Stories I particularly like have a star next to them. Neither the Register nor the Gazette leaves old stories up on the Internet, so other than stories I blogged and ones that ran in USA Today, all links to old stories go to PDFs.

Why Mason City, Iowa, turned down a $240 million hog slaughterhouse | Star Tribune, June 20, 2016 ★

Comcast wants to burnish reputation, but is in a deep hole | Star Tribune, June 6, 2016

After leaving Mpls Fed, Kocherlakota finds new role: blunt Internet commentator | Star Tribune, April 3, 2016

Janitors union wields a limited weapon: the 24-hour strike | Star Tribune, Feb. 18, 2016

New Mpls Fed president Kashkari calls for end to "too big to fail" | Star Tribune, Feb. 17, 2016

2015

A shortage of cooks and other workers at Minnesota restaurants | Star Tribune, Oct. 3, 2015

How women-owned businesses drive growth at Minneapolis's Somali malls | Star Tribune, Aug. 31, 2015 ★

Feud between powerful logger and paper mill distorts timber prices | Star Tribune, Aug. 2, 2015

Obama's overtime plan is latest battle in economic fairness debate | Star Tribune, July 2, 2015

Surge in rail traffic derails daily life in Ranier, Minn. | Star Tribune, June 20, 2015

How an Iowa town caught 16,000 Minnesota speeders in less than two years | Star Tribune, May 13, 2015

How a forecast of high-skill Minnesota jobs was twisted out of shape | Star Tribune, April 27, 2015

Changes, cuts roil staid, historic General Mills | Star Tribune, March 9, 2015

Slow wage growth undercuts workers, economic recovery | Star Tribune, Feb. 20, 2015

Family highlighted in Obama speech finds spotlight can be hearsh | Star Tribune, Jan. 24, 2015

2014

Young workers thinking outside the cubicle, favor job flexibility | Star Tribune, Dec. 14, 2014

The conundrum of rural housing, and why developers keep their distance | Star Tribune, Nov. 10, 2014

Bakken's next phase: processing the natural gas | Star Tribune, Oct. 27, 2014

Lack of tech giant means Minnesota loses its startups | Star Tribune, Sept. 8, 2014

The new low-wage job is in health care | Star Tribune, Sept. 1, 2014

Day care squeeze hits rural families hard | Star Tribune, Aug. 26, 2014

As fungus kills bats, MN timber industry winces | Star Tribune, Aug. 19, 2014

Business of pot in Minnesota will be high-risk enterprise | Star Tribune, Aug. 12, 2014

Minneapolis drives Twin Cities' strong job market | Star Tribune, July 21, 2014

U.S. Bank CEO Richard Davis: 'Banker body, preacher soul' | Star Tribune, May 30, 2014

Minnesota's wealthy caught in a tight tax net over residency | Star Tribune, Aptil 16, 2014

Part 4: Raising kids alone gets even tougher | Star Tribune, April 7, 2014

Part 3: New workers are starting behind and can't get ahead | Star Tribune, March 9, 2014

Part 2: Over 50, working against time in a harsh job market | Star Tribune, Feb. 4, 2014

Left Behind Part 1: Job losses bury hopes, careers | Star Tribune, Feb. 2, 2014

2013

Shakeup at Minneapolis Fed ousts two top economists | Star Tribune, Nov. 20, 2013

Antiques dealers struggle as market shifts to high end | Star Tribune, Sept. 13, 2013

'Free agent' is new face of workforce | Star Tribune, Sept. 4, 2013

Companies need IT workers, but stumble in hiring | Star Tribune, July 29, 2013

Minnesota, the nation, see surge in temp hiring | Star Tribune, July 21, 2013

50 years of the ZIP code, unexpected economic benefits | Star Tribune, July 2, 2013

Dakotas are wooing Minnesota companies, workers | Star Tribune, June 20, 2013

In Thief River Falls, jobs boom brings problems too | Star Tribune, May 28, 2013

N.D. oil is more plentiful than previously thought | Star Tribune, May 1, 2013

Workers cash in on brisk big data job market | Star Tribune, April 28, 2013

Auto dealerships hiring as sales climb | Star Tribune, March 23, 2013

Minnesota is one of several states that weighed shift to sales tax | Star Tribune, March 4, 2013

For some businesses, expanded sales tax would bring fairness | Star Tribune, Feb. 15, 2013

Businesses line up against Dayton's sales tax proposal | Star Tribune, Feb. 8, 2013

Sheboygan, WI, the most equal city in America | GlobalPost, Feb. 4, 2013

Frank Dorman, little-known medical device pioneer at the U, dead at 77 | Star Tribune, Jan. 12, 2013

Lots of jobs in trucking, but drivers find it's a tough haul | Star Tribune, Jan. 1, 2013

2012

Factory fires bedevil garment industry | Star Tribune, Dec. 22, 2012

Carving a new future from Minnesota's trees: textiles | Star Tribune, Dec. 11, 2012

Minnesota loggers feel pain due to falling timber demand | Star Tribune, Nov. 26, 2012

As society sheds paper, an industry shrinks | Star Tribune, Nov. 20, 2012

Minneapolis Fed leader's shift on jobs drives call for low rates | Star Tribune, Oct. 13, 2012

Minnesota job growth tainted by low wages | Star Tribune, Sept. 8, 2012

American productivity holds down hiring, technology partly to blame | Star Tribune, Sept. 2, 2012

Railroad expansion follows sand mining boom | Star Tribune, Aug. 18, 2012

Is there really a skills gap? Probably, but it's subtler than you think | Star Tribune, Aug. 5, 2012

Border hangups frustrate business between Canada and Minnesota | Star Tribune, July 24, 2012

Europe's financial pain registers with Minnesota firms | Star Tribune, June 30, 2012

Burlington, factory town, works to reinvent itself | The Register, March 18

Calvinism's contribution to life in Sioux County | The Register, Feb. 14, 2012

A profile of Rock Valley's booming manufacturing sector | The Register, Feb. 13, 2012

How cows and pigs fuel economic growth in northwest Iowa | The Register, Feb. 12, 2012

Iowa's unlikely duo behind the national mortgage settlement | The Register, Feb. 9, 2012

Home insurance rates likely to go higher | USA Today, Jan. 3, 2012

2011

Pinterest stands out in crowded social media field | USA Today, Oct. 28, 2011

Shadow housing stock looms in mired market | The Register, Sept. 25, 2011

Farm boom misses Main Street | USA Today, June 1, 2011

3 banks stung by elaborate wire fraud | The Register, April 19, 2011

Rape allegations against former Pella pastor leave 'lifetime of hurt' | The Register, March 27, 2011

2010

From sock hops to fiestas at the Val Air Ballroom | The Register, Dec. 5, 2010

Some sensed trouble before Pella drownings | The Register, Aug. 16, 2010 ★

One killed, 23 injured after spooked horses trample crowd at Bellevue parade | The Register, July 5, 2010

Olin teacher accused of sex exploitation was also charged in 2008 | The Gazette, March 31, 2010

"Grandfathered" flood insurance not all it's cracked up to be | The Gazette, March 2, 2010

Rockiett says attack on Officer Davis was mistake | The Gazette, Feb. 6, 2010 (See clip of me explaining on KCRG-TV9.)

Search for missing snowmobiler called off | The Gazette, Jan. 9, 2010

Cedar Rapids teen could walk away from violent background, but will he? A profile | The Gazette, Jan. 3, 2010 ★

2009

Cedar Rapids' levee plan too costly, Corps says | The Gazette, Dec. 29, 2009

Tax credit sends East Iowans racing to buy high-end golf carts | The Gazette, Dec. 21, 2009

Unsolved 1979 murder haunts family, friends | The Gazette, Dec. 20, 2009

Squalor next door: Cedar Rapids' most neglected rental properties in same area | The Gazette, Nov. 15, 2009 ★

They are young, they are free -- Iowa City's Ped Mall | The Gazette, Sept. 20, 2009 ★ (See video, and please forgive the poor audio.)

How Davenport police, residents, brought back a neighborhood | The Gazette, Sept. 13, 2009

Homeless man who was shot dead did not threaten deputy, witnesses say | The Gazette, July 26, 2009

Police crack down after violence, attack on officer | The Gazette, April 3, 2009

Local-option sales tax victors ran sophisticated, targeted campaign | The Gazette, March 5, 2009

2008

How volunteers and skilled workers saved the city's water supply | The Gazette, July 7, 2008

What now? C.R. struggles to grasp losses | The Gazette, June 14, 2008

Environment may force changes in geothermal energy systems | The Gazette, Feb. 17, 2008

2007

Defendants in giant Internet prescription case include Dubuque pharmacists | The Gazette, Nov. 25, 2007

Father's Day: African-American fathers who earn it | The Gazette, June 17, 2007

In the war for talent, recruiting minority workers is only half the battle | The Gazette, April 4, 2007

2006

Waterloo spray paint artist takes graffiti to new level with Michelangelo | The Gazette, Sept. 22, 2006