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The Memo: What to know in business this week for Feb. 11

The Number: 280,865

That's how many passengers flew through the Duluth International Airport in 2018, a chunky 13 percent increase from 2017. DLH noted the rise had a role in landing American Airlines, with airport boss Tom Werner saying that more "passenger demand helps us add carriers and routes." So keep flying local and maybe we'll get a Denver flight — or catch that Arizona connection that was such a big focus not that long ago.

The Word: "I have followed God's laws which have many times put me in direct opposition to our nation's laws, particularly when those national laws were no longer protecting the common good of its citizenship, but instead were protecting corporate interests," writes Michele Naar-Obed of Duluth, one of the four activists charged with a felony for turning a valve on Enbridge pipelines in Itasca County last week.

The Lead: The Better Business Bureau is warning folks to watch for scammers taking advantage of Valentine's Day spending — in particular, what they call Flower Fails and Cupid Cons. As ever, the triple-B says to watch for unsolicited calls and innocent-seeming emails and do research on where you're ordering flowers. For those on dating sites, probably don't send strangers money. Let this also serve as your reminder that Valentine's Day is Thursday, and letting your significant other choose their own gift is not a sufficient gift, sources close to this reporter say.

The Happy Hour: Bent Paddle put out a collaboration ale with Portage Brewing Co. of Walker, Minn., this weekend to help raise money for Portage to rebuild its fire-destroyed brewery. It's the Scandihazian, a hazy New England-style Double IPA featuring that hot new Norwegian kveik yeast that has been making a big comeback lately. With any luck, there's some left in the kegs by the time you read this.

The Meeting: Good Morning Lincoln Park!

Their exclamation point, not mine. The Lincoln Park Business Group is hosting the UMD Center for Economic Development for a presentation and Q+A from 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday at the Duluth Folk School. Consultants Mary Lundeen, Jennifer Riden, Curt Walczak and Blaze Zenner will hold forth on financing, websites, marketing and the Student to Business Initiative and answer questions about all that and more. Free for anyone to attend.

The Memo is a weekly roundup of things to know, ya know? Send business news of all kinds to biz@duluthnews.com and give exclamation 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.

(218) 723-5329