Duluth and I are becoming fast friends, and it’s a very give and take relationship: I take in the bountiful natural beauty, friendly people and lakeside culture, and Duluth gets a rapidfire business reporter at a strong paper at a time when it’s needed most, a time of change and possibility in the Northland.
It’s those kinds of overarching themes I bring to my coverage, whether it be through a solely social-media based kombucha business, a far-out plan for a nonprofit restaurant in a residential neighborhood or the first changing of the guard at the area’s 46-year-old co-op.
I’ve already launched a series on manufacturing in the area that shows both the promise and pitfalls of changes in the industry. (The story may have contributed to the city’s decision to cap a fee set to hurt the local papermaker, Verso.)
Then there’s changes for the worse, like the sudden closure of Regency Beauty Institute that left dozens of students scrambling.
In changes at the paper, I invented a column for our Monday business section called The Memo. I think it’s gotten sharper every week.
Oh, and don’t let me forget to share the great opportunity I had covering Bernie Sanders’ visit to Duluth.
All in a month and a half’s work, though there’s always room for improvement. Let’s see what comes next, eh?