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The Memo: What to know in business this week for March 13

The Number: 650 That's how many jobs in computer systems design and related services (tech) there are in Northeastern Minnesota, a big growth from 261 jobs in 2000. But as a national tech reporter told me, it's one company experiencing massive su...

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The Number: 650

That's how many jobs in computer systems design and related services (tech) there are in Northeastern Minnesota, a big growth from 261 jobs in 2000. But as a national tech reporter told me, it's one company experiencing massive success that really makes a city's tech scene take off - so we really are trying to get the next Google.

 

The Word: "Is it just me, or does this already seem anti-climactic?" Thus tweeted former state Sen. Roger Reinert, who was commenting on the governor signing the Sunday liquor store sales bill into law last week. Yes, after years of will-they-won't-they drama, a few simple votes and a scribble put the issue to bed with little fuss. Reinert had long pushed for Sunday sales in years past, so when it passed so quickly - without any help from his regional DFL colleagues - it might have felt like showing up to the party after everyone had already left.

The Lead: I tracked a lot of mud into the newsroom last week after touring Fraser Shipyards, and I do apologize for that. But it was not for naught - there was a buzz about Lake Assault Boats, which is turning out a boat a week for the San Antonio River Walk and hopes to keep up that level of production for future projects. Plus, some boat-building involving Fraser's smaller dry dock might be in the works for the next few years, hinted Jim Petruga of NECO Solutions.

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The Happy Hour: Vikre Distillery has released its three-year single-malt, a whiskey that's been aging as long as the distillery has been around. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure I would have come up with the same tasting notes as the Canal Park pros: "On the nose, Iron Range Single Malt has notes of stone fruit, cereal, honey, and toast. On the palate it hits you with a mix of grain, dried fruit, unsweetened chocolate, and hazelnuts." Candy is dandy, but ...

 

The Meeting: The Art of Local Food

The Duluth Community Garden Program is hosting its annual food fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Clyde Iron Works. There's a silent auction and a dinner by the Arrowhead Professional Chef's Association, with proceeds split between the chefs and the growers. In an effort to prevent saliva from reaching your newspaper or keyboard, I'll let you find the menu on your own on Facebook or at duluthcommunitygarden.org. Buy a ticket while you're at it.

 

The Memo is a weekly roundup of things to know, ya know? Send business news of all kinds to biz@duluthnews.com and give anti-climactic business reporter Brooks Johnson a call every now and then at (218) 723-5329.

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Brooks Johnson was an enterprise/investigative reporter and business columnist at the Duluth News Tribune from 2016 to 2019.
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