Helms labeled flaring as the No. 1 challenge for state regulators, and said he’s begun a conversation with the North Dakota Industrial Commission about policy changes that could help decrease flaring.
Tribune Co. newspapers told to prepare for major cost-cutting. It would be nice to see newspaper chains announce what they are trying to do to make money. Cost-cutting, while at times necessary, isn't the only way to improve a company's financial condition.
Here's an item from the Strib's Bricks & Mortar -- the weekly page that appears in Friday's business section.
Inside View: John Allen, principal and CEO of Industrial Equities.
WINGS OVER AMERICA -- McDonald's version
Football season equals chicken wing season, and there's a new entry in the field this fall: McDonald's. The fast food giant finished the national roll out of its Mighty Wings this week. Golden Valley-based Buffalo Wild Wings and other wing purveyors take heed. When McDonald's launches a new product, the huge demand it creates can effect markets.
And that's what's happened: Wholesale wing prices are up more than they nornallly would be during wing seasons due to the "McDonald's effect," according to one agribusiness analyst. See the story later today on Star Tribune.com and in tomorrow's paper.Here's a look at chicken wing price trends. At least wholesale wing prices are down from last year's record highs, which were passed down to consumers.
Graphic from Len Steiner. 2012 and 5 year averages represent full years.
"If you articulate that you will do whatever it takes to get unemployment down, now we know we're going to be keeping interest rates low at that point," he said, unconsciously echoing a 2012 promise by European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi to go all-out to support the euro zone recovery.Not sure it was an unconscious echo, though, since he used the "whatever it takes" phrase in the Michigan speech too. Reuters also has a video with Kocherlakota.