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The Memo: What to know in business this week for April 16

The Number: $9,068

That, on average, is how much less Minnesota women make per year compared to men, according to a recent analysis by the National Partnership for Women & Families. For women of color the gap is even wider — $22,000 and $25,000 for black and latina working women, respectively. The study identifies the consequences of this problem pretty succinctly: "These lost wages mean women and their families have less money to support themselves, save and invest for the future and spend on goods and services. Families, businesses and the economy suffer as a result."

The Word

"Based on our available records, neither you nor your friends logged into 'This Is Your Digital Life.' As a result, it doesn't appear your Facebook information was shared with Cambridge Analytica," reads a Facebook Help Center page that counts me among the lucky ones. Cambridge Analytica scooped up extensive data on 89 million users of the ubiquitous social media site and used it to finely tune political ads to really get in our heads and drive us even further apart than social media has managed on its own. Find out if you were caught under the data vacuum at

The Lead

Whoa it's the tax deadline on Tuesday already? Time flies when you filed in February. Now I know no one likes a bragger, but having quite a bit more withholding than necessary makes me look forward to tax season rather than dread it, and early filing = early refund. But everyone's different, and I don't give tax advice, so actually forget I said anything.

The Happy Hour

That 7 West Tap House is taking over the world, I tell ya. The burgers-and-beers joint is opening a location in Mankato, according to the Free Press, marking the fifth location for the downtown Duluth original that also has locations near Miller Hill Mall, in downtown Superior and in St. Cloud. The new spot will include pizza, wings and a full liquor license. So if you find yourself in Mankato on a trip to, uh, do whatever people do there, here's a little taste of home. (Be sure to track down the local Mad Butcher IPA too.)

The Meeting: Have beer, will network

Get some quality elbow-bumping time in the spacious new digs of Bent Paddle Brewing Co. at 1832 W. Michigan St. this week. From 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday the taproom's new location will open its doors for a Chamber Fusion after-hours networking event. Register at

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

Brooks Johnson

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

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