"We would have seen higher prices for consumers, less choice, and if it's possible with these two companies, worse service," Franken said.
Despite low unemployment, the state's rate of job growth the past year is slower than in the United States overall.
The Twins are in Detroit for their opening game of the 2015 baseball season.
The dry winter has heightened the danger for fires this year. More than 6,000 acres have burned so far in around 300 separate fires.
Many Twin Cities homeowners still owe more on their properties than they are worth. By one measure, more than 15 percent of mortgages are under water.
Supporters say the federal rule changes will keep employers from filing "frivolous claims" against a union movement. Critics say the proposals will lead to "ambush elections."
Builders added 4,470 market-rate units in the Twin Cities in 2014 and 3,500 are expected this year. But with few vacancies and rising rents, affordable places are hard to find.
The state's employers added 11,800 jobs to payrolls in February. But except for the retail industry, where the demand for workers is increasing, they did not boost wages.
A California bank's decision to stop wiring money from Somali-Americans to their homeland has fueled fears that a financial lifeline will be cut, further impoverishing people in a precarious economy.
Minnesota's numbers remain well below the national unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in January.
Coming job cuts at Target Corp.'s headquarters may bring some short-term pain, but the Minneapolis economy has enough growth to tough it out, observers say.
Target executives say the retailer won't follow Walmart and the parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshalls and raise employees' pay. Target's wages are competitive, CEO Brian Cornell said.
The Minneapolis-based retailer says starting this week, it will pick up the postage for online purchases of $25 or more. Until now, the threshold had been $50.
Target's Canadian division, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month, owes millions of dollars to dozens of small and medium-sized businesses in the Twin Cities.
Target Corp. said it will cut about 350 positions in Minnesota immediately as it exits Canada. One analyst says future layoffs may be inevitable if earnings don't meet expectations.