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DULUTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

From the column: "You don’t need to be from Duluth to love Duluth. The way I see it, if you live here, you are a Duluthian."
Matt Baumgartner will avoid jail and the bulk of a $2,000 fine so long as he stays out of trouble for the next two years.
From the column: "For too long our community has been unwelcoming, causing pain for families and workforce shortages for businesses."
Matt Baumgartner sent a statement to Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce members Thursday apologizing for causing concern and revealing he has received addiction counseling.

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Matt Baumgartner's blood-alcohol concentration was more than triple the state threshold for drunken driving charges.
Martha Bremer served eight years at the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, and says she was fired after bringing concerns about a hiring process to the board's attention.
The demand for all types of housing in downtown Duluth, from affordable to luxury and everything in between, was cause for chamber leadership to meet with the Kilbourne Group last week to gather input and discuss potential projects with the Fargo-based developer.
During the annual chamber dinner Wednesday, President Matt Baumgartner told nearly 1,200 attendees that the time to invest in Duluth is now.
Daniel Fanning has been hired to lead the policy and foundation efforts.
From the editorial: "There are all sorts of politically strategic reasons to refuse to publicly face voters and answer hard questions, but they tend to serve only the candidates while constituents and the voting public are snubbed and shortchanged."

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After meeting with key business leaders across the northland, President Doug Loon gave a snapshot of the state's economic strengths, opportunities and challenges.
From the column: "I am asking the Minnesota Nurses Association, or MNA, and health care leadership to negotiate a deal that works for everyone. I am asking that both sides negotiate as good-faith partners."
Online applications are open through June 4. Any Duluth resident is invited to submit an idea.

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