Annie Baxter Feature Archive

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)
The temporary shutdown of two oil refineries in the Chicago area is putting pressure on gas prices in Minnesota. (05/15/2013)
The historically low supply of homes in the Twin Cities means a dearth of listings for sale ... and bidding wars that take place over the few available homes. The steep competition is prompting some real estate agents to market homes privately, before they're listed publicly. The practice is legal, but some real estate agents think it's unethical. (05/15/2013)
A two-year decline in foreclosures in Minnesota continued in the first three months of this year, according to a new report. (05/13/2013)
A number of indicators point to continued improvements in the Twin Cities housing market. (05/10/2013)
Legislation has passed banning the section on employment applications asking job seekers to disclose whether they've been convicted of a crime. Hiring managers may still ask about criminal records during the screening process, but the new law is to prevent a record from being an automatic disqualifier. Supporters say people deserve a second chance. Skeptics say it will require costly changes to hiring procedures. (05/09/2013)