Mentor Connection Spotlight: Ashley Beecroft

Posted by Josie Strom on June 30, 2018

Three Questions for Ashley Beecroft, Occupational Therapist at Essentia Health and returning mentor for the 2018-19 Mentor Connection program year: Why did you initially join Mentor Connection? I enjoy working with and learning from students and getting the chance to share my passion for my career field with others. It’s rewarding to get to work […]

Your Summer 2018 Guide to Northland Food & Fun

Posted by Josie Strom on June 25, 2018

You can’t beat summer up north. Would you really want to be anywhere else in the world this time of year? For starters, the weather is nothing short of paradisiacal, thanks to the world’s largest air conditioner also known as Lake Superior. And the climate’s not the only reason to get excited for the sweltering season. The […]

A North By Choice Guide To The Great Outdoors: Summer Edition

Posted by Josie Strom on June 25, 2018

The outdoors rank pretty high on the list of reasons why people love to live here. It’s not just about the vast amount of untouched wilderness, but also the close proximity of the Great Outdoors to the towns and cities of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Case in point, there are not too many places […]

MILE Grants Now Available to Area Entrepreneurs

Posted by Josie Strom on June 12, 2018

Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE)  – DEED MILE is a new competitive loan program, designed to help early-stage businesses that are developing high-tech products or services in Minnesota, which provides interest-free loans ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. Businesses approved for loans under the program must have a 1-to-1 match from another funder and repay the […]

Graduates: Will You Stay or Will You Go?

Posted by Josie Strom on May 8, 2018

By Brooks Johnson. “UMD Graduates: Will you stay or will you go now?” originally appeared on May 6, 2018. View the original article here. After four years here, Angie Paulson was sold. The scenery, the easygoing lifestyle — this is it. “If there was a chance for me to stay in Duluth, I would […]

Iron Range Service Center Careers

Posted by Josie Strom on April 28, 2018

The Service Center Career Fair took place on Wednesday, April 25 in Virginia, MN coordinated by the IRRRB in conjunction with NORTHFORCE. Employers including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem, and Delta were on location to explain about on-site training and recruit for positions that are currently open on the Iron Range. Jobs like these offer […]

Gearing Up for Mentor Connection Year Three

Posted by Josie Strom on April 15, 2018

The third program year will focus on nurturing the future talent pool. Offering a solution to employment shortages affecting our region, the upcoming program year of Mentor Connection will recruit mentees for in-demand positions at local organizations in the Twin Ports. The second year of Mentor Connection wrapped up this April 10 with the graduation of 57 participating mentees […]

Grants Available to Address Workforce Shortages

Posted by Josie Strom on April 15, 2018

Over $3.1 million in workforce grants were available statewide in Minnesota last fall. Southern Minnesota took advantage of $600,000. By comparison, our northeast region was not awarded any of the available $3.1 million because there were no applications, despite the severe workforce shortages affecting our area. Already extreme, these shortages are only expected to intensify […]

Earn-As-You-Learn PIPELINE Grants Now Available

Posted by Josie Strom on March 25, 2018

Another round of the Minnesota PIPELINE (Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and Industry Experience) Program grant applications opens April 16th, with over $3 million available statewide to fund dual-training experiences. Applications must come directly from employers and can fund training (up to $6,000 per employee, $150,000 per employer) for new hires or incumbent workers in four […]

Iron Range Makerspace for Schools and Businesses

Posted by Josie Strom on March 15, 2018

Iron Range Makerspace (IRM) is building a community of innovation and opportunity on Minnesota’s Iron Range (full details here). And a large portion of the work being done by IRM is in partnership with schools and small businesses. IRM for Small Businesses The Makerspace Movement is dedicated to providing the space and materials entrepreneurs need to hone critical 21st century skills in STEM […]

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