by Laura Kircher for Duluth News Tribune
As a local business community, we can accomplish so much more when we listen and appreciate different points of view rather than when we draw a line in the sand and demand we all choose sides. The us-versus-them mentality isn’t in the spirit of our community or in the character of northern Minnesota. Further, it devalues the importance of mining jobs in our region.
Our economy is diverse. Between mining, tourism, transportation, aviation, commercial, technology, retail, and hospitality, it takes a little bit of everything to keep the Northland running. The diversity is what makes us great. New businesses are finding success here because of our people and natural resources. We live in an amazing place, and business owners in all industries are committed to keeping it that way.