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$1.5 million for Target, Pioneer Press and other laid-off workers

DEED’s Dislocated Worker Program will provide services for nearly 370 workers who were laid off at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Archiver’s, Target Corp., Ottobock and Thomson Reuters.

Minnesota’s Dislocated Worker Program is providing $1.5 million to help find jobs for nearly 370 workers who were laid off recently at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Archiver’s, Target Corp., Ottobock and Thomson Reuters.

The state Department of Employment and Economic Development says the services include job search workshops,  to intensive employment counseling, financial assistance and career training.

The awards, which amount to about $4,000 per displaced worker, go to:

  • Pioneer Press, $200,000: The Employment Action Center will provide services to 50 press operators, mailers and mailroom extras who were laid off when the Pioneer Press decided to close its press operations, shifting that work to the Minneapolis Star Tribune printing plant.
  • Archiver’s, $200,000: The Teamsters Services Bureau will provide services for 50 employees who were laid off when the Golden Valley-based scrapbook supply retailer announced it was going out of business.
  • Target Corp., $400,000: The Teamsters Services Bureau will provide services for 100 analysts, managers and producers who were laid off by the Minneapolis-based retailer.
  • Ottobock, $480,000: The Teamsters Services Bureau will provide services for 120 customer service representatives, buyer/planners, directors, fabrication technicians, shipper/receivers and technical service technicians who were laid off when the German prosthetics manufacturer closed its Minnesota operations.
  • Thomson Reuters, $200,000: Career Management Services will provide services to 50 analysts, administrators, software engineers and managers who were laid off by the Eagan-based financial data and news company.