Northern Exposure

Essentia

Focusing On Community-Based Wellness

Essentia Health CEO David Herman is going beyond the traditional doctor-patient relationship and bringing healthy habits to the grassroots level.

by Gene Rebeck

Duluth's Next Chapter

Emily Larson is blazing her own economic development trail as Duluth’s mayor, while building on the city’s strengths.

Northern Minnesota's DIY Entrepreneurs

New cut-and-sew businesses are sprouting up on the North Shore, inspired by the craft mentality and sturdy outdoors ethos.

The Twin Ports Have Open Capacity

After a double-digit drop in tonnage at the Duluth-Superior Port in 2015, the port’s leaders envision a growth strategy based on its Great Lakes location.

The Secrets Inside Glensheen Mansion

Duluth’s Glensheen mansion nearly doubled its visitor count in recent years. After shifting its marketing strategy, it is reaching new audiences.

Sisu Helps Rural Hospitals Endure

A Duluth-based IT firm reinvented itself to provide critical access solutions.

Populating Cook County

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

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?

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