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Hey buddy: Wanna buy a bowling alley? If you can drum up the cash, Country Lanes North, a 24-lane bowling center operating in the shadow of Duluth's Miller Hill Mall, could be yours. The business, at 2327 Mountain Shadow Drive, is up for sale at an asking price of $2.4 million, according to an item that recently appeared in the online version of Inc. magazine. Country Lanes North actually is more than just a 23,000-square-foot bowling establishment. It also boasts three outdoor sand volleyball courts, two bars, a restaurant and a pro shop.
Cirrus Aircraft is making inroads into Japan. This week the company announced a partnership with Lotus Air Corp.
Fewer people have been flying into and out of Duluth this year. In the first six months of 2008, Duluth International Airport saw 23.5 percent less traffic than last year. In all, 126,285 passengers passed through the airport between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2009, compared with 165,107 during the same period last year. Earl Rogers, owner of Duluth Travel, said the decline is largely a result of conservative spending in the face of a tough economy. "A fair number of people are doing OK. They're still working. But they're watching their dollars very carefully.
Figures released Tuesday showed that unemployment in the three-county Duluth-Superior metropolitan area climbed into double digits for the first time since the 1980s. In all, 10.3 percent of workers in St.
Fewer people have been flying into and out of Duluth this year. During the first six months of 2008, Duluth International Airport saw 23.5 percent less traffic than last year. In all, 126,285 passengers passed through the airport between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2009, versus 165,107 during the same period last year. Earl Rogers, owner of Duluth Travel, said the decline is largely a result of conservative spending in the face of a tough economy. "A fair number of people are doing OK. They're still working. But they're watching their dollars very carefully.
More homes were sold in the Duluth area in June than a year ago, but they are fetching lower prices, real estate statistics reveal. A total of 224 Northland homes were sold in June 2009 -- nearly 11 percent more than the 202 sold during the same month last year, according to the Duluth Area Association of Realtors. "I think we're seeing a little more activity because of the first-time homebuyer incentives being offered," said Pat Johnson, president of the association and a broker for the Focus Real Estate group. But home prices are notably softer than they were a year ago.
A hit national television show has asked a Duluth contractor to build a new home for a deserving area family -- and to do it for free. Builders Common-wealth announced Monday that it was selected for the job by "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," a popular ABC program that picks out families in need and organizes community efforts to replace their homes. Five families were considered but the program isn't saying who has been selected.
While some developers may view wetlands as a bane, Marshall Weems is inclined to treat them as a blessing. At least that's the tack he's taking as his firm, Mission Development, works to attract image-conscious retailers, restaurateurs and hoteliers to a delicate portion of Duluth. This spring, Mission Development was successful in its quest to get land near Kohl's Department Store rezoned from R-1 residential to C-5 commercial.
Gary Willson, manager of the Traveler's Inn in Eureka Springs, Ark., rented out nearly his entire 58-room motel to the Hells Angels for five days in 2007, and he would do it again. "They were better behaved than some of the church groups we've had in here," he said. Overall, Willson said the Hells Angels' visit was a plus for Eureka Springs. "It did stimulate the town's economy," he said, adding: "There were no problems until they were about to leave." Mike Szczebak, an employee of the Top Hat, a Missoula, Mont., bar popular last year with the Hells Angels, reported no trouble as a result
Minnesota reported the loss of another 16,700 jobs in June, and the Northland has been hit particularly hard, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. In the past 12 months ending June 30, St. Louis, Douglas and Carlton counties have cumulatively shed 4.1 percent of their jobs. That compares with job losses of 3.7 percent in the Twin Cities metro area, 1.8 percent in the St.