In ways large and small, pizza, coffee, company picnics, department drinks, parties and other outlets of fun are back on the menu of the American workplace. Updated May. 26, 2011
This occasional Star Tribune series focuses on how Minnesotans are adapting to a vastly changed economic landscape, even as the recession fades into the past.
Large swaths of land remain barren in an Isanti subdivision.
Once booming symbols of possibility, the Twin Cities exurbs are scarred by foreclosures, battered by gas prices and uncertain when recovery might come.
Audra Robinson hugs her pastor.
"It's starting to really pick up," said a worker at a Minneapolis temp agency as more temporary gigs become permanent jobs. Still, the pace of gains concerns economists.
The economy has been emerging from recession for a while, but people are in the midst of a radical reassessment of their previous assumptions about every aspect of their financial lives.