Dee DePass | Star Tribune
Reporter | Manufacturing

Dee DePass covers the manufacturing industry for the Star Tribune with an eye toward new products and technology, job growth and distribution developments in Minnesota.


Report: Great Lakes shipping contributes $1.4 billion to Minnesota economy

Shipping along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway added $1.4 billion and 6,161 jobs to Minnesota's economy last year, according to a yearlong study released Wednesday.The…


Minnesota DNR terminates billionaire's mineral lease near Grand Rapids for unpaid debt

State threatens new owner Tom Clark's lease because of unpaid $34,200 bill.


Strength of Iron Range recovery surprising to longtime locals

With taconite plants running again, the Iron Range is open for business. Each mining job can lead to three more to support it, the IRRRB says.


North Dakota oil production has record May

Rise in output and prices boosts industry.


Cirque du Soleil buys local VStar Entertainment to expand into children's shows

VStar, which will remain in Fridley, produces kid-friendly touring shows.


Scott E. Burpee, restaurant worker who loved a good prank, dies at 57

Scott E. Burpee wasn’t too keen on spinach. But he loved peanut butter, English muffin pizzas, orange pop and a good prank. The best days…


Boating industry says it will take a hit from tariffs

After a blockbuster year, trade war could put the brakes on U.S. boating industry.


Bizzy Coffee and its caffeinated shots fueling move to Brooklyn Center space

Bizzy Coffee, already Amazon's No. 1 vendor of cold-brew coffee, is moving to Brooklyn Center and doubling its space as it pushes to expand into restaurants and sports stadiums.


Polaris completes $805 million purchase of pontoon maker

Polaris Industries Inc. has completed its largest acquisition ever, closing on the $805 million deal for pontoon maker Boat Holdings LLC.The move puts Polaris back…


Midwest manufacturing growth slows, but still strong

Minnesota, Midwest saw an increase in June, but the rate has slowed.