High copper prices are driving the trend, but scrap is also conveniently hard to trace, unlike, say, a television set or car.
Sometimes people need more than just a ride to work. A four-year-old program in northern Minnesota aims to provide transportation but also set low-income people on a better path.
Keeping elderly people like Glenda Noble in their cars is one way to address the economic and demographic factors that make it harder for many Minnesotans to get where they want to go.
Increasing demand and uncertain budgets have rural Minnesota transit systems looking to combine technology and personal service to become more efficient.
Nearly two years after more than $200 million in federal stimulus money was awarded to 18 Minnesota broadband projects, fiber shortages, price increases and red tape have delayed some efforts to extend high-speed Internet access in rural Minnesota.
Thursday March 8, between 11:30 and 1:00, MPR will host an online chat on about where our blossoming microbrew culture is headed, as part of our One Job at a Time project on entrepreneurism.
All a city needs is one person with a big idea and loads of enthusiasm to create a turnaround and spur small business growth. As economic development coordinator,Muriel Krusemark has had a hand in reviving Hoffman.
People in western Minnesota, an area stretching from Ortonville to Granite Falls, are hoping that focusing on creativity, art and handwork will lead to jobs and reverse the longstanding trend toward a declining and graying population.
A growing contingent of people over 55 are going into business for themselves, becoming what some call "encore entrepreneurs" or "olderpreneurs."
CROOKSTON, Minn -- In a small tucked-away lab on the University of Minnesota campus here, Brent Carlson-Lee wears a wrinkled white lab coat and tinkers with what he hopes soon will be a deep fried appetizer sold at local restaurants. He's cagey about the details of the snack--he often makes people sign a confidentially agreement before telling them about it--but he says something unique happens after it's formed and before it appears on the plate.
St. PAUL, Minn. - Growing entrepreneurism is like a magic trick. Everyone is thrilled when it happens, but only a few people know how to make it work. We asked two local experts to pull back the curtain and explain a few things about starting a business. Lois Josefson is executive director of TiE Minnesota, an entrepreneurs' education, networking and mentoring organization. Mark Spriggs is chair of the entrepreneurism department at the University of St. Thomas.
St. PAUL, Minn. - Hot-dog stands, sunflower seed snacks, wake boarders and Scandinavian gifts. Three entrepreneurs to watch across Minnesota; from the Ground Level Blog
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. The enormous ceiling lights flash on as Tom Elbert walks through the 260,000-square-foot former Crestliner plant in Little Falls, and they turn off as he leaves each area. He installed the energy-saving lights soon after he bought the shuttered factory about a year ago and wanted to cut an electric bill that can reach $10,000 a month.
JACKSON, Minn. Chant and Amy Singvongsa are a two-person entrepreneurial storm in the small city of Jackson, in southwestern Minnesota. They run a daycare, a landscaping company and a T-shirt design and printing service, usually doing business at the same bank.
In a climate where it's tough to get a small business loan from a bank, microloan programs have stepped in to provide start-up capital.