A shortage of spottail shiner minnows is causing a ripple effect across north-central Minnesota, frustrating anglers and worrying bait dealers who rely on the fish for a significant portion of their revenue.
Nikki Darrington has her dream job, working as a soil conservationist for the National Resources Conservation Service in Watford City. But the mother of two had to postpone her start date by two months while she waited for child care to become available, after being on the waiting list for 1½ years.
Ready or not, Minnesota health-care providers will face a slew of newly insured patients within the next year and a half, state Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said on Friday. The question of whether the state will be ready dominated a panel discussion Jesson led on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota Medical School.
A helium shortage has made it more expensive to provide balloons for high school graduation parties. The floral director at Hugo’s grocery store at Grand Forks said there’s been a shortage since Valentine’s Day.
State is the main U.S. source for fresh winter tomatoes, and its growers lost some 70 percent of their crop during January’s prolonged cold snap. Wholesale prices are up nearly five times over last year. That means you can say goodbye to the beefsteak tomatoes on that burger and prepare to pay more than usual for the succulent wedges in your salad.
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