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Fargo lawmaker at forefront of opposition to proposed beefed-up child sex ad law

September 27, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO The role state Rep. Blair Thoreson, a Fargo Republican, serves with a national conservative group has him leading an effort to block a change in federal law to allow state prosecutors to go after websites that host ads for child sex trafficking. Continue Reading

Spring break? Commerce Department urges consumers to beware of ‘opt-out’ travel insurance

February 12, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

“The Commerce Department is stopping companies from deceptive “opt-out” travel insurance schemes on behalf of thousands of affected consumers,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. Continue Reading

Minnesota Commerce Department cracks down on debt collection company

February 17, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL The Minnesota Department of Commerce took action this week again 49 debt collection agencies nationwide that are owned and operated by NCO Financial Systems Inc. Continue Reading

Willmar, Minn., Chamber of Commerce receives state award

February 6, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has been named Outstanding Chamber of the Year by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives, the professional association for local chambers of commerce in Minnesota. Continue Reading

Some stations, coops in southern Minnesota receive bad gasoline

October 13, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

The Minnesota Department of Commerce received notice Monday afternoon that 108 loads of gasoline with above-regulation concentrations of ethanol were distributed to more than 60 gas stations and coops over a four-hour period on Saturday, October 8. Continue Reading

Chamber of Commerce plans to address council on city sales tax

July 15, 2011 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will address the City Council Monday night about the local option sales tax. Continue Reading

Waconia is picked over Park Rapids to host 2012 opener

May 18, 2011 in Park Rapids Enterprise

Waconia was chosen to host the 2012 Governor’s Fishing Opener over Park Rapids but local representatives have been encouraged to keep applying. Continue Reading

North Dakota Legislature passes commerce budget

April 28, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK North Dakota lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to the state Commerce Department budget, restoring Centers of Excellence and providing child care funding. Continue Reading

Ladies first

April 25, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Nearly 200 women gathered Monday night at BenLee’s Café in Worthington for the 39th annual Salute to Women Banquet, hosted by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce. Continue Reading

Growth strengthened to 3.2% in Q4 of 2010

January 28, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The economy gained strength at the end of last year as Americans spent at the fastest pace in four years and U.S. companies sold more overseas. The growth is boosting hopes for a stronger 2011. <a href=”http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/191661/”>Continue Reading</a>