January 15, 2004 — The number of home sales in the Twin Cities soared in 2003, setting a new record and topping the previous year's sales by more than 10 percent. Minnesota is already the top home-owning state in the nation, and realtors are preparing for more big years ahead. Low interest rates make mortgages more accessible than in the past. At the same time, the growing price of homes threatens to leave some families behind.
May 26, 2003 — The Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start for the summer tourist season. Tourism contributes nearly $10 billion to Minnesota's economy. Resorts and other tourist-oriented businesses are hoping for a summer season that will compensate for several years of struggle. Many Minnesotans will head to the water for a long weekend of fishing.
July 24, 2002 — Mark Stutrud, president of Summit Brewing Company; Jeff Lonto, author of "Legend of the Brewery: A Brief History of the Minneapolis Brewing Heritage;" Ted Marty, president of August Schell Brewing Company discuss Minnesota Brewing closures while Grain Belt Premium finds a new home....it's just the latest chapter in a long history of beer brewing in Minnesota. Strutrud, Lonto, and Marty also talk about what brewing has meant to the state and what the future may look like for local breweries.
March 18, 2002 — Recent economic indicators suggest the nation may be pulling out its recession, but Minnesota's state and local governments are likely to feel its pain for some time. Saint Paul is among the cities bracing for a tighter budget next year. But among many business people in Saint Paul there's a feeling that the capital city is in a better financial position than it was during the last recession eleven years ago.
March 6, 2002 — The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees free speech and freedom of expression. Those protections extend to adult businesses. While pornography and strip clubs remain hot button issues, the legal debate has shifted. So, has its location. The argument is no longer whether sex oriented businesses can exist. Now the question is how to regulate them legally as strip clubs and adult bookstores move to small cities and towns. Erin Galbally continues our series "Adult Entertainment Targets Main Street" with a report on the newest phase in the legal battle to regulate the sex industry.
October 5, 2001 — Midday broadcasts stories from the Minnesota Public Radio series "Economy on the Edge".
August 31, 2001 — Rachel Reabe revisits the farmers of Chanarambie Township in Southwestern Minnesota. Fifteen years ago they were the subject of an award-winning MPR documentary. Hear what they said then, and what they say now about farming and their lives as farmers.
May 26, 2000 — In the 1970s the City of Minneapolis blocked off Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street to make room for a K-mart store. It seemed like a good idea at the time as a way of getting rid of an area full of what many considered sleazy businesses. Now city officials and neighborhood activists want to stitch Nicollet back together so the entire avenue can share in urban renewal.
May 24, 2000 — Randy Johnson, Hennepin County board chairman; and Rick Kruger, CEO of "is.com", discuss results of the first annual "Regional Opportunity Forecast.” Report was put together by a group of business, education and civic leaders called The Great North Alliance. Johnson and Kruger are members of the group, and answer listener questions. Program begins with news from MPR’s Greta Cunningham.
May 24, 2000 — MPR’s Gary Eichten interviews Walter Mondale, former U.S. ambassador to Japan and former vice-president, on congressional bill that would allow China permit normal trade status. Following Mondale interview, David Foster, director of the NW quadrant of states for the United Steelworkers of America, shares his view on the bill and its impact. Program begins with news from MPR’s Greta Cunningham.