State aid soon will begin to flow to Northland businesses working to make it through the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced this week that it will partner with two organizations to funnel nearly $3 million into the region's business community as part of its Main Street Economic Revitalization Program.

The Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation Inc., or LISC, will receive $1.24 million to provide grants to businesses in the downtown and Hillside neighborhoods, as well as others in the vicinity of Duluth International Airport.

Meanwhile, the Virginia Community Foundation has been awarded $1.79 million to support portions of the local economy negatively impacted by the pandemic.

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