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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for technical assistance and training grants in the Community Facilities...
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Posted on Jun 14, 2017
Category: Economic Development

While many rural regions have traditionally relied on one or two industries to support their economies, it’s become increasingly clear that a diversified economy helps...
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Posted on Jun 13, 2017
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Up until about 75 years ago, the majority of rural areas of the United States were literally in the dark because big power companies didn't...
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Posted on May 22, 2017
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Thousands of students, families, community partners and elected officials around the country, including the local school district, will celebrate the benefits of biking and walking...
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Posted on May 08, 2017
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Litchfield Chamber of Commerce annual business expo will showcase Meeker County manufacturers and youth technology activities. The Business Showcase, “Made in Meeker,” will be from 8:30 to...
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Posted on May 01, 2017
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After a successful trial run this past fall and winter, Connexus Energy will install new automated readers for all 130,000 homes and businesses it supplies...
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Posted on May 01, 2017
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For the 32nd time, the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce named its annual business award winners late last week, which, in addition to Faribault Harley-Davidson,...
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Posted on May 01, 2017
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The glistening, modern, 28,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson building on Interstate 35 in Faribault is a shining tribute to its former owner, Bob Hofmeister, but the dealership was...
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Posted on May 01, 2017
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The Glencoe High School library is always a place for education, but on the evening of April 20, the students were elected officials from all...
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Posted on Apr 29, 2017
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A new self-storage facility will soon open in Coon Rapids. Applicant Dwight Larson received Coon Rapids Planning Commission site plan and conditional use permit approval April...
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Posted on Apr 28, 2017
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Range Regional Airport (RRA) is two awards richer now. RRA was awarded Project of the Year for Commercial Service Airport by the Minnesota Council of Airports...
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Posted on Apr 28, 2017
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The Minnesota Trade Office named Gabrielle Gerbaud as executive director. Gerbaud, a native of Spain who speaks fluent Spanish, French and English, will lead the office...
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Posted on Apr 28, 2017
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A round of grants announced at the start of the year by the state and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will help provide...
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Posted on Apr 27, 2017
Category: Economic Development

“From marketing sites and communities to project management and transaction assistance, utility economic development partners can be a resource along the entire value chain of...
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Posted on Apr 27, 2017
Category: Economic Development

With a new assisted living/memory care facility set to break ground in its community this summer, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association – one of Great River...
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Posted on Apr 27, 2017
Category: Economic Development

Developing and using a great resume is one key to persuading an employer to contact you for an interview. But a great cover letter and resume...
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Posted on Apr 27, 2017
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April 24 marked the first meeting of the Fergus Falls Area Entrepreneurs and Creators group. The idea is to bring entrepreneurs, technologists, veterans, students, innovators,...
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Posted on Apr 27, 2017
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Nearly 15 months after being lost to a fire, Hope and Faith Floral & Gifts has reopened at its original Main Street location in Madelia. Owner...
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Posted on Apr 26, 2017
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Building activity in the city of Alexandria and its two-mile code enforcement area totaled $49.2 million in 2016. "Although 2016 construction wasn't one for the record...
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Posted on Apr 24, 2017
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It made economic history:  For the first time, Minnesota’s private sector has 2,504,400 jobs, surpassing 2.5 million jobs. The state exceeded 2 million private sector...
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Posted on Apr 21, 2017
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Minnesota employers added 5,300 jobs in March, according to seasonally adjusted figures announced today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). With...
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Posted on Apr 20, 2017
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Anna Wasescha has been named president of West Central Initiative (WCI) by the WCI Board of Directors. She will begin her duties on May 8. Reporting...
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Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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When Jenny Maras is on the hunt, there is no grove of trees, no rodent infested barn or dust covered vacant building that is too...
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Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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Heath Boe, Rural Workforce coordinator for Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training (NEMOJT) presented the Talent Development Program during a recent Lunch and Learn hosted...
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Posted on Apr 14, 2017
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Two Harbors Machine Shop (THMS) will reach a milestone next week when it rolls its 10,000th SerCo "knuckleboom" loader off the assembly line. At the beginning...
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Posted on Apr 07, 2017
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The Two Harbors business community gained a new member recently when the start up frozen food company Ruth's Vegetarian Gourmet purchased the former Pizza Hut...
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Posted on Apr 07, 2017
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The recipe for economic development – attracting more business and industry to a region – has an increasingly important ingredient: electricity. Once a straightforward utility...
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Posted on Mar 01, 2017
Category: Economic Development

Great River Energy supports businesses across a wide variety of industries throughout Minnesota due to its diverse service territory, which ranges from the outer-ring suburbs...
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Posted on Jan 11, 2017
Category: Economic Development

 Pictured, from left, is Jeff Borling, economic development lead, Great River Energy;  Mike Rhodes, president and co-owner, MNSTAR Technologies, Inc.; John  Damjanovich, MNSTAR's CFO; and Jeff...
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Posted on Jan 11, 2017
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Erin Sparks, economic development specialist at Great River Energy, was recently re-elected to the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) board of directors. She will...
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Posted on Jan 11, 2017
Category: EDAM, Economic Development

Kids learning to program computers, really? Well, it happened recently at Rippleside Elementary. The week of Dec. 5 was Computer Science Education Week when students...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
Category: Education

Cattle have been a passion of Joe Wagner's since he was young. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Wagner grew up on a farm on Gravel...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
Category: Agriculture

A major land owner is open to the city of Ramsey rezoning more of his land for a future business park north of Highway 10...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
Category: Commercial Real Estate

Fairview Health Services and Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital have announced that the Grand Rapids integrated clinic and hospital has joined the Fairview system as...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
Category: Healthcare

Litchfield Chamber of Commerce will begin its winter workshop series for businesses. The “Great Places to Work” leadership classes are designed to empower management and...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
Category: Workforce Training

The new year is right around the corner and with that comes a blank page to create your financial plan for the coming year. As a...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
Category: Agriculture

A bit of Hollywood's glitz and glamour will soon emanate from a Park Rapids artist. Copper cuffs handcrafted by Kelly Ringer, sole proprietor of ChatterByHammer, will...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
Category: Awards and Recognition

The newly constructed Cass Crest hog facility is nearly ready to start farrowing hogs. The first set of hogs is expected to come in early...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
Category: Agriculture

Have you seen? The State of Minnesota has a new look. This site is your number one resource for learning all about the new state...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Category: Marketing

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband released its annual report today, which includes recommendations for Gov. Mark Dayton, the Legislature and other policymakers to consider...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Category: Infrastructure

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank announced plans today to build a $250 million data center in Chaska in partnership with Dallas-based Stream Data Centers. Subject to Chaska...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Category: Infrastructure

Florida-based Enhanced Resource Centers LLC (ERC) plans to lease the former Kandiyohi Power Cooperative building at 1311 N. Highway 71 in Willmar. The company said it...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Category: Business Expansion

This is a great time of year to relax, recharge and refocus on your 2017 goals, particularly as they relate to your career. Whether you’re employed...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Category: Employment

Make staying healthy and fit a priority for you during stressful times like a job search. Many studies have shown that exercise and eating right...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Category: Employment

Each year millions of Americans – newborns to seniors – receive physical therapy services. Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve their movement and...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Category: Healthcare

Conn Mattfield was an apprentice with Lakehead Constructors when the 6,000-ton MINOS neutrino detector was built nearly a half mile below ground in the former...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Category: Manufacturing

In October, FirstLight’s WellnessFirst program was given the Well Workplace Award from a Minnesota Service Cooperative company: Resource Training and Solutions. Last month, Wellness coordinators of...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Category: Awards and Recognition

The Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) recognized Dakota Electric Association and the city of Eagan for their work in attracting national data center provider,...
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Posted on Feb 17, 2015
Category: EDAM, DataBank

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Minnesota’s workforce numbers more than 2.9 million (2007 data from MN Department of Employment and Economic Development)