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Cook County

Populating Cook County

The region’s leaders want to attract entrepreneurs and young people. But some big challenges—including housing—remain.

by Gene Rebeck

Can Cool Cook County Stay Hot?

Minnesota’s northeastern-most county is having a strong run. Can this cool area stay hot?

Rural Aspirations

The Blandin Foundation funds efforts to build the rural economy and strengthen the social fabric of small communities.

On Top Of The Hill With Don Ness

With the end of his term in sight, Duluth Mayor Don Ness looks back on a city that’s become more entrepreneurial.

Labor Pains Solution

Manufacturers north of the Twin Cities are seeking to build a new-generation workforce.

A Tale Of Two Rails

A rail-improvement project in Duluth is evidence of major changes in the global economy.

Steel Prairie

Northwestern Minnesota’s manufacturing strength builds on the region's agriculture base.

On The Duluth Waterfront

Mine shutdowns in 2015 will alter traffic flow at the Port of Duluth-Superior, but the Port Authority sees growth options.

Stress Test

How severely will the worldwide steel glut affect the Iron Range?

A New Image For Ikonics

A quiet publicly traded Duluth company is shaking up its business model with partnerships in the aviation and automobile industries.

Building A 21st-Century Economy

Economic security in northeastern Minnesota grew during Tom Renier’s tenure with the Northland Foundation

Digging Mining's Future

The U of M seeks funding for a new initiative to change how Minnesota mines.

The Potica Invasion

What are the secrets behind this Iron Range delicacy that is attracting more sales?

Gateways To The World

In contrast to other parts of the country, Northland regional airports are offering good travel options.

Come Fly With Me

Duluth International, with a new $78 million terminal, is more than a regional airport for business travelers.

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Editor's Note

Beets Can Be Beat

The sugar industry needs to wean itself from federal support before Congress does.

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

Why Should Anyone Want To Follow Your Leadership?

Identifying the six most important characteristics of a leader.

Vance Opperman's

Open Letter

One Person, 40 Votes

To the average Minnesota voter

Sarah Lutman's

Performing Philanthropy

Is Mark Zuckerberg's Charitable Giving A Game Changer?

What are the ripple effects from Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s charitable giving?

Sima Griffith's

Guest Commentary

Encouraging Entrepreneurs

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

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