Dee DePass | Star Tribune
Reporter | Manufacturing

Dee DePass is a business reporter for the Star Tribune. She spent the last four years covering Minnesota's manufacturing and mining industries. She previously covered the economy, workplace issues and banking.

Originally from the East Coast, Dee earned her undergraduate degree at Vassar College and a master's degree in journalism at the University of Maryland. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, fitness, reading, and being an adjunct journalism professor.


Polaris' 20% hike in snowmobile sales helped a lackluster quarter

Polaris Industries Inc.'s first-quarter profit fell 13%. If it were not for a long winter boosting snowmobile sales, the results would have been worse.Polaris saw…


FAA grounds Cirrus jets made in Duluth after malfunctions

Sensor problem in the Model SF50 jets similar to those being investigated in connection with Boeing Max 737 crashes. Cirrus notified owners of the seven-seater, single-engine jets late last week of the need to get them repaired.


Defense tech giant spending $2M to expand in Plymouth, hire 60

Northrop Grumman is seeing more demand for smart artillery shells.


Cleveland-Cliffs drops lawsuit against Minnesota DNR

Cliffs keeps lawsuit against Mesabi Metallics, claiming trespassing at Nashwauk mine site.


Judge grants two convicted in Starkey fraud case a second prison delay

Convicted in the Starkey fraud case, the two must now report on June 3.


How robots turned an Arden Hills box maker into minimalists

Smarter packaging designs use less material, spare landfills and cut pollution.


Apogee posts loss for fourth quarter

Building glass maker cites weather woes and costs tied to EFCO acquisition.


Winter weather blamed for disappointing quarter at Pentair, sending stock down 14 percent

The company also downgraded its full-year guidance as a result of the earnings miss.


3M Design unveils in Italy a tower inspired by nature

"A Pinnacle of Reflection" was built with architect Matteo Thun & Partners using Maplewood-based 3M's reflective films and other optical materials.


As competition for skilled workers heats up, manufacturers improve health benefits

As manufacturers compete for skilled workers, they are getting more generous with health benefits.