“The cool thing about Duluth is we are small-business powered. We’re not like the Cities, where big businesses rule,” said 21-year-old Kyle Caldwell, who knows what’s up. As happens with bigger stories with multiple sources, this was a quote I couldn’t find a home for in Sunday’s piece on retaining UMD graduates. Here’s another good one from Connor Crabtree: “I came up here with a mountain bike, and that’s all I needed.” You’re welcome, Visit Duluth.
Marijuana tourism: Coming to a province near you. With Canada’s moves to legalize recreational marijuana, it’s only a matter of time before Highway 61 becomes a gateway to the drug — and good sense would tell visitors to keep it on the far side of the border, what with the whole U.S. federal law thing. Much remains up in the air (including the legalization measure itself) so keep an eye on the CBC, eh?
The Happy Hour
Wine and (real) beer in grocery and convenience stores? What is this, many other states? Proposals in the Minnesota Legislature would open up liquor laws to allow such commerce, which will undoubtedly be the Next Big Liquor Debate. While there’s little chance the measures will pass as the sand runs out on this session, anyone who can predict what legislators will do has superpowers and deserves a Marvel movie franchise.
The Meeting: Wake up and smell the teamwork
Head to the Duluth Chamber offices at 5 W. First St. on Thursday morning at 8 to learn about “”Understanding Personality Types for a Stronger Team” from Karen Stromme of UMD Athletics. Free for members, $25 for others.
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