Governor Walz has proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in Minnesota, in recognition of the critical importance of manufacturing to the state's economy and to highlight the many career opportunities in this vital industry. DEED Commissioner Steve Grove: "The reality today is these are high-tech jobs. They involve using advanced machinery. They involve very enticing career ladders where you can build a career over time and advance. Automation has really changed the industry in ways that make it exciting." Manufacturers throughout Minnesota have open positions - ranging from entry-level to highly skilled and everything in between.
Apple season is in full swing across the state. And one apple variety in Minnesota is celebrating its 100th birthday this year -- the Haralson: "It was first introduced in 1922 and it became --- up until the 1990s and most important apple variety we grew in Minnesota. So a reign for many decades until the Honeycrisp came along." Jim Luby is a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences at the U of M. The most recent apple releases, First Kiss (known as Rave when grown outside of Minnesota) and Triumph, both children of Honeycrisp, along [...]
The talk of recession in the United States has been going on for months. St. Cloud State Dean, School of Public Affairs and Economic Professor King Banaian we may be in a recession now and if not now, soon. He says typically a recession runs 6 to 9 months: "If you go out for nine months, I put you in the middle of 23. That would be a pretty good guess. And again, I don't think you're gonna see this huge three, four or 5% decline in GDP and an unemployment rate of seven 8%. But you'll get an unemployment rate [...]
More than a dozen commercial turkey facilities in Minnesota reported cases of high-path avian flu during September. Minnesota Turkey Growers Association executive director Ashley Kohls says this year’s outbreak is somewhat similar to 2015: "But what’s changed from 2015 is the understanding of how to respond to high-path AI." Kohls says state and federal partners continue to pool and refine resources: "If they have the unfortunate situation of finding high-path AI in their flocks, they’re able to respond in a timely manner so they are able to get back on track with turkey production for their specific farm." Since August 30th, [...]
School board members and educators from what organizers say are "multiple different school districts" this morning (1130am) call on Republican candidate for governor Scott Jensen to apologize for spreading a false rumor about litter boxes in schools. Meanwhile, Education Minnesota teachers union President Denise Specht is hammering Jensen not only for that, but also what he said about gender choice at a recent rally in Hutchinson: "The purpose of his comment suggests to me that he is not at all interested in protecting and helping... all our students." Gender Justice Action's Megan Peterson says it's "shocking and... appalling to see someone [...]
COVID "hero pay" bonuses of just under 500 dollars ($487.45) begin going out today (Wed) to just over one million Minnesota front-line workers. Officials say those choosing direct deposit should receive payment within seven to 10 business days; those who chose payment via debit card will be mailed their bonus within three to four weeks. Department of Labor and Industry's Nicole Blissenbach says: "Final payments (are) not taxable at the state level, however the payments are taxable at the federal level. We couldn't change that through this legislation." Blissenbach says everyone who applied for a hero bonus should receive an e-mail [...]
October 5th is national Energy Efficiency Day and CenterPoint Energy is promoting today's (Wednesday) event. Minnesota spokesman Ross Corson: "It's kind of the start of the winter heating season and the key message is that energy efficiency is one of the easiest, quickest and most cost-effective ways for people and homeowners to reduce their energy use, lower their utility bills and limit their carbon footprint from their energy usage." Corson recommends getting an annual tune-up of your furnace, checking or changing the air filter monthly, and using a programmable thermostat. CenterPoint Energy is Minnesota's largest natural gas provider, serving more than [...]
Investigators in northeastern Minnesota are identifying the three people killed in a plane crash late Saturday night in Hermantown. The Hermantown Police Department says the Cessna 172 crashed into the second floor of a home and came to rest in the backyard. Officers say 32-year-old pilot Tyler Fretland of Burnsville, 32-year-old Alyssa Schmidt of St. Paul and her 31-year-old brother, Matthew Schmidt, all died at the scene. Two people sleeping inside the home were not injured. The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine what caused the small plane to go down a few miles south of Duluth International Airport.
The state Fire Marshall's Office is investigating after a blaze destroyed three structures and damaged two others Sunday morning in downtown Fairfax in south-central Minnesota. City Councilmember Brad Bastian says nine departments battled the fire and he appreciates all the help to contain the blaze: "These fire crews, they put in a lot of time and effort, training and all that. So it's really good seeing 'em all come together and do these things when it's needed. I mean, anytime you have a fire like that it could spread... really bad." Bastian says he's been told there were apartments on the [...]
State officials have made their final determinations and say roughly one-million-25-thousand Minnesota workers will each receive COVID "hero pay" checks for $487.45. Lunds and Byerly's meatcutter Keith Farr says: "It's better than nothing... I would have liked it to be a little more but, it is what it is. Everyone deserved it, that worked at the time." Some Democratic lawmakers say the hero bonuses *should* be larger. Representative Rob Ecklund from International Falls: "I don't think it's enough.... I think if you look at that, our initial 'ask' of a billion (dollars), we were pretty close to what the needs were." [...]