Annie Baxter Feature Archive

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)
The latest report from the Minnesota Trade Office shows that the state's companies exported a record nearly $21 billion in products last year. (05/08/2013)
Twin Cities housing market has hit the bottom and is now climbing back up, says an industry expert. Recent reports show mounting improvements. Buyers are waging bidding wars as they compete for scarce resources, and new home construction activity is spiking (04/30/2013)
The company office is getting a major facelift. Businesses are increasingly moving away from individual offices and enclosed cubicles to more open environments. While there's big cost savings, critics say the changes come with productivity losses. (04/26/2013)
Small business owners in Minnesota are more optimistic about the economic recovery compared to their cohorts in other states. (04/23/2013)
Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped a notch to 5.4 percent in March, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. (04/18/2013)
A survey of Minnesota's manufacturing executives shows that the cost of healthcare is one of their top concerns. (04/18/2013)