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A study has found that the University of Minnesota Duluth contributed more than $500 million to the local economy last year and helped support several thousand jobs beyond the campus.

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at UMD’s Labovitz School of Business and Economics unveiled the findings on Tuesday, covering seven counties in Northeastern Minnesota as well as Douglas County in Wisconsin.

In 2014, UMD budgeted $248 million in operational expenses, the school reported — including $137 million in compensation and benefits for its nearly 2,000 employees. The university also spent $13 million on construction projects.

“These are the direct expenses that UMD has, but when you look at how they ripple through the local economy, it actually multiplies

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Miller Hill Mall Santa set goes high tech

For years Miller Hill Mall officials have wanted a new Santa set for children’s visits and photos with Santa Claus during the holiday shopping season.
The current set — Santa’s house with trees with lights, old-fashioned street lamps and a white picket fence — has been used at the mall for 35 years. And when it arrived, it already had been used at Maplewood Mall in the Twin Cities.

“It’s showing its age; we can no longer fluff it up,” said Machelle Kendrick, the mall’s outgoing marketing director who was among those lobbying owner Simon Property Group for a new set.

This year the mall got its wish.

Miller Hill will be one of only 11 Simon malls getting

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Photo of the Day for Oct. 14, 2015

Hermantown Middle School students Trinity Sundbom (from left), Tori Bates and Odessa Kennedy help National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Huyck inflate a weather balloon at the school on Wednesday morning. Funded by a grant, the flight gathered information on temperature, dew point, wind speed, barometric pressure, altitude and position along the balloon’s flight path. After the balloon’s instruments are recovered the students will be able to study the data. “It’s a great way to learn about weather in a hands-on way,” NWS meteorologist Carol Christenson said. During its two-hour flight the balloon encountered winds of up to 80 mph, coming down in Iron County. In addition to its other instruments the balloon carried a GoPro camera. “It’s going to be

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Stauber sports store goes all-hockey

For its 25 years in business. Stauber Brothers Pro Shop & Custom Apparel in Duluth has offered a full line of sporting goods.

But its owners — five brothers from a renowned hockey family — are the first to admit that sports like soccer and baseball are not their forte.

“Hockey has always been our strong suit,” said Jamie Stauber who owns the business with his brothers John, Pete, Robb and Bill. All played hockey at Denfeld High School during the late 1970s to mid-1980s. All went on to coach at the youth, high school or college level. Jamie is assistant coach of the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s hockey team; Robb is assistant coach for the U.S. national women’s hockey

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