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.

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Flexing VC Muscle in Minnesota

Flexing VC Muscle in Minnesota

In December, Eden Prairie-based Itiliti Health announced a $2 million round of seed funding. It was one of 175 venture capital deals in Minnesota in 2021, and certainly not one
New Approaches to Native Business

New Approaches to Native Business

In 2014, Sarah Agaton Howes got a call that changed, well, almost everything.  For several years, Howes had been crafting custom beadwork, quilts, and moccasins out of her home on
Industrial Market Spikes

Industrial Market Spikes

When you think of construction projects within the city limits of Minneapolis and St. Paul, you probably picture condos and rental apartments. In a word, residential.  But the project going
The Malware Pandemic

The Malware Pandemic

In the information technology world, Log4j could become the equivalent of a particularly virulent Covid variant—and for businesses, a potentially bigger danger.  Log4j is an open-source, Java-based utility that logs
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: