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Ulland Bros celebrates centennial

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Digging up sidewalks
Loren Bloom, of Ulland Brothers, waits for an excavator claw to remove chunks of old sidewalk in 2017 along East Second Street in Duluth.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune
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Over a century ago, brothers Oscar and Palmer Ulland started a business venture in road construction called Ulland Brothers , Inc. Recently discovered historical ledgers from the company confirmed that a Newry Township grading job June 3, 1922, was the brothers' first-ever road construction project.

"For those of you not familiar with Southern Minnesota, Newry is a township in Freeborn County directly north of Moscow Township in which the Ulland homestead is located," Ulland Brothers, Inc. President Jeff Carlson wrote in a letter to employees and retirees of the company. "We commemorated our 100-year anniversary on June 3, 2022, in typical Ulland Brothers style, making hay while the sun is shining and provided our employees a hot meal on the go. Oscar and Palmer wouldn’t want it any other way."

Ulland Brothers has locations in Carlton, Virginia and Albert Lea. Previously, there was also a shop located on Water Street in Duluth. Ulland Brothers, Inc. continues to perform work on many projects in the Duluth-Superior area and throughout the Arrowhead region.

A private centennial celebration will be held in September in Corning, at the site of the original shop at the Ulland homestead in southern Minnesota, which is still owned by the family.

Conference geared toward women in business

DULUTH — Early registration for the fourth annual SOAR (Seize Opportunities and Rise) Conference for Women in Business held Oct. 11-13 is open until Aug. 31, or until seats are filled.


This hybrid event is geared toward local women who are entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Day 1 starts virtually from 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 11 with light movement and stretching with Runa Yoga, of Duluth, followed by keynote speaker Jasmine Brett Stringer, Minnesota-based founder of lifestyle brand Carpe Diem with Jasmine. It finishes with a panel of regional small-business owners.

Day 2 offers two in-person options from 4-7 p.m.: branding strategist Dawn Zimmerman on Oct. 12 at Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center in Princeton, or Locally Laid Egg Co. marketing director Lucie Amundsen on Oct. 13 at The Garden in Duluth's Canal Park.

SOAR is hosted by the Women's Business Alliance of the Entrepreneur Fund . The Women's Business Alliance supports an average of over 1,000 aspiring and current entrepreneurs across 17 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin through specialized advising, training, networking and access to capital each year.

Register and find more details at thesoarconference.com . The price for registration will increase Sept. 1.

Brielle Bredsten The Memo

Brielle Bredsten is the business reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Professional Writing & Technical Communication, with minors in Advertising and Creative Writing from Metropolitan State University, in addition to a two-year professional paid internship as reporter/editor of the student newspaper.

She is an award-winning professional writer, photographer and editor based in rural Minnesota. Over the past decade, Brielle Bredsten has contributed more than 1,000 articles, feature stories, non-profit press-releases, photographs and columns. Her work has been published in several community newspapers.

Send her story tips, feedback or just say hi at bbredsten@duluthnews.com.
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