The Number: Six

That’s how many passengers who were delayed flying from Duluth to Minneapolis due to the weather last week took advantage of the just-launched airport-to-airport bus service, Landline. The company had an extra bus at the airport for their launch celebration to make the emergency (and complimentary) run, how nice! See, it’s not all bad news out there.

The Word: “We found that first responders may not have all the information they need to safely respond to incidents at these facilities. We recommended, among other things, that (the Department of Homeland Security) provide first responders with better access to this information,” writes the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office in a report on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program. The program, which among other things makes sensitive information like worst-case scenario data on hydrogen fluoride at refineries harder to reach than other public datasets, is set to sunset in April 2020. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in a hearing last week: “Our goal should be to lessen the burden on regulated facilities while still enhancing the national security of the United States.”

The Lead: The workforce pipeline runs right through you — if you sign up to take part in Mentor Connection. Local college students get paired with Twin Ports business types and get plugged into the local scene through events and general mentorship. This is your chance to grab our skilled local graduates before they flee to the Cities — or at least convince them to come back when they realize that traffic is just the worst. Check out to sign up; space is limited.

The Listing: The eastern stretch of London Road is stocked with nice homes on both sides, but if you’ve ever driven that stretch and wondered how much more the lakeside homes sell for, try $550,000. It varies up and down the road, but a pair of current listings and two recently sold properties directly across from each other show that’s a pretty standard cost to cross London Road.

The Meeting: WDBC

It’s Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce President David Ross’ turn to speak at the monthly West Duluth Business Club luncheon, so head down to Mr. D’s at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday to hear what he’s got to say. And if you can’t make this one, the group meets every second Wednesday at the same time, same place, check it out.

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