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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
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
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.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 21-25
Monday, April 14, 2014
Q&A: Leddy looks to make impact as LMA's new bay project manager
Monday, April 14, 2014
Protecting ash trees while keeping pollinators in mind
Monday, April 14, 2014
Nordstrom plans for Ridgedale move forward
Monday, April 14, 2014
On the Agenda April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Portion of Fernbrook Lane closed for two to three weeks
Monday, April 14, 2014
Prom dress collection underway
Monday, April 14, 2014
Wayzata public schools maintains 'Aaa' bond rating
Monday, April 14, 2014
Volunteers needed
Monday, April 14, 2014
Hammer Residences receives $140K grant for renovations
Monday, April 14, 2014
Former representative, Mound attorney Steve Smith dies
Monday, April 14, 2014
Luce Line horse trail closed until May 15
Monday, April 14, 2014
Orono High School to host 10th-annual Empty Bowls fundraiser
Monday, April 7, 2014
Discussion focuses around marijuana trends
A small group braved last Thursday's spring snowstorm for "Marijuana: A Timely Discussion" at Mound's Gillespie Center. Carol Falkowski, founder of Drug Abuse Dialogues, gave a presentation that drew on decades of cannabis research.

"Marijuana is absolutely addictive," Falkowski said. "This is not really debatable - it's very supported by science."

According to the statistics referenced, in 2012, 2.9 million Americans started illegal drug use, 111 million Americans over the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least once, and 5.4 million used daily in 2012. There are approximately 2.4 million new users every year, roughly 6,600 each day.

While the discussion focused on the consequences associated with heavy use over a period of many years, particularly for young people, Falkowski did explain the cannabis-containing drugs that the FDA has approved.

Monday, April 7, 2014
City faces limited land options with developments
The Metropolitan Council estimates in the next 30 years, the population of Minnetonka will grow by approximately 10,000 to 15,000 people.

However, the amount of available land in which to construct new housing is quite limited.

So, what faces the city as it plans for the future, and what options are there for private developers?

While not dealing with a myriad of choices, there nevertheless are some choices and already decisions are being made as the city realizes available land is quickly disappearing, yet existing sites can still provide answers, although the choices will not be without some difficulty, if not controversy.

Monday, April 7, 2014
Council to look at vacancies in commission
Last month, the Greenwood City Council made its annual appointments for the Planning Commission. However, due to lack of applicants, there are still three vacancies on the commission.

The Planning Commission needs to have four people in order to have a quorum. A full planning commission consists of five members and two alternatives. Currently, there are only four commissioners and no alternatives.

"For various reasons, people are not interested," Mayor Deb Kind said. "I think commonly, it's because they like to travel. It makes it more difficult to travel if you have to work around monthly meetings."

Monday, April 7, 2014
French Park revamp to begin this fall
Monday, April 7, 2014
Arboretum to play host to unique 'Peer Gynt'
Monday, April 7, 2014
Coming clean about stress relief habits
Monday, April 7, 2014
On the Agenda April 8, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Plymouth summer teen volunteer program seeks applicants
Monday, April 7, 2014
Community garden is now accepting registration
Monday, April 7, 2014

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