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.


Minnesota jobs agency, hit by wave of claims, asks new filers to follow schedule

DEED is trying to smooth out the volume of filing of jobless claims. More were filed in the last two weeks than in all of 2019.


From kayaks to face shields: Minnesota companies switch gears to fight coronavirus

Versare Solutions pivoted to retail screens, Lightning Kayak to face shields.


Empty shelves mean suppliers like Arden Hills' Delkor are adding workers

Delkor makes food packaging machines, and order are up from Hormel to Blue Bunny ice cream.


GM, Ford plans to retool include 3M and Twin City Die Castings

Other companies also forming partnerships to meet the needs of health care providers.


Minnesota factories still churning out goods despite coronavirus

Factories are trying to protect employees, reconfigure their operations


3M doubles production of respiratory masks, warns of counterfeits

Two other Minnesota factories start producing thousands of COVID-19 test kits and ventilator parts.


Minnesota's taconite plants trying to stay open despite coronavirus effects

Ore plants and workers are juggling a new world of fear, no school and strict sick leave, plus the temporary loss of one of its biggest markets.


Sick leave, sales strategies shift as Minn. small businesses brace for coronavirus

Sick leave, deliveries and sales strategies shift as employers try to adjust and prepare.


Iron Range producer Cleveland Cliffs buys AK Steel in stock exchange deal

Deal creates combined firm that can now both mine and convert iron ore into steel.


Coronavirus outbreak will disrupt production of popular SUVs, light trucks

National Truck Summit in Minneapolis highlighted how the industry already has been affected by the outbreak.