Northern Exposure

Either/Ore

The news on the Iron Range is mostly good—but what’s up with Essar Steel?

by Gene Rebeck

The Northland Gives Rise To An IT Sector

And it’s more vigorous than outsiders might think.

Building An Upturn

Could Lake Superior College presage a new manufacturing boom?

No Business Like Snow Business

Minnesota’s winter tourism industry isn’t as simple as a good snowfall. Look at Lutsen Mountains.

The Future Of Trees

The Natural Resources Research Institute is helping revive timber companies, along with other traditional extractive industries.

Power Of The Sun

Will solar energy production shine a light on the Iron Range?

The Great Northwest

Northwestern Minnesota has low unemployment and booming companies hungry for workers. What is its secret?

Start Them Up In Northeastern Minnesota

Can entrepreneurship take firm root in the tough soil of northeastern Minnesota?

Forward, Into The Past

Taconite, timber, and tourism remain the Northland’s economic bases. But they need to be alloyed with entrepreneurship.

Heat On The Range

It’s too early for most of us to form a rock-solid opinion on nonferrous mining. Too much remains unclear.

Oil Battle Royal

Northern Minnesota is a main highway for transporting crude oil. Does the state benefit?

In From The Cold

International Falls hopes to diversify its economy by emphasizing the “international.”

Ore Galore

New and expanding iron mining and processing facilities are popping up all over the Range. But is there demand?

More Than Ore

Not just an engine of Midwestern heavy manufacturing, the Duluth-Superior port is a gateway to global markets.

Duluth's Slide Rule Set

Engineering is one of the Northland’s biggest growth sectors.

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Editor's Note

Of Vanity And Virtue

Findings from my junket to Minnesota’s filmmaking industry.

Dan Haugen's

Fuel for Thought

NABERS: Australian For Efficiency

Honeywell says Minnesota could boost commercial building efficiency by importing an energy policy from Down Under.

Mark Sheffert's

Corner Office

He Said, She Said

Gender-rooted miscommunication is endemic in the workplace, but it doesn’t have to divide your organization.

Vance Opperman's

Open Letter

A Number for Life: The New New SAT

If you’re serious about improving the quality of college applicants, the answer lies in devoting time and effort to developing a more rigorous and standardized high school curricula.

Sarah Lutman's

Performing Philanthropy

The Route To Effective Philanthropy

Central Corridor Funders’ Collaborative, which coordinates development along the new light-rail line, is a partnership that works.

Sima Griffith's

Guest Commentary

Encouraging Entrepreneurs

Some thoughts on promoting the creation of new business in Minnesota.

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