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This spring, competition is heating up on more than basketball courts. Sears has taken an aggressive stance in the marketplace with a head-to-head comparative advertising campaign. Check that story below. And don't miss the article on rural economic growth. Interesting and certainly welcome news for marketers.

March 22, 2011

IN THE NEWS:

Midwestern bankers: rural economy still growing
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Sears ramps up efforts to compete with box stores - and dealers
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Blount International posts better-than-expected Q4 results
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Alamo Group announces fourth quarter results, record full-year earnings
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The Home Depot grows its own Black Friday
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Web tops newspapers as news source for first time
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The Toro Company reports 2011 first quarter results
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Report: pet food ad spend set to increase
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Husqvarna's annual report now available online
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'America's Veterinarian,' Dr. Marty Becker, chooses favorite pet products
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Meredith launches tablet editions on iPad for several of its magazines
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Pioneer Hi-Bred introduces new alfalfa varieties
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AQHA digital rule book now available
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Horse-safety videos on YouTube
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TOP50 Ranches partners with Langston's Western Wear for online promotion
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Toyota USA Foundation announces $5.2 million in new grants
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Scotts EZ Seed, Ford and Bristol Motor Speedway announce Bristol Golden Giveaway
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New AQHA Executive Committee elected
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Outdoor Power Equipment Aftermarket Association announces 2011-12 officers, board members
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Agency named for Bombardier Recreational Products social media assigments
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JCB announces addition of west coast parts distribution center
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AGCO appoints new member to Board of Directors
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Blount International elects President and Chief Operating Officer
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Colle+McVoy names new media director
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