Fitger's marks its 25th anniversary

Fitger's Brewhouse has made it 25 years.

To celebrate the milestone, it has released its Cherry Batch Ale — a drink made with more than 800 pounds of cherries fresh from Michigan.

Owner Rod Raymond said in a news release that he has watched the city evolve into a craft beer destination for Minnesotans over the past quarter of a century.

“Back in 1995, fruited ales and craft beer were unimaginable here," he said in the release.

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Music festival revelation

A revelation at a music festival hosted by WTIP in 2017 has led to millions of dollars for local businesses.

In August, the Entrepreneur Fund wrapped up a capital campaign that raised $2.5 million. This will be used for low-interest loans for entrepreneurs across Northeastern Minnesota.

It's a program that has helped numerous entrepreneurs in the area — especially during the pandemic.

And, on another positive note, an additional $500,000 is expected to be raised by mid-September.

The idea for the program came from a discussion between two Grand Marais residents, Annie Possis and Mike Carlson. They both knew they wanted to help, but didn't want to be involved in the loan side of the program, according to Joe Friedrichs, WTIP's news director.

Thankfully, Steve Surbaugh stepped in. He's a co-owner of Cascade Vacation Rentals and an Entrepreneur Fund adviser, allowing him to set up the program.

There's more information at

Local Initiatives Support Corp.

LISC's annual event is coming up, and it features a slate of informative speakers.

Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho, LISC's CEO and President Maurice A. Jones, and Mayor Emily Larson will all be speaking.

Ho and Jones are former colleagues at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and they will share thoughts on COVID-19's impact on housing, inclusion, recovery and equality, a news release said.

The online event runs 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The event is free, but donations are encouraged. Sign up at

Centricity Credit Union supports remote learning

Centricity Credit Union is changing its workplace to help employees make it through the pandemic.

The Hermantown-based credit union has established remote learning centers for staff's children at all branches.

This allows employees to continue working, while their children attend class, receive help from a tutor, enjoy snacks and use the company's high-speed internet.

At the start of the school year, 10 children were enrolled in the center company-wide, a news release said.

The free program reduces the stress that comes with juggling work and in-home education — and several employees in the news release attested to just that.

"I don’t have to worry about how to balance between work and home," one parent said.

Kelly Busche covers business and health for the News Tribune. How is your workplace handling remote learning? Drop me a line at to share.