Minnesota produces about 17 percent of the turkeys raised in the United States.
Economics may be driving the change.
Lawmakers expanded two pilot projects aimed at drawing high school and college students into fields starving for workers, from manufacturing and agriculture to health care and IT.
Manufacturing employment has actually grown each year since the Great Recession, though the overall employment level has not recovered.
The implications of the two projects for the area’s workforce could be “crazy,” said Michelle Ufford, executive director of the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training.
Minnesota’s economic development agency requires partner nonprofits to report a lot of data, even as agency officials and legislators acknowledge the information isn’t critical for program evaluation.
The cuts come amid increase strain on the county’s human services budget.
A recent assessment gives the state relatively good marks when it comes to Minnesota’s fiscal health, at least compared to other states. But that doesn’t mean the state is immune to serious economic threats.
In 2018, Minnesota was the number three state for raising pigs in the U.S.
The opinion was a victory for states that have instituted rules to bar internet service providers from throttling web traffic and charging businesses more for faster speeds. It also gives new life to those who want Minnesota to follow suit.
Publication of climate-change related research by the USDA has plummeted under the Trump administration.
In 2018, Minnesota households made a median $70,315 in income. It was $70,405 the previous year.
“We have gotten the message that the answer (to fewer foster care cases) is prevention,” said Nikki Farago, the assistant commissioner of Children and Family Services at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Homeowners near the Foxconn facility in Wisconsin say they sold their homes for road widenings that were either abandoned, embellished — or never planned.
A Q&A with Caribou President and CEO John Butcher.
Generally speaking, Minnesota is poised to weather recessions better than some states.
The proposal — which would be the first law of its kind in the state — is a sequel to the council’s decision earlier this month to establish similar procedures for traditional employees.
Both chains have a limited presence in the state.
“I think it’s going to be a well-needed service,” said Willmar chiropractor Jon Haefner. “The whole goal is to make Willmar a healthier place.”
Supporters call the new policies necessary considering the pervasiveness of underpayment that disproportionately affects Minnesota’s communities of color and immigrants.