Jack Links is on its way to Minnesota

Where’s the beef? Jerky giant bringing new jobs to Minnesota

Star Tribune | February 10, 2014

Wisconsin beef jerky king Links Snacks Inc., best known for its Jack Link's meat snacks, is expanding in downtown Minneapolis.

The Minong, Wis.-based firm will expand its office space in the Butler North Building by about 20,000 square feet, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The company has about 36 existing marketing, sales, accounting, information technology and product development employees in Minneapolis, but the idea is to make space for 20 new workers. [Read More]

St. Anthony: Downtown Council says Minneapolis is humming

Star Tribune | February 9, 2014

The downtown Minneapolis economic engine is humming, if not roaring, several hundred attendees learned at the annual meeting of the Downtown Council last week.

For example, developers could pull another $1 billion-plus in building permits in Minneapolis this year, for a record third year in a row.

Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed $20 million in his $1 billion state bonding request toward the rebuilding of the dated Nicollet Mall, estimated to be a $50 million project. An update and discussion of this long-simmering project is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Minneapolis ­Central Library. [Read More]

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Minnesota Classroom

Is Minnesota the Gold Standard for NCLB Waiver Implementation?

Education Week | February 10, 2014

A new batch of No Child Left Behind Act waiver monitoring reports shows that Oregon and Arkansas are among the many states that continue to stumble as they try to turn around their lowest-performing schools.

However, if the U.S. Department of Education were giving waiver implementation grades, it seems that so far, Minnesota has gotten the only "A." [Read More]

Minnesota State Capitol

State revenues have grown $255 million since December

Star Tribune | February 10, 2014

Ahead of a key economic report later this month, Minnesota finance officials are estimating that tax collections for January were $83 million above earlier expectations.

The tally announced Monday bodes well for a budget report due on Feb. 28 that will determine the size of a surplus or deficit awaiting lawmakers. Since the last comprehensive economic report in December, Minnesota has scooped up $255 million in unanticipated revenue. [Read More]

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