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State exports set, first quarter record


Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
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ST. PAUL - Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products grew 13 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago. According to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the state exported a record $4.8 billion in the quarter.

Manufactured products were the dominant export category, accounting for $4.4 billion of total sales in the quarter, up 12 percent from the same period a year ago.

"Minnesota exports continue to be strong, generating more business for companies and contributing to job growth statewide," said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. "Exports to nine of the state's top 10 markets expanded from a year ago, and sales for most of our products and commodities grew as well."

"Our first quarter results are encouraging," said Katie Clark, executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office. "However, many small and mid-sized companies have potential to export and are not currently doing so. With 95 percent of consumers living outside of the United States, Minnesota must focus on selling its products to the global marketplace. The Minnesota Trade Office will continue to provide guidance to Minnesota companies to increase exports and increase jobs here in Minnesota."

Canada remains Minnesota's largest customer, accounting for $1.3 billion in exports (27 percent of the state's total) in the quarter, up 16 percent from a year ago.

Other top markets were China ($558 million, up 35 percent), Japan ($332 million, up 20 percent), Mexico ($250 million, up 4 percent), Germany ($198 million, up 12 percent), South Korea ($163 million, up 5 percent), Belgium ($146 million, up 3 percent), Singapore ($140 million, up 17 percent), United Kingdom ($137 million, down 7 percent) and Taiwan ($135 million, up 14 percent).

Asia was the strongest-performing global region, buying 35 percent of Minnesota's exports during the quarter, followed by North America, which accounted for 31 percent of the state's export total. Another 21 percent of the state's exports went to countries in the European Union.

Machinery led all export categories with $949 million in sales, up 8 percent from the same period a year ago.

The state's other top exports were optic, medical instruments ($713 million, down 3 percent), electrical machinery ($670 million, up 27 percent), vehicles, not railway ($390 million, up 16 percent), plastic ($280 million, .....
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Why not Palin?

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Over the past few months, I've read a number of unhinged articles from both liberals and conservatives (so-called) about Sarah Palin. A number of commentators from both sides of political spectrum seem to believe that she is a lightweight nitwit who ..... 
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Faith restored

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

A couple of events recently restored my faith in the American electorate especially for the members of my generation and the baby boomers. It has to do with Paul Ryan's voodoo trickle down economics, his attack on the elderly and the poor and new fi ..... 
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Guest commentary-Freedoms

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

There are five basic freedoms that people involved in humane livestock production are urged to practice. As a veterinarian, livestock producer, and meat eater, I certainly try to embrace these principals and would encourage others to do the same.
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Stormy Weather

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
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A ruby-throated hummingbird whizzed past us. An eastern wood-pewee called and a rose-breasted grosbeak sang variations of his song never stopping to take a breath. We saw a few warblers,

indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles and other species. I ..... 
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One moment, please... You wouldn't D.A.R.E.?

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
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Online at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com, I often post reader polls for you, our readers, to cast your vote on a variety of subjects.

The results of a recent onli ..... 
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Guest commentary: The Rushford Muni closes

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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By Robert Dahl, Rushford City Council Member

After an interminable time of losses, the Rushford muni is now closed. Asking the city tax payers to continue to support and pay for the losses it has sustained is untenable.

For a time aft ..... 
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One moment, please... Standing out in a crowd, 6/6/11

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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Ya know, I never realized how invaluable a small school learning environment was until I lived here.

Yes, my graduating class was 472 students, so I have a very ..... 
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Thanks for the memories....

Fri, May 27th, 2011
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Many of you are probably old enough to recognize the title as Bob Hope's theme song. The rest of you are thinking, "Bob who?" Well, I am old enough to not only remember Bob Hope but to have learned how to type on a manual typewriter, play 50's music ..... 
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