Tom Robertson Feature Archive

Many employers complain they have difficulty filling jobs. Sometimes that's because workers don't have the right skills; other times wages and other factors are at play. (04/01/2013)
One reason good manufacturing jobs are going unfilled may be that high school students aren't exposed to what careers are available or to training that can prepare them. (04/01/2013)
The skills gap that has worried economic development officials for years is more complex than some have thought, says a state study. (03/07/2013)
Nearly 10,000 people bought trapping licenses this season in the state, more than any time in the past 25 years. The industry is controversial for some, and for others, a way of life. (02/15/2013)
Biologists at Voyageurs National Park are preparing to capture and collar moose and wolves this month as part of two separate wildlife studies. (02/08/2013)
A small company is gambling that a new line of scientific research could lead to development of a breakthrough alternative energy. Researchers with the Hunt Utilities Group are focused on a theoretical energy source once commonly known as cold fusion. They're asking new questions about the technology widely dismissed by the mainstream scientific community. (02/06/2013)
Opponents of Minnesota's wolf hunt planned to gather on the Bemidji State University campus on Saturday to explore ways to stop or alter the hunt. (02/02/2013)
The DNR will add Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota to its list of waters infested with zebra mussels. (01/31/2013)
Researchers have attached GPS collars to moose in Voyageurs National Park in an effort to help determine why so many are dying in the region. The study focuses on how climate change affects moose behavior and how moose use habitat to avoid warm temperatures. (01/29/2013)
The White Earth Band of Ojibwe in northwestern Minnesota could become the first member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe to revise its constitution and completely change the rules for who can be a tribal member. (01/16/2013)
The proposed new constitution includes a controversial provision that would change the requirement for tribal membership, includes more checks and balances in the governance system, and term limits for elected officials. (01/16/2013)
The rally is sponsored by the Minnesota Nurses Association and will include nurses from Bemidji, Bagley and Thief River Falls. MNA officials say improved nurse-to-patient staffing ratios would save lives. (01/04/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for helicopter and pilot services for its fire control bases in Cloquet, Princeton and Roseau. (12/26/2012)
Lueken's grocery store in Bemidji becomes employee-owned this weekend after owner Joe Lueken decided to sell to his 400 workers through an employee stock ownership program rather than to another company. (12/26/2012)
Survivors of the Red Lake school shooting in 2005 are on the road to Newtown, Connecticut today to show their support for the victims and survivors of the elementary school shooting there. And they have a gift to share. (12/19/2012)