Dee DePass, Star Tribune

Dee DePass

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Dee:

Downtown Minneapolis store becomes second Trader Joe's in nation to unionize

Trader Joe's downtown Minneapolis store workers voted 55-5 in favor of forming a union in results announced Friday. → Read More

Ball Corp. closing its St. Paul beverage can factory in 2023

Ball Corp. announced this week it is shutting its St. Paul and Phoenix operations following a second quarter loss tied to inflation, changing beverage demand and impairment costs incurred at its Russia plant. → Read More

Minnesota retirees cutting back, taking part-time jobs to beat inflation

With the volatile stock market, financial planners are dealing with nervous clients — some who are delaying retirement because of current conditions. → Read More

Being fired is hard. Here's how to protect your rights in Minnesota — and move on.

You need to figure out your finances, then reach out for help with your résumé and job hunt. → Read More

Riot-damaged businesses on St. Paul's University Avenue recovering — finally

The corridor, heavily damaged in the unrest that followed George Floyd's murder, is now starting to see renovated buildings and funds to help with more. → Read More

Two men die in north Minneapolis shooting

Officers arriving at N. Bryant Avenue and W. Broadway found two men had been shot, apparently the victims of a suspect or suspects who fled in a car. → Read More

Construction starts on $68M apartment, commercial complex in north Minneapolis

The project is one of the largest ever outside downtown and led by veteran businessman Tim Baylor, Catalyst Opportunity Funds, private investors and local government. → Read More

Subcontractors on Wilf's Viking Lakes project accused of wage theft

The carpenters union alleges wage theft on behalf of at least 25 workers. → Read More

Playoff mania with Timberwolves, Wild drives big payoff for downtown businesses

Sports pubs, hotels have not seen this much traffic since the pandemic began. → Read More

Minnesota unemployment rate at lowest level since 1999 after 6 months of gains

However, the recovery is uneven, with Black and Latino unemployment rates higher. Wage growth in Minnesota also is lower than the nation as a whole. → Read More

New Minnesota program hopes to close skills gap in IT for people of color

The $1 million pilot program includes a new academy at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center in north Minneapolis. → Read More

Stress mounts for Minnesota workers returning to the office

Returning workers are stressing about everything from commuting costs and wardrobe to redoing routines they had forged during the pandemic. → Read More

Minnesota becoming national leader in solving day-care dilemma — but there's still far to go

While the state used pandemic aid to help stabilize child-care centers and low-income aid programs, the changes are not yet permanent and many say they don't go far enough. → Read More

With no federal mandate, large Minnesota employers consider vaccine requirements for workers

Employers with diverging camps in their workforces — the vaccine hesitant and the exposure averse — will now have to choose their battle. → Read More

More Minnesota employers are delaying return-to-office plans

Securian Financial, Xcel Energy and Wells Fargo have all pushed back their dates to the end of January or February as the omicron variant continues to spread. → Read More

Minnesota joins lawsuit against McDonald's franchisee alleging sexual harassment, misconduct

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights says Hyder Investments failed to prevent a sexual assault of a 14-year-old and created a hostile work environment at its Maple Grove restaurant. → Read More

Downtown Crowne Plaza sold, will become boutique hotel after $25M renovation

Wisconsin-based Great Lakes Management will lead a team in a $25 million renovation of the property. → Read More

Some Minnesota employers rush to bring office workers back before the new year

The numbers aren't large yet. And many of those who have called teams back say they are getting ready for their companywide "hybrid work" policies to launch in January. → Read More

Minnesota employers ratchet up benefits to woo workers

As corporate employee benefit enrollments begin this month, help-hungry employers are jazzing up their offerings as a way to retain workers and attract new ones. → Read More

3M paying $99M to settle PFAS lawsuits in Alabama

The settlement agreement ends years of contentious litigation over groundwater contamination near 3M's PFAS factory in Decatur, Ala. → Read More