• By BETH BILY / BusinessNorth

A study commissioned by the Blandin Foundation and released last month found that while the national and Minnesota economies have improved in recent years, rural residents still list economic factors as top concerns.


Toby Marcovich has no problem telling you how old he is (he’s 86) - partially because he doesn’t let age define him, but mostly because he has no plans on retiring any time soon anyway. Or maybe, ever.

  • By RON BROCHU / BusinessNorth

Three years ago, Brian Forcier announced the construction of Duluth’s largest commercial office building. As president of AtWater Group, he stood side-by-side with then-Mayor Don Ness and outlined details of the $80-plus million project at 425 W. Superior St. 

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