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2009-02-14 06:15:00

Business owners who cater to Valentine's Day shoppers say sales of flowers, jewelry, chocolates and greeting cards are down with the recession. Shop owners say they are feeling a little less love this Valentine's Day, the (St. Paul, Minn.) Pioneer Press reported Saturday. It's always been the general assumption that good times, bad times, chocolate can endure, Brian McElrath, founder and president of B.T. McElrath, a Minneapolis specialty chocolatier, told the newspaper, saying sales are down...

2009-01-09 12:20:53

Chicago's Sun-Times Media Group Inc. said it would close 12 weekly newspapers to cut expenses as advertising revenues have fallen. The 12 suburban newspapers scheduled to close are part of 51 newspapers published by Pioneer Press, which the Sun-Times purchased in 1989. The newspapers, scheduled to fold Jan. 15, cover mostly the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Crain's Chicago Business reported Friday. The Sun-Times, which lost $168 million in the third quarter last year, is attempting to save...

2008-08-07 03:00:23

By Christopher Snowbeck, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 7--Mendota Heights-based Sun Country Airlines started making its pitch Wednesday for financial help from the Metropolitan Airports Commission, saying consumers are saving an estimated $300 million this year by virtue of the competitive check on prices the airline provides. Stan Gadek, the company's chief executive officer, told a MAC committee Wednesday that sky-high oil prices mean Sun Country needs financial help to maintain...

2008-08-07 03:00:00

By Maricella Miranda, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 7--An African savanna that drew thousands to the Minnesota Zoo in 2006 is returning. Giraffes, zebras, wildebeests and ostriches will graze the grasslands of Apple Valley for a second time next summer at the temporary "Summer on the Savanna" exhibit, zoo director Lee Ehmke said. And, for the first time, antelope will join the herd. Zoo leaders hope the three-month exhibit will attract even more attention this time, with the...

2008-08-06 21:00:00

By Jason Hoppin, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 6--A paper-recycling mill powered by feces? That's one of the solutions proposed this week by the St. Paul Port Authority to save nearly 500 high-paying union jobs at St. Paul's Rock-Tenn paper-recycling mill, the largest such site in the Midwest. Port Authority officials are proposing a rural production facility that would generate biogas from one of three sources: sugar beets, ethanol byproducts or animal waste. The...

2008-08-06 21:00:00

By Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 6--On the eve of Barack Obama's fundraising stop in Minneapolis today, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty criticized the Democratic presidential candidate for failing to understand the severity of the nation's energy crisis and only recently proposing relief for soaring gasoline prices. "I believe that Senator Obama has misunderstood and underappreciated this crisis," Pawlenty, national co-chairman of Republican presidential candidate John...

2008-08-05 03:00:29

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 5--When it comes to moviemaking, brothers Jay and Mark Duplass get by with a little help from their friends. Make that a lot of help. Throughout the process of editing their movies -- the latest of which is the hard-to-categorize "Baghead," opening Aug. 8 -- they show them to friends and family, looking for reactions that will make the film better. That feedback was especially helpful on "Baghead" because it's such an odd duck....

2008-08-04 15:00:34

By Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 4--A decade ago, give or take, James Rocco and a few friends were on a beach in Cancun, Mexico, discussing a biography of legendary showman George M. Cohan that most of them had been reading. "There was a story," said Rocco, now the producing artistic director of St. Paul's Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, "about how he got out of his sickbed, insisting that his nurse take him to all the places he had hung out on...

2008-08-04 03:00:21

By Tom Webb, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 4--In a high-tech kitchen at Cargill's new snacks and cereals lab in Plymouth, amid machines that puff and squash and clump ingredients in interesting ways, Jon Wiersum is armed to defy convention. Even when it comes to the humble cereal flake. "What does a cereal flake look like?" Wiersum asked during a lab tour. "It's round, brown and flat. Now, challenge every one of those assumptions." Everywhere in the food industry, old...

2008-08-04 03:00:18

By Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 4--A couple of weeks ago, Laura Osnes was starring in a Broadway musical. Today, she's another unemployed actress in New York City. And she's just fine with that. Osnes, you might remember, is the 22-year-old Eagan native who won the role of Sandy in the Broadway production of "Grease" on last year's reality TV show "Grease: You're the One That I Want." The victory came with a one-year Broadway contract she and co-star Max...


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