2019 Top 10 Stories: Honorable mention — Public vote determines final Destination Downtown Business Challenge winner
Crow Wing Food Co-op was the people’s choice for the final Destination Downtown Business Challenge, which offered $65,000 as the largest grand prize in the three years of the contest.
The co-op was the grand prize winner after 9,000 votes were cast to pick the winning business idea from the final three, which were whittled down from 73 applicants. Loidé Oils & Vinegars and Minnesota Makerspace, the other finalists, each gained prizes valued at $35,000.
New this year was the public voting piece to determine the winner.
Past contest winners were Brenda Billman-Arndt of Purple Fern Bath Co. in 2017 and Marie Kirsch with Knotty Pine Bakery in 2018.
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— Renee Richardson