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The Memo: Miner's Inc. under new leadership

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Patrick Miner, left, and Jim Miner Jr.
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DULUTH — After 55 years, Miner's Inc. President Jim Miner Jr. will be passing the torch to new President Patrick Miner. The four-generation family-owned company is parent to Super One Foods, Marketplace Foods, County Market, Ace Hardware and Super One Liquors.

The Miner family opened its first store nearly 80 years ago. Since the 1940s, it continued to expand throughout the region. The company employs more than 3,000 people in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan at its 32 retail grocery stores, one hardware store, 11 liquor stores, distribution center and trucking division. The newest addition is a 38,000 square-foot grocery store and 8,000 square-foot liquor store in Crosby.

In his new role as president, Patrick Miner will oversee internal operations, contribute to sales innovations, formulate plans for strategic business development, help build customer relationships, and maximize the company's operating performance to achieve its financial goals, according to a news release. In addition, he will continue to lead the store development team charged with future store acquisitions and expansions. Jim Miner Jr. will continue to lead the company as its chief executive officer.

“My dad and grandfather would be very proud of what my siblings, our children and our entire team have accomplished," Jim Miner, Jr. said in a news release. "The values and work ethic instilled in all of us led to strong results; and we were able to grow in a very competitive environment.”

Duluth tourism tax applications now open

DULUTH —The city of Duluth has opened the application process for tourism tax allocations from July 13 until Aug. 12. Interested applicants can apply by visiting forms.duluthmn.gov/Forms/tourism-tax. Tourism taxes generally support over 20 Duluth attractions each year. Funding recommendations are brought before the City Council for approval.


“If there’s one thing that’s abundantly clear about the tourism industry, it’s that the partners within it care a great deal about this city, its residents, and its many visitors,” Senior Economic Developer Tricia Hobbs said in a news release. “This is an opportunity for organizations to tell their story. To tell the community what you do, why you do it, and how your work supports our tourism industry. I would encourage all qualified entities to look into this application process."

In an effort to improve transparency on how allocations are made, the application process was implemented in 2017. It has improved the city’s ability to better understand the need for tourism dollars while allowing organizations the opportunity to apply for funding. Past recipients are required to report back on that funding’s impact.

Brielle Bredsten The Memo

Brielle Bredsten is the business reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Professional Writing & Technical Communication, with minors in Advertising and Creative Writing from Metropolitan State University, in addition to a two-year professional paid internship as reporter/editor of the student newspaper.

She is an award-winning professional writer, photographer and editor based in rural Minnesota. Over the past decade, Brielle Bredsten has contributed more than 1,000 articles, feature stories, non-profit press-releases, photographs and columns. Her work has been published in several community newspapers.

Send her story tips, feedback or just say hi at bbredsten@duluthnews.com.
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