Leaders: We grow our own jobs

St. Maries shines again Trees aren’t all that’s been falling around St. Maries. The community lost nearly 10 percent of its population between 2000 and 2010, according to the U.S. Census. At last official count, a mere 2,402 souls called St. Maries “home.” While denizens of this remote, rough-hewn river town were dying off or [...]

Thrux Lawrence: Creating a culture

Step into the former feed store at 206 N. Third St., and you’ll wonder what century you’re in. For that matter, you’ll wonder what city you’re in because Coeur d’Alene has never seen the likes of Thrux Lawrence. Then again, Coeur d’Alene has never seen the likes of the owner, Tanden Launder — even though [...]

The restaurant biz doesn’t have to bite

Mike Wells and his wife had a lunch date. They chose a local place to eat and, Wells said, had what he considered “one of the best restaurant experiences in my life.” It was so good, Wells said, that just two days later, he and his wife went back for an encore. But this time, [...]

Dave Knoll: Sittin’ on top of the world

Dave Knoll, founder and owner of Black Sheep Sporting Goods, is on top of the world these days — the hunting supply world, that is. At the 2014 SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade) Show in Las Vegas in January, ATK Sporting Group announced that Black Sheep had won their coveted Dealer of the Year [...]

Nick Smoot: It’s the task, not the path

Nick Smoot is all about stories, so it’s about time someone told his. In his mid-20s, he sold his first company — a start-up that made online photos for the real estate industry bigger and better — only eight months after he’d launched it. It netted 10 times what he and his business partner had [...]

Real estate rebound

The dog days of real estate are behind us; so sayeth Kootenai County Realtors. After the setbacks of the past few years, it’s a breath of fresh air to drive around town and hear the pounding of hammers and the chattering of nail guns, even if it’s not at the rate that we’ve seen in [...]

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