Annie Baxter Feature Archive

The new numbers provide further evidence of improvements in the Twin Cities housing market. Metro home prices in April were up 15 percent from the same month last year. (06/25/2013)
A growing number of employers are offering paid volunteer time as an employee benefit. A study to be released today says that 20 percent of the companies surveyed offer paid volunteering time, a share that has increased over the past few years. (06/19/2013)
A lion of Minnesota's business community, Dwight Opperman led West Publishing to become one of the most prominent publishers of legal content in the country. (06/14/2013)
Best Buy announced Thursday that it is partnering with Microsoft to open Windows stores at hundreds of locations. (06/13/2013)
The median Twin Cities sales price is up 15 percent to about $194,000. Supplies are so tight, some real estate agents are waging a campaign to get more homes listed. (06/12/2013)
Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is extending its membership eligibility to all Christians. (06/06/2013)
Advocates for victims of domestic abuse say most women leave bad situations safely, but the threat of violence escalates when a separation is imminent. In cases where there has been a pattern of abuse, a break-up can be dangerous. (06/05/2013)
The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office is reporting that two people have died and two were injured in a shooting at a single family residence in Shoreview. (06/04/2013)
Minnesota's new state economist is University of Minnesota extension economist and associate professor Laura Kalambokidis. She replaces Tom Stinson, who is stepping down from the post he's held since 1987. (06/03/2013)
If you have taken an "employee engagement" survey lately, you have plenty of company. Employers are increasingly studying their workers to search for clues about how to improve business performance. They are also deploying more powerful software tools to find patterns that would go unnoticed otherwise. (06/03/2013)
An economic development tool that will replace the JOBZ program got funded by the Legislature this week. (05/24/2013)
Minnesota's top economic development official is touting new programs to attract businesses to Minnesota. (05/24/2013)
Several big companies that plan to expand existing operations or start new ones in Minnesota got a big financial lift from the state's lawmakers in the legislative session that ended this week. Here's a brief look at the taxpayer funds for each. (05/23/2013)
Medtronic says it's eliminating 2,000 jobs from its global workforce, with a net 340 Minnesota positions being eliminated. (05/21/2013)
Although Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent last month, it was also another month of job declines. (05/16/2013)