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Osama bin Laden killing voted top news story of 2011

December 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The death of bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader who masterminded the Sept. 11 terror attacks, received 128 first-place votes out of 247 ballots cast for the top 10 stories. The Japan disaster was next, with 60 first-place votes. Placing third were the Arab Spring uprisings that rocked North Africa and the Middle East, while the European Union’s financial turmoil was No. 4. Continue Reading

All EU nations open to joining new budget pact, except UK

December 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The European Union said today that 26 of its 27 member countries are open to joining a new treaty tying their finances together to solve the euro crisis. Only Britain remains opposed, creating a deep rift in the union.
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Geithner push EU to agree plan

December 6, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

European nations were pressed today by a credit downgrade threat and the U.S. Treasury chief to deliver on markets’ huge hopes for a solution to the 2-year-old financial crisis engulfing the continent.Germany and France downplayed Standard & Poor’s warnings to downgrade 15 eurozone nations and Europe’s bailout fund. But a downgrade of their AAA ratings would complicate their efforts to restore investor confidence in Europe. Continue Reading

Germany’s Merkel says it will take years to implement financial crisis solution

December 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for stronger rules against overspending as the long-term answer to Europe’s debt crisis, saying fixes for the euro’s flaws need to be written into changes in the basic EU treaty. Continue Reading

Stocks end mixed as Europe haggles over debt fix

October 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Stock indexes rose, fell, rose back again and then ended the day more or less where they started. As they have been doing for weeks now, traders remain focused on the latest hope for a resolution to Europe’s debt crisis: this time, a weekend summit of European leaders. Continue Reading

Stocks dip on reports of delay in European summit

October 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Stocks slid today after reports that a meeting planned for the weekend between European leaders to fend off a credit crisis may be delayed. The news overshadowed an unexpected recovery in manufacturing in the Northeast. Continue Reading

Stocks dip on concerns that EU meeting delayed

October 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Stocks are lower at midday after reports that a meeting planned for the weekend between European leaders to fend off a credit crisis may be delayed. The news overshadowed an unexpected recovery in manufacturing in the Northeast. Continue Reading

Dairy farmers: Take the somatic cell count challenge

September 12, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

Beginning in early 2011, the European Union (EU) will require that all imported dairy products come from dairy farms producing milk under a 400,000 somatic cells count (SCC) per milliliter of milk. Continue Reading