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Business Briefs for Feb. 20

Gronke new member of Stoneberg, Giles law firm The law firm of Stoneberg, Giles and Stroup, P.A. has added a new associate, Barry R. Gronke, Jr., to the firm. Gronke joined the firm as an associate in November of 2016, having been admitted to the Minnesota State Bar in 2016. He obtained ...

Hometown store, homegrown owner

MARSHALL — Sears Hometown Store may be a national retail franchise, but it is locally owned by a born and raised Marshallite. Eric Novosad, a Marshall High School and Southwest Minnesota State University graduate, has worked at Sears in the Market Street Mall since 2000. He has been the ...

‘Lego Batman’ dominates ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family-friendly “Lego Batman Movie” has proved to be more of a draw than “Fifty Shades Darker” at the box office. Studio estimates Sunday say the “Lego Movie” spinoff took in a strong $55.6 million over the weekend, while the “Fifty Shades” sequel ...

Urban Appeal expands into new location

MARSHALL — You know a business is growing when it expands into larger quarters. The same is true of Urban Appeal of Marshall, which re-opened just two weeks ago at 901 Southview, having outgrown its old location on East College Drive. Pairing with a relative to purchase the land ...

Eye care with a community connection

MARSHALL — Since its doors opened at the beginning of the month, business has been picking up at Advanced Eyecare, said Dr. Alyssa Snyder. A growing number of people have come by the new office on East College Drive. “We love this location. It’s nice that we have College Drive right ...

Eye care with a community connection

NEW YORK (AP) — Tidal’s exclusive streaming rights to Prince’s Warner Bros. Records catalog is over. The record company announced that starting Sunday, his music on the label — including albums like the seminal “Purple Rain” to his early work like “Dirty Mind” — will be made ...

Kirsh is new Aufenthie State Farm team member

Charlie Aufenthie State Farm welcomes Sue Kirsh to its team. Kirsh has been in the insurance business for the last 17 years and is licensed in life, health, property, casualty and bank. She grew up in Lynd and lives near Milroy with her husband, Bob.

US gas price drops 5 cents over 3 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline dropped a nickel nationally during the past three weeks, to $2.31. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the decline comes despite a slight rise in crude oil prices. Gas in Los Angeles was the ...

IMF head: Trump good for US economy

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund said Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump taking office is likely good for the American economy in the short term, though rising interest rates and a strengthening dollar will challenge global trade. Christine ...

Disney increasing tickets for certain times

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World and Disneyland are increasing single-day tickets at certain times of the year and setting expiration dates on tickets in hopes of preventing overcrowding during the theme parks' busiest times, company officials said Saturday. The single-day ticket ...

Business Briefs for Feb. 6

Archbold joins Edina Realty Bill Archbold has joined Edina Realty and has teamed up with his wife Molly to continue providing excellent service for all your real estate needs. Bill’s a lifetime resident of Marshall and has spent the past nine years as a financial planner and prior to that ...

Providing good customer service

MARSHALL — Justin Richards of rural Marshall gives personal service to all his guns and ammo customers at his shop, Barrels And Arrows, just a couple of miles north of town. The shop opened in 2011 with a tiny store alongside the garage that houses the shop where Richards builds AR-15s, a ...

US hiring accelerates and more people begin looking for work

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers stepped up hiring last month, adding a healthy 227,000 jobs, and more Americans began looking for work, a sign that President Donald Trump has inherited a robust job market. January’s job growth was the best since September, and it exceeded last year’s ...

NEW YORK (AP) — Banks and other financial companies made big gains Friday after President Donald Trump moved to scale back regulations on the financial industry. Other stocks also rose as investors were also pleased that employers hired workers at a faster pace in ...

Trump launches his attack on banks’ financial restraints

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched his long-promised attack Friday on banking rules that were rushed into law after the nation’s economic crisis, signing new orders after meeting with business and investment chiefs and pledging further action to free big banks ...

Fed leaves rates alone and gives no hint of when it may hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has left its key interest rate unchanged at a time of solid economic gains but also heightened uncertainty surrounding the new Trump administration. At the same time, the Fed pointed to improved sentiment among consumers and businesses. And it said it ...

Apple surges on iPhone sales; stock indexes wobble

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors didn’t react much to a strong hiring survey or the Federal Reserve’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged Wednesday, and U.S. stock indexes finished pretty much where they started. Apple soared after it said iPhone sales improved in its latest ...

Labor nominee Puzder says he’s divesting — and all-in

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder is working to divest his assets from his fast food empire so he can be confirmed to the Cabinet post that enforces protections for American workers, a spokesman said Wednesday. Puzder is CEO of fast food empire CKE Restaurants Inc., ...

A new vision for Midwest Vision employees

MARSHALL — Midwest Vision employees have a new vista to look at. After 40 years at the Market Street Mall, the vision center has moved to East College Drive across from McDonald’s. “We have a window,” said Kathy Van Moer, the Midwest Vision manager. “We didn’t have one before. We ...

From sunlight to service

MARSHALL — Over the past few months, Heather Westman said, there have been plenty of questions from the community about the solar panels going up behind the Kruse Motors dealerships in Marshall. “It’s been really positive. The biggest question has been whether they belong to the hockey ...