Duluth, MN Business

Enbridge fails to meet aquifer cleanup deadline in Minnesota

Enbridge has failed to meet a deadline set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for cleaning up a site where an aquifer ruptured during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline. The DNR had given the company until Friday to repair the damage to the artesian aquifer near Clearbrook.
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Daily Telegram

99-year old WWII vet revisits the type of plane he trained in

When Ward Wages, 99, sat in the cockpit of the PBY Catalina stored on the tarmac at Superior's Richard I Bong Memorial Airport, it was the first time he had been in that type of plane since 1943. Built in the days before pilots could control an aircraft with the...
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Brainerd Dispatch

Study indicates Duluth could prosper as port of call for cruise ships

DULUTH — As the port of Duluth weighs the merits of investing substantially in a cruise ship terminal or some more modest facility to process international travelers, a recently published analysis could help guide local decision-makers. The report concluded that the cruise ship industry potentially could bring dozens of jobs and millions of dollars in new annual revenues to the Twin Ports region in time.

A City In Minnesota Is Actually Willing To Pay People To Move There

Many cities and towns through out the United States see a fluctuation of residents leaving and moving in, but sometimes you have to think outside the box to attract people to want to move there in the first place. Duluth has always struggled to hold on to new graduates to stay and work here when they are done with school and also to attract younger working professionals.
FOX 21 Online

Duluth Retailers are Now Charging for Bags

DULUTH, Minn.- Starting today, retail stores in Duluth will begin charging shoppers five cents for each plastic bag needed for their purchase. To improve the city’s environmental waste, the Duluth City Council passed the ordinance to be effective April 1st of last year but is only now going into effect due to the pandemic.
Duluth News Tribune

Northland groups will receive nearly $3 million to assist businesses

State aid soon will begin to flow to Northland businesses working to make it through the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced this week that it will partner with two organizations to funnel nearly $3 million into the region's business community as part of its Main Street Economic Revitalization Program.

Lake Superior condos proposed in Duluth

A Duluth developer has pitched a 16-unit condominium building, called “The Breakers” on the shores of Lake Superior. Kelly joined Finance & Commerce in late 2020 as an economic developer reporter. She's a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she double majored in journalism and political science. During her time there, she worked at the student-ran newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, and eventually became the paper's editor in chief. She's held internships with APM Reports, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Star Tribune. After graduation, Kelly joined the Duluth News Tribune, covering health and business.
Duluth News Tribune

Great Lakes' shipping's 'untapped potential': Duluth-Superior port sees opportunity in crisis

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority announced this week it would begin accepting maritime cargo containers at its Clure Public Marine Terminal for the first time. Until now, the Port Authority and its multimodal service with Lake Superior Warehousing, Duluth Cargo Connect, could only handle cargo containers moving through the terminal on rail and truck, not off ships.
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Regulators say former Duluth paper mill owner must continue paying Minnesota Power

DULUTH – State regulators say the former owner of Duluth's paper mill owes Minnesota Power ongoing payments despite the sale of the mill earlier this year. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 on Thursday to order Verso Corp. to "continue full minimum firm demand payments" through January 2023. Those payments are part of a disputed power sales contract between Verso and Minnesota Power that the Duluth-based utility asked the PUC to interpret.
Duluth News Tribune

Regulators approve Minnesota Power plan to sell land around reservoirs

Minnesota regulators approved Minnesota Power's plan to sell lots it leases along several of its reservoirs north of Duluth. The five-member Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a plan by the Duluth-based utility to sell the land around Island Lake, Fish Lake and Whiteface reservoirs to the nearly 900 leaseholders — a move the company estimates would generate approximately $100 million.
Duluth News Tribune

Reader's View: Big oil corporations should pay for environmental projects

It’s frustrating to watch our elected representatives in Congress try and fail (so far) to create the infrastructure legislation we need to ensure that everyone will be able to enjoy Minnesota’s beautiful lakes, rivers and forests far into the future. One of the issues that's holding up this legislation is figuring out who is going to pay for the massive environmental projects that we need to start working on right now.
Kansas City Star

Tourism rebounds in ‘recovery year’ that Duluth, Minnesota, needed

DULUTH, Minn. – The summer's tourism traffic here picked up where 2019 left off as hotels filled up and visitors embraced the return of major events and weekend getaways. And with fall colors peaking in northern Minnesota, the crowds aren't thinning just yet. "It was the recovery year we needed,"...