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Community leaders question who is reflected in the numbers and whether workers are landing living-wage jobs.
Private-sector jobs rebounded to pre-pandemic levels earlier this year, but government employment has not fully returned.
From speaking at the State Capitol to performing at the Pride Festival, the 13-year-old is telling her story amid a national furor over transgender rights.
Minnesota low annual inflation continues to stand out from other metro areas nationwide.
Touch-screen tip requests seem to be everywhere and the typical restaurant tip has climbed. Why are we tipping more?
Snowbirds are not the primary culprits in Minnesota's population losses. For years, it's been college students.
The former GOP gubernatorial candidate will lead one of the state's most prominent business advocacy organizations.
New employment and economic development leader Matt Varilek said an influx of cash for his agency will help with workforce and child care challenges.
The teen unemployment rate nationally is the lowest it's been since the 1950s. Yet, employers still say there are not enough young workers to meet their labor needs.
Payday America stopped offering the loans it's known for and questioned where people will turn now for quick cash.
The Minneapolis Fed president supported a plan to boost capital requirements for big banks.
New noncompete agreements are void starting July 1, but existing contracts will remain in place.
Tretter's friends and family reflected on a man whose collection is now housed at the University of Minnesota.
The massive trade show, which city leaders hoped would spur development, went to Serbia instead.
State pay hasn't kept pace with inflation and has fallen behind other government organizations, workers say.
DFL leaders are using legislative accomplishments to try to entice workers, and as a campaign season tool.
The state will be searching for staff to enact new programs and agencies amid the tightest labor market in a generation.
House members signed off this week on a $20 increase to their per diem pay, a move GOP legislators disputed.
DFLer worked from hospital and home as she faced surgery and chemotherapy.
Bus drivers, paraprofessionals and others can apply for unemployment insurance during summer break.
She tripped while doing yard work and was scheduled for surgery Thursday.
The state's new drug policies reach far beyond legalizing marijuana.
From Social Security tax exemptions to gun restrictions, DFL leaders at the State Capitol held their caucuses together on divisive issues.
The benefit program and accompanying payroll tax won't start until 2026.
Republicans say the new budget will make it much more expensive to live in Minnesota.
Lawmakers sent a $2.6 billion infrastructure package to Gov. Tim Walz's desk on the final day of session.
Debate throughout the session has centered on how to fund much-needed fixes to the state's roads, bridges and public transit systems.
The proposal also raises $1 billion in new revenues over the next two years.
Democrats struck a transportation budget deal they say raises funding long-term.
Democrats crossed off a long list of priorities in a single session in power. Republicans say they overreached.
The agreement includes more money that can be used to aid distressed nursing homes. The deal also aims to end the session on time.
Backers herald "historic" legislative votes, await House action on proposed constitutional amendment.
Employees would earn one hour off for every 30 worked under a controversial provision in a sweeping jobs bill headed to the governor.
Minnesota legislators are also pushing sales tax breaks on baby items and coverage of infertility treatments.
With the end of session fast approaching, Democrats have shifted from a borrowing bill to a smaller, all-cash plan.
The $1 billion bill is the most the state has ever spent on housing, but much of the money is one-time cash.
Republicans and some business owners have concerns about the bill, while a coalition supporting the proposal rallied outside the Senate chambers.
Nonprofits say that without additional state funding, some critical homelessness services could shrink or disappear altogether.
Businesses say more help is needed as legislators try to align differing proposals.
From recreational marijuana to tax cuts, we track the major bills at the State Capitol.
The state tourism bureau is poised for a post-pandemic spending boost as it aims to stand out from "Midwest wallpaper."
DFL leaders must align tax bill differences, from rebate checks to Social Security tax breaks.
The votes come as GOP-led states take steps to restrict access to abortion and and gender-affirming health care.
Gov. Tim Walz has said he would not take the higher pay.
After a winter of record-setting snowfall, melting snow and rain is flowing through tributaries across the state. The Crow River was expected to crest in Delano, Minn., on Wednesday.
The state and local governments are starting to assess damage and recovery needs.
Minnesotans could see one-time checks of $275 to $550, tax credits for families and Social Security tax cuts under a proposal House Democrats unveiled Monday.
Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers will reach flood levels in some places in the next few days, the National Weather Service predicts.
Housing official says auditor's recommended standards were unreasonable given unprecedented circumstances.
GOP supporters gathered on the day of Trump's arraignment, but their focus was on state politics.
His visit is part of a national tour focused on job creation, manufacturing and clean energy.
From deliveries to outdoor recreation to the metro sales tax, DFL lawmakers eye price hikes along with tax cuts.
Voters in both parties questioned whether the criminal indictment will stick to the controversial former president.
The state is spending more than $17,000 a month to house Walz's family during a renovation project.
The state will pay about $330,000 to rent a house for the governor's family for 18 months in Sunfish Lake.
State leaders consider changes to paid leave proposal, which is more sweeping than some other states.
Some economists have raised the question after a number of states already passed tax rebates, but rebate supporters argued much bigger factors drive inflation.
The Republican lawmakers said they would not vote for infrastructure borrowing unless the Legislature acts on tax cuts.
Legislators aim to lure productions, but other states' incentives have had questionable results.
The $3,500 annual boost is driven by retention and inflation concerns.
Lawmakers and advocates said the state could spend hundreds of millions on mental health needs, with an emphasis on children.
The fate of the borrowing bill could be decided Monday. Legislators who negotiated the agreement — which is on par with a record-setting 2020 state construction package — are waiting to see whether it holds or disintegrates on the House floor.
Republicans say the state's record surplus also should be used on tax cuts.
For the first time in 20 years, the prediction accounts for inflation in spending.
Concern about voter pushback is seemingly absent, with Democrats saying voters sent them to St. Paul to act.
Candidates have run into problems as they try to knock on doors in multi-unit buildings.
Family members want to require schools to carry naloxone, and some are also calling for increased fentanyl penalties.
Workers could accrue short-term leave under one legislative proposal, while a payroll-tax funded program would allow for longer absences.
The former vice president criticized school policies supporting transgender students.
Key legislators aim to prevent "garbage bills" and end an oft-criticized budget forecasting practice.
Legislators contemplate how to sustain momentum to close racial gaps.
The state's flag offends many and violates modern design principles.
DFL Gov. Tim Walz spent nearly twice as much as GOP's Scott Jensen in 2022, new finance reports show.
Major rules changes could come next week from the state board that regulates law enforcement.
Lawmakers have been considering an infrastructure deal about half that size, left on the table last year.