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The Memo: What to know in business this week for August 21

The Number: 1,759

Through the end of July, that's how many vessel transits have been made through the St. Lawrence Seaway this year, a 10.2 percent increase from the same stretch in 2016. American laker traffic was down in July, however, meaning Canadian ships and international salties are accounting for an increasing share of those transits, those scoundrels.

The Word: "Some say to fight climate change — which we must do — we have to leave our energy industry and the working people who are part of that industry behind. Any climate plan that ignores our energy needs and the working people who depend on that is not a plan," Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said while touring the Canadian side of Enbridge's Line 3 replacement pipeline construction.

The Lead: We're going to stay on a Canadian theme, so here's some news out of Thunder Bay: The Northwestern Ontario tourism economy brings in 604 million loonies per year ($478 million in U.S. dollars), and no doubt many Minnesotans contribute to that sum. The biggest city on the big lake said it's important for businesses to be "knowledgeable and helpful" to keep the tourism industry cruising. "Business aside, it's the people that make our city a desirable place to visit, and we all need to be warm and welcoming toward Thunder Bay visitors," says a Community Economic Development Commission report.

The Happy Hour: The hours have been scaled way back at the Blind Pig, the Superior Street pub that has been put on the market after not quite a year in business. No lunch, no last call, no lights on at all Monday and Tuesday — just 4-11 or 4 to midnight Wednesdays through Sundays.

The Meeting: Eclipse

With any luck you'll be able to leave work this afternoon to get a glimpse of the partial solar eclipse passing over the region. With a lot of luck you'll be on a kayak, as the Duluth Experience is hosting a dozen folks on a tour that culminates in viewing the moon moving in front of the sun from Lake Superior. For the landlocked, try to get outside between 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and definitely don't schedule any meetings for 1:07 p.m., when the moon moves closest to the center of the sun from our vantage point.

The Memo is a weekly roundup of things to know, ya know? Send business news of all kinds to and give Canada-adjacent 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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