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Making It: Start-Up

When his first batch of hot sauce was gobbled up, Al Sands knew he was on to something. The professional boxer and culinary entrepreneur brings his recipes to a commercial kitchen in Floodwood to ramp up production. Before she had a driver's license, she took on running Lou's Smokehouse. Now Ashleigh Swanson and her team, all age 18 or under, leverage an iconic brand in the small, shore city of Two Harbors. A one-man band, Steven Solkela delights in entertaining an audience. When Covid struck he shifted his creativity into high gear across the Iron Range.

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