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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Area's gender wage gap largest in Minnesota
The Minnesota House of Representatives' passage of the Women's Economic Security Act last Wednesday marked a legislative milestone for female workers, particularly those in the communities surrounding Lake Minnetonka, which collectively have the largest gender-wage gap in the state.

"While the area has higher than average incomes for men and women, the gender gap measured in percentage terms is also among the largest in the state," said James Robins of Robins Consulting, citing the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and its five-year estimates (2008-2012). "Women are paid only 67 percent as much as men- the largest percentage gap measured in the expanded 11-county Twin Cities area."

Robins found that the overall gap is more than $25,000, compared with the state's average of $10,771.

According to the survey's economic characteristics for Senate District 33, which comprises the lakeshore communities, male, full-time, year-round workers reported median earnings of $75,672, between 2008 and 2012. During that same period, their full-time, year-round working female counterparts reported median earnings of $50,665.

Monday, April 14, 2014
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Students uniquely combat AIS
When Tom Lecy graduated from Minnetonka High School in 2012, he was gearing up to start college at St. Thomas in the fall, but that wasn't enough.

With his fellow Skipper alum Nick Baumgard, Lecy decided to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and start his own business.

The business, called Lakescape, LLC, is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources certified lake service provider that removes lakeweed through a scuba diving method where the divers pull the weeds from the roots.

Monday, April 14, 2014
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TCF Bank relocation to begin in June
The relocating of several current TCF Bank locations into one facility in Plymouth is projected to be a positive move for the company and at the same time, should impose no noticeable changes to the city of Plymouth whether physical or financial.

TCF recently signed a 10-year lease to occupy roughly half of a building of approximately 630,000 square feet at 1405 Xenium Lane that is just east of I-494 and south of County Road 6.

Currently, TCF has six locations throughout the Twin Cities and roughly 1,500 employees from those six locations will relocate to the Plymouth facility, said TCF spokesperson Mark Goldman.

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Skippers pick up where they left off, start season 2-1
While many high school baseball teams have yet to play a regular season game this spring, the Minnetonka Skippers were fortunate enough to get three games in last week, thanks in part to the artificial turf on Veterans Field that allowed school officials to easily clear snow away.

"We're also fortunate to have the dome over our football field so we were able to practice there while the weather was bad," Skippers senior shortstop Luke Pettersen said.

Pettersen, who will follow in his older brother A.J.'s footsteps and play baseball at the University of Minnesota next year, headlines a group of 17 seniors on Minnetonka's roster this year.

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Area teams back on the track
The Orono and Blake track and field teams got a chance to see how they stack up against quality competition for the first time this spring when they competed in the Lakeville North Mega Meet on Saturday, April 12.

The Orono girls' team took first place in two events and finished in 10th place out of 15 teams.

Senior Stephanie Knight dominated the field in the 800 meters as her time of 2 minutes and 19.89 seconds gave her a winning margin of more than five seconds.

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Your Life
Jeff Fisher's world of imagination
As customers push their carts through Cub Foods at 4801 County Road 101 in Minnetonka, it may look like a run-of-the-mill grocery store, that is until the come face to face with an actual windmill.

Currently on display among the tulips is a 12-foot, handcrafted clay paper windmill. The experience gives customers a little taste of Holland in Minnetonka.

The brainchild behind the windmill is General Merchandise Manager Jeff Fisher. The modest Minnetonka man thought the windmill accompanying the tulips would be a nice way to welcome spring.

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Film review: Despite quirks, 'Draft Day' is no bust
The movie "Draft Day" revolves around Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) and his struggle to rebuild the Cleveland Browns on draft day. He must make decisions and sacrifices that will affect the outcomes of hundreds of young football players, and the people closest to him.

The movie is different than most sports movies; it follows the management of sports - the men and women behind the scenes. Viewers will find this unique perspective to be interesting and insightful. The NFL rakes in billions of dollars every year, but so little is known about the dealings that go on to make it happen. "Draft Day" shows that being an NFL GM can be just as demanding being an NFL player.

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