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  • Iron Range's fast fall follows boom

    The mining industry faces sudden shutdowns, but many see a silver lining in the long run. Shutdowns are expected to last months rather than years Updated Dec. 21, 2008

  • The Star Tribune's coverage of the housing crisis, the credit crunch and their effect on Minnesotans.

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  • Minnesota jobs: Troubling signs

    Article By: MIKE MEYERS , Star Tribune Publish October 17, 2008 2:00 AM / Update October 16, 2008 10:57 PM

    September marks the state's third month in a row of job declines, as experts foresee more on the way.

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Eva and Matt Johnson, right, and Eva’s brother Dexter Spilman

Patrick Hertel buys a new Jeep.

Gabe Johnson, Jane Workman

  • Stocks whipsaw state investors

    Article By: KARA MCGUIRE , Star Tribune Publish September 30, 2008 2:00 AM / Update September 29, 2008 11:43 PM

    Uncertain. Afraid. Helpless. Discouraged. The market has average Minnesotans feeling all of this and more.

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Judy and Jim Decker

Craig and Tina Larson

Cutting the cake

  • Credit crunch knows no bounds

    Article By: TODD NELSON , Special to the Star Tribune Publish September 22, 2008 2:00 AM / Update September 21, 2008 10:42 PM

    From Wall Street giants to small entrepreneurs, it's getting harder to find cash.

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George Pokorny is still job hunting

  • Lehman's loss, Wells' gain?

    Article By: MIKE MEYERS , Star Tribune Publish September 21, 2008 2:00 AM / Update September 20, 2008 8:23 PM

    Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp and other regional banks may find opportunities and profit after the extreme makeover that's changing the face of U.S. finance.

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  • Is your financial plan on track? Is your life?

    Article By: KARA MCGUIRE , Star Tribune Publish September 21, 2008 2:00 AM / Update September 20, 2008 10:49 PM

    Q Assume you've got all the money you need. What would you do with it? How would you live? Q You learn you'll die in five years, but have your health until then. How will you live those five years? Q You have 24 hours to live. What did you miss? Who did you not get to be? What did you not get to do?

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Carol Ouhl works with therapy dogs

  • Putting retirement on hold

    Article By: H.J. CUMMINS , Star Tribune Publish August 24, 2008 2:00 AM / Update August 23, 2008 4:15 PM

    With homes worth less and stocks sinking nest eggs, retirement remains elusive for a growing number of Minnesotans.

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Robert and Dorothy Koshenina

  • Pensioners pinching pennies tighter

    Article By: H.J. CUMMINS , Star Tribune Publish August 17, 2008 2:00 AM / Update August 16, 2008 4:04 PM

    A burst of rising prices has increased difficulties and anxiety for middle-class retirees living on incomes that are falling further and further behind inflation.

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Costly Lessons: Price of Special Education in Minnesota

An occasional series examining special education in Minnesota’s public schools, where the sharp increase in students who have serious disabilities has brought soaring costs, profound challenges and often controversial new methods for educating them.

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