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The Memo: What to know in business this week for July 17

The Number: 3

That's the ranking CNBC gave Minnesota in this year's annual "America's Top States for Business" list. Our quality of life and education systems help outweigh a high cost of doing business and cost of living, with the network saying about us: "You get what you pay for." Washington state took first, but having lived and reported on business in the Evergreen State, I find this highly suspect. Then Georgia squeezed by us for second place, which, good for them I guess. But the top three do have one key thing in common — all have a place named Duluth.

The Word: "For years it was viewed as a private club. We want to change the airport's public perception," said Tom Werner, executive director of the Duluth Airport Authority, during a Northern Aero Alliance meeting last week. He was referring to Sky Harbor and efforts to open up that public airfield to the public, like that recent 4K there. Fingers crossed for free seaplane rides to come.

The Lead: For a few minutes last week I was convinced that DLH now has direct flights between Duluth and Toronto — there was an arrival time listed on the airport's web page for United 7057 on Thursday from the Canadian metropolis. But that route is between Copenhagen and Zurich, prompting a deeper internet search spiral. The mystery was solved, like many mysteries, by asking a question: The airport says the flight is actually Air Canada and a customer of AAR Corp.

The Happy Hour: If you've ever eaten anything prepared by Nyanyika Banda, then get ready for your new favorite restaurant. Martha's Daughter is taking over the former Coney Island space on Superior Street, with an opening likely later this year. Banda tells me there's not much to share just yet as details come into focus, but I'll let you know when I know, you know?

The Meeting: Get on the ballot

Maybe procrastination will play well with voters: Tuesday is the deadline to file for a spot on the Duluth City Council and School Board ballot this fall; four seats are open on each. Get on down to City Hall and file in person by the end of the day, unless you're looking forward to the thrilling challenge of a write-in campaign.

The Memo is a weekly roundup of things to know, ya know? Send business news of all kinds to and give thrilling business reporter Brooks Johnson a call every now and then at 218-723-5329.

Brooks Johnson

Brooks is an investigative reporter and business columnist at the Duluth News Tribune.

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