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  • Business grant to help the 'underestimated'

    Joe Bowen|Nov 24, 2023

    A rebranded and expanded regional program hopes to help Northeastern Minnesota entrepreneurs who are Black, Indigenous, military veterans, or women. The Driving Access to Wealth & Networks (DAWN) program at Northspan Group, Inc., a Duluth-based nonprofit, is set to receive $2 million over the next four years from the U.S. Department of Commerce. That money is meant to help budding business leaders who hail from historically underserved communities - or, as more than one speaker at a kickoff...

  • Animal rescue group grows

    Joe Bowen|Oct 13, 2023

    Five dogs and nine house cats roam through Taylor and Shannon Hansberry's Barnum home, napping in sunbeams, nuzzling the couple or their son Ruxin for attention, and gently but firmly approaching newcomers to see if they'll offer the same. Nearby, a pair of camera-shy feral cats live in a small enclosure the family maintains in their garage. The Hansberrys are one of a handful of families in the recently formed Carlton County Animal Rescue, members of which began fostering lost and stray... Full story

  • Labor Day wildfire under control

    Mike Creger and Joe Bowen|Sep 8, 2023

    You could say that parts of Carlton County lucked out this past Labor Day weekend. Things could have been much worse. Days after a swath across northern Minnesota, including all of the county, was designated in the "extreme drought" category, we were hit with record high temperatures over the holiday weekend. Drought conditions lingering into the fall are not common in the region. Infamously, the region also received what would have been declared an "extreme" level of dryness in the fall of... Full story