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Apr 7, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Bloomington tech campus could bring 700 high-paying jobs

This rendering shows what the Sick tech campus will look like. Image: Clow Berg Inc. via city of Bloomington

A German sensor-maker is moving forward with a $100 million technology campus in Bloomington that will eventually bring 700 new jobs to the city — with an annual average salary of $81,000.

Driving the news: The company, Sick USA, already has an operation in Bloomington, but has been working on plans for a new manufacturing and office campus just east of the Mall of America.

Apr 7, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

The St. Croix Crossing is fueling a Twin Cities-driven boom in western Wisconsin

The St. Croix Crossing bridge is helping spur economic development in western Wisconsin. Photo: MnDot

Lift Bridge Brewery's announcement last week that it is opening a second taproom in New Richmond isn't the only sign of economic development in western Wisconsin.

The state of play: Yes, Lift Bridge chose Wisconsin in part because of its more lenient liquor laws that will allow it to sell more products from the brewery, but co-founder Brad Glynn told Axios the $690 million St. Croix Crossing was also a factor.

Minnesota's gas tax fight is back

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Minnesota House Democrats have quietly revived a push to raise the state's gas taxes.

What's happening: A transportation budget bill released this week proposes increasing the tax by a projected 5 cents over the next four years, based on inflation.

  • Additional revenue for roads and transit would come from higher motor vehicle taxes and a 0.5% transit sales tax in the metro.

How Minnesota's oldest Black-owned newspaper is covering the Chauvin trial

Screenshot: Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

Interest in the Derek Chauvin trial is giving new reach to the state's oldest Black-owned newspaper.

What's happening: "People are reading us from all over the country," Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder community editor Mel Reeves told Torey.

Back from break, Minnesota Legislature gears up for budget fight

Photo: Michael Siluk/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Minnesota Legislature returns from a holiday break today, setting off a six-week sprint to reach deals on a laundry list of issues.

The state of play: The biggest and most important item on the divided Legislature's to-do list is passing a two-year state budget.