Inside Chill State Collective, Minnesota's first all-in-one THC drink distributor

Two people on a production line.

Chill State partners with brands and produces its own drinks. Photo: Chill State Collective

THC companies across the country are clamoring to partner with Chill State Collective, Minnesota's first and only all-in-one distribution center exclusively for hemp-derived THC beverages.

State of play: The collective, started late last year by the folks behind cooperative brewing company Fair State, partners with brands across the country to co-pack, store and distribute their drinks here in Minnesota.

Nick Halter
Feb 1, 2023 - Business

Snoop Dogg and Minnesota company partner on cereal line

Snoop cereals

Photo courtesy of Broadus Foods

Snoop Dogg and Master P are teaming up on a line of cereals that will be made by Lakeville-based Post Consumer Brands.

Driving the news: The two rappers — real names Calvin Broadus and Percy Miller — are behind a food company called Broadus Foods.

Audrey Kennedy
Updated Jan 31, 2023 - Food and Drink

35 Black-owned businesses to support in the Twin Cities

Illustration of a Black woman's hands holding the city of Minneapolis.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

For Black History Month, we're sharing some Black-owned businesses to support year-round in and around the metro.

Here are some of our picks:

Nick Halter
Jan 31, 2023 - Business

Turning office towers into apartments is tricky, especially in Minneapolis

Illustration of a high-rise office building with an oversized "Home sweet home" embroidery piece framed and hanging from the roof

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The Twin Cities need more housing, and downtown Minneapolis office towers are becoming emptier. That’s led to speculation that skyscrapers will be turned into apartments.

Yes, but: It's not that easy.

Driving the news: A recent report by real estate firm CBRE predicts that the volume of office space in the U.S. converted into apartments will double this year compared to 2022.

Nick Halter
Jan 30, 2023 - Business

Amazon will close Shakopee warehouse

An Amazon box with a frown instead of a smile logo

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Amazon informed Minnesota state officials that it's closing its smaller Shakopee sorting center, called MSP5, where 680 people are employed.

Between the lines: Amazon has been closing smaller warehouses across the country as demand for space has subdued after the pandemic surge, per CNN.

Torey Van Oot
Jan 25, 2023 - Business

Here's what Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's budget proposal means for your bank account

Illustration of a common loon sitting on a pile of cash.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Gov. Tim Walz's $65.2 billion budget proposal includes big spending increases and new tax credits and checks for millions of Minnesotans.

The big picture: Walz's plan, released in full Tuesday, represents a roughly 25% increase from the current two-year budget. It taps a $17.6 billion surplus to pay for hikes for schools, housing, and more government programs.

Torey Van Oot
Jan 23, 2023 - News

Minnesota union membership declined in 2022: BLS

Data: BLS; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Union membership dropped in Minnesota last year, per recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The big picture: 10.1% of U.S. workers were unionized in 2022, down from 10.3% in 2021 and a high of 20.1% in 1983, the first year the BLS reported comparable figures, Axios' Nathan Bomey writes.

Nick Halter
Jan 19, 2023 - Business

Minnesota's wage gap narrows

Data: DEED; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: DEED; Chart: Axios Visuals

The lowest paid workers in Minnesota have received the largest wage increases over the past three years amidst a shifting labor market.

Driving the news: Nearly nine out of 10 Minnesota workers now make more than $15 an hour, up from seven in 10 workers five years ago.

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