The Memo: App can connect citizens to snow-removal services

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After the heavy snowfall across the region earlier this week, many people have been in need of assistance completing snow removal. GreenPal, an app created to connect people with lawn care services, has now added a snow-removal service to its Duluth market.

Gene Caballero, co-founder of GreenPal, said more than 1,000 homeowners in Duluth have signed up to use the app, and about 25 service providers offer their lawn care and now snow-removal services.

Homeowners can list their properties with their service date and snow-removal needs. Landscaping and snow-removal professionals can bid on the properties, and then the homeowners can select who they want to work with based on the vendor's ratings, reviews and price, and pay them through the app.

The app allows for the exchange to happen without the need for face-to-face transactions or conversations, eliminating risks of spreading illness like COVID-19. According to Caballero, more than 30% of the app's 1 million-plus users across the country are age 60 or older.

Users can arrange for one-time services or regular snow removal through the season. To use GreenPal, download the app or visit


Pro Image Sports having liquidation sale

All merchandise at Pro Image Sports at the Miller Hill Mall is 50% off because the owner plans to sell the business, a store representative confirmed Monday. All products sold during the liquidation are final sales.

The owner of the Duluth franchise location of Pro Image Sports is based in South Dakota and is looking to retire. A closing date for the store is not known at this time.

Pro Image Sports has over 100 locations throughout the U.S., including one in the Mall of America in Bloomington, and sells sports gear representing a large selection of NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and NCAA teams.

Oliver Inn now open for guests

The boutique hotel The Oliver Inn, located at 132 E. Superior St. in downtown Duluth, is now open to guests. The hotel, named after Duluth architect Oliver Traphagen, is in the Old City Hall building he designed. The renovation of the space was done by owner Rod Raymond and interior designer Katrina Pearson throughout 2021 and opened to guests on Christmas Eve.

There are currently five rooms available, with room for two to five guests per room. Each room is named after historic Duluth figures, plus the former City Council Chamber meeting room has been converted to a suite. The hotel will have 12 rooms when completed.

Rooms at The Oliver Inn can be booked at or through

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Laura Butterbrodt covers health and business for the Duluth News Tribune. Contact her at 218-723-5320 or .

Laura Butterbrodt covers health for the Duluth News Tribune. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University and has been working as a reporter in Minnesota and South Dakota since 2014.
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