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Income in Minnesota falls relative to other states

Minnesota's median income no longer ranks in the top ten states nationwide, and experts say it could point to a bigger trend. One analyst tells MPR it could be a sign that other states are having more success at building industries and wealth.
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Minnesota's median income no longer ranks in the top ten states nationwide, and experts say it could point to a bigger trend. One analyst tells MPR it could be a sign that other states are having more success at building industries and wealth.

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