"We’re behind our competitors. Almost everyone has a more robust transportation system than we do. We are starting to lose jobs and talent to those other regions precisely because we’re behind on transit."

— Will Schroeer from the Minneapolis- and St Paul-area chambers of commerce says recent chamber surveys show strong support for more transit and that the region stands to lose future jobs if it does not improve its system. Business groups will push for more stable funding for transportation projects when lawmakers resume their work at the Capitol next month. Read the story from Jessica Mador.

Minnesota, it turns out, is something of a balsam bough wreath-making exporter with several companies that make tens of thousands of wreaths a year for big box retailers.

Reporter Dan Olson spent time with the McFadden family in Deer River to learn all about the sticky, prickly business of making balsam wreaths.

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Thanks to Kickstarter, Bemidji Brewery will have its first public batch of brew on tap in a few local pubs by early summer.

Tina Hanke, Justin “Bud” Kaney and Tom Hill set out to raise $15,000 on the site, but by the time their three-month online campaign ended in January, the trio had surpassed that goal by several thousand dollars. About 250 people contributed money to the hometown brewing venture, more than half of them strangers to the three.

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