Brooklyn Park inpatient facility gets 30 new beds amid mental health crisis

BY: - September 20, 2023

PrairieCare, a psychiatric health system with nine Minnesota locations, unveiled the expansion of its inpatient care facility in Brooklyn Park on Wednesday, providing some much-needed relief to an overwhelmed mental health system.  With legislative approval, the expansion added 30 new beds for adolescent psychiatric patients.  Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic, DFL-Minneapolis, said lawmakers backed up […]

State, federal funding fuels expansion of Minnesota microgrid research center

BY: - September 20, 2023

A Minnesota college’s microgrid research center is preparing to expand after securing significant new state and federal funding. The University of St. Thomas’ Center for Microgrid Research plans to triple its three-person staff and enroll more students thanks to money from a $7.5 million state legislative appropriation and $11 million in federal defense bill earmarks […]

Minneapolis DFL vice chair resigns, hitting state party on the way out

BY: - September 20, 2023

The vice chair of the Minneapolis Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party resigned from his post Wednesday, attacking the DFL endorsement process and what he called voting irregularities around that process on his way out the door. Mike Norton criticized the caucus and convention process, which he called “highly problematic and exclusionary” and “complex and cumbersome.” The upshot, according […]

U.S. House GOP spending bills falter as Congress struggles to avoid a shutdown

BY: and - September 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats said Tuesday they are preparing their own short-term spending bill that they believe will garner bipartisan support, a decision that could stave off a partial government shutdown — and as House Republicans failed to advance two spending bills. The Senate move would work as long as the House votes to […]

States and cities eye stronger protections for gig economy workers

BY: - September 19, 2023

Joshua Wood remembers days during the COVID-19 lockdown when New York City’s streets were practically empty, save for workers like him. That experience convinced the 25-year-old Brooklynite — who makes deliveries for both Uber Eats and a package delivery service — that the gig economy needed some urgent changes. Roughly 1 in 6 American adults […]

Minnesota keeps adding jobs, but there aren’t enough workers to fill them all

BY: - September 19, 2023

Minnesota jobs have recovered to pre-pandemic levels, but employers are struggling to fill open positions. The state gained 4,400 jobs from July to August, reaching numbers not seen since November 2019, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s labor force participation rate — the number of working-age […]

UAW president sets new deadline for automakers, promising additional strikes

BY: - September 19, 2023

Shawn Fain, president of the United Auto Workers union (UAW), on Monday night announced that more locations may be called to join the union’s strike on Friday. The UAW declared a historic strike against all three members of the Big Three automakers at midnight Thursday, after contracts expired with Ford, General Motors and Stellantis. “I […]

Telework is here to stay in Minnesota, latest Census data show

BY: - September 19, 2023

The share of Minnesotans working from home during the pandemic skyrocketed, from 6.4% in 2019 to 20.9% by 2021. There was some hope — particularly among CEOs, managerial types and commercial landlords — that this was just a one-time disruption that could be reversed via a delicate dance of cajoling, amenity-dangling and threats. Many of […]

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Three Minnesota U.S. GOP congress members receive ‘F,’ don’t support Ukraine

BY: - September 18, 2023

Three Republican Minnesota U.S. House members received a grade of “very poor” on their support for Ukraine, based on their public statements and votes to cut United States’ aid to the war-torn country. U.S. Reps. Pete Stauber, Brad Finstad and Michelle Fischbach all received an “F” from the conservative advocacy group Republicans for Ukraine, which […]

‘However long it takes,’ longtime Ford worker says of the UAW strike

BY: - September 18, 2023

As the United Auto Workers strike against the Detroit Three enters its fourth day, workers say that they are in it “for the long haul.” Samantha Litton of Taylor has worked at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant for three years. “It shouldn’t take eight years to get top pay,” Litton told the Advance on Monday. […]

Republicans say Orwellian ‘bias registry’ could still be created under new law

BY: - September 18, 2023

A Minnesota bill that would have created a state government database of “hate incidents” — which drew impassioned opposition from Republicans who said it would police constitutionally protected political speech — was quietly watered down during the waning days of the legislative session. 

Minnesota program helps manufacturers train their teams for an all-electric future

BY: - September 18, 2023

Bloomington-based Thermo King has for decades manufactured diesel-powered refrigeration and heating units for use in semi-trailers, trains, ships and buses. The company’s logo can be seen on ubiquitous “reefer” trailers being pulled along highways across the country. As Thermo King has begun a massive transition to electrify its product lines, training employees has been a […]