I’d love to put my arm around the people of International Falls and tell them everything is going to be alright after the big layoff at the paper mill there. History tells a different story, though. Jennifer Vogel’s story about the impact of the plant’s sale and layoffs is like a walk back in time. Read more →
The issue nobody will campaign on, what does Saint Paul have against Burlington Coat Factory, a fantasy world with real cash, the overpaid Minnesota athletes, and ballet at the World Trade Center. Read more →
About three dozen people in Duluth are being tossed out of work because the rest of us aren’t drinking enough milk. Kemps announced today it’s closing its Franklin Foods milk processing plant in the city next month. It’s not Obamacare. It’s not state taxes. It’s not the cows. It’s not, apparently, any of the things Read more →
Wired.com has noticed that Best Buy’s stock has tripled so far in 2013, suggesting that it’s back from its near-death experience. Read more →
It’s a rough year to be a business owner depending on tourists around Mille Lacs Lake.
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More than 22 percent of people living in Winona live below the federal poverty level. But exclude the number of college students in the college town and the number drops in half. The same is true for Mankato, another college town in the state. Read more →
The suit to stop the unionization of Minnesota home day-care operators, the unemployment rate drops in Minnesota, how those little memory slips might suggest Alzheimer’s, a man who wanted to testify against Whitey Bulger turns up dead, and the 76-year-old Milwaukee man who doesn’t feel “that bad” about killing a 13-year-old. Here’s today’s news conversation Read more →
Last night’s Frontline episode profiling two middle-class families who plunged into poverty through no particular fault of their own will do little to fix the problems faced by people who once were middle-class working Americans. But maybe it can help them feel less like failures. The Stanley family, one of the families profiled, is at Read more →
Is the American Dream dead? Forgetting how to fly. The creeping corruption. Before I did. The urinal sink. Read more →
The U.S. economy added 195,000 new jobs in June, the government reported today. The economy is adding an average of 200,000 jobs a month over recent months. It’s going to take more than that, judging by a check of job fairs around the country in the last couple of weeks. In Clay County, Florida, a Read more →
My colleague, Paul Tosto, has a loving passion in pointing out Minnesota’s dominance over the state to our east when it comes to the economy. Today, he’s got a little more ammunition from the Minneapolis Federal Reserve. In a report today, the Fed says Minnesota is rapidly catching up to Wisconsin in the total number Read more →
Clearing off the desk of items that’ve been sitting here a week or so. There goes the Federal Reserve again, destroying perceptions. In its assessment of state economies released a couple of weeks ago for April 2013, only five states have contracting economies under a survey’s method. And two of them border the fair state Read more →
The inability to plan a future, time is up for old white people, want to buy a hot coleus, the angry Lego, andthe boys of Wasioja. Read more →
Payday Loans by Steve Rhodes, on Flickr They go by a variety of names, but payday loan shops usually have a common theme: Money is available for you, and it’s available now. Of course, it’s not as simple as that. Sure, you get your $500 or $1,000 to make that rent payment or emergency medical Read more →
June marks four years since the Great Recession ended and the economic recovery technically began. Most Americans households are still trying to recover.