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Dee DePass is a business reporter covering commercial real estate for the Star Tribune. She previously covered manufacturing, 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.


New overtime pay rules start July 1. Employers say that's too soon.

While several business groups bemoaned the change, employment advocates and job placement experts applauded the update, saying it was long overdue.


At one point, Black income grew the fastest of any race in Minnesota, but disparities persist

The 2008 Great Recession hit Black Minnesotans the hardest, and it took them the longest to recover. Such income disproportion concerns Black leaders, state officials and economists who noted half of Black wage earners in the state still don't make enough to live comfortably.


A tale of two Lake Streets: One recovering, one frozen in 2020

Four years after George Floyd's murder, Lake Street sees progress, but there are many stalled projects such as the former Gandhi Mahal Restaurant building.


Ryan will equip worksites with Narcan as more construction companies address mental health

The Minneapolis-based developer worked with a White House effort to address overdoses. The industry has one of the highest rates of opioid abuse, federal statistics show.


Minnesota bankruptcy law firm files for bankruptcy after losing fight with another bankruptcy firm

The St. Cloud firm, one of the oldest bankruptcy law firms in the state, lost a fight involving Google Ads.


Richfield construction subcontractor sentenced for insurance fraud

Fabian Espinosa, owner of Richfield-based Fabian Espinosa Construction LLC, faces three years' probation.


Minneapolis City Council votes to delay start of rideshare wage ordinance

The council voted unanimously Thursday to push the start date of a new policy to July 1, saying it will give new rideshare companies time to start up and fill gaps if Uber and Lyft leave the city.


Uber, Lyft drivers support Minneapolis City Council's postponement of pay ordinance

They also introduced two new rideshare companies that could be entering the Twin Cities market.


If Uber, Lyft leave Minneapolis, nearly a dozen rideshare firms ready to fill the void

Companies ranging from startups like Elam Baer's MyWeels to Empower and Wridz have invested in Minnesota.


Uber, Lyft drivers using Hertz program told to return cars, leaving gap before May 1 pullout

The move leaves drivers wondering what their future options will be.