Get your networking on

The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a networking event Tuesday night.

It's from 4:30-6 p.m. at the new Tru by Hilton located at 503 Clearwood Dr.

The event kicks off the chamber's first After Hours event this year and includes a cash bar, appetizers and guided tours.

Besides all the fun that comes with networking, you will be able to register for a free night's stay at the Tru hotel.

Register on the chamber's website,

Agriculture grant

Seemingly every week, there's a new grant to write about.

This week's grant is out of Wisconsin and is for farmers and agriculturally related businesses.

A total of $300,000 is up for grabs, with projects receiving up to $50,000.

The grants are for individuals, groups or businesses involved in production agriculture; food processing, warehousing and distribution; retail food establishments or agricultural tourism operations, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

More information is available on the department's website,

Minn. a leader in boat sales

But we're not surprised by this, of course.

The number of boats sold in Minnesota increased by 6% from 2017 to 2018. This was $861 million in sales, according to a recent news release from the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

This places Minnesota in fifth place. Florida, Texas, Michigan and North Carolina lead our state in boat sales.

As for more updated figures: last year's sales of new boats held steady across the U.S., with 280,000 units sold.

However, freshwater fishing boats — the boats that truly matter to us in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" — sales are expected to be down 7% to 69,000 boats in 2019.

Workforce population to decline

Have you ever wondered what percentage of the population will be of working age in 10 years? In 20 years?

Thankfully, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development answered this oddly specific question.

DEED used demographer data to project what percent of the population will be of working age in each Minnesota county.

And it found that St. Louis County's numbers are expected to fall by 2030.

This year, over 57% of the total population in the county is of working age (from 20-64 years old), which is predicted to fall to around 53% over the next decade. But, in 2040, it's expected to increased slightly to 54%.

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