Brooks Johnson, Forum News Service
DULUTH, Minn.—The Duluth-Superior aviation cluster has reached a comfortable cruising altitude, but it isn't done climbing yet. Local jobs in the industry have grown 39 percent in the past decade as anchors like Cirrus Aircraft and AAR Corp. continue to soar.
DULUTH — If a FitBit can make us better at working out, maybe it can make us better at working, too. That's the basic premise behind a nationwide study looking at work performance using wearables, smartphones and other technology that can track responses to different tasks.
The road to Island Lake is paved with Filipino food. Gnesen Convenience Store on Rice Lake Road is now home to Nanay's Kitchen, a takeout eatery featuring the flavors of the Southeast Asian island nation. "It's just a taste of home you don't have to go to the Philippines to get," said owner Beth Canete, whose family runs the long-standing convenience store.
DULUTH, Minn. — Politely pouncing on American anxiety over politics and health care, the Canadian government is inviting U.S. residents to work and live in northwestern Ontario. "Currently, there are more available jobs than people living in Northwestern Ontario — an opportunity not to be missed," reads a news release that went out Wednesday, June 28, announcing the launch of MovetoNWOntario.ca, an immigration portal and job-search site supported by the provincial and federal governments.
Those kale cravings may get easier to satisfy this winter. Seeds of Success is building a deep-winter greenhouse not far from Denfeld High School, which will extend the growing season recently started by the nearby community garden.
Minnesota Power is partnering with another utility to build a $700 million natural gas power plant in Superior as part of a suite of renewable energy proposals that include new wind and solar generation. “It’s really about giving customers affordable, reliable, less carbon-intensive energy,” Julie Pierce, Minnesota Power vice president of strategy and planning, told the News Tribune this week. “What we’re doing with this is bringing in flexible generation … to back us up.”
The match and toothpick mill in Cloquet, as seen in early 2014. (Pine Journal) Cloquet’s match and toothpick factory is closing, and 85 people will lose their jobs there as a result, owner Newell Brands announced Monday, May 1. The plant produces Diamond matches and toothpicks, a business that New Jersey-based Newell sold last month to Georgia-based Royal Oak Enterprises LLC. The new owners of the brand decided not to take the Cloquet operation with them.
DULUTH — Enbridge calls it “the largest project in our history.” State officials say it “presents significant issues.” Opponents have said it could “desecrate our lands, violate our treaty rights or poison our water.” Another oil pipeline fight is heating up.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Enbridge has closed on its $1.5 billion purchase of a stake in the contentious Dakota Access pipeline. Enbridge Energy Partners said in a news release Wednesday it acquired the 27.6 percent interest in the project “as final conditions have now been met.”
DULUTH, Minn. -- The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, and the North American Free Trade Agreement already appears to be on life support. Better known as TPP and NAFTA, much has been written and said about the national implications of these trade deals. But what does Minnesota stand to gain — or lose — if President Donald Trump follows through on stated plans to tax Mexican imports and renegotiate NAFTA with Canada?