Minnesota Business

Is This Home The Most Haunted Estate In Minnesota?

There are many haunted estates throughout the great state of Minnesota; from Glensheen in Duluth, to the Warden's House in Stillwater. However, some say the most haunted home is located elsewhere. Growing up, I've always been fascinated with the supernatural and the unknown. I've also had quite a few unexplainable...
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Minnesota joins anti-trust lawsuit against two pesticide manufacturers

Minnesota has joined the federal government and 10 other states in an anti-trust lawsuit against Syngenta and Corteva, alleging those pesticide manufacturers of using “loyalty programs” with distributors to keep generic competitors out of the market. Attorney General Keith Ellison says ag producers aren’t the only people hurt by what he labels “corporate profiteering”:
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Three Local Stations Awarded Funding for Biofuel Options

(KNSI) — Local gas stations are getting money from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to help them offer more biofuel options. The stations will get a share of $6.6 million in grants from the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation Biofuels Infrastructure Grant Program to help with upgrades to pumps and holding tanks to sell Unleaded 88, also known as E15. A press release says the program is a competitive funding opportunity for Minnesota retail service stations to increase access to and sales of motor fuel blends containing at least 15% ethanol.
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BNSF production gang boosts network efficiency in Minnesota

In BNSF's latest edition of Rail Talk, the focus is on the accomplishments of a production gang in Minnesota that completed important track work just before the beginning of harvest season traffic. We’ve reproduced it below, with thanks to and permission from BNSF. DCL. It’s a familiar sight on...
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Minnesota Department of Agriculture bringing Biofuel options to gas stations

(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will be bringing more biofuel options to local gas stations. They announced the new six-point-four-million dollar Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation Biofuels Infrastructure Grant Program over the weekend. The program will help 44 gas stations across the state dispense Unleaded 88...

Fiber-Reinforced Concrete’s Potential as a Performance Engineered Mixture

Reinforcing concrete pavement with structural fibers improves its durability and helps protect against potential faulting and cracking. MnDOT has used fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) on some concrete bridge decks and pavements. Winter weather, freeze-thaw cycles and road salt, however, still hasten concrete deterioration. In a recent study, researchers evaluated FRC in the context of performance engineered mix design methods, giving MnDOT confidence in the parameters that FRC needs to meet to help withstand Minnesota’s harsh weather.

MN Small Grain Production Up in 2022

Man Standing in a Wheat Field Holding Wheat Grain in His Cupped Hands. Spring wheat production in Minnesota was estimated at 73.8 million bushels, up 33 percent from 2021 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Small Grains 2022 Summary. Planted area, at 1.25 million acres, was up 3 percent from last year. Spring wheat harvested area for grain was 1.21 million acres, up 4 percent from last year. Spring wheat yield, at 61.0 bushels per acre, was up 13.0 bushels per acre from last year.

Grain Stocks Mixed for Corn, Beans; Up Slightly on Wheat

Corn stored in all positions in Minnesota on September 1, 2022, totaled 142 million bushels, up 32 percent from September 1, 2021, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Grain Stocks report. Of the total stocks, 49 percent were stored on-farm. The June-August 2022 indicated disappearance...

Medicare on your mind?

Breitenfeldt Group helps educate, enroll seniors in Medicare... at no cost. If you are nearing the age of 65, or already on Medicare, you’re probably being bombarded with advertisements on the radio & TV, and your mailbox is filling up with Medicare flyers & sales materials. Most of these ads are intended to steer you toward a company’s health insurance products, whether it is the right plan for you or not. How do you know who to trust? How do you know where to start?

Focus on Ag: Harvest season underway in many areas

The warm late growing season during September has pushed the 2022 corn and soybean crop very rapidly toward maturity. By the end of the month, soybean harvest was 50 percent or more completed in many portions of Upper Midwest, while some areas still needed a bit more time for soybeans to fully mature. Many corn hybrids had also reached physiological maturity by late September and were also ready to be harvested; however, some producers are hoping for some significant field dry-down of the corn prior to harvest.

Small farmers ask Ellison for answers, accountability

If there was a word for the day, it was “accountable.”. Nearly every person who spoke during an event billed as “Rural Voices, Rural Power: A Candidate Townhall,” asked for – and in some cases, demanded – accountability. It was sponsored by the Land Stewardship...