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ACTIONS RESULT IN $226 MILLION IN LIFE INSURANCE PAYMENTS

Commissioner announces settlement over unpaid claims

STATEWIDE – Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced Wednesday that his department has reached a settlement agreement with a major life insurance company that owed money to Minnesotans for unpaid insurance policies, annuity contra More...

Posted 11/22/2017 02:52 PM

Apprenticeship training programs: A new answer to Minnesota's skills gap

Across Minnesota, employers are worried about the shortage of job candidates with the necessary skills and abilities to enter high-demand occupations.  More...

Posted 11/22/2017 02:52 PM

91,000 enrolled through MNsure

MNsure announced 91,623 Minnesotans have enrolled in private health plan coverage for 2018 through MNsure as of Nov. More...

Posted 11/22/2017 02:52 PM

Daniel Lemm joins Blandin Foundation leadership as director of finance

GRAND RAPIDS – Daniel Lemm joined the Blandin Foundation senior leadership team as director of finance beginning Nov. 13. In this role, Lemm will be responsible for Blandin Foundation’s overall financial management. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

ALLETE Clean Energy earns Yellow Ribbon designation

Company recognized for supporting veterans, service members, their families

DULUTH – ALLETE Clean Energy, an ALLETE Inc. company, announced that it has earned a Yellow Ribbon designation from the state of Minnesota.  More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Veterans in need urged to apply for state’s Energy Assistance Program

The Minnesota Department of Commerce wants all Minnesota veterans who may struggle paying their heating bills to know that help is available from the state’s Energy Assistance Program.  More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Taxpayers encouraged to check their withholding; avoid surprises at tax time

As the end of 2017 approaches, the Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers to consider a tax withholding checkup. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

MDC wins Award of Merit for 1916 strike exhibit

CHISHOLM – The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced that the Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) is the recipient of an Award of Merit for their temporary exhibit Enough! The 1916 Mesabi Range Strike. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Blandin Foundation Education Grant applications available for 2018-19 year

GRAND RAPIDS – Itasca area students looking to fund education after high school are encouraged to apply for a Blandin Foundation Education Grant. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

State adds 6,400 jobs in September; unemployment rate drops to 3.7 percent

STATEWIDE – Minnesota employers added 6,400 jobs in September, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  The state has gained 41,259 jobs over the pa More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM

Low-income Minnesotans encouraged to apply for heating assistance $102 million received in federal funds for Energy Assistance Program

STATEWIDE – Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that the state’s Energy Assistance Program is receiving over $102 million ($102,230,040) in federal funding to help low-income Minnesotans pay their heating bills this win More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM

Northland Foundation awards 69 grants totaling $544,099 for July – September

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA – In the third quarter of 2017, the Northland Foundation approved $544,099 in grant awards to nonprofit organizations, schools, and community groups serving northeastern Minnesota. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 10:42 PM

Its Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a great time for both citizens and businesses to take stock of their online security measures. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 10:42 PM

Minnesota has 122,900 job vacancies in second quarter 2017, up 26 percent

STATEWIDE –Minnesota employers reported more than 122,900 job vacancies in the second quarter of 2017, indicating the state labor market is extremely tight as baby boomers retire from the workforce and moderate job growth continues, according t More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

NRRI unveils refined solid, renewable biofuel at its energy lab in Coleraine

COLERAINE – Executives from several partnership organizations were on hand Wednesday morning (Oct. 4) at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute Coleraine Lab as the Renewable Energy Lab was unveiled.  More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

August iron ore trade climbs 10 percent

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.7 million tons in August, an increase of 10.1 percent compared with a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association said Monday. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:15 PM

Fluxx grants management system enhances customer service to IRRR grant applicants

EVELETH – Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation launched a new online grants management system called Fluxx in August 2016. More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Big Stone Therapies adds PT assistant in Chisholm and Hibbing

CHISHOLM – Big Stone Therapies in Chisholm and Hibbing announces the addition of Amber McNickle, Physical Therapist Assistant, to the therapy staff in Chisholm and Hibbing.  McNickle was raised in Cherry. More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Obstetrician and gynecologist joins Essentia Health in Duluth and Virginia

VIRGINIA – Dr. Elizabeth Bard, an obstetrician and gynecologist, has joined the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic in Duluth, Minnesota and the Essentia Health- Virginia Medical Arts Clinic in Virginia, Minnesota.  More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Investors are urged to beware of online “binary options” easy money schemes

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is cautioning investors about “binary options” investment websites that promise a chance at quick, easy money, but which have been subject to a growing number of investor complaints. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:54 PM

Lt. Governor Smith and community dedicate new U.S. Highway 53 bridge

VIRGINIA – Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Congressman Rick Nolan were among the many who traveled to Virginia on Friday, Sept. 15, to mark the completion of the Highway 53 Relocation Project.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:54 PM

The state’s biggest logging equipment show returns to Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS – Minnesota’s biggest logging equipment show is returning to Itasca County. The 64th Annual North Star Expo opens Friday, Sept. 15, at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids. Admission to the two-day event is free. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 10:50 PM

New Medicare cards to be issued will not contain Social Security numbers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 10:50 PM

Iron mines account for 95 percent of total annual School Trust Land revenue

State legislators, county officials, and state regulators toured School Trust Lands recently before meeting with iron mining officials to discuss this little-known facet of K-12 funding in Minnesota.  More...

Posted 9/7/2017 10:56 PM

BBB, Give.org offer tips on helping Texas in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

The Better Business Bureau and BBB Wise Giving Alliance are advising people to help as much as they can in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, but to do so with caution and make sure their donations get to the people who need it most. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 10:56 PM

Minnesota iron exports surge in 2nd quarter of 2017, DEED says

Minnesota’s iron mining industry contributed to an increase in state exports, according to a recent release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  More...

Posted 9/7/2017 10:56 PM

U.S.-flag Great Lakes shipping is up 7-plus percent in October

GREAT LAKES – U.S.- flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.5 million tons of cargo in October, an increase of 7.1 percent compared to a year ago. October’s shipments were, however, slightly behind the month’s long-term.   More...

Posted 11/22/2017 02:52 PM

Plan now to use health flexible spending arrangements in 2018 plan year

The Internal Revenue Service reminds eligible employees that now is the time to begin planning to take full advantage of their employer’s health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) during 2018.  More...

Posted 11/22/2017 02:52 PM

Virginia Carefree Living community hires life enrichment coordinator

VIRGINIA – Virginia Carefree Living announced that they have hired Catherine Clark as a life enrichment coordinator. Clark is an experienced certified therapeutic recreation specialist with a degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts. More...

Posted 11/22/2017 02:52 PM

Virginia Carefree Living community hires life enrichment coordinator

VIRGINIA – Virginia Carefree Living announced that they have hired Catherine Clark as a life enrichment coordinator. Clark is an experienced certified therapeutic recreation specialist with a degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Consumers’ loans are voided and vehicle title liens will be cleared

State of Minnesota fines online lender over $300,000 for illegal auto title loans

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that his agency has fined an online auto title loan company over $300,000 for illegal lending activity that charged excessive rates to Minnesota consumers. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Some BBB advice on handling debt collectors; be sure to know your rights

Consumers who owe money or are behind on their bills may legitimately be contacted by debt collectors. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

UPM Blandin to shutter one Grand Rapids paper machine, 150 jobs will be cut

GRAND RAPIDS – UPM Blandin will permanently shut down its machine No. 5 in Grand Rapids, a move that will eliminate 150 jobs.  More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Coping with fewer hours of daylight as DST ends

Daylight saving time comes to an end each fall, at a time when the hours of available sunlight already are beginning to decline. When the darkness of fall and winter arrives, it can be difficult to maintain a positive outlook. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Peterson on MN Super Lawyers list

VIRGINIA – Andrew R. Peterson, an attorney with the law firm of Cope & Peterson, Ltd. in Virginia, has been selected to the 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers list. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM

It’s an all-electric highway from Twin Cities to the North Shore Travelers can now fast-charge electric cars along Minnesota’s I-35 corridor

GRAND RAPIDS – The newest electric vehicle fast-charger, the charger that completes Minnesota’s all-electric highway from the Twin Cities to the North Shore, was unveiled Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Sturgeon Lake, MN. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM

First phase of I'Falls airport terminal work complete

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Phase One construction of the $10 million passenger air service terminal building at the Falls International Airport is complete, contractor Kraus-Anderson announced.  More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

Governor Dayton proclaims “Cybersecurity Awareness Month” in Minnesota

STATEWIDE – October is “Cybersecurity Awareness Month” in the state of Minnesota, as proclaimed by Governor Mark Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith. More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

U.S. Steel announces investment in advanced high-strength steel capabilities

PITTSBURGH – United States Steel Corporation and Kobe Steel, Ltd. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:15 PM

World Maritime Day: Marine shipping is critical to North American trade

Great Lakes-St. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:15 PM

Northland Foundation awarded $686,500 U.S. Treasury grant

CDFI funds will support community development and revitalization activity in northeast Minnesota

DULUTH – The Northland Foundation has been awarded $686,500 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Family medicine physician joins Essentia Health in Deer River and Grand Rapids

DEER RIVER – Dr. Kelsey Redland, a family medicine physician, has joined the Essentia Health-Deer River Clinic in Deer River. She will also care for patients at the Essentia Health-Grand Rapids Clinic in Grand Rapids.  More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Zakobe Metal Stampings expands in Bovey, to host open house

BOVEY – Outgrowing their home-based business, Zakobe Metal Stampings joined the Bovey community late last year, and now they have added a new business to the mix and are inviting the public to come inside and look around.  More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Comment period open on PolyMet draft dam safety, public waters permits

HOYT LAKES – The Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments, from Sept. 15, through Oct. 16, on two draft dam safety permits and a draft public waters work permit for the Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:54 PM

Sweet Amelia’s Cupcakery opened inside Nana Chelle’s in Bovey in August

BOVEY – Cupcake specialist. That was not something that Sarah Richards ever imagined she would come to be for the Bovey area, but with the opening of her Sweet Amelia’s Cupcakery, it has become a happy reality. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 10:50 PM

Sen. Franken announces high school internship opportunity

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced he is now accepting applications from Minnesota students in grades 11 and 12 who are interested in being part of his High School Internship Program. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 10:50 PM

Minnesota minimum-wage rate adjusted for inflation as of Jan. 1, 2018

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2018, to $9.65 an hour for large employers and $7.87 an hour for other state minimum wages.  More...

Posted 9/14/2017 10:50 PM

State exports are at $5.1 billion, up 7.4 percent

Minnesota companies exported $5.1 billion worth of manufactured, mining and agricultural products in the second quarter of 2017, a 7.4 percent increase from the same period a year earlier, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Departme More...

Posted 9/7/2017 10:56 PM

Jasper Engineering promotes both a vibrant region and iron mining industry

HIBBING – Iron mining has long been an economic driver of northeast Minnesota— and Jasper Engineering & Equipment Company’s single largest market.  More...

Posted 9/7/2017 10:56 PM

Iron Range Makerspace is MN Cup 2017 entrepreneurial competition finalist

STATEWIDE – MN Cup, a statewide entrepreneurial competition, announced the 24 teams of innovators who have been chosen to compete in the third round of the challenge to be named Minnesota’s best new entrepreneurial idea.  More...

Posted 8/31/2017 10:28 PM

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