Ursa Minor Brewing had a major debut on September 26, 2018, and it has been a long time coming. Owners Ben Hugus, Mark Hugus and Andrew Scrignoli worked nonstop for over three years to realize their dream of opening a local, craft brewery in Duluth. We spoke with the Ursa Minor team back in April (check out the blog post), when preparations to open the brewery were in full swing. Today, we were just happy to catch a few moments with the guys amid the excitement and chaos of the first few days in business.
The Entrepreneur Fund
The Entrepreneur Fund and Great River Energy celebrated a $1 million program loan from Great River Energy powering partnership and entrepreneurship in the region. This partnership will benefit small business owners and entrepreneurs in the shared service area of the Entrepreneur Fund and Great River Energy, where the Entrepreneur Fund provides consulting, programming, training and small business financing up to $750,000.
The Lincoln Park neighborhood is one of the oldest in Duluth. Located in West Duluth, Lincoln Park was once an industrial hub. It was the place Duluth’s working-class citizens called home. But as the economy in Duluth shifted, the Lincoln Park neighborhood struggled to survive. Things slowed down. Businesses closed their doors. Residents moved away. It’s not an uncommon story – many small neighborhoods and towns across northern Minnesota have experienced similar effects as industries and economies shift.