Northern Minnesota Correspondent

Gene Rebeck

Gene Rebeck, a former Twin Cities Business senior editor, serves as the magazine's northern Minnesota correspondent

Phone: 612-336-9299

Gene Rebeck, a former Twin Cities Business senior editor, serves as the magazine's northern Minnesota correspondent. Now a resident of Duluth, he covers established and emerging businesses in the region and also works as a freelance editor. His writing work has won several awards from the Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association and the American Society of Regional Business Publications. Before joining TCB, he was editorial director for a St. Paul trade publisher, as well as a freelance business and travel writer.

Staff’s archive

Education Beyond Zoom

Education Beyond Zoom

When the pandemic hit in 2020, production work in the taconite mines in northeastern Minnesota slowed way down. Yet mining companies still needed to provide health and safety training to
Life in the Next Fast Lane

Life in the Next Fast Lane

Minnesota was once a major center of computer technology, with companies like IBM, Control Data, and Cray leading the global development of supercomputers. Thanks to a new company launched on
Curds Her Way

Curds Her Way

Even seeing most of her first batch of cheddar cheese go bad didn’t discourage Alise Sjostrom. With help from her family and funding from a Kickstarter campaign, Sjostrom started Redhead
Harnessing New Technology

Harnessing New Technology

When the pandemic hit, countless client meetings, trade shows, annual conferences, and other face-to-face business events were put on hold. Virtual technologies, including Zoom, Google Meet, Webex, and Microsoft Teams,
Workforce Connected

Workforce Connected

During the pandemic, that age-old ice-breaker—“So, where are you working?”—developed a new meaning. For most people with office jobs, the answer has been “at home.” Now, thanks to the availability
Destination Beers

Destination Beers

It’s not exactly musical breweries up here in Duluth, but it’s close. In late 2019, Lake Superior Brewing, which had been Duluth’s oldest craft brewery (it was founded in 1994),
Battling Cyberthieves from Home

Battling Cyberthieves from Home

The number of closed sales for homes in the Duluth area hit a 15-year high this past summer, according to the Lake Superior Realtors Association. Fall temperatures didn’t cool demand:
Marketing in Pandemic Times

Marketing in Pandemic Times

Windows and doors are built to be durable products that are long-term investments for homeowners. Campaigns that market these products should not be ephemeral. Annie Zipfel, chief marketing officer and
2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

EY annually recognizes CEOs and regional business leaders for their outstanding entrepreneurial accomplishments and major contributions to their communities. Eight business innovators from six Minnesota companies were awarded the Entrepreneur
Minnesota Family Business Awards 2020

Minnesota Family Business Awards 2020

When time are tough, it’s often our families we turn to for support. The 2020 Minnesota Family Business Awards honorees can all speak to the resilience, agility, and strength of
The New College Normal?

The New College Normal?

Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, online postsecondary programs had been growing in popularity. “Online learning has evolved by leaps and bounds in recent years,” says Rick Revoir, former dean of