The 45th Slumberland American Birkebeiner cross country ski race will be in full swing beginning Thursday. More than 13,500 skiers and an estimated 30,000 spectators will gather for North America’s largest cross-country ski marathon and Nordic festivities in and around Hayward and Cable, Wis.

The Board of Directors of Xcel Energy Inc.on Wednesday raised the quarterly dividend on  common stock from 38 cents per share to 40.5 cents per share, which is equivalent to an annual rate of $1.62 per share. The dividends are payable April 20 to shareholders of record on March 15.

St. Luke’s Gastroenterology Associates has hired Physician Assistant Chelsea Ruda. Shereceived her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and is certified by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Prior to joining St. Luke’s,…

Licensed Psychologist Matthew Webb has joined the Essentia Health-Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center in Duluth. He has lived and worked in the Grand Marais area for the past seven years. Webb earned a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkley, Calif.