St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Minnesota lost 1,400 jobs in September, yet the state's unemployment rate fell to 2.8 percent. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate is the lowest it has been since May of 1999, according to the state Department of Employment and Economic Development. The all-time low is 2.5 percent and that was recorded in January and February of 1999.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday, Oct. 11, ordered six Minnesota National Guard soldiers and one helicopter to assist with hurricane relief efforts in Florida. The team will support emergency response and recovery operations in the wake of Hurricane Michael, which made devastated Florida’s panhandle region when it made landfall on Oct. 1, according to a news release issued Thursday by the governor’s office. A 12-member medical evacuation team from the Wisconsin National Guard is also on its way down to the affected region.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) in the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. The DNR announced Monday that the mussels were found by a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board watercraft inspector who was checking a sailboat as it was being removed from the lake for the season. Because the sailboat had been moored in Bde Maka Ska for an extended period and because the mussels were young, the DNR concluded there was in-lake reproduction.
ST. PAUL -- Statewide, 106,061 people have requested absentee-voting ballots just six days into the early voting period, according to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. Of those ballots, 11,353 have already been accepted. The high numbers build off the record-setting voter turnout in the August primary — the highest since 1994. Simon said this is an indication that Minnesota is “on track to maintain our number one in the country status for voter participation.”
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- President Donald Trump will visit Rochester next Thursday, Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan said Wednesday, Sept. 26. No additional details of Trump’s visit were immediately available. “For Minnesota Republicans, this is a dream come true,” Carnahan said in a news release. “We are jumping through the roof with excitement to welcome our great and fearless leader, President Donald J. Trump, back to Minnesota next week.”
ST. PAUL — A state review released Tuesday, Sept. 25, found "significant inaccuracies" in what Minnesotans were charged while registering vehicles. The Legislative Auditor reviewed transactions associated with the new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System. Started up in July 2017, more than $90 million has been spent to replace a decades-old computer system to process motor-vehicle transactions. From the beginning, it has been plagued with glitches. Tuesday's report on transactions is the latest of several probes into MNLARS' problems.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in August, the lowest it has been in nearly 19 years. The rate was 3 percent in July, according to a report released Thursday, Sept. 20, by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, or DEED. The last time the seasonally adjusted rate fell below 3 percent was in December 1999. The record-low jobless rate for the state is 2.5 percent, which was recorded in January and February 1999. The national unemployment rate in August was 3.9 percent.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Minnesota State Fair organizers are calling the 2018 Fair “the best ever” after final Labor Day figures broke the overall attendance record with 2,046,533 passing through the gates. The previous record of 1,997,320 was set last year. This year’s Fair had five daily attendance record days with Saturday, Sept. 1, setting an all-time single-day attendance record at 270,426.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—A subtropical bird with pink plumage and a distinctive bill has been recorded in Minnesota for the first time, causing ornithology enthusiasts to flock to a Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington wildlife preserve for a chance to see it in person. The wayward bird, known as a roseate spoonbill, was spotted recently in Washington County, according to the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis day care provider accused of hanging a toddler in her home was sentenced to 10 years’ probation on Monday, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office. Nataliia Karia, 43, pleaded guilty in February to attempted murder in the November 2016 incident.