Businesses looking to expand their operations and hire new employees in Minnesota may not qualify for help from a new job creation fund. The program was announced Friday by Gov. Mark Dayton and Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development. “The $24 million Job Creation Fund is now open for business,” Katie Clark Sieben said. She says the “pay for performance” business development initiative will help create 5,000 jobs, and another $450 million of private investment into the economy.
When you think of comfort food, what comes to mind? For some it’s soup. For others it’s mashed potatoes. For David Schultz, who is executive chef at Crave at the Mall of America, it’s a nice raised beef pot roast. He added you can’t forget the mashed potatoes and gravy. If you’re looking for other ideas, consider roast chicken.
The holidays are over, and everyone is back to work, having been off in some cases for weeks. It’s a stressful time of year, according to Dr. S. Charles Schulz, Professor and Chair of the University Of Minnesota Department Of Psychology.
It’s likely to be a long road ahead for the victims of that deadly fire on Cedar Avenue New Year’s Day. Dr. Ryan Fey at Hennepin County Medical Center says they have three patients still in critical condition.
The new year is starting out on a high note for a Wisconsin teenager who nearly died on the slopes of Afton Alps. Seventeen-year-old Daniel Mannon was snowboarding with his brothers Saturday afternoon, when he had a heart attack.
Bolt by bolt, each chair is being removed from the Metrodome. So far, more than 3,000 seats have been sold to individuals, with more than 900 purchased by nonprofits.
Minnesota Viking fans are a bit melancholy after the Vikings beat the Lions at the Metrodome. The dome will be demolished next month to make room for a new stadium.
Workers are putting the final touches on a new and improved food shelf and service center in Bloomington. The group, Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People, will open the facility on Jan. 6. Executive Director Susan Russell Freeman says their new digs will include a number of new features, including the creation of new programs to do more than just give people food.
About $103 million is the amount a New Jersey judge has slapped Zygi and Mark Wilf, with along with their cousin Leonard. The money is to cover damages, fees, interest and expenses the Wilf’s incurred for defrauding old business partners involved in running an apartment complex outside New York City.
Connor Cosgrove, 22, is getting his last chemotherapy treatment Friday. Teri Cannon, executive director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, says it’s a day of celebration at the Amplatz Children’s Hospital. “It’s really exciting for us when any patient can be declared in complete remission,” Cannon said. She says there are a lot people who don’t know about this kind of cancer, or the fact that there are more than 150 types of blood cancer.
With temperatures below zero, it was hard to find anyone out on the ice on Lake Minnetonka. Brent Grewe is a Conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
While health experts are warning people to stay out of the bitter cold if possible, there are some that are forced to withstand the elements because of their jobs. Bike messenger John Lindwall employs a simple strategy when the temperature and wind chill get to be too much. “Just don’t think about it, you know,” Lindwall said. “Put it out of your mind.”
Another bitterly cold day across much of the state. In northern Minnesota, overnight lows fell as low as 35 below zero. And winter weather advisories are out for a large part of southern Minnesota from Worthington in the southwest to the Twin Cities area.
Despite being in the middle of a labor dispute, the Minnesota Orchestra continues to shine. The orchestra’s latest album was nominated for a Grammy Award Friday night in Los Angeles. Tony Ross is one of the musicians, and he says it’s a really big deal. “Especially if the orchestra is not in Nashville, or Los Angeles or San Francisco.” Ross said. He said that’s because there are not a lot of voting members in this community.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, three people were killed in three separate crashes on wet and icy roads on Monday. The first report of a fatal crash was at 2:00 p.m., when a rollover occurred on northbound Highway 7 in Big Stone County in western Minnesota. A Mercury Grand Marquis went off the road and into a southbound ditch, and then rolled down a steep hill, eventually coming to a rest with the passenger side on the ground. The driver, 85-year-old Donavan Tesch of Clinton, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Big Stone County Sheriff’s office says roads were wet at the time of the accident.