Goff Public beats SPACC in first annual cooking challenge

Goff Public and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) faced each other in their first-ever Cook-Off Challenge last night. Celebrity judges Jason DeRusha (WCCO morning anchor and food reporter), Mudonna (St. Paul Saints mascot), and Andrea Satter (from the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota) declared Goff Public the winner by a single point. Thank you to SPACC and our judges for a great event!


Judson University reveals next speaker for World Leaders event

Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, announced that former Mexican President Felipe Calder will keynote its fifth annual World Leaders Forum next March. The announcement was made leading up to the highly popular Mexican Independence Day Parade in Chicago, the fifth largest Hispanic community in the United States. Read this Chicago Tribune story to learn more.


Good news for Iron Range jobs

United States Steel Corporation’s Minntac facility received the final federal permits to move forward with a 483-acre extension of the mine’s boundary, which supports 100 Steelworker jobs and allows the facility to continue to mine for approximately 16 more years. Read this Star Tribune story to learn more about this project.


Garden study tests healthier way to grow food

The City of Minneapolis and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) recently announced their partnership to study the benefits of biochar, a soil amendment similar to charcoal. Applied in combination with compost, biochar is intended to increase crop yields, improve water quality, and hold carbon and nitrogen in the soil where they serve as fertilizer. This prevents carbon and nitrogen from being released into the air where they become pollutants. The study is underway in five demonstration gardens in Minneapolis, the produce from which feeds underserved local communities, including Native Americans. The biochar/compost mix is produced by our client, the SMSC’s Organics Recycling Facility.

Learn more about biochar in this WCCO-TV story.