• By MANJA HOLTER/BusinessNorth

Carrie Claybundy is dealing with issues that many rural small businesses are faced with: workforce retention. The acting administrator at Koochiching Health Services – a non-profit, religious based organization – has staffing shortages because new employees lack necessary skills.

  • By KITTY MAYO/BusinessNorth

With paper mills shutting down and reducing production, the forest products industry has slowed in the last few years, leaving Minnesota with excess wood supply. Louisiana Pacific Corp. (LP) is taking a hard look at picking up slack in the area’s wood market.

  • By RON BROCHU/BusinessNorth

During the past five decades, Duluth has increasingly become a tourist destination, especially for people who reside in Midwest metropolitan centers such as Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago. Tall ship festivals, air shows, marathons and outdoor concerts – along with recreational opportunit…

  • By BETH BILY/BusinessNorth

Grand Rapids is already known for its tourist appeal. Located in a county with more than 1,000 lakes, there’s plenty of natural beauty to absorb. Now, there may be another reason to visit this northern Minnesota city – craft beer.

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