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Say good-bye to those Spur stations. They’re becoming Calumet stations, a result of Calumet Specialty Products Partners purchase of the Murphy Oil refinery in Superior three years ago. Dozens of...
Unemployment rates in Duluth and throughout much of Northeastern Minnesota have reached their lowest levels since before the recession. Duluth's jobless rate slid to 4.7 percent in October, while the greater Twin Ports area dropped to 5.2 percent. Meanwhile, all of Northeastern Minnesota declined to 5.3 percent, recent Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development data show. The rates haven't been this low since November 2007. "It means we have recovered all the lost ground from the recession," said Tony Barrett, an economics professor at the College of St. Scholastica.
When it comes to jobless rates, Duluth had its best August since before the recession. Unemployment dropped nearly a half percentage point to 5.5 percent, the lowest showing for summer's dog days' month since 2007. Duluth wasn't alone. The entire Northeast Minnesota area saw declines, including a 1 percentage point drop -- from 8.9 percent to 7.9 percent -- in Hibbing, according to Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development data released Tuesday. Unemployment for Northeastern Minnesota slid from 6.5 percent in July to 6 percent in August.
Dick's Sporting Goods will have its grand opening at Miller Hill Mall on Friday, but it actually opened quietly Wednesday. The soft opening that continues today is an opportunity for store employees to become acclimated to the new store and make sure everything is working properly as some customers come through. It will be followed by a grand opening celebration Friday through Sunday with special events, prizes and giveaways. "It's going really well," company spokesman Matt Teske said in the afternoon. "There's been a nice steady flow of traffic." Grand opening hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
After months of construction at Miller Hill Mall, Dick's Sporting Goods is getting ready to open. It will have a soft opening on Sept.
So far, Enbridge Energy's expansion to downtown Duluth has brought with it 130 good-paying jobs. But a lot more are coming. "Out of the more than 700 (Enbridge) people working in the Twin Ports, we expect to have approximately 240 people located in downtown Duluth," Lorraine Little, Enbridge's senior manager of U.S. public affairs, told the News Tribune last week. That's because the petroleum pipeline company is experiencing a boom it expects will last at least until 2018 and maybe longer. While Enbridge's corporate headquarters is in Calgary, Alberta, and its U.S.
For Kestrel Aircraft, working with the city of Superior has been great. So has working with Douglas County. But the state of Wisconsin? Not so much, says company founder and CEO Alan Klapmeier. "It's been challenging to work through the bureaucratic process," Klapmeier said in an interview Friday.
Upscale luxury shopping is coming to Miller Hill Mall. Coach Inc., a leading maker of handcrafted handbags and other accessories, plans to open a store at Miller Hill Mall this summer, according to Katie Altrichter, the mall's general manager. The new store will open in mid- to late summer in the mall's Fountain Court, in the 2,000-square-foot space currently occupied by Motherhood Maternity.
Book lovers can relax. The Barnes & Noble store in Duluth isn't among the approximately 200 stores that will close in the next decade, according to Amy Cianfrone of corporate communications. The Miller Hill Mall store, the chain's only store in Northeastern Minnesota, will not be affected, she told the News Tribune. The manager of the Duluth Barnes & Noble declined comment on the good news, saying he's not allowed to talk to the media.
Duluth's unemployment rate rose slightly in December, part of a typical winter increase as seasonal layoffs continued. The city's jobless rate reached 5.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent in November, according to state data released this week.