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Teens need foundation formed from entry-level, summer jobs

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the employment-participation rate for 16- to 19-year-olds in Minnesota fell from 69.8 percent in 2000 to 52.3 percent in 2016, a decline of 17.5 percentage points. Over the same period, the participation rate for all workers over 16 fell by just 3.9 percentage points, from 75.1 percent to 71.2 percent. Improving Minnesota's poor recent record on youth employment — a nationwide phenomenon — would have real benefits. It would help alleviate the "labor shortage," and it would enable the workers of tomorrow to begin acquiring the skills they need....

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Big Lake High School’s Apprenticeship Program Provides Students With Career Options

[Photo Source: Big Lake Schools] “Signing Day” has taken on a whole new meaning at Big Lake High School in Big Lake, Minnesota. Under the leadership of Principal Bob Dockendorf, high school juniors and seniors put pen to paper to announce where they will be starting an apprenticeship. Youth Apprentice Signing Day is part of the high school’s Youth Apprenticeship program. The program is coordinated with Wright Technical Center and provides career advancement opportunities to high school juniors and seniors and pays them to learn highly technical skills from a trained worksite mentor. Participants are exposed to a wide variety...

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What does the Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision mean?

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair. It might sound dull, but it will have a big impact in Minnesota. Online shopping will probably become more expensive. It could lead to a $150 million windfall for the state government. So, what is it all about? Joseph Bishop-Henchman of the Tax Foundation provides a good explanation. ...

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