Mobile sauna

Duluth’s newest mobile sauna, Cedar and Stone Nordic Sauna, has found its semi-forever home: at The Inn on Lake Superior.

The News Tribune profiled the business a few months back, when we reported that it will offer individual and group saunas with a focus on health.

Founder Justin Juntunen said he believes the practice of sauna is one of the best experiences of the north.

It will be open Thursdays through Mondays, or by appointment for groups, according to a news release.

“In the early 1900’s Duluth’s Canal Park was referred to by locals as ‘FinnTown’ since there were so many Finnish immigrants that lived here. At the time there were multiple community saunas running,” Juntunen wrote. “We are reviving that tradition and living into Duluth’s current outdoor and wellness culture.”

Not a coffee fan?

You’re in luck.

Last week, Duluth-based Boomerang Energy Inc. launched its new energy drink called Boomerang.

The company has experience in the powder energy drink market but wanted to branch into canned drinks because they’re easier to distribute and more convenient for customers, said Donny Pearson, general manager.

Boomerang nixed all artificial ingredients and has a list of natural ingredients, Pearson said.

People can find it in a bright blue can on the shelves of the Whole Foods Co-op, Duluth’s Best Bread, Mount Royal Bottle Shoppe and the liquor store in Cromwell. It will be sold at more stores in the future.

“(Our) goal is to be a brand that (the) broader market can embrace and enjoy,” Pearson said.

Unemployment falls

The labor market tightened in January.

We’re now at an unemployment rate of 3.2%, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The private sector also added 8,500 jobs — making for the tightest labor market we’ve seen in 20 months.

The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Statistical Areas — an area made up by St. Louis, Carlton and Douglas Counties — lost jobs. Our MSA area lost over 920 jobs from January 2019 to January 2020.


The U.S. Small Business Administration, a federal agency, released initial expectations for low-interest federal disaster loans for small businesses and nonprofits that are affected by COVID-19.

After the agency receives a request from a state’s governor and is approved, applications will be made available for businesses within designated sections of the state. Loans up to $2 million will be given

Call the SBA’s disaster assistance line at 1-800-659-2955 or email for more information.

Kelly Busche covers business and the health care industry for the News Tribune. Have any interesting stories related to COVID-19 prep or avoidance? Drop her a line at