Paul Tosto Feature Archive

All day Tuesday, Oct. 25, The Big Story Blog followed the Minnesota mortgage mess after President Obama announced a new plan to provide some refinancing relief for Americans who are "underwater" on their mortgages. Here are some conclusions: (10/25/2011)
In Minnesota, local governments are watching markets closely this morning to figure out if the downgrade in the national debt credit rating will affect them. (08/08/2011)
Bars and other businesses unable to buy beer and other alcoholic beverages because of the state government shutdown better hope lawmakers finish a budget deal this week because they won't be getting any help from the courts. (07/18/2011)
The governor says he will resume negotiations with GOP leaders after the Independence Day holiday. (07/01/2011)
Seventeen thousand Minnesotans 55 and older were unemployed on average in 2007 just before the Great Recession. Last year it hit 34,000. Most of those job cuts came to people 55 to 64 years old. (05/03/2011)
Mara Solberg and her husband Warren live 300 feet from the Wild Rice River on their Horace, N.D., farm. They expect both roads from their home will be impassable soon, but don't plan to leave. (04/06/2011)
Last week was good for jobless rates. Minnesota's January rate fell below 7 percent, the first time since 2008 the announced monthly rate was less than seven. Earlier today, the U.S. rate also fell to a nearly two year low. And yet we know the announced rate never tells the complete story of the job markets. (03/07/2011)
As bad as it's been, the state's monthly unemployment data has brought bits of encouraging news to the state's job markets at some point during the year. But not in construction. (01/21/2011)
Job. No job. That remains the bright line dividing Minnesotans who are feeling an economic recovery and those who aren't. The phenomenon can be seen in all kinds of economic data, including the latest report from the Minnesota Housing Partnership. (12/23/2010)
A recent online ad for a $700 suburban house rental seemed too good to be true -- and it was. (05/17/2010)
Overall, the HousingLink data showed nearly 7,000 Minnesota foreclosures in the first three months of 2010 -- up 31 percent over the same period last year. (05/04/2010)
Readers of MPR's economy blog, MinnEcon, responded to our request to sum up the recession in six words with pain, wry humor and the resilience of surviving the recession. (03/25/2010)
Two women in central Minnesota forged an unusual partnership to help a horse farm survive the recession. (03/04/2010)
Dakota County Tech runs one of the few public railroad conductor programs in the country. (03/04/2010)
Nate Hrobak has gone from "slinging lattes" at an Uptown Minneapolis shop to one of four green coffee buyers for Caribou Coffee. (10/29/2009)