Matt Sepic Feature Archive

Labor and other advocacy groups began pushing for a higher minimum wage last year, when Democrats took control of the Minnesota legislature. But it took them until this year to pass a bill because of disagreements over how much to boost the wage floor. (08/01/2014)
After days of deadlock, a jury has sided with former Gov. Jesse Ventura, finding that he was defamed in a book. (07/29/2014)
The judge told jurors to "take one more shot" at coming to a consensus. (07/28/2014)
If walls could talk, the ones inside an attractive house in the Brainerd Lakes area might tell the tale of boom, bust and incremental recovery in both the vacation home and wider real estate market. (07/25/2014)
The shuttered locations include stores in Apple Valley, Cottage Grove, Shoreview, Bloomington, Coon Rapids, and Maple Grove. (07/22/2014)
Despite opposition from privacy advocates, state lawmakers and Gov. Dayton this year enacted legislation that overhauls Minnesota's criminal background check system for a variety of care givers. (07/18/2014)
Unemployment is low across the upper Midwest and should drop further, Minnesota State Economist Laura Kalambokidis said. Demand for workers in neighboring Iowa and North Dakota is also helping to keep the Twin Cities unemployment rate down, she added. (07/02/2014)
Minnesota is poised for continued economic growth, though there is concern about its biofuels industry, the latest Creighton University economic index shows. (07/01/2014)
Somali-Americans in Minnesota say time is running out to resolve longstanding difficulties wiring money to relatives in east Africa. (06/27/2014)
The Washington, D.C.,-based National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy is asking the Minnesota attorney general to investigate the Otto Bremer Foundation after it fired its executive director. (06/27/2014)
Metro area home prices rose 9.4 percent over the year ending in April, the widely followed. Annual gains for March were 11 percent. (06/24/2014)
In an email to professional colleagues and friends, executive director Randi Ilyse Roth said her position is being eliminated because the foundation's three trustees have become co-CEOs. She said trustees Charlotte Johnson, Brian Lipschultz and Daniel Reardon will directly manage the foundation's staff and operations. (06/19/2014)
Minnesota's economy added 10,300 jobs in May, and the state's jobless rate fell one tenth of a percent to 4.6 percent. (06/19/2014)
Demand for apartments in the metro is strong, and average monthly rents are rising. That's making it hard for many people to find an affordable place to live. (06/18/2014)
Remittances may account for as much as 40 percent of Somalia's entire economy, according to Oxfam. This critical source of economic support could be cut off as Somalia struggles to regain stability following a quarter century of conflict. (06/18/2014)