Industrials Sector

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    September 16, 2014

    Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport workers join call for $15 minimum wage hike

    The next time you're waiting for your flight to unload at MSP Airport, look out the window for a bald bag handler with a ZZ Top beard. You see him? That's Eric Wickstrom. He earns $12 an hour and can count himself among the luckier airport workers because he doesn't earn $8. See also:Fast-food ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Twin Cities Cab Drivers Try to Beat Lyft, Uber at Own Game

    Two months after Minneapolis approved an ordinance legitimizing so-called app-based Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and Uber, the cab companies have introduced an app that functions in largely the same way.TruTaxi allows customers to get price quotes, book rides, track and rate drivers, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Mpls City Council approves Lyft/UberX regulations; Blong Yang casts sole nay vote

    This morning, the Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance regulating so-called Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and UberX .Council also approved changes to the city's taxi ordinance that deregulate cab companies to an extent in hopes they'll be able to compete with the new TNCs.See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Minneapolis officials advance Lyft/UberX ordinance despite taxi company objections

    Yesterday, the Minneapolis Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee unanimously approved a new ordinance that will regulate so-called "transportation network companies" like Lyft and UberX, along with changes to the city's taxi ordinance.The vote means the package of new regulations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Mpls cab companies not thrilled about impending Lyft/UberX ordinance

    This week, the Minneapolis City Council Transportation and Public Works Committee will get its first crack at the city's revised taxi regulations and its brand-new "Transportation Network Companies" ordinance. If they approve it, it'll head to the full council for consideration during next week's me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Despite Commerce Department warning, Jacob Frey says Uber/Lyft ordinance still on its way

    A few weeks ago, the Minnesota Commerce Department issued a warning to folks considering using so-called "transportation network companies" like Lyft or Uber."The Commerce Department wants Minnesotans to know that there may be gaps in auto insurance coverage for both the drivers and passengers using ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Jacob Frey on Lyft/Uber regulations: "I think the taxi industry needed some competition"

    Most folks are aware that Lyft and Uber are already up and running in Minneapolis. But did you realize the smartphone-based "next-gen taxi" services are essentially operating illegally right now?To rectify that situation, City Council Member Jacob Frey is working on an ordinance that would regulate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    FAA scraps plan to automate takeoffs at MSP, cites safety concerns

    The Federal Aviation Administration is currently in the process of automating takeoff and landing routes at airports throughout the country.SEE ALSO: Interest in flights from MSP to Denver has never been higher since Colorado legalized pot It's akin to driving with cruise control. The possibility fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Wisconsin's Lakemaid Beer Company tests beer delivery via drones

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (otherwise known as UAVs or drones) have been some of the most controversial robotic entities of the 21st century, primarily because of their surveillance and killing capabilities. But recently, there's been a movement away from using drones solely as pseudo-war machines. Un ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013
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    July 31, 2013
  • Music

    April 2, 2013

    Minneapolis labels adapt to postage hikes

    Twin Cities-based imprints reflect on how higher prices will change business

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    The Postal Service extend tour dates -- St. Paul in August

    The decade-old phenomenon that was the Postal Service is coming to the Twin Cities later this year. A little while back, the team of Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) announced they'd reform, play some shows, and Give Up would receive a deluxe 10th anniversary reissue in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Post Office apologizes for returning woman's letter to Iraq-based son with "DECEASED" stamp

    In September 2006, Duluth resident Joan Najbar sent a letter to her son, Sam Eininger, a National Guard solider who was stationed in Iraq. The next month, her letter was returned, unopened, but adorned with this stamp: "DECEASED"SEE ALSO: Downtown Minneapolis invaded by Black Hawk helicopters [PHOTO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    $100 million typo complicates case for keeping freight trains out of St. Louis Park

    A group of St. Louis Park residents have been outspoken in their opposition to the preliminary plan for the Southwest LRT route, as it would reroute freight train traffic from south Minneapolis through their community.SEE ALSO: Business community comes out in support of Southwest LRTThe group, Safet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Samuel Taylor's murder trial in cabbie shooting begins today

    See Also: Minneapolis Murder Map 2012 COVER: The View From Down Here The murder trial for a 20-year-old accused of killing a north Minneapolis cabbie in a robbery gone wrong begins today in Hennepin County. Last Thursday, a grand jury brought indictments of first- and second-degree murder for S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Amtrak employees literally dropped off elderly women in middle of nowhere

    File this one in the 'what in God's name were these people thinking?' department.On Sunday, the Star Tribune's Kelly Smith told the story of Vivian Rhode, 75, and her niece Peggy Larson, 64. In late March, the two women were on an Amtrak train traveling from Michigan to St. Cloud, where they planned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Postal Service's new bike stamps unveiled in Minneapolis [PHOTOS]

    Eat it, Portland!The U.S. Postal Service chose Minneapolis as the place to unveil its new series of four bicycle-themed stamps during a ceremony yesterday. Each stamp depicts a different type of biker -- a child just learning to ride with training wheels, a commuter pedaling to work, a road racer in ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012
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    April 23, 2012

    Postal workers will distribute "anthrax medicine" on May 6

    Neither rain, nor sleet, nor plume of weapons-grade anthrax stays these couriers come May 6. That Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Health will launch a dry run of an anthrax attack response using postal workers and law enforcement escorts. It's a strategy that's been studied nationally since 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Postal service, citing loose dogs, halts delivery to Rochester trailer park

    ​Rochester mailmen are mad as hell and they aren't going to take it anymore.The U.S. Postal Service has suspended mail delivery to Rochester's Parkside Mobile Home Park following 42 "animal incidents" last year, most all of which presumably involved loose dogs. Parkside's roughly 100 residents wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Franken and Klobuchar, in the minority, vote against anti-union bill

    ​The bill providing long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration is a case study in how complicated legislation coming before the U.S. Senate can be. As a condition of funding the FAA long-term, congressional Republicans demanded that the percentage of transportation workers' signatur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Michele Bachmann flying high during FAA freeze-out

    ?Michele Bachmann, like the rest of congress, is on recess during the month of August. Normally, she'd spend recess on the swings or practicing her cheer routines.But this year, she's running for President of the United States of Iowa, which means she's zooming around on a moment's notice: Last week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    88 MN post offices studied for closure [LIST]

    WikipediaPeople in affected areas have 60 days to comment on the closures.​The U.S. Postal Service might be closing thousands of post offices across the country, and 88 of those being considered for permanent shutdown are in Minnesota.The Postal Service released a list of 3,653 prospective branche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Gayngs win lawsuit against CJ Starbuses

    ​Seven months have passed since Gayngs lost out on the opportunity to play a prominent slot at the Austin City Limits festival, which they were forced to cancel after their bus driver absconded with all of their belongings and gear. And now, thanks to a sympathetic jury in Nashville, Tennessee, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    AirTran pilot arrested at MSP for alleged boozing before Milwaukee flight

    ​Either the party went on too long, or it was just getting started, but either way an AirTran Airways pilot was arrested at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday for allegedly hitting the sauce before going to work. So the party's over. After TSA officer smelled alcohol on the pilot's breath, MSP police nabb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Minneapolis dogs 7th worst in U.S. for attacking mail carriers

    garlandcannonYour mail carrier doesn't want to see this.​All winter long, Minneapolis mail carriers slog through snow drifts. In the summer they're bombarded by the State Bird (not that one, this one). And all year long they have to worry about mean-ass dogs tearing a chunk of meat out of thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Stacey Champion tried to mail a poodle to Georgia in an airless box

    Samantha VelderPoodle tragedy narrowly averted.​Stacey Champion showed up at the post office on 12th Street North in downtown Minneapolis last Tuesday and tried to send a poodle to Georgia in a Priority Mail box with no air or food. Postal workers realized something was wrong when Champion paid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Union Depot's $243 million makeover for trains and buses starts today

    Ramsey County Regional Rail AuthorityUnion Depot is being transformed into a regional transportation hub.​There was a time after World War II when 20,000 rail passengers a day traveled through the Union Depot in St. Paul. Its 18 tracks served trains that ranged as far and wide as Chicago and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Delta made more off baggage fees than any other airline in 2010

    Photo: Chor IpA king's ransom in luggage.​Shelling out for airline baggage fees is the worst. But not as infuriating as finding out how much it all adds up to. In 2010 so far, the U.S. airlines have netted $2.6 billion in baggage fees. One airline blew its closest competitor out of the water ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Obama gives Twin Cities-Chicago speedy rail a thumbs up

    President Obama unveiled his big plans for high-speed rail in the United States. His plan identifies ten high-speed rail corridors that could receive federal funding. And lucky us. The Twin Cities-Chicago connection was one of them.

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Bullet train to Chicago might be back on track

    Thursday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

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    November 6, 2008

    Southwest flights to Chicago: $69

    Southwest Airlines will start flying from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Chicago's Midway in March for $69 for a one-way tri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Justice Department approves Northwest/Delta merger

    nwalogo.JPGThe Justice Department approved the merger of Delta and Northwest Airlines today, bringing the deal one step closer to reality.

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    October 22, 2008

    Fuel prices drop, Northwest Airlines still complaining

    nwalogo.JPGBelieve it or not, cheaper fuel actually hurts Northwest Airlines.

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    October 3, 2008
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    October 1, 2008

    Mail carriers could save the world from anthrax too

    USPS.jpgThe United States Postal Service prides itself on it's one and only mission: "We Deliver". And if a major anthrax attack hits the United St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2008

    Northwest is looking for quit.

    Northwest Airlines announced today that it will be eliminating 2,500 jobs. Who is getting cli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    RNC contributor CH2M Hill involved in major bribery scandal

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    According to federal prosecutors, CH2M Hill provided as much as $10,000 a month in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2007

    Housing bust as deconstructivist architecture

    If you happened to live next to it, in a half-million-dollar condo, you might identify the monumental concrete slab as an unfinished building foundation and consider it an eyesore.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2007

    MAC Considers Giving Revenue to Northwest

    Wait--isn't that what Northwest promised back in the early '90s, when it borrowed $270 from the MAC? Why yes, yes it is.

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    August 1, 2006

    Junk Bonds

    Northwest Airlines hasn't paid taxes on its Duluth maintenance facility since May 2005. Yeah, that maintenance facility, the one Minnesota taxpayers built for it in exchange for the airline's promise to create and retain decent jobs for skilled union mechanics.

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2006

    5/18: Morning Communique

    Children's author turns up the sizzle, DARPA wants gigantic surveillance blimps, thick bra strap saves woman's life, Oliver Stone's 9/11 movie, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Flying Blind

    Yesterday, a sobering government report was released that should make all airline passengers cross their fingers as they lift off and land during the holiday rush. The U.S. Department of Transportation inspected noncertified repair centers operated by six different airlines, including on-site visits ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2005

    Dazzle 'Em with Details

    A statement from Northwest Airlines in today's Star Tribune takes the paper to task. It's looooong on details and technical jargon and probably intended to look like a laundry list of errors made by the reporters, but to be so dull and impenetrable that most readers won't absorb anything other than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2005

    Katrina cronyism

    The Center for Public Integrity has set up a new web site to track Katrina-related contracts awarded by the federal government. "Profiting From Katrina" keeps tabs on the cronyism and conflicts of interest already coming to light.

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    September 16, 2005

    9/16: Morning Communique

    Legislation that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to temporarily suspend or relax its rules because of Hurricane Katrina is being prepared by the Republican chairman of the Senate Environ ... More >>

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    August 9, 2005

    8/9: Morning Communique

    THESE DAYS Under a new Dallas, Texas, ordinance, charities and churches will be allowed to serve food to the homeless only at approved locations. Violations will be punishable by fines of $200 to $2,000. The Federal Communications Commission has hired as an advisor an anti-pornography activist an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2005

    More Bad Omens for Airline Workers

    Or, How to Make an Albatross Fly Why should Minnesotans care about the proposed merger in the headlines today, of America West and US Airways? Because the airline industry in general has been illin' for some time, and while Northwest is not, like US Airways, in Chapter 11, or, like America West, rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2005

    The final chapter in the great Bayport land swindle

    Ten years ago, Andersen Corporation, the world's largest window manufacturer, said it wanted to build a new factory in Bayport. According to the company, there was just one problem: a lack of suitable land. So Andersen turned to its friends in the legislature for help. In an end of the session ... More >>

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