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St. Cloud Toys "R" Us to Close in January

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St. Cloud’s biggest toy store is closing at the end of January.

Toys “R” Us confirms the store on Park Avenue South has been sold. The store has been open since October 1992 and employs 26 associates.

The company says it’s working to try to relocate the 26 employees, although the closest store is in Maple Grove.

Thanksgiving Trumps Black Friday for Deals

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Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.
    
An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year.
    

OSHA Inspects Willmar Jennie-O Turkey Plant after Workers Get Sick

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An Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector is trying to determine whether any federal safety violations occurred at the Jennie-O turkey processing plant in Willmar where more than a dozen employees were sickened.
    

Another Year, Another Small Social Security Bump

This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, shows the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. - Photo: AP/Patrick Semansky, File

For the third straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.
    

6 Minn. Breweries Medal at Great American Beer Festival

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Minnesota is home to a booming craft beer scene with more than 50 breweries across the state. This weekend, six different local breweries received some recognition; they all medaled at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.

The 28th annual festival is presented by the Brewers Association and is the largest commercial beer competition in the world, according to organizers.

Minnesota Chicken Processor GNP Co. CEO to Retire

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After almost a lifetime in the chicken business and 21 years as a CEO, Mike Helgeson is retiring from the company that produces Gold'n Plump chicken.
    
Helgeson is stepping down from St. Cloud-based GNP Co. effective Nov. 3. Executive Vice President Steve Jurek, who's been with the organization 37 years, will take over as president.

Outreach Helps Minnesota State Park Visits Grow

Despite a record wettest June that kept Minnesotans hunkered down at home, state figures show that more people than ever are getting outdoors to take advantage of Minnesota's state parks.