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The Memo: What to know in business this week for April 15

The Number: 63 percent

That's how many rural Minnesotans "feel their communities are doing a sufficient job with economic development," compared with 75 percent of those in urban areas (including Duluth). That's according to a study from the Blandin Foundation that overall finds better fortunes — or at least that perception — in urban areas compared to rural. Although the mood is improving, especially when it comes to living-wage opportunities.

The Word: "As one of this delegation's newest members, I was excited to bring my A game to the best tradition on Capitol Hill," said Rep. Pete Stauber, whose Top the Tater-inspired entry in this year's Minnesota Congressional Delegation hotdish competition was bested by Rep. Betty McCollum's. The 8th District last had a win with Rep. Chip Cravaack's creation in 2012 — maybe constituents can help workshop our way back to the title over the next year?

The Lead: The Mine Safety and Health Administration recently issued an order to Cleveland-Cliffs after alleging that "loose material was observed falling from a partially frozen, blasted surface bank at the company's (Northshore) mine in Minnesota," according to a filing by Cliffs, which said there was no accident or injury and no likely "material adverse impact" at the mine's operations. "The order further alleged that the material had thawed because of warmer weather temperatures and had fallen to the area below due to an unmaintained catch bench. The company removed equipment and restricted access to the area. The company is considering its legal options and may dispute the issuance of the order."

The Listing: A quick glance at Hermantown listings can turn into a long scroll through luxury, if sticker shock doesn't scare you off. There's a six-bed, five-bath with a wraparound porch on an acre on Trails End Drive for $599,900 (doesn't $600,000 just sound like so much more?). Built in 2008 — that's brand-new by Twin Ports standards, though just a hair newer than average for Hermantown — you could lose a litter of children in these walls. Don't, uh, do that, obviously.

The Meeting: Hanging in H-Town

Speaking of H-Town — that's what the cool kids call it, right? Check out a Business After Hours event at Centricity Credit Union, 4477 Lavaque Road, from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday. And check out www.hermantownchamber.com to register.

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