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2008-06-26 12:02:20

By Christopher Snowbeck, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 26--An experimental device for stimulating nerves made by Fridley-based Medtronic could provide relief for patients who suffer from chronic migraine headaches and aren't helped by existing treatments, a new study suggests. The Medtronic therapy tries to interrupt pain signals by sending electrical impulses to the central nervous system through an electrode placed under the skin on the back of the neck. That electrode is...

2008-06-25 12:02:45

By John Welbes, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 25--One more hurdle is out of the way for Delta Air Lines' pending acquisition of Northwest Airlines, as negotiators for union pilots from both carriers reached a tentative joint contract. The deal, announced Tuesday, must be approved by union leaders and rank-and-file members; it would cover the 12,000 pilots in the merged carrier. With the contract details worked out, the pilot groups now will focus on integrating their seniority...

2008-06-24 09:02:58

By John Welbes, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 24--If market fundamentals determined crude oil prices, gas would cost about half as much as it does right now, experts told Congress Monday. To get prices back in line with reality, financial experts and industry leaders -- including Northwest Airlines CEO Douglas Steenland -- are urging the government to tighten up regulation of commodities markets. Bringing fuel prices down will require a multifaceted solution, but "addressing...

2008-06-22 09:00:21

By Jennifer Bjorhus, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 22--It takes roughly four hours for workers to shred a flattened Dodge Ram pickup, melt it and roll the billets into steel rods at Gerdau Ameristeel Corp.'s minimill in St. Paul. It's an ear-splitting process of old industrial might -- and music to Jerry Goodwald's ears. His company's stock is hot, production is up and steel prices are soaring. 'We haven't seen these kind of numbers in our history,' says Goodwald, the minimill's...

2008-06-21 09:00:00

By John Welbes, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 21--While an OK from government regulators remains months off and union pilots still need to resolve dicey seniority issues, the heavy lifting involved in integrating Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines is under way. In a message to employees this week, the Northwest and Delta CEOs said 25 integration teams are in place, made up of 300 leaders from both airlines. The teams are working on such things as coordinating ticketing and...

2008-06-20 12:00:36

By Doug Belden, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 20--Enrollment in Minnesota charter schools rose by more than 4,000 students in 2007-08, the largest annual increase since charters began in 1992. And for the first time, there are more charter schools and charter students in the suburbs than in either Minneapolis or St. Paul. Those are among the findings in a report released Thursday by the Center for School Change at the University of Minnesota. Center director Joe Nathan said...

2008-06-19 09:00:59

By Edward Lotterman, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 19--President Bush's proposal Wednesday to end decades-long bans on offshore oil and gas drilling may be a cynical political ploy, but he opens a useful debate. What trade-offs are there between the environment and energy production? Should we change policies made when energy prices were lower? At present, we have a lopsided policy based largely on precedent. We allow substantial new drilling in waters off two states -- Texas and...

2008-06-19 09:00:41

By John Welbes, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 19--Sun Country Airlines says it needs financial help to maintain regularly scheduled flights from the Twin Cities. Stan Gadek, the Mendota Heights-based company's chief executive, met Wednesday with several Minnesota state senators, laying out a case for an aid package he says is needed to help weather record high fuel prices that have the nation's carriers mired in red ink. Over the next two years, the airline needs "upwards of $50...

2008-06-19 09:00:00

By Bao Ong, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 19--Geek Squad agents, known for zipping around in their black-and-white Volkswagen Beetles to handle service calls, had a different challenge to troubleshoot this week. Their mission: To spark an interest in technology among youths, especially girls, through the Geek Squad Summer Academy. They are working with about 70 high school students from across the metro area who gathered at Inver Hills Community College for three days to explore...

2008-06-18 09:00:00

By Kevin Harter, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 18--Bruce and Linda Kennedy tried to take a short break for water and food Tuesday afternoon, but their emotions again overcame them, and they soon rejoined the search for their 25-year-old autistic son. "It's been hell on earth," Linda Kennedy said of the two-day search for the Roseville couple's oldest son. Keith T. Kennedy has been missing since Sunday night when he walked away from a northwest Wisconsin camp for mentally...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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