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The Memo: What to know in business this week for Jan. 8

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The Word: "City leaders acknowledge that plenty of challenges remain as Duluth transitions from a century-old view of the world to one that encompasses more industries, a rapidly changing economy, technology advancements and 21st-century lifestyles," Gene Rebeck writes in a massive report on Duluth's economy published in Twin Cities Business magazine recently. If you're a regular reader of the News Tribune there won't be any surprises in the story, but an outside perspective is always welcome — so broaden your horizons and check it out.

The Lead: The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is doing a fine job of making everyone unhappy, and isn't that just the definition of fairness? Jobs For Minnesotans blasted the commission last week for its delays on the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement permitting process that could mean "construction workers go without paychecks" and urged the PUC to get "back on track for a conclusion in April of this year." Five of the state's Chippewa bands, meanwhile, filed a petition saying the commission didn't go far enough in its delay-causing inadequacy finding on the Environmental Impact Statement: "There is no legal basis upon which the commission can waive the Department of Commerce's failure to undertake full historic properties and treaty impacts review on the Enbridge Line 3 project." With a decision on the pipeline for now pushed back to this summer, expect more of this back and forth to come.

The Meeting: Mayor Emily Larson holds court over the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce's first "Let's Do Lunch" event of the year on Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greysolon Ballroom. It's $35 for members and $45 for everyone else to get lunch and hear about "Moving Duluth Forward, Our Shared Challenge." Any questions?

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

Brooks Johnson

Brooks is an investigative/enterprise reporter and business columnist at the Duluth News Tribune.

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