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Minnesota Company Has Big Plans to Produce Shrimp

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Minnesota is known for its tasty walleye, but what about shrimp?

Ralco, an agriculture company based in Marshall, Minnesota, recently won a bid to license new shrimp farming technology from Texas A&M University. Company officials at Ralco say they could be producing up to 1 million pounds of shrimp per acre of water right here in Minnesota.

St. Cloud's Grede Foundry to Start $17 Million Expansion

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Grede Holdings, a foundry in St. Cloud, plans to add about 32,000-square feet to its operation.

The company announced the plan Thursday, and plans call for it to be ready by the fall of 2015.

The project will cost $17.5 million and will add about 180 jobs.

Businesses Start New Year with New Registration Option

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Businesses of a new stripe are registering in Minnesota.
They're called public benefit corporations, and they give businesses more leeway to use profits to help the public as well as their shareholders. The Minnesota Secretary of State's office was set Friday morning to hold an event registering the state's first public benefit corporations.

Christmas Miracle: Gas Could Drop to $2 at Some Minn. Stations

This Christmas, Santa might as well drive. According to GasBuddy.com, at least 24 states already have gas going for $2 or less per gallon. Analysts say some parts of Minnesota could soon see prices that low too.

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

Jennie-O Foods Inc. plant in Willmar - Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Bobak Ha'Eri

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.