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The good news is that a second round of PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) funding for small businesses opened Monday.

The bad news is that some of the same problems - like an overloaded system - are still being experienced.

Some more good news is that St. Louis County announced this morning it's been allocated over $2 million dollars in special allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and if there's a little bad news mixed in, like uncertainty about how the money needs to be spent ... well, let's just focus on the good news for a little.

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  With a shorter holiday shopping season as it is, local merchants had a lot riding on Small Business Saturday last weekend.

  So what happens when your small business gets buried under two feet of snow?

  If you're in Duluth, you just get ready for Small Business Saturday Redux!

Seven tons of pollutants are no longer in Minnesota's atmosphere.

Put another way, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) partnership with small businesses has taken the equivalent of 13-thousand cans of spray paint out of the air.

And they've even helped pay for the retooling, distributing about $500,000 dollars in grants from the 2014 Minnesota legislature.

Eric David has the details.