State transportation officials are highlighting the number of Minnesotans who live near oil train routes just as the Dayton administration is pushing for safety improvements. The Department of Transportation estimates more than 300,000 people - about 1 in 17 Minnesotans - live within a half-mile of routes that move oil from North Dakota.
Minnesota's labor force topped 3 million as unemployment remained at its low level for the seventh month in a row. The state economic development agency says employers added nearly 12,000 jobs in February, mostly in trade, transportation and utilities and hospitality and leisure.
Most of Minnesota is now officially in drought. Thursday's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 88 percent of Minnesota is in a moderate drought. That's a huge jump from just 5 percent last week.
Two people have been arrested following a brief chase with law enforcement through county roads and a field in southeastern Minnesota. Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson says a 15-minute chase ensued Wednesday evening after State Patrol troopers spotted a stolen pickup truck near Oronoco.
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