 150-year-old insurance company. It was a year, Fishman said, full of potentially ruinous obstacles, including Sept. 11, a massive corporate restructuring, and a billion-dollar asbestos lawsuit settlement. But Fishman says the company is in good shape, and he's learned some hard-won lessons. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/06_haega_stpaulcompanies/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Fingerhut sale completed Twin Cities businessmen Tom Petters and Ted Deikel are officially Fingerhut's new owners. The two completed their acquisition of Fingerhut's assets Wednesday, more than a month after announcing a definitive agreement. The deal could save several hundred Fingerhut jobs that would have disappeared, had Federated failed to find a buyer for Fingerhut. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/24_haega_fingerhutsale/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 3M earnings doubled in 2Q Second-quarter earnings at 3M Co. more than doubled on higher sales and improved efficiency, and the company on Monday raised its earnings forecast for the second time this year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/22_haega_3mearnings/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Corporate lawyers consider reforms Proposals by President Bush and the New York Stock Exchange designed to root out and prevent corporate malfeasance are rising to the top of the agenda at Minnesota's largest corporations. Lawyers from some of those companies discussed scandal, reform and the future at a forum in Minneapolis Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/10_haega_corpresponse/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 A return to ethics? Misconduct by some of the nation's largest companies has sparked a crisis in confidence in American business. Now business executives and others say it's time to recommit to the principles of ethical business. For guidance, it turns out Minnesota is a good place to start. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/01_haega_ethics/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Would-be screeners hope they're good enough for government work The federal government is holding a job fair this week for federal screeners at the Twin Cities Airport. The government will eventually employ more than 1,000 screeners and administrators at the airport as it takes over security from the airlines. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/01_haega_screeners/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Top-shelf health care - if you have the money Concierge care, or two-tier health care, has arrived in Minnesota for consumers who want to pay more for personal service and 24-hour access. Patients say they're simply choosing to pay for services the market isn't providing. But critics say concierge care is unethical and favors the elite at the expense of the less fortunate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/24_haega_conciergecare/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 3M at 100 - on the right path for growth? 3M celebrates its first 100 years this week. Over the past century, 3M scientists have created a long and storied legacy of new and lucrative products, such as Post-It® notes. Now management is transforming the company to make it grow more quickly. But some of the company's most prominent names say those changes may threaten 3M's unique, century-old culture of innovation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/03_haega_3Mhistory/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 New deal could save Fingerhut jobs Ted Deikel and Tom Petters have signed a non-binding letter of intent to buy most of Fingerhut from its parent, Federated Department Stores. Terms of the potential deal were not disclosed, but it brings renewed job hopes to laid-off Fingerhut workers, and to the city of St. Cloud, which was bracing for the closure of one of its largest businesses. A deal would put Deikel back in charge of a company he had helped build into one of the nation's largest catalog retailers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/22_haega_fingerhut/?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Hundreds to lose jobs in Honeywell cutback Honeywell plans to lay off as many as 900 Minnesota workers as it closes four of its Twin Cities advanced circuits facilities. The cuts will end Honeywell's advanced circuits business in Minnesota. The company says an industry-wide crisis is forcing it to reduce capacity. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/15_haega_jobcuts/?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 A leaner 3M Maplewood-based 3M Monday reported its first-quarter earnings dropped slightly, but they still surpassed Wall Street's estimates. Analysts say deep cost-cutting and a new management program implemented by CEO James McNerney have made the company a leaner, more efficient company. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/22_haega_3mupdate/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 An end to hard times? Minnesota's economy, like the rest of the nation's, has experienced a significant downturn for more than a year. Now there are a number of signs that the hard times may be coming to an end. But there are also signs that Minnesota's economic recovery may not be all that robust. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/16_haega_recovery/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Bill targets excessive use of lawn fertilizer A bill that would restrict the use of phosphate fertilizers passed the state House of Representatives by a large majority. The House adds its approval to the Senate, which recently voted heavily in favor of the bill. The measure was at the top of the agenda for lake associations throughout the state, as well as urban residents interested in water quality. If law, proponents say the bill would help make Minnesota's water cleaner, and would reduce harmful algae blooms that pop up late every summer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/03_haega_phosphorous/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Minnesota's manufacturing rebounds, study says A new state survey suggests Minnesota manufacturing is stabilizing, and may even be slowly experiencing an economic rebound. Minnesota has lagged behind the rest of the country in climbing out of the recession. One major reason was the predominance of manufacturing in the state's economy. Manufacturers took the brunt of the economic downturn. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/02_haega_manufacturing/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Travel agents struggle without commissions Last week, the six largest U.S. airlines, including Twin Cities-based Northwest Airlines, decided to stop paying most commissions to travel agents who sell their tickets. Airline industry analysts say the commissions are an unnecessary expense at a time when carriers are struggling to restore their financial health following Sept. 11. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/26_haega_travelagents/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 The turnaround artists Peter Lytle's Business Development Group will likely announce this week whether they will acquire Fingerhut. Lytle's group specializes in reviving troubled companies. The Minnetonka-based catalog retailer may be the most challenging turnaround to date for Lytle's group. A look at one of Lytle's past turnaround efforts shows the potential risks and rewards of resurrecting failing companies, and the strategies Lytle is likely to use. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/05_haega_fingerhut/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 New Guthrie Theater design unveiled The Guthrie Theater has unveiled the design for its new three-stage complex on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. French architect Jean Nouvel blended the site's historical character with his own unique vision of the future to design what many say will be a landmark building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/08_haega_guthrie/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 What happened at Fingerhut? Fingerhut's demise could potentially leave 6,000 people without jobs, 4,700 of them in Minnesota. If Federated Department Stores can't find a buyer, it says it will close Fingerhut. But analysts and former employees say Fingerhut's business model is still sound. And those who watched Fingerhut falter and fail say Federated mismanaged Fingerhut. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/01_haega_fingerhut/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 St. Paul Ford plant spared The Ford assembly plant in St. Paul has survived a massive companwide restructuring. The company says it won't slow production at the St.Paul plant, or lay off any workers there. The news brought relief to union officials at the plant. But that relief was mitigated by concern for colleagues who lost their jobs, and by concerns over the long-term future of the St. Paul facility. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/11_haega_ford/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Holiday sales brighter than forecast Shoppers in Minnesota and across the nation bought slightly more this holiday season than they did last year. Topping their lists were electronics and other home-related products. Analysts say the impulse to buy such goods gained strength after Sept. 11, when many people appeared to feel that staying close to home was a good idea. The trend was good news for Twin Cities-based retailers Target and Best Buy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/31_haega_retailsales/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 St. Paul Companies' decision puts nursing homes in a bind The St. Paul Companies' decision to end medical malpractice insurance dealt a blow to many long-term care providers in Minnesota and across the country. For many nursing homes in the state, the St. Paul was the last company to offer insurance at reasonable rates. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/13_haega_malpractice/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Hundreds to lose jobs at American Express, St. Paul Companies The largest private employers in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul - American Express and the St. Paul Companies - have announced plans to lay off hundreds of employees. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/12_haega_stpaulcompanies/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Sun Country's demise will cost Minnesota air travelers millions With the demise of Sun Country Airlines, air fares between the Twin Cities and dozens of destinations will rise, analysts say. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/07_haega_suncountry/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Comedy with a caffeine kick The stage show Triple Espresso started humbly enough in a church basement in 1995. Since then, the production has become the foundation for a burgeoning business enterprise. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/04_haega_espresso/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Former NWA employees hope for return to aviation Northwest Airlines and other Minnesota-based carriers have laid off more than 3,000 employees in the state since Sept. 11. Those workers have the bad luck of needing to find a job in the toughest labor market in years. Rejoining the workforce may be an even taller task for those who had spent most of their careers in the airline industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/27_haega_nwa/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Jobs to be lost in wake of General Mills-Pillsbury marriage General Mills and Pillsbury are finally merging after months of delay. The $10.4 billion deal brings together two neighbors and longtime rivals. Their now-shared goal is to become a fast-growing food industry leader. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/01_haega_generalmills/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Customers continue to shop at Mall of America The Mall of America is a widely recognized symbol of American consumerism. In recent weeks, the mall has also moved onto the list of potential targets for terrorism. But despite increasing concern about safety at the Mall, shoppers have not stayed away. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/19_haega_moa/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Donors become clients as social service agencies see economy's impact The economic ripple effect from last month's terror attacks continues to reverberate through the Minnesota economy, as airlines - and the companies that rely on them - lay off more people. Meanwhile, food shelves and other social services in the Twin Cities are struggling to keep up with rising demand and a significant dropoff in donations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/11_haega_ripple/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Some airlines may fail, Steenland tells legislaors Two committees of the Minnesota House of Representatives held hearings in Eagan Tuesday on the state's troubled airline industry. Lawmakers heard airline executives, Metropolitan Airports Commission officials, and state development officials detail damage to the state's airlines and overall economy from the September 11 terror attacks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/02_haega_nwalegis/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Northwest announces benefits for laid-off workers Northwest Airlines says it believes it can lay off employees without paying severance under a provision in the carrier's contracts with its unions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/26_haega_nwa/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Northwest employees wait for job cuts Northwest Airlines is preparing to announce it will lay off thousands of employees. Already the company has said it will cut its flight schedule by 20 percent. The moves come as Northwest and other major carriers are struggling with lost revenues and sharply lower passenger demand resulting from last week's terror attacks in New York and Washington. Congress will resume discussion later this week on a plan to bail out the airlines with billions of dollars in direct aid and loan guarantees. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/17_haega_nwa/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Shippers look for alternatives to airlines Airlines resumed limited service Thursday after the first nationwide shutdown in history. Businesses that rely on air freight have been scrambling to find alternative ways to ship product, or have just been waiting until service returns to normal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/13_haega_impact/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Gas gougers strike after terrorists The terrorist attacks in New York and Washington have raised concerns about gasoline supplies. In the hours after the attacks, motorists lined up at some service stations around Minnesota, hoping to fill their tanks before prices rose too high. Some stations raised prices as their supplies ran out, leading motorists and politicians to decry price gouging at a time of national crisis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/12_haega_gouging/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Let the fair begin The 142nd Minnesota State Fair opens Thursday for its annual 12-day run. This year's fair features some old standards such as mini donuts, crop judging, farm machinery and lots of livestock. But there are some new arrivals at this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/23_haega_statefair/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 American Express unit to shed up to 1,000 jobs Minneapolis-based American Express Financial Advisors has announced it will lay off up to 1,000 workers in Minneapolis. The move is part of a larger workforce reduction at the company's parent, American Express. Economists say it's a sign that the economic slowdown is spreading from manufacturing to financial services http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/18_haega_amex/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Poll: Few feel they're losing in economic slowdown A new Minnesota Public Radio/Pioneer Press poll shows the majority of Minnesotans believe their family's financial health is about the same as it was a year ago, despite the economic slowdown. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/13_haega_economypoll/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Public TV stations struggle to convert to Digital TV Public television stations across the state are facing a crisis. By May, 2003 all public TV stations in the country must convert to digital broadcasting technology. But Minnesota's public broadcasters are having trouble funding the switch, and the Legislature in its recent session provided far less money than supporters had requested. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/12_haega_publictv/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Small towns suffer from decline in farming There was a time when small communities throughout the Great Plains flourished. But for years now, a host of powerful forces, including farm consolidation and federal farm policy, are sparking an exodus from farm country. There's a new urgency to the debate in Washington and in the Midwest over how to stem the decline. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/09_haega_smalltowns1/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Ford Officials Reassure Local Workers Ford Motor Company executives and shareholders are in St. Paul for the company's annual meeting. CEO Jacques Nasser and Chairman William Ford addressed a range of challenges facing the company, from improving environmental standards to raising the fuel efficiency of Ford vehicles. They also reiterated a commitment not to close the company's St. Paul facility in the next few years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/10_haega_ford/?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Papers and the Profit Squeeze The economic slowdown is sparking cost-cutting campaigns at newspapers nationwide. In the Twin Cities, both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press have announced plans to reduce expenses. But as newspapers look for ways to respond to profit-hungry investors, concern is growing that the measures may threaten their ability to carry out the mission of informing the public. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/03_haega_newspapers/?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Giving High Tech a Boost http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/25_haega_bici/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 3M Cuts Thousands of Jobs 3M reported a seven-percent drop in earnings in the first quarter and said it will eliminate 5,000 jobs over the next 12 months as it consolidates and streamlines the company to increase speed and productivity. At least one analyst says more job cuts will come. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/23_haega_3m/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Flood's Economic Impact Won't Disappear with the Water For the most part, communities along the Mississippi River have averted catastrophic flood damage, thanks in part to timely dike construction and sandbagging. State and federal offices are only now adding up the economic impact of the high waters, and one official estimates the bill from property damage alone will top $11 million. But that doesn't tell the full tale. Businesses that rely on the river to move raw materials or finished products are suffering. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/19_haega_flood/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Fate of NWA Contract is Uncertain Members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association are gathered Wednesday to hear the details of their tentative contract with Northwest Airlines. If the union's almost 10,000 workers approve the deal, it would end more than four years of acrimonious talks. But Northwest's separate announcement - that its loss in the latest quarter nearly tripled to $123 million - highlights the difficult conditions the airline faces. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/18_haega_amfa/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Union Must Sell Agreement to Northwest Mechanics Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union are awaiting a vote by union members, to see if a tentative contract agreement reached early Monday morning will end their more than four-year-old labor dispute. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/10_haega_nwareax/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Is a Downturn in Our Economic Future? The Minneapolis Federal Reserve office says the state's economy should continue to grow, but not as fast as it did in the last year. Others say the Fed's predictions are too optimistic, and consumers and investors should be prepared for a downturn and maybe a recession. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/15_haega_economy/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Electric Demands Could Exceed Minnesota Capacities The state Department of Commerce predicts demand for electricity in Minnesota will outstrip supply in five years. Now business leaders and others are urging state regulators to prevent a shortfall without permitting big price hikes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/12_haega_energy/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Good Investment or Risky Bet? General Mills shareholders overwhelmingly approved the company's plans to buy Pillsbury from London-based Diageo. Combining the two old-line Minneapolis firms will produce the nation's third-largest food company, with combined revenues of roughly $13 billion. While most analysts think the merger makes sense, some are still worried General Mills is making a risky bet. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/08_haega_generalmills/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 McNerney's Challenge in the 'Culture of Innovation' General Electric executive James McNerney will be 3M's new CEO. In announcing the move, 3M ended months of speculation over who would take over when current CEO L.D. DeSimone retires. McNerney's challenge will be to apply General Electric's decisive, profit-centered management philosophy to 3M's culture of innovation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/05_haega_3m/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Painful E-Lessons for Internet Workers The dot-com boom seemed too good to be true; it was. The tech-heavy NASDAQ is down 35 percent from its high last March. Nationally, 22,000 employees of Internet companies have been laid off, and scores of dot-coms have closed their doors. In the Twin Cities, once high-flying firms Internet firms - including Net Perceptions and Techies.com - have laid off hundreds of staffers. Now these companies are trying to do something different: turn a profit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/20_haega_internet/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Trade Mission Turns to Agriculture Agriculture was the focus as Gov. Jesse Ventura's trade mission to Mexico entered its final day. Governor Ventura and Minnesota agricultural representatives visited the city of Guadalajara, where they toured a food processing plant and met with local government officials. Minnesota farm cooperatives along on the trip are hoping the contacts will help their members find new markets for their crops. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/27_haega_mexico5/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 No Politics, Just Business Gov. Jesse Ventura spent a final day in Mexico City Wednesday, meeting with President-elect Vicente Fox. Later he went to a hospital to see how technology, developed by Twin Cities-based Medtronic, is helping victims of epilepsy and Parkinson's disease. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/26_haega_mexico4/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Has NAFTA Helped Minnesota? Representatives from more than 40 Minnesota companies and agricultural concerns say they're getting into the serious business portion of a six-day trade mission to Mexico led by Gov. Jesse Ventura. Ventura says the time is right, six years after the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, for Minnesota companies to boost trade with Mexico. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/25_haega_mexico3/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura Lays Business Building Blocks in Mexico Gov. Jesse Ventura has completed the first official day of his six-day trade mission to Mexico. Ventura met outgoing Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo at the Mexican Presidential Palace and later gave a speech to the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City. He and many Minnesota company representatives who've joined him on the trip, finished off the evening at a reception at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/24_haega_mexico2/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura Visit Comes at Momentous Time Governor Ventura embarks on the first full day of his Mexican trade mission. His visit comes at a momentous time in the country's history. For the first time in 71 years, the dominant political party is handing over power to an opposition leader. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/23_haega_mexico1/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Banking Brothers When Milwaukee-based Firstar agreed to acquire U.S. Bancorp, the deal attracted national attention, not least because the CEOs of both banks - Jerry and Jack Grundhofer - are brothers. It's younger brother, Jerry's, company - Firstar - that's taking over Jack's bank. While Jack will serve as chairman until 2002, Jerry, as CEO and president, will run the show. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/12_haega_bankers/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Minorities and Entrepreneurship: Financing A New Business Community http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/26_haega_minorities/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 General Mills Aquires Pillsbury General Mills has made it official, it's acquiring hometown rival Pillsbury from British foods company Diageo for $10.5 billion. Transcontinental dealings such as this are nothing new to the Twin Cities food business. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/17_haega_gmills/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Hotel Strike a Possibility in Twin Cities Members of the Hotel Workers Union Local 17 rallied in downtown Minneapolis to dramatise their vote last night to reject a wage and benefits offer from the management of nine Twin Cities hotels. The union says they will go out on strike unless the hotels improve their offer. Workers and supporters were joined by Reverend Jesse Jackson, Senator Paul Wellstone, and others who led a surprise attempt to bargain with management. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/09_haega_hotel/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 NWA Merger Would Have Massive Impact Reports of a possible merger are making some wonder what would happen if Northwest moved its headquarters from the Twin Cities and no longer used the airport here as its hub. And others say consumers will pay the price of consolidation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/02_haega_nwa/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Layoffs Increasing Despite record-low unemployment in Minnesota and nationally, corporations are laying off substantial numbers of workers. Many turn to the state for help in getting new job skills, but that option may not be available much longer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/14_haega_workers/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Digital Desert Access to high-speed communications is becoming increasingly important for business and consumers. But some people, including Governor Jesse Ventura, say the state's laws governing telephone and cable television companies are badly out of date. That's why the Legislature is considering competing proposals aimed at bringing Minnesotans lower prices and more services. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/18_haega_telecom/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 A Trip to the Grocer-E Some Twin Cities residents can now buy groceries over the Internet, thanks to a new company called SimonDelivers. The company says it's signing people up at a fast pace, but it's also experiencing growing pains that illustrate why the online grocery business is so tough. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/14_haega_grocere/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The MediaOne Challenge Cable television company MediaOne says it is now offering local telephone service to residents of twelve St. Paul suburbs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/21_haega_mediaone/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600