Cookbook sales

The Lincoln Park cookbook fundraiser wrapped up. And the total raised? $67,045.

Of that, $10,000 is going to Ecolibrium3's Lifting Lincoln Park Fund and another $14,625 is funding Lincoln Park businesses via gift cards. Those who purchased cookbooks chose which business they'd like to support.

A large portion of people (fewer than 500) opted to receive a gift card to OMC/Duluth Grill. Love Creamery and Bent Paddle Brewing Co. saw the second- and third-highest number of gift cards, respectively.

The cookbooks aren't any old book of recipes, they're OMC cookbooks — full of insight into OMC's meals and countless recipes.

A total of 1,342 books was sold.

Don't forget

Critical businesses — or those classified as health care, public safety, food and agriculture, energy, manufacturing, transportation and more — need to submit their COVID-19 preparedness plan by June 29.

Previously, these businesses had to follow guidelines from state and federal agencies, but were never required to create and adopt a preparedness plan.

These plans outline a business' policies and practices that protect the health of workers and customers, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

There are also industry-specific guidelines for construction, manufacturing, grocery and convenience stores, janitorial and custodial services, transportation and distribution, and agriculture industries.

Find more information at the Department of Labor and Industry's website at

Free internet

Spectrum is offering Minnesota businesses free service for one month, according to a news release. Those services include internet, phone and television.

It's for businesses that create new accounts with Spectrum, and aimed at energizing small businesses in the state.

There's more information at or 1-833-537-0730.


A few notable businesses have opened new locations in recent days.

First, there's King of Creams, which opened its new space up on the hill last week.

The new location will have everything the downtown location does: ice cream, burgers, Philly cheesesteaks and beer — as well as a drive-through window for mobile and online orders. It's a perfect set-up for pandemic times.

The new location, at 4140 Richard Ave., also allows the restaurant to expand seating.

Across the street, at Burning Tree Plaza, HomeGoods also opened its doors last week.

Some just couldn't wait to get their hands on discount home furnishings, (which I fully understand), as there were people in line for an hour and a half before the door opened, KBJR reported.

Kelly Busche covers business and health for the News Tribune. She will happily wait in line for any concert, and can't wait for the day when it's safe to do so again.