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The Duluth Airport Authority is interested in learning more about you and your travel needs. We typically view data collected from the Department of Transportation on the aggregate origin/destination patters of airline customers in this region. This information is a key component used to inform airline decisions about where to fly from Duluth and how often. However more focused information is needed in some instances in order to better understand demand and identify opportunities…

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The Hermantown Talons 5232 Robotics Team competeted in and won the Northern Lights Regional March 4th-6th at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). The Talons went up against 60 other teams from around Minnesota in this battle of the bots. The team’s next step is the World Championships in St. Louis, MO.

And they need your help! They have a short time to raise the money needed to fund their team to St. Louis. If you are interested in donating, please visit their GoFunMe Page.

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Our View: Vote for Hermantown center a vote for health

The city of Hermantown will own the place but won’t run it. The YMCA will do that, but the facility won’t just be a Y. And Essentia Health will be there focusing on sports medicine, physical rehabilitation and wellness education, but it won’t just be a clinic, either.

“Call it a regional wellness center,” Hermantown City Administrator John Mulder said in an interview with the News Tribune editorial board.

A center that promises to become a new community focal point and gathering spot could become reality at the site of what is now the Hermantown Middle School with bonding approved this session by the Minnesota Legislature. Lawmakers can consider the allocation money well spent for a facility long needed.


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Wednesday, March 2nd

Dear Chamber Execs,

I couldn’t agree more with you about the urgency to provide UI benefits extension to unemployed miners in Minnesota.  As you noted, there was an attempt earlier this year to convene a special session to address this.  The MN Chamber, so you know, did not engage in the debate that ensued about the need for a special session.  We did, however, respond to inquiries about a UI tax credit or trigger.  I suspect this was because the Chamber had supported legislation in the 2015 session to provide a credit or trigger if the UI fund reaches a surplus level above federal targets for state UI funds.

As for the effort now to have an

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Wednesday, March 2nd

Dear Doug Loon,

We in Northeastern Minnesota need the support of the Minnesota Chamber.  Today there are more than 2,000 workers laid off in our mining and mining related industries and for some of these workers benefits have expired.  Recently Governor Dayton backed away from extending benefits for these workers and we are sure that you know the reason why.  While our chambers support reducing business taxes, this is an issue that should be separate from assisting Minnesotans who need help from the government that they have paid taxes to for many years.  We are asking you, the Minnesota Chamber, to stand with us and encourage legislators to immediately pass a state bill that will extend benefits

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February 17, 2015

House & Senate Members:

RE:       Support for Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Combined Heat and Power Energy Project Bonding Request
On Thursday, February 11th, the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously voted in support of WLLSD’s Heat and Power Energy Project bonding request. On behalf of the board of directors, I write to you today to urge your support for funding for the WLSSD project in this 2016 bonding session.

The Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping businesses succeed. Affordability of utility rates for our businesses is an impactful factor in choosing to keep or relocate a business in our community. Upon hearing the plans for developing a system in which will

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Talbrey Benson-Goupil was headed for law school in 2011 when she found something that interested her more. Running an outdoors apparel store. Fresh out of college, she was living in Grand Marais and managing the Waters Edge Trading Co., a small outdoors clothing and gift shop in Tofte. “Waters Edge is where I fell in love with the outdoor industry,” Benson-Goupil said. “I found that more enticing than going to law school.” A few years into the job, she decided to open her own store. That has led to the recent launch of Urban Forest, an upscale outdoors apparel shop at Sugar Maple Crossing in Hermantown.

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More Kwik Trip stores coming to region

In June 2014, Scott Teigen told the News Tribune that by the end of 2015, Kwik Trip would have 15 stores in the Northland.

That’s going from zero to 15 stores in just 18 months.

Teigen’s projection was close.

As the end of 2015 approaches, the last of 14 Kwik Trip gas and convenience stores will open, stretching from Duluth to Moose Lake, in the chain’s dramatic entry into the Twin Ports market.

This year’s fall rollout of new stores began in mid-September with the opening of the Kwik Trip at U.S Highway 53 and 21st Avenue East in Superior. In October, stores opened on Miller Trunk Highway near Arrowhead Road in Hermantown, as well as at Central Entrance and

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Hermantown Police Department’s Tuuko receives body armor

The Hermantown Police Department’s K9 Tuuko will receive a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a donation from Vested Interest in K9s Inc., which was sponsored by Hilary Quinn of Colchester, Vt. Tuuko’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”

The Vested Interest in K9s was established in 2009 to help law enforcement agencies obtain potentially lifesaving body armor for their K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s has provided more than 1,600 protective vests in 49 states through private and corporate donations at a cost of over $1.5 million. All vests are custom-made in the U.S. by Armor Express in Central Lake, Mich.

The program is

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Fleet Farm breaks ground, makes impressive start on new Hermantown location opening next year

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