Mike Moen

Mike Moen is the Morning Edition producer and serves as a staff reporter for WNIJ.  Every morning, he works with Dan Klefstad to bring listeners the latest Illinois news.  He also works with the rest of the news staff on developing and producing in-depth stories.  Mike is a Minnesota native who likes movies, history, and baseball. When most people hear his last name, they assume he is 100-percent Scandinavian.  But, believe it or not, he is mostly German. 

5:53pm

Wed November 20, 2013
The Salt

Food Stamp Cuts Leave Rural Areas, And Their Grocers, Reeling

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 6:23 pm

The recent cuts in federal food benefits may be felt most in rural areas and the grocery stores that serve them.
USDA

One recent evening, some shoppers at the Countryside Market in Belvidere, Ill., were loading up on staples, like milk and eggs. Others, like Meghan Collins, were trying to plan Thanksgiving on a newly tightened budget.

"My work has been cut," says Collins. "I'm working half the hours I used to work. So yeah, I'm making half of what I made last year."

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4:50am

Tue October 15, 2013
Business

Is It Too Soon To Worry About Holiday Retail Sales?

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 5:14 am

The calendar says October, but retailers and economists are already analyzing the holiday shopping season. With budget battles gripping Washington and an economy that's still recovering, there are mixed feelings about how far shoppers will open their wallets.