Core Learning grows

Duluth Core Learning has moved into a new space, increasing the number of students it can help.

Its new location at 4801 Burning Tree Road will continue offering tutoring for children and adults who face gaps in learning, according to a news release.

The center doesn’t require its students to undergo repetitive practice, a common teaching tool that tutors deploy. Instead the center uses an alternative approach: by strengthening underlying skills that enable efficient learning, the news release said.

The center highlighted some figures from the International Dyslexic Association showing the range of need for services:

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  • Over 13% of school-aged children having a learning disability.

  • Of these, 5-9% qualify for and then receive support through a school’s special education program.

  • 40% of high school graduates lack literacy skills employers want.

Credit scores may be shifting

The company behind FICO scores is tweaking how it calculates the widely used score, according to New York Times reporting.

The changes will likely affect credit scores, but the type of impact depends on the status of your score.

In good standings? You may see your score slightly increase. Not in the best standings? Your score may slightly decrease.

Calculation tweaks are done every few years, the New York Times reported, and are based on consumer behavior and other patterns.

Speaking of other fun things

… It’s tax season!

If you make less than $56,000 annually, Community Action Duluth is helping people and families prepare their income tax returns. This includes federal, Minnesota and Wisconsin tax returns, according to a news release.

The free service opened last week and runs Mondays and Tuesdays starting at 4 p.m. and Saturdays starting at 8 a.m. Community Action is at 2424 W. 5th St. in West Duluth.

Taxes are due April 15.

Rural broadband

There was much fanfare in late January when Gov. Tim Walz rolled out $23 million in rural broad grants.

But what does that mean for businesses?

Access to high speed internet is paramount for rural small businesses, Business News Daily reports. Quicker internet may speed up production for some businesses.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses points out another factor that comes with increasing rural broadband: businesses' investment in new cities.

Larger companies may select to invest in towns with higher internet speeds as it impacts their ability to translate large amounts of data, according to the NFIB.

Kelly Busche covers business and the health care industry for the Duluth News Tribune. She’s looking forward to fiber optic internet expanding to more cities.