DNT Report: Ascena Retail Group anchor tenant in Duluth Corporate Tower

  • Blog Post by: Howie Hanson
  • September 14, 2012 - 9:29 AM



Ascena Retail Group, Duluth-based Maurices’ parent company, will be the anchor tenant in the proposed Duluth Corporate Tower, a 15-story business tower in Downtown Duluth, the Duluth News Tribune is reporting.

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Five individuals and a team will be inducted in the St. Scholastica Athletics Hall of Fame today in a ceremony at Burns Wellness Commons on campus. New members include Bill Courchaine (hockey), Janice (Monsaas) Sayovitz (basketball), Tim Radosevich (basketball), Desiree (Budd) Essler (cross country), former St. Scholastica President Father Francis X. Shea and the 1987-88 women's basketball team.

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Former Duluth News Tribune and Murphy McGinnis Media advertising director Aaron Becher has been named general manager of The Forum, a Forum Communications newspaper in Fargo-Moorhead.

"Aaron's proven track record with our company has propelled him to his next challenge," The Forum Publisher Bill Marcil Jr., said in a prepared statement. "I look forward to having him help The Forum as we continue to face the challenges of the constantly changing media landscape."

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The College of St. Scholastica is once again rated one of America’s “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings for 2013 list St. Scholastica 27th among institutions in the Best Regional Universities-Midwest region. The survey defines the category as institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs but few doctoral programs.

The category includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south and Ohio in the east.

“We are pleased that we continue to be highly ranked within the top-tier of regional universities in the Midwest,” said Dr. Beth Domholdt, vice president for academic affairs at St. Scholastica. “In addition, our recognition as an ‘A+ School for B Students’ reflects our commitment to serving a wide range of students really well, from those at the very top of their high school class to those with solid, but less spectacular high school records.”

The ‘A+ School for B Students’ category considers the school’s performance in the Best Colleges rankings and the average freshman retention rate, that is, the percentage of freshmen who return for their sophomore year.

Nationwide, the 2013 Best Colleges survey examines how about 1,400 accredited colleges and universities compare on a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the factors weighed in determining the rankings are assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The College of St. Scholastica is an independent private college offering programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional career fields. Ninety-seven percent of graduates are employed within career fields or graduate school within six months of graduation. St. Scholastica has been called a “hidden gem” by The Washington Post.

-- St. Scholastica


Duluth Mayor Don Ness on the proposed 2013 city of Duluth budget: "We have achieved a hard-earned stability in city operations and city finances. Despite facing $1.7 million increase in health care costs, the 2013 budget will be $1 million smaller than the 2012 budget. Despite facing a million dollar decrease in revenue, we recommend only a 1.6-percent levy increase. We have made a lot of painful decisions over the past five years, but we are now seeing the benefits."

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