Open a Walmart in town, see a spike in crime. That’s the upshot of an analysis by the
Woodbury Bulletin and Rivertown Media, which analyzed police calls in six cities in the east metro and found a disproportionate response to Walmart compared to other stores, such as Target. Read more →
There’s a lot of money in Woodbury, one of the most affluent communities in Minnesota. But not enough for a life guard at the city’s Carver Lake and now a five year old boy is dead. From the sound of things, it’s lucky his rescuer is waking up today, too. Read more →
Times should be good again soon for restaurants in St. Louis. Missouri is cutting the minium wage back to $7.70 again after St. Louis had hiked it to $10 two months ago and it was to go up another $1 in January. Read more →
Wisconsin Public Radio reported that farmers in western Wisconsin have been visited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and warned they’ll be back, suggesting the possibility of sweeping raids that farmers say could weaken the local economy.
Dairy workers around Durand, Wis., decided to leave after rumors swept the community that ICE was in town. Read more →
Researchers at the University of Washington studied Seattle’s phased-in increases — first from $9.47 to $11 per hour in 2015 and to $13 per hour in 2016 — and found the second wage increased reduced work hours in low-wage jobs by 9 percent while wages increased only 3 percent.
They concluded that the reduction in hours cost the average employee $179 per month, while the wage increase added only $54. Read more →
Yesterday, the auctioneer showed up in Arkansaw, Wisc., — near Durand in Pepin County — and by lunch, 62 cows at Patnode Lane Holsteins were gone. Weston and Jenni Patnode were out of business after four generations on the land. Read more →
The economy is garbage, except on paper, for many people but Fed Chair Janet Yellen pushed for the rate increase saying the fundamentals of the U.S. economy warrant it. She sees it as a way to keep inflation at bay.
Neel Kashkari sees a different economy, which is interesting because the economy of Minnesota and surrounding states has been better than the rest of the country. Read more →
He had no family to attend the graduation and his friend Keyira Nunn, 17, a junior at the school, was shot and killed in a shooting late last Friday afternoon. She died at the scene.
So yesterday afternoon, a day after arresting a suspect in the killing, the two investigators for the the St. Paul Police Department attended the commencement, accompanied St. Paul Police Senior Cmdr. Tina McNamara, who heads the homicide unit. Read more →