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NEW YORK (AP) — Lowe's Cos.'s move to revamp its outdated online business in recent months paid off in the first quarter, as shoppers shut in because of the pandemic shifted to online services for supplies for their do-it-yourself home projects.

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NORTH MANKATO — For Paul Boettcher and Troy Russell, co-owners of United Team Elite, their business is all about teamwork—after all, it’s right there in the name.

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NEW YORK (AP) — An Amazon executive said he quit his job at the online-retail giant to protest the firing of employees who spoke up about the conditions inside the company's warehouses and its record on climate change.

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The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Monday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

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Common wisdom says that if a small business is still in operation five years after it first opened, the owners are doing something right. Based on their store expansion, extended hours, a community mural, and a booming side business only three years after their start, Denise and Jes Tano of …

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — A distillery known for the gin and vodka it makes in New York’s Mohawk Valley is switching to hand cleaner.

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When Ahmad Kiblawi bought what at the time was called Stadium Dollar in 2015 near Minnesota State University, it was basically just a dollar store. He changed the name to Stadium Mart and began filling the shelves with middle-eastern, Asian and African food products to accommodate MSU’s inte…

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Ryan Neisen grew up helping out in his dad’s bar and grill, learning the ropes from a young age. Jim and Janet Downs got into the restaurant and bar business later in life after other careers.

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After damage from a fire at a neighboring business spread next door to Wiste’s Meat Market in Janesville on December 27, 2017, Megan and Ryan Landkammer — who had a young daughter with another child on the way — were unsure of what the future held.

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It’s a busy time of year for fitness clubs as people start the new year with a pledge to get in better shape and lose a little weight. For those in the Mankato area, choices are more abundant than ever.

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Sara Nett has woven a varied background in theatrical scenery and costume design, freelance art and running an arts collective to launch her new floral shop in St. Peter last year.

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While the game of soccer brought Anis Abdullahi, Jake Neumann and Nuradin Yasin together as kids, it was a mutual strong work ethic that inspired the three friends to start their own business while two of them were still in high school.

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Mankato’s third largest employer is aiming to invest $130 million or more in capital improvements to its Mankato “plant” in the next few years.

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The good news about the Mankato regional economy as seen through the lens of real estate and land values can be summed up as “pretty darn good” in Minnesota speak.

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While other jewelry stores have come and gone, Williams Diamond Center continues to adapt to changes in the industry as more customers are asking for rings, necklaces and other jewelry that are custom designed.

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A recent report on employment and labor force participation in rural areas carries some troubling and hopeful signs.

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People earning a paycheck from an employer need to decide tax deduction levels, how much to put into a 401(k), set a household spending budget and try to sock away a rainy-day fund.

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All businesses have ups and downs, but a blinds business might have more than most. For Brook Davenport, owner and Blinds and More in North Mankato, the last 14 years have had some wild highs and lows: a recession, a divorce, and a ransom attack by online hackers. Any one of these could have…

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The situation is grim: A hemotoxic poison has been unleashed and is quickly spreading around the world. Scientists are frantically scrambling to discover an anti-toxin, but people are already succumbing to the disease.

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For longtime residents in the area, Mankato looks little like it did even 15 or 20 years ago. The population has continued to grow while the amount of new construction and renovation has exploded exponentially.

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In the early 1800s, a polish researcher and doctor sought to understand why miners in salt caves in Eastern Europe were not suffering from the common respiratory ailments associated with other forms of mining. That particular study determined those miners — who were inhaling microscopic salt…

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Home décor and furniture customers at Johnson Furniture and Mattress in downtown Mankato now have more options when it comes to shopping on a budget. At the beginning of the year, owner Todd Johnson and his staff made big renovations to the building across the street, which houses the mattre…

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When it comes to learning a second language, young children have a distinct advantage. There are over 70 immersion programs in Minnesota intent on helping kids become bilingual, and Spanish makes up the bulk of those programs. While most are in and around the Twin Cities Metro Area, there is…

As a 7-year-old at the breakfast table a decade ago, Nicolai Amende watched with curiosity as his father routinely poured Tabasco sauce on his eggs every morning. One day he asked if he could try some and was immediately impressed with the spicy flavor.

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When sisters Claudia and Goretti Enrrigue were kids growing up in a small town in Mexico’s Jalisco state, their father, Roberto Saucedo, ran a store connected to their house. It was an experience that helped prepare the family for opening up Jalisco Market in Gaylord four years ago.

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The business of beer brewing shows no signs of slowing down as new pubs and breweries continue to open and existing ones grow.

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When Tom Branhan took over the 43-year-old Edenvale Nursery he wanted to keep the enchanting grounds and quality plants the business was known for. But he also has upgraded the grounds and brought in more varieties of plants.

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There are plenty of regular household items available at Mankato’s growing thrift stores, but walking out with a rare gem is a distinct possibility. Old style turntables and a diverse array of antiques and musical instruments show up every once in a while, mixed in with more common items lik…

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When a person walks through the door of Greg’s Champion Auto in Mankato, they are met with a friendly greeting amidst a living room atmosphere of plush couches and chairs, complimentary drinks and magazines on the coffee table.

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When Jason Quint and his wife, Heather, moved to a new country home outside Mankato a few years ago, they were ready to enjoy the wide open spaces. But they hadn’t factored in the mosquitoes ready to enjoy them.

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Josh Miller, a drafter designer of new construction with Nordaas American Homes, led a tour through every room of a custom-built house, pointing out cabinets, tables and furniture before soaking up the tranquil view of the countryside from one the windows.