Jobs

Chancellor Devinder Malhotra

In Minnesota we have a serious shortage of people with skills to work in certain areas of our economy.  The shortage of workers is most critical in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, information technology, early childhood education, and transportation.

In 2017, the MN legislature put up a million dollars for a pilot program that offered workforce development scholarships of 25 hundred dollars to attract students into these careers.

We continue our Making Sausage candidate series.  The big news, not just in northern Minnesota, but on the national scene is Minnesota's Congressional District 8.

Many people have entered the race in both parties.  Let's meet the candidates.

More information: Kirsten Kennedy (DFL)

More information:  Michelle Lee (DFL)

More information:  Jason Metsa (DFL)

Brainerd Dispatch

When the iron mines layoff workers or shut down, we hear about programs to assist them and training to move into other jobs.  What about retail workers?  On Dig Deep liberal Aaron Brown and conservative Chuck Marohn look at those jobs and what it means.  Aaron wrote in his blog, Minnesota Brown:

United States House of Representatives

In this podcast only edition of Dig Deep for February Aaron and Chuck get into the nuts and bolts and the fascinating, now wide-open race for MN District 8.  Send us your feedback

Read Aaron Brown's interview with Congressman Rick Nolan about his decision to not seek reelection

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Has the land we live on always been seen as a "resource center" as Aaron Brown puts it?  Where do our thoughts about environmental concerns come from, historically?  Listen to this month's Dig Deep with Chuck Marohn and Aaron Brown

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Did you know that computing skills are the most sought after in the US job market but the share of women in the computer workforce has declined from 37% in 1995 to 24% today.  If Reshma Saujani and her crew at Girls Who Code has any say in it, that number will change. 

She started the non-profit Girls Who Code, and now there's a book and new fiction series to spur girls to invent and as she says, change the world. 

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Every week Timberjay publisher and editor Marshall Helmberger tells us about the stories he's been covering.  This week a tragic house fire, a look at the opinions and economics of copper nickel mining, Rep.

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Every Friday morning publisher and editor of the Timberjay Marshall Helmberger tells us about the stories they've been covering.  This week a continuation of the contentious copper nickel mining issues on the Iron Range. 

The deadline for public testimony to the US Forest Service is August 17th.  Here is a link for you to submit your public testimony.

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Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) joined us this week to talk about jobs.  In other countries apprenticeship is more widely used.  She told us about the American Apprenticeship Act she has introduced. 

Read more here. 

Star Tribune

In this final installment of the Dig Deep podcast on jobs Chuck and Aaron look ahead.  Is the model of job creation outdated?  Who should be creating jobs and how much should people be paid?  These are all questions that guide this conversation.

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