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IREC: Where Are The Best And Worst Shared Renewables Programs?

Monday, December 17, 2018

A national scorecard released by the nonprofit Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) grades states’ shared renewable energy programs – e.g., community solar and net metering – with Minnesota and New York coming out on top. IREC says its National Shared Renewables Scorecard uses specific criteria to evaluate how each program stacks up against national best practices and to one another. This includes bill credit valuation, project siting requirements, interconnection procedures, low- to moderate-income customer participation, subscription portability and transferability, third-party ownership and management, and data tracking and reporting. Continue to full article
New Guide to Hiring Disabled Veterans Available

Friday, December 14, 2018

With record low unemployment, more and more employers are feeling the laborforce crunch, but one group of job seekers may be overlooked – disabled veterans. To raise employer awareness of this labor source and lower perceived barriers to hiring disabled veterans, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has released their 2018 hiring guide. “The Veteran Advantage: DAV Guide to Hiring & Retaining Veterans with Disabilities” contains up-to-date statistics and incentives to help employers take advantage of this underused labor pool. Continue to full article
An Enterprise of Entrepreneurs

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Entrepreneurs, makers and artists networked with DEED representatives from the Offices of Small Business Assistance, Business Finance, Business Development, Small Business Development Centers, Minnesota Trade Office and Unemployment Insurance to learn about technical support and financing programs DEED offers that help get startups up and running.  DEED’s Startup open house, held Oct. 9 at the First National Bank Building in St. Paul, competed with some major Startup Week events taking place that morning, such as Manova Global Summit and specialized tracks in FinTech and Food Ag Ideas. Startup Week program attendees had twice as many events to choose from this year, compared to...
DEED Launches Tool to Measure, Report Broadband Access

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Check Speed Minnesota will give insight into consumer experience, inform policymakers ST PAUL - The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, located within the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), today launched a new tool that will allow Minnesotans to test, map and report various broadband internet speeds across the state. CheckSpeedMinnesota.com is a benchmarking tool designed to gather information about the high-speed internet consumer experience in Minnesota. By answering a few questions and running a speed test, the input captured will help create a better overall picture of broadband in the state. Continue to full article
New Leave a Legacy Southwest Minnesota initiative is focused on philanthropy

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Throughout southwest Minnesota there are myriad non-profit organizations that are focused on making their communities better and sustaining them into the future. There are also people in the region who are looking for ways to donate to programs that are making a difference. The challenge is that there really has not been a great way to connect those who want to give with those who can best utilize those gifts. Now a new program is being established in the area that can help network people and non-profits together. It is known as Leave a Legacy® Southwest Minnesota. The program is focused on “encouraging philanthropy...
Food Manufacturing in Southwestern Minnesota

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Food manufacturing is big business in southwestern Minnesota. In fact, with more than 11,000 jobs at 109 establishments, the industry employs workers in that region at four times the concentration statewide, according to a story by Cameron Macht in the latest issue of Trends magazine. The cluster of food production jobs in southwestern Minnesota isn’t surprising, given the area also has a significant number of farms and other agriculture-related enterprises.  The food manufacturing sector includes businesses specializing in animal slaughtering and processing, grain and oilseed milling, dairy product manufacturing, fruit and vegetable preserving, and specialty food manufacturing. Despite perceptions that food manufacturing provides...
Great Minnesota Get-Together wins Fair of the Year Award

Monday, December 03, 2018

It really is great. The Great Minnesota Get-Together was named the Fair of the Year Tuesday evening by the International Entertainment Buyers Association, a trade group of people who work behind the scenes of the concert business. The Minnesota State Fair beat out fairs in Wisconsin, California, Delaware and Vancouver, BC, among other finalists for the honor from the Nashville-based group. This year the state fair set a new attendance record, with more than 2 million visitors during the 12-day run. Among this year’s Grandstand concerts: Culture Club, Sugarland, Earth Wind & Fire, the Beach Boys and Niall Horan. The honor was announced at...
Minnesota Manufacturers try to manufacture interest in careers

Friday, November 30, 2018

Scores of Minnesota manufacturers are hosting students this week during Minnesota Manufacturing Week to stimulate interest in critical industries that also pay above average. They included two growing North Minneapolis makers located within a couple blocks of each other: Unison Comfort Technologies, a builder of heating-and-cooling systems that can be as big as a small house for commercial installations; and H&B Elevators, a maker of passenger elevators, from U.S. Bank Stadium to a skyscraper in Dubai. Human Resource Manager Tara Thurs of Unison,  said the company employs 345 people, and is looking for 30 more at beginning wages that range from $15.44 an...
Minnesota's ACT scores remain steady, among best in the U.S.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Minnesota's average declined slightly but not enough to alter its best-of-the-nation standing.  Minnesota students’ scores on the ACT college entrance exam dipped slightly this year but were still higher than those of any other state where nearly all students take the test. Graduating seniors in the class of 2018 earned an average composite score of 21.3 out of a possible 36, according to test results released Wednesday. That’s down from last year’s state average of 21.5, but still above the national average of 20.8 for the test that measures students’ college readiness in math, reading, science and English. It was also enough to...
Most & Least Energy-Efficient States

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Energy is expensive. In fact, it’s one of the biggest household expenses for American consumers. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average U.S. family spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities, with heating and cooling of spaces alone accounting for more than half the bill. In 2018, the average consumer spent another $1,968 on motor fuel and oil, up $59 from last year. The Department of Energy estimates that adopting energy-efficient measures in the home could reduce a family’s utility costs by as much as 25 percent. It pays to conserve, especially during a time of increasingly warmer temperatures. As for transportation, the agency...
Sun Country Airlines partners with Minnesota State in Mankato for new pilots

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sun Country Airlines on Thursday unveiled a partnership with Minnesota State University, Mankato, to offer commercial aviation students full-time employment prior to graduation through a new initiative, the Sun Country Bridge Program. Students in the aviation program at Minnesota State can apply for the program their freshman year, said Jessica Wheeler, spokesperson for Sun Country. Applicants will be chosen on "technical requirements, professionalism, and commitment to their profession," she said Upon completion of the program and the required flight hours, members of the program enter Sun Country's three-month pilot training program for full-time employment. Tom Peterson, an assistant professor of aviation at Minnesota State,...
MINNESOTA'S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS RANKED BY ATTENDANCE

Monday, November 26, 2018

Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism promotion office, announced 2017 attendance figures today for major attractions and events statewide. From the nation's largest mall to stadiums, museums, zoos, parks, big events and more, the top 40 most-visited tourist attractions in the state can be viewed in this Click here for the complete article.
The Experience of American Indian Students in the Minnesota Labor Market

Monday, November 26, 2018

American Indians have the lowest educational attainment rates of any population group in the United States, and Minnesota is no exception. Moreover, American Indians with a college degree have lower post-college earnings relative to other groups. This study compares American Indian post-secondary students to their white peers with the aim of identifying (1) what educational and socio-economic characteristics set them apart from the majority race group, (2) how these background characteristics contribute to the observed employment and wage disparities relative to whites, (3) how geographic location, especially living and working in rural counties, negatively affects earnings, and (4) potential implications of...
Finnovation

Friday, November 23, 2018

The financial technology sector, better known as FinTech, is reshaping the banking and financial services industry, offering products that are more user-friendly, efficient, transparent and automated than in the past. Lending, payments, personal finance and mortgages are among the services that are evolving in this new world of finance. PayPal is a good example of an early entry in the FinTech space, with an online application that supports money transfers and provides an electronic alternative to checks and money orders. GoFundMe and other crowdfunding sites are FinTechs as well. In Minnesota, Sezzle Inc. is probably the state’s best-known FinTech. The Minneapolis-based company,...
A Pause in the Hot Streak

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in August, a number not seen since December 1999. The state’s record-low unemployment rate was a seasonally adjusted 2.5 percent in both January and February 1999. (The US unemployment rate in August was 3.9 percent.)  Minnesota employers eliminated 200 jobs after three consecutive months of growth. Over the past year, the state has added 50,904 jobs, a 1.7 percent growth rate. US jobs are up 1.8 percent in the past year. Details: Monthly employment changes across the major sectors of Minnesota’s economy were fairly small, with job losers outnumbering gainers seven to three and logging and...
State Unemployment Rate Falls to 2.8 Percent

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Unemployment rate at lowest point since May 1999 ST PAUL – Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 2.8 percent in September, according to data released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). That is the lowest state unemployment rate since May 1999 and only three tenths of a point above the all-time low of 2.5 percent in both January and February 1999. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in September 2018. Minnesota’s labor market lost 1,400 jobs last month. Additionally, August’s job loss was revised downward from 200 jobs lost to 2,500 jobs lost. Over the past year,...
Support Small Businesses on Nov. 24 and Beyond

Monday, November 19, 2018

November 24 is Small Business Saturday, a shopping holiday that urges consumers to patronize small and independent businesses rather than online retailers or big box stores. American Express was behind the first Small Business Saturday, which started in 2010. The initial goal was to counter the negative effects of the recession on small businesses and local economies. The holiday quickly caught on. In 2011, the Senate passed a resolution in support of Small Business Saturday. Consumers have now spent an estimated $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants over the eight Small Business Saturdays since its inception. Small Businesses Make a Significant Economic...
Redwood Area Concert Association announces the 2018-19 performers

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Redwood Area Concert Association is pleased to announce its concert series schedule for the 2018-19 season and the start of membership sales as of Aug. 22. The concert season will begin Oct. 1, 2018, with the high energy Jersey Tenors. The Jersey Tenors, who were recently touted as the most versatile tribute act in the nation, are a quartet of classically trained Broadway performers who have created an explosive blend of rock and opera with “Jersey Proud” roots. From Frank Sinatra to Figaro to Frankie Valli, audience members will love it all. The series continues Oct. 15, 2018, with William Florian’s...
Carris Health to serve in interim management role for Redwood Area Hospital through 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

During its July 17 meeting, the Redwood Falls City Council approved the transfer agreement of the Redwood Area Hospital to Carris Health effective as of Jan. 1, 2019. While there are still some months left before the transfer officially takes place, the City of Redwood Falls and Carris Health have entered into an agreement that both believe will help to create a smooth transition of ownership. According to Keith Muetzel, city administrator, discussions have been taking place between city and hospital leadership and Carris Health to determine what will be happening over the next few months, and from those discussions a plan...
Ruprecht’s Meat Market is now open in Wabasso

Monday, September 17, 2018

Chad Ruprecht is a business owner for the second time. Ruprecht’s Meat Market in Wabasso, which offers a variety of retail meat sales and custom processing, is open for business and is located on Main Street in Wabasso. The lights are on from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The meat shop, housed in the former Wabasso Locker store, opened in July after Ruprecht purchased the building in May. This is a rodeo Ruprecht has been through before. Ruprecht also owns and operates Wanda Processing. Wanda Processing processes only deer, up to 250 a...
Small Businesses are a Big Deal

Thursday, September 13, 2018

As described in last month’s blog post, Southwest Minnesota was home to nearly 27,200 nonemployer establishments in 2016. In addition to being a source of employment and personal income, these businesses are a vital part of the larger regional economy, creating opportunities for growth. In many cases, self-employed businesses have expanded and become employer establishments. Click here for the complete article.
RADC Offers Grant Writing Expertise

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Nonprofits and small municipalities often rely on grant funding to accomplish their missions and keep up with important infrastructure and public works projects. Since 1990, the Redwood Area Development Corporation (RADC) has offered grant writing services to area towns and nonprofits. Pat Dingels, grant writing specialist, was the person hired to start the program. Dingels is now a seasoned employee with a wealth of experience in winning a range of grants. She writes about 10-20 grants annually. In her 27 years, Dingels says she’s tackled “every topic you can think of,” from parks and recreation upgrades to farm to table initiatives for...
Hoppkes are new owners of Dari King in Redwood Falls

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Dari King has been an establishment in Redwood Falls for generations. Previous to the Dari King name it was the Dairy Freeze until being purchased and rebranded by the Brakken family. After nearly 55 years, Marge and Dan Brakken were ready to sell. New owners Chris and Melissa Hoppke opened the Dari King as official owners May 1, 2018. Melissa speculated that the Brakkens, who approached them about purchasing it, wanted to find someone that they knew would keep it much the same as it had been. Click here for the complete article.
Fun With Statistics

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Recently released data from the Census Bureau shows that the population in Minnesota has increased by 51,556 people in the last year and has experienced a growth rate of 5.1 percent since 2010 with the addition of 272,682 residents. Population growth is an important driver of economic sustainability, especially in a tight labor market where employers are struggling to fill vacant job openings, and Minnesota’s expanding population is a positive sign. However, not all areas of the state are benefiting from the influx of new residents. For example, Northeast and Southwest Minnesota have experienced population declines since 2010, while much of the...
Physical therapy services now provided at HEC in Wabasso

Thursday, August 30, 2018

To meet the need of access to health care in rural Minnesota, Health Care Enhancement Centers in Wabasso now offers physical therapy to meet the needs of Wabasso and the surrounding community. Jeny Bauer, a physical therapist with 15 years of experience, began providing physical therapy at HEC in May. “HEC is both proud and excited to offer physical therapy to the community,” said Bauer. Bauer received a degree in biology from Southwest State University in 2000, a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Temple University...
Baune’s Catering has your event covered

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The most in-demand caterer in the area is Baune’s Catering in Wabasso. Local businessman and entrepreneur Brian Baune has taken his parents’ successful cafe business in a different direction by offering catering services for all occasions from weddings to family events. Baune’s Catering is located on Highway 68 in Wabasso and provides all of your event needs under one roof from food to cocktails, and now offers a keg trailer to serve ice cold beer at your event. “No event is too big, or too small,” said Baune. “We can cater an event ranging from 700 people to an intimate party.” Baune’s catering business...
Kohls-Weelborg sales representative, Joel Read, sells vehicle number 5,000

Friday, August 24, 2018

In September 1991, Joel Read began working as the shop foreman at the Ford Dealership in Redwood Falls. Just three years later, he would move into a new role. “In 1994 Ron (Kohls) asked me if I wanted to give selling cars a try,” said Read. More than two decades later, Read is still working for what is now known as Kohls-Weelborg Ford, and recently the sales representative for the dealership achieved a milestone in his career. Continue to full article
Preserving Belview’s Historic Odeon Hall

Friday, August 24, 2018

“Preservation is simply having the good sense to hold on to things that are well designed, that link us to our past in a meaningful way, and that have plenty of good use left in them.” ~Richard Moe, National Trust for Historic Preservation. As this apt quote from Moe illustrates, there are several great reasons to preserve old buildings. Though it’s costly, it also serves as an investment in community. The small town of Belview, Minnesota has made it a priority to preserve its iconic Odeon Hall. Since its construction in 1902, Odeon Hall has served as an important gathering place for...
Christensen Farms donates $25,000 to 11 food shelf groups throughout the midwest

Thursday, August 23, 2018

During the week of June 10, Christensen Farms, one of the largest family-owned pork producers in the country, donated a total of $25,000 to food banks across the midwest. The organization collaborated with local food banks in 11 communities in which it operates, to provide pork certificates to those in need this summer, which included a donation to the Redwood Area Food Shelf. “At Christensen Farms, we are proud to serve the noble purpose of providing safe, nutritious pork to families across the country,” said Amber Portner, Christensen Farms communications manager. “It is our hope that this donation will help provide families,...
Flooded fields and saturated soil conditions impacting area’s crops

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Flooding, ponding and saturated soils continue to impact crops across southwestern and south central Minnesota. Intense rains, ranging from six to eight inches or more in several counties in southwestern Minnesota July 3, exacerbated the wet conditions. Potential damage to crops depends on several factors, including: Crop stage during the flooding/ponding Duration of the flooding/ponding Air/soil temperatures Rate of drying and soil type Crop development stage is quite variable this season due to a wide range of planting dates. Continue to full article
Serenity Suites in Wabasso officially opens

Monday, August 20, 2018

A dedicated group from the community of Wabasso has spent years working on the idea of an assisted living project, and after much work and dedication that effort has finally paid off. Serenity Suites officially opened this past week and is a new assisted living and memory care home for seniors. Serenity Suites offers six, one-bedroom units with a den, three one-bedroom units and six memory care units. Serenity Suites celebrated with an open house July 15, and new residents began moving into their new units July 16. Serenity Suites offers many features including: meals prepared by a chef, a screened porch, salon...
Minnesota solar market surges

Friday, August 17, 2018

Minnesota’s solar market grew significantly in the first quarter, adding 105 megawatts of power, the fifth most among states during that time, according to data released. Minnesota has total of 849.5 megawatts of solar production, enough power for 116,670 homes, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), a trade group. A megawatt is one million watts, and by comparison Xcel Energy’s largest coal-fired and nuclear power plants in Minnesota each have a capacity of over 600 megawatts (though they can operate continuously). Continue to full article
Minnesota named third best state for summer road trips

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Safety helps make Minnesota one of the best states in the U.S. to take a drive. When the orange construction cones come out, Minnesotans know it’s time to hit the road. Luckily, we live in a state that’s prime for exploring in the summer, making us one of the best in the nation for taking a good ‘ol fashioned road trip. A recent report by WalletHub found that Minnesota is the third-best state for summer road trips. Continue to full article
In a tight labor market, Minnesota employers look to an under-utilized labor pool: workers with disabilities

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

On the main floor of the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), Karen Howson is busy arranging piles of flat plastic sheets and transferring them to a nearby production line. From there, her co-workers fold the sheets and then carefully place them under sonic welding machines to form corrugated plastic mail trays that will eventually go to the United States Postal Service. In July, Howson will celebrate her second anniversary as a full-time production line worker at MDI, which designs and manufactures plastic totes, trays, boxes and other products for big and small companies, including Amazon, Caribou Coffee, Best Buy and 3M. Continue to full article
This Minnesota Startup Built a National Directory for Women-Owned Businesses

Monday, August 13, 2018

MAIA launched earlier this year with a straightforward, single-minded goal: to compile a huge list of women-owned businesses and turn it into an easily-searchable online directory. By developing a platform that made it easy to find women-owned businesses, MAIA founders Kateri Ruiz and Angel Rowell hope to make it easy for consumers to find and support female entrepreneurs across the country. Eden Prairie-based MAIA officially launched in late April, and now has more than 700,000 businesses from across the country listed on its site. But this is just the beginning, Ruiz and Rowell told Minne Inno. There are around 11.5 million women-owned businesses in the United...
Redwood County site is an Opportunity Zone

Friday, August 10, 2018

Gov. Mark Dayton recently recommended to the U.S. Department of Treasury 128 low-income census tracts in Minnesota to be designated as Opportunity Zones. Among them is a parcel of land located in Redwood County. Opportunity zones are a new economic and community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term economic development and housing investments in low-income communities nationwide. “Expanding access to good jobs and better opportunities has been a top priority for my administration,” said Dayton. Continue to full article
Everything You Need to Know About Minnesota’s Startup Incubators and Accelerators

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Getting a startup off the ground is hard work, but incubators and accelerators are there to help. They provide early-stage companies with essential resources such as a workspace, mentorship, and often times funding to give them a fighting chance. More and more startups are popping up in the Twin Cities, and right along with them are more accelerators and incubators to help them find success. Accelerators and incubators are similar, but not interchangeable. While incubators offer ongoing support, coaching and connections – operating like a co-working space with benefits – accelerators tend to be structured programs for a certain length of...
Workplace diversity program to be held June 22 in Franklin

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

“Companies that demonstrate inclusive cultures and have a diverse workforce, on average, see 39 percent higher customer service satisfaction, 22 percent higher productivity, higher profitability and less turnover than their counterparts,” according to Gwendolyn Turn, Oracle’s Small and Medium Business expert. Research shows organizations with employees of different ages, races, genders, religions, physical abilities and thinking styles perform better. Embracing diversity makes it easier to attract and retain quality employees, enhance performance and innovation, expand one’s customer base, increase profitability and reduce risk of litigation. Continue to full article
$1.4 million for EV fast chargers available from MPCA

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

On July 5, the MPCAreleased a request for proposal (RFP) for electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations using Volkswagen settlement funds. The purpose of the grant is to reduce air pollution by expanding access to EV charging across the state. The RFP makes available approximately $1.4 million to install fast-charging stations along designated highway corridors around Minnesota. This amount is anticipated to provide about 22 fast chargers. (A separate RFP for Level 2 EV charging stations is expected to be released soon.) Click here for the complete article.
Echo Bottle Rockets childcare program set to open

Monday, August 06, 2018

ECHO Bottle Rockets Child Care is almost ready to take off, and the center’s staff can’t wait to get going. In the last several weeks, they have been busy at work assembling new cribs, organizing games and equipment and waiting anxiously to clear the final hurdles. The ECHO Charter School first launched its innovative, school-based approach to childcare last year when it held informal conversations between teachers and administrative staff. Eventually, the group visited childcare centers in the region and learned about other approaches taken by neighboring communities. The shortage of childcare options impacts the whole region, and, not surprisingly, many communities have joined...
More MN workplaces offering 'Summer Fridays'

Monday, August 06, 2018

According to a recent survey more than 40 percent of employees will get out of work early or may not even have to work at all on Fridays during the summer. MINNEAPOLIS - Companies are working hard to find innovative ways to keep employees happy and it’s not always money. In fact, a recent study found more than 40% of companies offer some sort of flex Friday or Summer Friday hours. Jealous? Yeah, we are too. We stopped by a few Minnesota companies to see how it works and if it’s really as glorious as it sounds. At executive staffing firm Versique, Summer Fridays are...
First State, Peoples State banks sign agreement to merge with Minnwest

Friday, August 03, 2018

Minnwest Bank and First State Bank and Peoples State Bank of South Dakota recently announced the signing of an agreement to merge. Completion of the transaction, which is currently expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2018, is contingent upon regulatory approval. First State Bank and Peoples State Bank are both owned by Northeast Bancorp, Inc. As of March 31, 2018 the banks have combined assets of $121.2 million and $103.7 million in deposits. “Minnwest Bank is dedicated to the growth and prosperity of agricultural communities, and with this merger, we are confident that we can provide a strong financial network...
Jobs Bounce Back in May – After Weather-related Hiring Pause

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Minnesota’s unemployment rate for May dropped to 3.1 percent, with the addition of 10,200 jobs.    With those gains, the state has added 29,188 jobs in the past year, a 1 percent growth rate. Sector details: Manufacturing gained 1,400 jobs in May. Minnesota’s over-the-month growth rate in manufacturing of 0.4% in May was again higher than the US average of 0.1%. Given revised April and preliminary May job numbers, 2018 bodes well for manufacturing. The past four months registered the longest streak of over-the-month gains since December 2014. Job gains were concentrated in Durable Goods manufacturing which gained 1,200 (+0.6%) over-the-month jobs, while Non-Durable...
Morton cosmetologist takes salon business, Hair Traveler, on the road

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

The idea of making business mobile is not a new one. There are many who have taken what they do for a living on the road, whether it be in the form of a food truck or in the world of technology. However, what Sarah Madsen of Morton is doing, at least in Minnesota, is something new. She has put her salon on wheels. Known as the Hair Traveler, Madsen’s mobile salon goes from town to town offering a variety of services to customers – new and those who have been loyal to her for years. No, said Madsen, the idea of mobile salons...
Farming outside of the box: Southwest Minnesota producers talk about non-traditional operations at SFA meeting

Monday, July 30, 2018

To be productive in farming means to have a good crop. While there are many steps along the way to ensure a good yield each year, from selecting the right seed variety to getting timely rains, there is one element of production that is just as critical – the soil. Implementing good soil health practices not only helps in the short-term, but it is a long-term investment ensuring good yields for years to come. Maintaining good soil health preserves and conserves the soil, and for it to be effective in the long term may mean thinking outside of the box. There are many producers...
Minnesota Business Firms Expect Unchanged Conditions for 2019

Monday, July 30, 2018

Firms point to stability in the state’s overall economy ST. PAUL – Minnesota business services firms feel positive about the economy, with nearly 90 percent expecting sales revenue to increase or remain stable next year, according to a joint survey released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Business services firms are less optimistic, however, that productivity and employment levels will grow or remain stable in 2019. Sixty-eight percent expect their supply of workers to remain stable. That’s down from 77 percent last year. Only 7 percent of respondents anticipate labor availability...
Making Minnesota greater again (and again)

Friday, July 27, 2018

The state's 10 regional development organizations have been helping to guide planning for 50 years. They're also keeping up with the times and providing a template for this year's elections.  The audience of foodies and curiosity-­seekers cheered and groaned at every twist in an epic battle of chefs at the recent inaugural production of “Minced,” promoted as Minnesota’s “finer version” of the New York-based TV show “Chopped.” The local chefs had to work on short notice with exotic ingredients, including dragon fruit, yucca root, chayote squash and prickly pear cactus. The three judges were a cosmopolitan lot, including a local Latina leader...
Minnesota solar market surges

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Minnesota’s solar market grew significantly in the first quarter, adding 105 megawatts of power, the fifth most among states during that time, according to data released. Minnesota has total of 849.5 megawatts of solar production, enough power for 116,670 homes, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), a trade group. A megawatt is one million watts, and by comparison Xcel Energy’s largest coal-fired and nuclear power plants in Minnesota each have a capacity of over 600 megawatts (though they can operate continuously). Continue to full article
In a tight labor market, Minnesota employers look to an under-utilized labor pool: workers with disabilities

Monday, July 23, 2018

On the main floor of the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), Karen Howson is busy arranging piles of flat plastic sheets and transferring them to a nearby production line. From there, her co-workers fold the sheets and then carefully place them under sonic welding machines to form corrugated plastic mail trays that will eventually go to the United States Postal Service. In July, Howson will celebrate her second anniversary as a full-time production line worker at MDI, which designs and manufactures plastic totes, trays, boxes and other products for big and small companies, including Amazon, Caribou Coffee, Best Buy and 3M. Continue to full article
Minnesota named third best state for summer road trips

Friday, July 20, 2018

Safety helps make Minnesota one of the best states in the U.S. to take a drive.  When the orange construction cones come out, Minnesotans know it’s time to hit the road. Luckily, we live in a state that’s prime for exploring in the summer, making us one of the best in the nation for taking a good ‘ol fashioned road trip. A recent report by WalletHub found that Minnesota is the third-best state for summer road trips. Continue to full article
Need a Financial Boost for Your Startup? MILE Offers Interest-Free Loans

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Loan applications accepted through July 16 DEED is accepting loan applications through a pilot program designed to help early-stage businesses that are developing high-tech products or services in Minnesota.  The Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs – MILE – will support Minnesota’s robust emerging technology ecosystem by providing interest-free loans ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. Businesses approved for loans must have a 1-to-1 match from another funder and repay the loan within four years, with no payments required in the first year. The program is an initiative of the Minnesota Investment Fund.  MILE funding may be used for working capital, intellectual property development, proof...
MTO Open for Business in New Global Locations

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) has opened seven international representative locations to provide export promotion and assistance to Minnesota companies selling goods and services globally and to attract foreign investment from companies looking to do business in Minnesota.  Offices are located in: Canada Mexico Japan European Union United Kingdom Australia ASEAN region (Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei).  The seven international representatives are either private contractors or consulting firms with knowledge in international trade and foreign direct investment. Minnesota exported $21 billion of goods to 203 different countries in 2017. Canada, Mexico, Asia and the European Union are Minnesota’s largest export markets.   Continue to full...
State Gains 10,200 Jobs in May

Friday, July 13, 2018

Unemployment rate drops to 3.1 percent ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 10,200 jobs in May, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  With those gains, the state has added 29,188 jobs in the past year, a 1 percent growth rate. The U.S. rate of job growth during that period was 1.7 percent.  Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.1 percent in May, the lowest level since July 2000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in May.  “Minnesota bounced back with its strongest month of job gains in more than a year, following...
Technology and Trades on the Prairie career institute applicants are sought, deadline is July 6

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Technology and Trades on the Prairie will be hosting its second annual career institute July 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Farmward Cooperative in Morgan. Students in Grades 7-12 are encouraged to register and experience skills required for careers in agronomics, health care, industrial technology, computer technology, video production and more using hands on skills and simulation labs. Those who are planning to attend are asked to enroll as soon as is possible, as registrations will be closing July 6. This event is free to all students who register. Students also receive lunch and snacks throughout the event. Technology and Trades on the...
Vesta: Choosing a Charming Small Town Life

Friday, June 22, 2018

The trend of “brain drain” where young people move from rural to urban areas is slowly starting to reverse itself. People in their 30s-50s have started to move back to small towns, enticed by a slower pace of life, lower cost of living and promise of safe, tight knit communities. Vesta, Minnesota is one of these towns. The Redwood River flows through the southeastern corner of this charming community of about 300 people located halfway between Redwood Falls and Marshall. Vesta’s new city clerk and treasurer, Jacob Kolander, grew up on a farm west of town. He has fond memories of the...
Altimate Medical acquires Activeaid

Monday, May 14, 2018

Altimate Medical, Inc. has acquired Activeaid, Inc., as of May 1, 2018. Altimate Medical and Activeaid have shared synergies in the marketplace, and both product portfolios complement and strengthen each other. Altimate Medical intends to continue operating the Activeaid business as an independent company. According to Kyle Smith, Altimate Medical marketing manager, Activeaid will remain at its current facilities in Redwood Falls, and operations will continue at the existing locations. Smith added the workforce will largely remain the same. Click here for the complete article.
Changing Times – Changing Faces – Workplace Diversity as a Competitive Advantage

Monday, May 14, 2018

“Companies that demonstrate inclusive cultures and and have a diverse workforce, on average, see 39% higher customer service satisfaction, 22% higher productivity, higher profitability, and less turnover than their counterparts,” according to Gwendolyn Turn, Oracle’s Small and Medium Business Expert. Research shows organizations with employees of different ages, races, genders, religions, physical abilities, and thinking styles perform better. Embracing diversity makes it easier to attract and retain quality employees, enhance performance and innovation, expand your customer base, increase profitability, and reduce risk of litigation. Inclusive businesses demonstrate to talented employees that they are willing to innovate and accept new ideas. Changing...
New Assisted Living Facility Opening in Wabasso

Monday, May 14, 2018

In the next several decades, the population of older adults in America is expected to double. More than a quarter of all seniors live in rural areas. This shifting demographic combined with small town living brings with it a number of challenges. Most seniors want to age in place, staying in their own homes and communities as long as possible. But in many small towns, the options are limited. Too often, there are only two choices: stay at home or move to a nursing home. Cathy Schwarz is a Wabasso-based entrepreneur. She and her husband Don also own Jonti-Craft, which manufactures furniture...
Gov. Dayton Submits Opportunity Zone Recommendation to U.S. Treasury

Friday, May 04, 2018

Gov. Mark Dayton today recommended to the U.S. Department of Treasury 128 low-income census tracts in Minnesota to be designated as Opportunity Zones. Opportunity Zones are a new economic and community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term economic development and housing investments in low-income communities nationwide. “Expanding access to good jobs and better opportunities has been a top priority for my Administration. These efforts have been especially important in communities that are experiencing continuing economic disparities,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “The Opportunity Zones program provides Minnesota a great opportunity to work with local community leaders...
Job Training Incentive Program funds

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

We are getting low on Job Training Incentive Program funds. We have about $180,000 remaining for FY18. As such, any businesses that are interested in the JTIP program should be informed of the current funding situation and advised to discuss their options with DEED staff. We do have an allocation of $1,350,000 for FY19 that will be available starting July 1, 2018. For complete details on the program:   https://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/training-grant/jtip/ Job Training Incentive Program This program provides grants to new or expanding businesses located in Greater Minnesota for the purposes of training workers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Overview Grants of up to $200,000 are awarded...
State Gains 2,900 Jobs in March

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Minnesota employers added 2,900 jobs in March, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  DEED added that job cuts in February were revised from 1,300 jobs lost to 200 jobs lost. Over the past year, the state has gained 21,250 jobs, an increase of 0.7 percent. U.S. jobs were up 1.6 percent during that period. The Minnesota unemployment rate held steady in March at a seasonally adjusted 3.2 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.1 percent. Click here for the complete article.
Redwood Area Hospital honored by patient, athenahealth, Inc.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Standing in the waiting room area near the emergency room at the Redwood Area Hospital, Craig and Cindy LaBrie talked about the life-saving efforts performed by the Redwood Area Hospital. They are convinced if it were not for the existence of the hospital in the community and the great staff who all do their jobs well, that Craig would not be alive today. What started out as a normal day turned into an emergency. The LaBries were measuring trails in Ramsey Park when Craig began showing the signs of cardiac arrest. After the initial feeling that something was not quite right, Craig admitted...
Belview residents, businesses answer call to raise funds for Parkview facility in a matter of hours

Monday, April 09, 2018

The City of Belview is a community made up of just a few hundred residents. However, those who call the Redwood County town home have demonstrated they are committed to making Belview the best it can be. All they need is a cause, and one will quickly see words turn to action. That was evident just a couple of weeks ago when a call went out to help Parkview Senior Living, a city-owned healthcare facility. According to Lori Ryer, city clerk and a member of the Belview Booster Club, an idea was presented by a fellow booster club member regarding the possible purchase...
Redwood Area Hospital occupational therapist earns credential as expert in upper limb rehab

Friday, April 06, 2018

The loss of hand function through injury or disease can devastate lives. The certified hand therapist (CHT) credential offers assurance to the public that the therapist treating them has achieved the highest recognition of competency in the profession of upper limb rehabilitation. Magan Simon, occupational therapist at the Redwood Area Hospital, has earned the distinguished CHT designation after completing all required examinations and clinical studies. These requirements include at least three years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist, a minimum of 4,000 hours in direct practice in hand therapy and successful completion of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper limb rehabilitation. There...
New Minnesota USDA rural development director focused on improving quality of life

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Brad Finstad understands rural Minnesota. Having grown up in that setting and served in various capacities related to rural Minnesota in both the public and private sector, Finstad has a handle on the issues communities are facing. In addition, Finstad served as a legislative aid and then as a state representative, so he has an understanding of how government works. All of that experience will serve Finstad well in his newest role as state director of USDA rural development. “It is quite an honor for me to serve in this role,” said Finstad, adding he was appointed by President Trump. “My whole career has...
Renville Hosting Career Expo

Thursday, April 05, 2018

The United States has been experiencing a “skills gap.” In the first quarter of 2017, the National Federation of Independent Business found that 45 percent of small businesses couldn’t find qualified applicants for job openings. Rural regions are particularly challenged by a mismatch of worker skills and employer needs. The problem is compounded by the fact that young people tend move away to urban areas to seek education and opportunities. A few years ago, Lisa Drafall noticed the Redwood Falls area was suffering from “brain drain” and decided to take action by organizing a regional Career Expo. Drafall serves as general manager...
Geronimo Energy moving ahead with plans for wind farm in southwest Minnesota

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

If all goes as planned the landscape of southwest Redwood County could look quite a bit different in a couple of years. By that time, a project known as Plum Creek Wind Farm could be up and running. Jordan Burmeister of Geronimo Energy, who is serving as project manger for the proposed Plum Creek Wind Farm project, was in Redwood Falls recently to talk with members of the Redwood County board about the project and its status. The proposed project is being planned for development on land in three different counties, including Redwood, Murray and Cottonwood in the Walnut Grove and Westbrook...
Redwood County Pheasants Forever banquet funds making a difference, 2018 event March 17

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Scattered throughout Redwood County are a number of dedicated pieces of land that have been established as food plots for animals, such as deer and pheasants. According to Jeff Zajac, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager, it is because of groups such as Pheasants Forever that those food plots even exist. The commitment to these food plots was enhanced over this past year, added Zajac, as the Redwood County Pheasants Forever chapter invested funds it received during its annual banquet into this conservation program. “We have food plots scattered all over Redwood County,” said Zajac, adding those plots planted this past...
Interest for Redwood Valley High School robotics program continues to grow

Monday, April 02, 2018

The issue: Demand for programs that feature science, technology, engineering and math are on the rose Local impact: School district is implementing activities, such as robotics, to offer hands-on opportunities. Over the years, statistics have shown many American youth have lost interest in careers focused on science, technology, engineering and math, but all of that is changing as an increased focus has been placed on finding ways to get them involved in those areas. One way is through an extra-curricular program known as FIRST®, which is the world’s leading non-profit program serving youth through a focus on science, technology, engineering and math. One of those...
Minnesota solar energy employment up almost 50 percent in 2017

Friday, March 30, 2018

Minnesota bucked the national trend in solar energy employment in 2017, posting the second highest job growth by state. Nationwide, U.S. solar energy industry employment fell by 4 percent or 9,800 jobs, according to a report released by The Solar Foundation. It was the first decline since The Solar Foundation began tracking jobs in 2010. Total U.S. solar employment was 250,271 last year, with the majority of those jobs in installation. In Minnesota last year, solar employment grew 48 percent, hitting 4,256 jobs, according to The Solar Foundation.  Only Delaware had a larger growth rate: 51 percent. “Minnesota was one of our brightest...
Formula for Success: Minnesota Biotech & Life Sciences

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A University of Minnesota spinout company is working to develop an artificial liver that could dramatically reduce the number of patients who die waiting for a liver transplant. Another Minnesota company has developed a novel means of serving primary care to low-income seniors, keeping them healthy while saving them money. These are just two examples of the innovations emerging from Minnesota’s bioscience industry, which, with a nearly $23 billion annual impact and 167,000 direct and indirect jobs, is one of the largest in the country. In fact, Minnesota ranks first among states for medical device patents per capita and second for...
Agricultural Business Feeds Minnesota's Economic Bottom Line

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Agriculture and food production is a major staple of the Minnesota economy Minnesota’s early economy was built on fur trading and farming, with flour being an early commodity. While the state has grown into a tech and research hub, the business of producing goods from fertile Minnesota land continues to help anchor the state’s booming economy. Economic Mainstay Minnesota’s agricultural production and processing industry entails $57.5 billion in sales more than 147,000 jobs overall. The food production industry has more than 46,000 workers, making it the largest manufacturing segment in the state by total workers. Minnesota companies also sent nearly $6.2 billion in...
State report: Minnesota needs immigrants to fill jobs and maintain economic growth

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Goodwill and compassion aside, Minnesota needs more immigrants to fill job vacancies, sustain economic growth and expand the labor market, which has been shrinking over the years as baby boomers continue to age out of the workforce. That’s the conclusion of a recent report — “Immigrants and the Economy” — that chronicles the past and present of immigration trends to the state and demonstrates how foreign-born workers have contributed to the labor force growth in recent decades. Authored by Steve Hines and Cameron Macht, economists at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the report also sheds light on the need to keep...
Importance of dental health

Monday, March 26, 2018

Did you know that 75 percent of Americans suffer from some stage of gum disease? Swollen, tender and bleeding gums are some of the early stage symptoms. Good dental hygiene is the best form of prevention. And since dental health can have an impact on overall health, it’s especially important to have regular dental check ups. In addition to medical services and a pharmacy, the Lower Sioux Health Care Center in Morton now has its own dental clinic too. The clinic is open for all to attend. It offers a range of dental services from preventative to general dentistry and including orthodontics...
With Interest – Minnesota's Financial Services Growth Spurt

Monday, March 26, 2018

Strong financial services yield innovative new companies The financial services sector has long been an anchor of the Minnesota economy, and the banking and asset management firms the state has are creating technology-driven enterprises that complement and serve them. More than 300 banking institutions serve Minnesota with more than 1,700 branches in 595 cities. Minnesota ranks third among states in the number of banking institutions. Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, the global financial services giant, is the fifth-largest U.S. bank, with assets of nearly $450 billion. It operates 3,091 banking offices in 25 states. Minnesota also is home to Wayzata-based TCF Financial Corp., which operates...
Minnesota ranked as having best average credit rating in nation

Friday, March 23, 2018

Minnesotans' noted Midwestern work ethic apparently extends to personal finance. The consumer and business credit rating agency Experian said in its State of Credit report for 2017 that Minnesotans have the highest credit scores in the country. The company's annual survey shows that Minnesotans have an average credit score of 709 out of 850, well above the national average of 675. Vermont and New Hampshire trailed Minnesota residents with average scores of 702 and 701 respectively. Minnesota's neighbors also ranked in the top 10: South Dakota ranked fourth with an average score of 700; North Dakota, sixth with 697; Wisconsin, seventh with 696; and Iowa,...
Minnesota Workers Get a Raise

Thursday, March 22, 2018

While Minnesota’s labor market has been getting tighter for several years, one expected outcome of that trend has been late to emerge – wage growth.  But a story by Dave Senf in the latest issue of Trends magazine documents that wage growth is finally occurring in many industries in the state. For the first time in years, Minnesota workers have bargaining power for pay increases or opportunities to switch to jobs offering fatter paychecks.  Senf conducted an analysis that found median annual earnings were up 8.3 percent between 2013 and 2016 in Minnesota – significantly higher than the 1.6 percent gain reported...
Innovative Career Services Available at Minnesota WorkForce Centers

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Minnesota WorkForce Centers continue to improve services for career seekers across the state. While the WorkForce Centers are known for workshops on job search, the MinnesotaWorks.net job board and networking groups, customers are discovering expanded career services to help them land a good job faster in a career that fits their skills and interests.  “While the Minnesota WorkForce Centers have helped thousands of career seekers learn effective ways to find work, we are developing new ways to help them become more efficient in their career search,” said David Niermann, job service field operations director at DEED.   New Guide: My Career Search Path  Minnesota WorkForce Centers...
Updated DEED Business Guide Now Available

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Thirty-sixth edition covers major issues faced by people who start businesses ST. PAUL – The 2018 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is now available from the Small Business Assistance Office at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  This popular guide, which is now in its 36th edition and free of charge, provides a concise summary of the major issues faced by anyone starting a business in Minnesota.  “Small businesses employ just over half of the private-sector workforce and create nearly two-thirds of the nation’s jobs,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “While starting a business is no easy...
Quality living options for seniors

Monday, March 19, 2018

Senior living options are improving all the time. Quality assisted and independent living facilities offer older adults an improved quality of life by increasing safety, decreasing stress and providing opportunities for socialization. Redwood County has six senior living facilities in the communities of Redwood Falls, Walnut Grove, Belview, Lamberton and Morgan. Each is unique and features different levels of assistance, whether it’s independent living within a community of seniors or assisted living with supportive services.Some facilities feature access to outpatient or skilled nursing services, some have a continuum of care that allows residents to age in place. Residents can choose the...
Faith-based education

Monday, March 12, 2018

One recent study shows that students in faith-based schools do better academically than their peers in charter and public schools. This may be due to the higher performance expectations in religious schools. St. John Lutheran School in Redwood Falls has a strong academic focus. Its students test above average in the state and nation. St. John offers a Christ-centered education from preschool until grade 8. The school mission includes outreach to the community, nurturing faith and equipping students to serve the Lord. In addition to academics, students at the school have access to music classes, band, choir and a range of athletic activities....
New Health Enhancement Centers is open in Wabasso

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Access to heath care in rural Minnesota is an issue faced by many. HEC - The Health Enhancement Centers opened in mid December 2017 to offer accessible health care to residents of Wabasso and the surrounding community. Located prominently on Minnesota Highway 68 in Wabasso, HEC is able to provide the public with health care needs. Click here for the complete article.
Preparing students for the future

Monday, March 05, 2018

Redwood Area Schools in Redwood Falls is a progressive district in southwestern Minnesota with a stated purpose of preparing students to be college and career ready. The district serves about 1,100 students in grades K-12 from the Redwood Falls, Morton and Belview area. Middle and high school students have access to a performing arts center and a 2400 seat gymnasium. Athletics are an important aspect of the school, which has a softball field, golf practice range and tennis courts. The Redwood Valley Middle School/High School also hosts the Redwood Area Community Center, which houses a fieldhouse, ice arena, fitness center, senior center...
Encouraging extracurricular activities

Monday, February 26, 2018

Research has shown that students who participate in extracurricular activities tend to do better than other students in a number of areas, including grades, attendance and graduation rates. The curriculum at Westbrook-Walnut Grove Schools emphasizes all the core classes in science, English, math and social studies. It is also committed to first-quality vocational sciences, fine arts and foreign languages programming and offers 14 sports recognized by the Minnesota State High School League. Westbrook-Walnut Grove has one of the most diverse student bodies around. Eighty-three percent of graduates surveyed credit their experience with helping them find success in a range of fields, from...
An award-winning school

Monday, February 19, 2018

A quality education doesn’t just lay the foundation for an individual child’s future success. Research indicates that education can improve the overall economy, by increasing innovation and productivity. Red Rock Central Secondary in southwestern Minnesota is offering a top-notch education to students. It was awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News and World Report for being one of the top performing high schools in the country. Students perform well above state average on tests in math and English and the school has a 96 percent graduation rate and a 12:1 student to teacher ratio. Red Rock Central School District is located in...
Grants Available to Help Employers Develop Apprenticeships

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Employers are invited to apply for the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) grant to help them create or expand registered apprenticeship programs in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care, information technology and transportation. Approved employers will receive funds to offset their costs related to program development, related instruction and supplies. Employers can receive up to $5,000 for each registered apprentice. "Apprenticeship is the gold standard to develop skilled employees," said Ken Peterson, commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). "The apprenticeship model allows employers to build their business and grow a stronger workforce as they address the challenges of worker skills gaps, growing retirements...
Resources for child care providers

Monday, February 12, 2018

A 2015 poll by The Washington Post showed that 75 percent of mothers and half of fathers had passed up on employment opportunities, switched jobs, or quit a job because they lacked paid leave or child care.   It’s clear that reliable, quality child care is essential for working parents. That’s why the Southwest Initiative Foundation is offering help for child care providers. The Bright Beginnings Loan Program offers 5 percent, fixed interest loans of up to $15,000 for child care businesses in southwest Minnesota. Funds can be used for a variety of startup or expansion costs, educational materials, playground equipment, licensing,...
Ensuring students are career ready

Monday, February 05, 2018

A recent National Federation of Independent Business poll found that 45 percent of small businesses couldn’t find qualified applicants to fill job openings. Solving this “skills gap” problem has become increasingly important. That’s why Redwood Falls attorney Orrin Estebo generously donated $1 million to the Redwood Falls High School. The money will be used to establish a career development center that teaches high school students about manufacturing technology and doubles as a center for after-hours training for local manufacturers. The Orrin S. Estebo Career Development Center will break ground in May and the target date for completion is January 2019. It will...
Redwood Area Hospital looking into ‘business transaction’ with CentraCare

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Redwood Area Hospital is at a crossroads. That is what Bryan Lydick, hospital CEO, told the Redwood Falls city council Dec. 5 as part of its meeting. Lydick was in attendance to talk about a new opportunity that has arisen in recent weeks that led to a request from the council to secure legal services representing both the city and the hospital related to a possible business transaction with CentraCare Health System. Headquartered in St. Cloud, CentraCare Health Systems is a not-for-profit medical care program currently made up of six hospitals, six long-term care facilities, 21 clinics, an outpatient care center, three...
The best care, close to home

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Mayo Clinic is world-renowned for providing superior healthcare. Redwood County residents are fortunate to have access to the Mayo Clinic’s Springfield office, which has satellite services in Lamberton. The clinic provides general family medicine for all ages, including annual exams, well-child visits and screenings. Follow up care is available for patients with heart disease and an on-site lab can help with diagnosis. The clinic in Lamberton is located at 310 S. Main St. and is open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. If the specific type of care needed isn’t available at this facility, staff will help make a referral to the...
Redwood Area School District, Lower Sioux receive $10,000 innovation award

Saturday, January 27, 2018

In 2016, the Lower Sioux Community and the Redwood Area School District co-hosted a cultural competence day for the entire staff of the local school district. The event was such a success, it is being planned for this coming August, and this year the school district has an additional $5,000 it can use to help plan the event. The funds were awarded to the school district by the Bush Foundation and the Native Nations Building Initiative through what is known as the annual local government innovation awards (LGIA) program, co-sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Townships, the League of Minnesota Cities, the...
Updated DEED Business Guide Now Available

Friday, January 26, 2018

The 2018 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is now available from the Small Business Assistance Office at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This popular guide, which is now in its 36th edition and free of charge, provides a concise summary of the major issues faced by anyone starting a business in Minnesota. “Small businesses employ just over half of the private-sector workforce and create nearly two-thirds of the nation’s jobs,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “While starting a business is no easy task, this guide gives entrepreneurs the information they need to start a...
Amid worker shortage, DEED prioritizes investment in employment training programs

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has set aside more than $160 million to fund job training and placement programs in the 2018 fiscal year — an amount exceeding 30 percent of the agency’s $485.4 million budget. That's on top of the more than $205 million the agency spent on training and employment initiatives, which the agency either runs or funds, in its 2017 fiscal year. By comparison, DEED spent about $116 million each year on similar activities in 2015 and 2016.  The reason for the increase is no mystery: businesses across Minnesota have increasingly been in dire need of skilled...
HOW THIS MIDWESTERN CITY IS LEADING AMERICA IN RETAIL TECH

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Last year, the top three executives at workforce management startup Branch Messenger decamped from Pasadena, California–based Idealab, the United States’ oldest surviving technology incubator, midway through their stint there. Their destination: Minneapolis. Of 150-plus Idealab startups birthed over two-plus decades, 45 have achieved successful exits. In Pasadena, Branch’s founders had seasoned mentors who built careers guiding founders from early stage to initial public offering or acquisition. And the West Coast’s top venture funds were either across town or a short flight up the coast, in Silicon Valley. Why trade that cushy, sunny perch for a frosty flyover city? A legacy retailer, of all things, prompted...
The Millennial Worker

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Minnesota’s labor force is undergoing a major shift. With baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) retiring from the workforce, millennials (those born between 1981 and 1999) are replacing them.  In fact, millennials are now the largest generation in the state workforce, accounting for 36 percent of all jobs in Minnesota. Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1980) account for 33 percent of the workforce, while baby boomer workers comprise 30 percent of the workers.  Despite popularly held stereotypes, millennials are proving themselves to be dedicated employees in every industry.  Some industries attract more millennials than others, however. Industries with the...
Involving the community in education

Monday, January 22, 2018

“We should not only use the brains we have but all that we can borrow.” ~Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson’s wise words can be applied to many aspects of life, including cooperative public education. As a part of its mission, the Cedar Mountain School District works in partnership with parents and the community in order to “provide an environment where learners can develop to their fullest potential in a changing world.” The Cedar Mountain School District provides preschool through grade 12 education and serves the communities of Franklin and Morgan as well as the surrounding rural areas.    
Planners face key choices for wind farm

Monday, January 22, 2018

It could be more than a year before the first new wind towers appear in rural Westbrook, but crucial decisions are underway right now. When the project is finished, Plum Creek Wind Farm will easily overshadow Odell Wind Farm, in terms of economic impact on the county. Like the Odell project, this one is led by Geronimo Energy, a company owned by Mt. Lake native Noel Rahn. Click here for the complete article.
Plum Creek Wind Farm would deliver power to three area counties

Monday, January 22, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered when the next wind turbines will be going up in the region, wonder no more. Plum Creek Wind Farm, a proposed wind farm that will rise from the ground about 7 miles southeast of Tracy, is currently in the early stages of the planning process. Geronimo Energy estimates the project could be up to 400 MW in size and will deliver power to Cottonwood, Redwood and Murray counties. Construction on the project is expected to commence sometime in 2021. Lindsay Smith, director of marketing and communications for Geronimo Energy, said the project is expected to bring a “significant economic...
What’s Apprenticeship?

Monday, January 22, 2018

What do a pipefitter, plumber and bookbinder have in common? These three occupations are among over 100 Minnesota occupations training over 10,500 apprentices in a formal system of training called apprenticeship.  Apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with technical instruction. It is designed to produce craft-workers who are completely competent in all aspects of an occupation, including knowledge, skill and proficiency on the job. With apprenticeship training, a written contract between the apprentice and the sponsor, specifies the length of the training, school hours, an outline of the skills of the trade to be learned and the wages the apprentice will earn. That contract is approved...
Tapping into the 55-Plus Workforce

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The struggle is on both sides: Employers looking for workers and seniors looking for meaningful employment. One solution: DEED’s Senior Community Service Employment Program – or SCSEP.  The SCSEP helps organizations and businesses statewide, by providing training wages to workers assigned to a business, non-profit organization or agency.   Here’s how it works: SCSEP pays for all of the participant’s training wages if they are assigned to work at a government or non-profit agency. Businesses that provide on the job training experience may also be qualified for the program, but may have to share in providing training wages.  People age 55 and older who are eligible can...
Job Expansion in Minnesota: Eight Years Strong

Saturday, January 20, 2018

In September, the Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.2 percent.  The state gained 6,400 jobs in September. Over the past year, Minnesota gained 41,259 jobs, an increase of 1.4 percent. U.S. job growth, same time period, was 1.2 percent. Read more. Professional and business sectors gained 3,600 jobs, leading all other sectors. All gains were in administrative and support, and waste management and remediation services (up 5,000). Management of companies and enterprises lost 200 jobs. Education and health services were up 2,000 new jobs and government was up 1,700. Small job gains were realized in other...
Startup Successes

Friday, January 19, 2018

Did you know: Minnesota is no. 16 in venture capital dollars Minnesota startups have found great success in Minnesota over the last few years, despite challenges like raising capital (we’re no. 16 in venture capital dollars, according to keynoter Andrew Downey, PriceWaterhouseCoopers), hiring talent that’s a cultural fit, and attracting customers. Just ask Clay Collins, Lou DiLorenzo, Lee Jones, and Matt Masui, panelists who shared their startup success stories with DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy, acting as panel moderator, during the Minnesota Venture Conference. What is it About Minnesota? Collins is the founder of Leadpages, a company that sells software businesses use to build website landing pages....
Carris Health agreement signed, established as of Jan. 1

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The final step in what has been months in the making took place Dec. 27, when leaders from Rice Memorial Hospital, ACMC Health and CentraCare Health signed the final agreement to establish Carris Health effective Jan. 1, 2018. This agreement formalizes a partnership between the organizations and lays the foundation for new collaborative and innovative opportunities that will benefit people in west central and southwest Minnesota. Carris Health is a subsidiary of CentraCare Health. The ultimate goal is to strengthen health care in the region through partnerships, while making sure each organization retains local control to make decisions that are best for...
Redwood Valley robotics program receives a $5,000 Monsanto grant

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Students at Redwood Valley schools have found outside support as they use robots to build their skills in science and engineering. The Monsanto Fund recently awarded a one-time $5,000 grant to Redwood Valley’s Robotics Team, Wingnuts #4741, to support its FIRST Robotics activities and encourage local students who participate in the program. Employees from the local Monsanto site invited Redwood Valley to apply for the grant in September. Team Wingnuts #4741 will use support from the Monsanto Fund grant to participate in FIRST Robotics and its educational programs and competitions. FIRST challenges teams of students to design, build and program their own robots...
Redwood Valley ag program receives an America’s Farmers Grow Communities Monsanto Fund grant

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Redwood County farmer Andrew Rasmussen has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to Redwood Valley High School. Redwood Valley High School will use the funds to provide training for Lisa Orren, the RVHS ag education teacher, to attend a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) training in the plant science area. The CASE program provides teachers with proper information to teach hands-on laboratory exercises that are student directed and inquiry based to help promote core concepts. “Thank you for providing us with this generous donation. The lessons we...
Native Canadian, Dr. Evan Adams, encourages Redwood Valley High School students to find their own life balance

Monday, January 15, 2018

"Be resilient.” “Make the most opportunities when they come your way.” “Keep well, and keep happy.” These are just some of the messages Dr. Evan Adams shared with Redwood Valley High School students during a recent presentation in the Redwood Area Community Center. Adams, who was hosted by the Redwood Area School District’s Indian education program, was invited to speak to students as part of Native American Month and to offer words of encouragement to students as they continue on their life path. Adams, who is currently serving as chief medical officer for the First National Health Authority in British Columbia, Canada, is a native...
Southwest Health and Human Services facing a financial shortfall

Monday, January 15, 2018

Southwest Health and Human Services is projecting a year-end deficit. Those words were shared with the Redwood County Board of Commissioners at a recent meeting by Beth Wilms, the new director of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS). Wilms, who was hired this past June as the director for the six-county entity that provides public health and human services programming for Redwood County, said there were concerns raised about the spending that was taking place within the organization and as a result SWHHS is not financially healthy. “We’ve hit the pause button,” said Wilms. “We are reviewing how we do our work,...
The importance of quality childcare

Monday, January 15, 2018

Increasingly, in order to make ends meet, more parents have to work full time outside the home. They’re working longer hours too. This makes having access to quality childcare options all the more important. The Redwood County Child Care Task Force completed a child care needs assessment, taking into account opinions from both employers and the public. The results underscore the need for additional options and will inform public policy for the future. RADC created a Resource Library on our website for child care matters. Find helpful information about the cost of area child care as well as a listing of providers in...
Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.3 Percent in October

Monday, January 15, 2018

Jobless rate is lowest since October 2000 Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell 0.4 percent in October to 3.3 percent, its lowest level in 17 years, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. jobless rate was 4.1 percent in October.  The agency said state employers eliminated 4,500 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in October. Over the past 12 months, however, Minnesota has gained 41,372 jobs, a 1.4 percent growth rate, matching the U.S. rate of job growth during that period.  “Minnesota’s labor market is still growing at a healthy pace, adding more...
State Exports Climb 11 Percent in Third Quarter

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sales of $5.4 billion are highest in nearly three years Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products reached $5.4 billion in the third quarter, their highest level since late 2014, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  State exports were up 11 percent from the same period a year ago. U.S. exports were up 5 percent during the quarter.  Exports of Minnesota products climbed in nearly every major global region, growing 11 percent in North America, 10 percent in Europe and 8 percent in Asia. Central and South America and the Middle East each...
How Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People Can Give Your Business an Edge

Thursday, January 11, 2018

From higher retention rates to increased loyalty. These are just a few of the strong reasons to hire from the pool of the formerly incarcerated. Tired of utilizing the same old business strategies only to get the same old results? It may be time to try something new. Research confirms that hiring formerly incarcerated people is simply smart business. As a recent ACLU report indicates, "retention rates are higher, turnover is lower, and employees with criminal records are more loyal." As turnover and recruitment costs remain hefty, better retention rates can significantly reduce an employer's costs for recruitment and training for lower-skilled, white-collar workers -- costs that...
MINNESOTA LEADS MIDWEST IN HEALTH-TECH STARTUPS

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

For any business ecosystem to survive, the environment must be robust enough to support the mature firms, while providing the necessities that ensure future growth and development. Minnesota has a longstanding track record in healthcare and health technology that position the state as a global leader. Despite this, it is often undervalued for its sustained success leading the health tech start-up community worldwide. This year has seen the Midwest region receive increased national attention for its thriving startup ecosystem. The health-tech community in particular, has been a hot topic. However, the majority of these publications have failed to further define the major players...
Governor Dayton, DEED Announce Additional $519,000 in Grants for Minnesota Child Care Program

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Governor Mark Dayton and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced $519,000 in additional funding for the Minnesota Child Care Grant program. The grant program is designed to increase the supply of quality child care providers in communities statewide. “Access to good and affordable child care is essential for all Minnesota families, and it's especially challenging in Greater Minnesota,” said Governor Dayton. “These grants will help hundreds more children receive the quality care they need, while allowing their parents to work and contribute to our state’s growing economy.” Click here for the complete article.
Redwood HRA, others in Lakeside effort are 2017 Gazette People of the Year

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Determination. Dedication. Persistence. Perseverance. Any of these words and others like them can be used to describe the efforts of a group of Redwood Falls individuals who were tasked with ensuring a local housing project damaged by a fire in 2013 would open again. That group, known as the Redwood Falls Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), celebrated the fruits of its efforts this past fall when the ribbon was cut officially opening the Lakeside Manor housing facility once again. The process toward that end was not an easy one, as it took more than four years to move through the red tape from the time of...
Amid worker shortage, DEED prioritizes investment in employment training programs

Monday, January 08, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has set aside more than $160 million to fund job training and placement programs in the 2018 fiscal year — an amount exceeding 30 percent of the agency’s $485.4 million budget. That's on top of the more than $205 million the agency spent on training and employment initiatives, which the agency either runs or funds, in its 2017 fiscal year. By comparison, DEED spent about $116 million each year on similar activities in 2015 and 2016.  The reason for the increase is no mystery: businesses across Minnesota have increasingly been in dire need of skilled...
Explore Redwood County

Monday, January 08, 2018

Minnesota’s Redwood County is a scenic region encompassing 16 wonderful communities. The area features a wealth of recreational options, from cultural learning opportunities to outdoor activities. Along the beautiful Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway, which runs along the northern border of the county, there’s an array of activities, something to please everyone. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from biking, hiking, birding, fishing and more. History buffs can visit the Redwood County Museum, Renville County Museum in Morton, the Lower Sioux Historic Agency or any number of historic sites for a window into pioneer life and early Native American culture. Kids and adults alike...
Lt. Governor Tina Smith, Department of Employment and Economic Development Announce $26 Million for 39 Broadband Projects Across Greater Minnesota

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

New round of grants will expand high-speed internet access to 9,973 households, 2,169 businesses, and 60 community institutions in Greater Minnesota New state grant funding will leverage an additional $34 million in private and local funding State grant program has invested a total of $85 million, provided 33,852 households, 5,189 businesses, and 300 community institutions broadband access since 2014 Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced the 2017 Border-to-Border Broadband Grant recipients. The grants total $26 million for 39 broadband infrastructure projects that will provide 9,973 households, 2,169 businesses, and 60 community institutions across Minnesota access...
Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

Monday, January 01, 2018

The shortage of cybersecurity professionals to protect extensive networks in Minnesota and the US presents a risk to our economy and security. Growing the next generation of a skilled cybersecurity workforce — as well as training those already in the workforce — is a starting point to building stronger defenses.  There will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers by 2022, according to a Center for Cyber Safety and Education study. It is important to engage youth early on and graduate students prepared to fill the vast number of positions available in this growing field.  Information Security Analysts: What They Do  Information...
One job search source

Monday, January 01, 2018

One of the biggest hurdles for job seekers is identifying good job leads. With the plethora of possible postings on employer websites, online job boards, newspapers, LinkedIn, Craigslist and trade magazines, it’s hard to know where to concentrate attention. RADC is aiming to help business owners and job seekers by compiling Redwood Falls area job postings in one convenient place. Our member businesses can use this free tool to advertise career opportunities. Job seekers can post their resumes on the site and search it for prospects. The site is updated daily and usually features about 100-150 job openings in the immediate area.  
The Millennial Worker

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Minnesota’s labor force is undergoing a major shift. With baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) retiring from the workforce, millennials (those born between 1981 and 1999) are replacing them.  In fact, millennials are now the largest generation in the state workforce, accounting for 36 percent of all jobs in Minnesota. Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1980) account for 33 percent of the workforce, while baby boomer workers comprise 30 percent of the workers.  Despite popularly held stereotypes, millennials are proving themselves to be dedicated employees in every industry.  Some industries attract more millennials than others, however. Industries with the...
What’s Apprenticeship?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

What do a pipefitter, plumber and bookbinder have in common? These three occupations are among over 100 Minnesota occupations training over 10,500 apprentices in a formal system of training called apprenticeship.  Apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with technical instruction. It is designed to produce craft-workers who are completely competent in all aspects of an occupation, including knowledge, skill and proficiency on the job. With apprenticeship training, a written contract between the apprentice and the sponsor, specifies the length of the training, school hours, an outline of the skills of the trade to be learned and the wages the apprentice will earn. That contract is approved...
Tapping into the 55-Plus Workforce

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The struggle is on both sides: Employers looking for workers and seniors looking for meaningful employment. One solution: DEED’s Senior Community Service Employment Program – or SCSEP.  The SCSEP helps organizations and businesses statewide, by providing training wages to workers assigned to a business, non-profit organization or agency.   Here’s how it works: SCSEP pays for all of the participant’s training wages if they are assigned to work at a government or non-profit agency. Businesses that provide on the job training experience may also be qualified for the program, but may have to share in providing training wages.  People age 55 and older who are eligible can...
Cybersecurity for Businesses

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Cybersecurity and digital privacy is now an issue for every business This year marks the 14th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. Cybersecurity has remained in the news for much of 2017. From global hacks to concerns around connected cities, homes and devices, cybersecurity and digital privacy is now an issue for every business. Smaller businesses have become targets for cybercriminals because they have fewer defense resources than large enterprises — and criminals know this. If cybercriminals can breach a small business and steal credentials — like banking...
Job Expansion in Minnesota: Eight Years Strong

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

In September, the Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.2 percent.  The state gained 6,400 jobs in September. Over the past year, Minnesota gained 41,259 jobs, an increase of 1.4 percent. U.S. job growth, same time period, was 1.2 percent. Read more. Professional and business sectors gained 3,600 jobs, leading all other sectors. All gains were in administrative and support, and waste management and remediation services (up 5,000). Management of companies and enterprises lost 200 jobs. Education and health services were up 2,000 new jobs and government was up 1,700. Small job gains were realized in other...
Minnesota Income Sources

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Minnesotans' per capita income is over 13 percent higher than the national average According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, Minnesota’s workers had an aggregated income of $179.3 billion in 2015, which ranked 16th nationally, even though the state was 21st in population. Minnesota’s total income that year topped Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri and Wisconsin – all states with more residents than Minnesota.  So why do Minnesotans on average make $3,826 more in annual income than the typical U.S. worker?  Part of the answer may lie in income sources. Wages and salaries accounted for 77 percent of Minnesotans’ income in 2015, followed by Social...
Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.3 Percent in October

Monday, December 18, 2017

Jobless rate is lowest since October 2000 Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell 0.4 percent in October to 3.3 percent, its lowest level in 17 years, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. jobless rate was 4.1 percent in October.  The agency said state employers eliminated 4,500 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in October. Over the past 12 months, however, Minnesota has gained 41,372 jobs, a 1.4 percent growth rate, matching the U.S. rate of job growth during that period.  “Minnesota’s labor market is still growing at a healthy pace, adding more...
Joseph Evans working to renovate historic Morton building

Monday, December 11, 2017

Joseph Evans is an artist. He is also a bit of a visionary, especially when it comes to exposing those around him to the benefits of the art that is all around them. Having grown up in the Redwood area, Evans has opted to return to his roots to help bring more of the arts culture to a community where he believes it could really flourish. With a goal in mind, Evans began the process of finding a place that would allow people from the community to work on their passion as it relates to art and to provide a venue through which...
Shannon Hoffbeck receives Minnwest Bank president’s quality service award

Friday, December 08, 2017

Shannon Hoffbeck has been awarded Minnwest Bank’s first President’s Quality Service Award for her outstanding customer service. The Minnwest Bank President’s Quality Service Award is given to the employee who best exemplifies the delivery of outstanding customer service above and beyond normal expectations. Hoffbeck serves as a resource for many in the company and stands out as a true leader by sharing her knowledge of banking across Minnwest Bank. She was nominated by fellow employees and was chosen from 18 nominees and selected by Minnwest’s Quality Service committee. “At Minnwest Bank we strive to provide excellent customer service, putting our customers first,...
Lakeside Manor is officially reopened

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

When determined people work together toward a common goal anything can happen. That, said Phil Johanneck, chairman of the Redwood Falls Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) has been very evident over the past few years, as the Lakeside Manor remodeling project unfolded. What began with a devastating fire that resulted in the displacement of a number of people came full circle when Johanneck was joined by fellow HRA board members past and present, as well as contractors and the community as a whole to celebrate the official grand reopening of the housing facility. Johanneck thanked a number of people from District 16 Sen. Gary...
Balaton, Milroy awarded broadband grant funding

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Balaton and Milroy are among the 39 Border-to-Border Broadband Grant recipients in Greater Minnesota announced by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) on Tuesday. Click here for the complete article.
Hardware Liquor serving Belview community, surrounding area

Monday, December 04, 2017

For much of his young adult life, Mike Huston saw the United States through the windshield of the semi he drove to make a living. “I’ve been all over the United States,” said Huston. Yet, for him, Minnesota is home. Having spent most of his early life in Minneota, Huston finished his high-school experience in Wood Lake. The road then called, and he saw the best of the best that the U.S. had to offer. In the end, when the time came to settle down and raise a family he opted for something closer to home. Huston and his wife settled in the Belview...
Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The shortage of cybersecurity professionals to protect extensive networks in Minnesota and the US presents a risk to our economy and security. Growing the next generation of a skilled cybersecurity workforce — as well as training those already in the workforce — is a starting point to building stronger defenses.  There will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers by 2022, according to a Center for Cyber Safety and Education study. It is important to engage youth early on and graduate students prepared to fill the vast number of positions available in this growing field.  Information Security Analysts: What They Do  Information...
The 2017 Manufacturing Awards

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

With manufacturers spanning a variety of areas and specialties, the industry is essential to the state’s economic health. Whether they specialize in custom drum kits or biological reference materials, Minnesota’s manufacturers set industry standards through efficiency, innovation and bold new strategies. Thanks to all who submitted nominations, and to every Minnesota manufacturer producing quality parts and products. Although this list includes just some of Minnesota’s manufacturers, we tip our hats to all of the companies and individuals creating great products that they, and all Minnesotans, can be proud of. Click here for the complete article.
Cybersecurity for Businesses

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cybersecurity and digital privacy is now an issue for every business This year marks the 14th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. Cybersecurity has remained in the news for much of 2017. From global hacks to concerns around connected cities, homes and devices, cybersecurity and digital privacy is now an issue for every business. Smaller businesses have become targets for cybercriminals because they have fewer defense resources than large enterprises — and criminals know this. If cybercriminals can breach a small business and steal credentials — like banking...
Sponsors sought for Redwood County Share the Spirit 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

In 2016, Redwood County Share the Spirit helped 235 families. Through the program, those families, including 531 children, received a Christmas meal and gifts free of charge, and all of that is made possible through the generosity of people from this area. While it may seem that Christmas is still a long way away, the reality is that as of today there are not that many days left until the annual Share the Spirit distribution event begins in Redwood Falls. Applications for families that are served through the program are currently being accepted and will be until Nov. 28. According to Char Ellig,...
State Adds 6,400 Jobs in September

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Unemployment rate drops to 3.7 percent Minnesota employers added 6,400 jobs in September, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  The state has gained 41,259 jobs over the past year, an increase of 1.4 percent. U.S. job growth in the past 12 months was 1.2 percent.  Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent in September to 3.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in September.  “Minnesota’s job expansion is now eight years strong, with the state adding more than 337,000 jobs since September 2009,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “During that...
Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.3 Percent in October

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell 0.4 percent in October to 3.3 percent, its lowest level in 17 years, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. jobless rate was 4.1 percent in October. The agency said state employers eliminated 4,500 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in October. Over the past 12 months, however, Minnesota has gained 41,372 jobs, a 1.4 percent growth rate, matching the U.S. rate of job growth during that period. “Minnesota’s labor market is still growing at a healthy pace, adding more than 290,000 jobs since Governor Dayton...
Schult Homes Corporation: Modular Homes Made with Care

Monday, October 30, 2017

Schult Homes Corporation has been in the business for over 70 years, and they continue to offer the most modern conveniences to fill your future home. Modular homes have been expanding in popularity and possibilities over the years. When choosing a modular home, you get to design nearly every detail. There are hundreds of floor plans to customize literally from floor to ceiling. Plus, rather than having the bones of your new house exposed to the elements while under construction, modular homes are built in warehouses, staying dry and temperature controlled. You can tour the Schult Homes Corporation options on their site.  Find...
Vista Prairie at Garnette Gardens: Expert Care, Unbridled Compassion

Monday, October 23, 2017

One of the top senior living facilities in Redwood Falls, MN, is Vista Prairie at Garnette Gardens. The facility offers continuous care, three meals a day (plus snacks!), and a compassionate, well-trained nursing staff. They provide assistance with personal care, laundry, housekeeping, and medication. Aside from general necessity, they also offer ways to enrich the lives of their residents through social outings, wellness programs, and a variety of entertainment opportunities. One main feature at Vista Prairie at Garnette Gardens is their Memory Care. They provide specialized care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients, as well as support for families. Learn more about their programs...
Good Samaritan is a career for a generation

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Brad Stephens began his career at Good Samaritan just one day after his sixteenth birthday. Now, 41 years later, he is the Director of Environmental Services and plans on working for Good Samaritan until his eventual retirement. For Brad, the longevity of his career has been easy. The residents have become his loved-ones that he cares about, and the staff has become like his family. “When our residents come to Good Samaritan, or goal is to make sure they lived a fulfilled and quality life for as long as we are their caregivers,” said Stephens. Brad has passed on the legacy of his career...
Minnesota outperforms rest of country in several economic measures

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Minnesota broke through the 3 million jobs mark in June for the first time ever, according to figures by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. State employers added 9,300 jobs in June and 7,700 jobs in July. The unemployment rate remained steady at 3.7 percent in July, while the U.S. unemployment rate was 4.3 percent. The unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for McLeod County and Meeker County in July. “Minnesota is outperforming the rest of the country in a number of key economic measures, including the overall unemployment rate, labor force participation and employment-to-population ratio,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Nine...
Technology to Improve Patient Care

Monday, October 16, 2017

U.S. health care costs are expected to rise considerably in the next decade due to a number of factors, such as rising prescription drug costs and increased demand for services from aging baby boomers. Telemedicine offers a wonderful opportunity to reduce costs and improve efficiency in health care, particularly in rural areas. Redwood Area Hospital is setting up a telehealth pilot program, thanks to a grant from the Blandin Foundation. The program will use the latest technology to connect nursing homes, primary care offices, hospitals and group homes. The ultimate goal is to improve patient access to care. Learn more about telehealth and...
GMNP IS PROUD OF RECENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVANCEMENTS, BUT KEEPING AN EYE ON THE FUTURE

Sunday, October 15, 2017

When I took on the role of executive director for the Greater Minnesota Partnership (GMNP) four years ago, it didn’t take long to notice a few patterns when it came to discussing the challenges facing economic development in Greater Minnesota. Whether our meetings were in Albert Lea or Thief River Falls, business and community leaders pointed to similar obstacles to growth. They talked about the need for world-class broadband to help compete on a global scale, more options for job training so employers can obtain the skilled workers needed to fill open positions, and more workforce housing so employees and their...
Employment and Career Services for People with Vision Loss

Saturday, October 14, 2017

If you have a significant vision loss that makes it hard for you to get and keep a job, you may be eligible for counseling, training, job skills, and job placement services from State Services for the Blind(SSB). Services vary according to individual needs. SSB counselors work with you to determine which services you will need to reach your job goal and develop an action plan. For more information, call SSB at 651-539-2373. A useful resource is SSB's Resource Guide containing information on services and organizations that support blind, DeafBlind and low vision Minnesotans looking to land that next job or build skills for independence. Workplace...
Millennials’ Desire for Altruistic Work: Does Gender Matter?

Friday, October 13, 2017

The findings reported in a recent blog post on Millennials’ Desire for Altruistic Work suggested that there were negligible differences in the desire for altruistic work across generations of Dislocated Worker Program participants. However, one control variable stood out: gender. Industries defined as altruistic – educational services, health care and social assistance, and public administration – are sectors typically thought to employ a larger concentration of women. Are there any differences in the desire for altruistic work between genders across generational groups? Women dominate health care and social assistance and educational services sectors. Women accounted for about 78 percent of all occupations in the health...
2017 Manufacturing Highlights

Thursday, October 12, 2017

With 31,211 jobs at 601 establishments, manufacturing is still the largest employing industry in the 23-county Southwest Minnesota region, just ahead of health care and social assistance. It is the only region in the state where manufacturing is still the leading industry. Manufacturing accounts for 17.6 percent of total employment in the Southwest region, making it over 6 percent more concentrated than in the state as a whole, where 11.3 percent of total jobs are in manufacturing. After seeing steady job growth from 2010 to 2015, manufacturers in Southwest Minnesota sliced 405 jobs in the past year, a decline of 1.3...
Thielen Bus Lines: First Class Traveling by Coach

Monday, October 09, 2017

Everyone loves to get away once in awhile, but no one likes to pay too much to do so. By booking a ride with Thielen Bus Lines you get the best of both worlds. Traveling by coach (charter services are also available) can be an especially efficient, economical option. The buses are well maintained, the expert drivers follow the fastest, safest routes, and you can sit back and relax while someone else deals with the traffic. On certain routes, you can even enjoy a movie via free WiFi. Explore the opportunities.  
Manufacturing Week Highlights State's Largest Industry

Monday, October 02, 2017

To highlight the importance of manufacturing, Governor Mark Dayton today issued a proclamation declaring the week of October 1-7, 2017 to be Minnesota Manufacturing Week. Manufacturing is the state’s largest industry by gross domestic product (GDP). It supports 318,000 Minnesota jobs, while contributing $48.2 billion to the state’s economy. This output represents 16 percent of Minnesota’s private gross domestic product. Manufacturing accounted for about $18 billion in state exports in 2016. Minnesota Manufacturing Week acknowledges and honors the important role manufacturers and their workers play in state’s economy. Plant tours of manufacturing facilities around the state, speakers, and educational activities are planned for...
Red Rock Central students visit Highwater Ethanol in Lamberton

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Eleven students from Red Rock Central High School in Lamberton traveled across town Sept. 15 to visit Highwater Ethanol to learn about renewable energy production. The students, from Grades 9-12, toured Highwater Ethanol’s administrative office, water treatment process, incoming grain grading and handling, ethanol loadout, ethanol process facility, energy center, dried distiller grain production and storage. Click here for the complete article.
One year after reopening, Knott’s Corner in Lucan still going strong

Monday, September 25, 2017

Nearly two years after a devastating fire closed Knott’s Corner Bar & Grill located on Main Street in Lucan, it reopened in August 2016 completely remodeled. After a year of determination and hard work Anna Knott and her team are happy to be back in business and serving the community. “I’m simply happy to be open,” said Knott. Knott, an area native, earned a degree in hotel and restaurant management and purchased the restaurant in 2014 along with her husband Jonathan. Knott, who worked in the space previously known as the BrauHaus, took ownership of the site and set out to continue and...
Scott-Preusse, Inc.: A Different Breed of Used Car Salespeople More Than Just Cars

Monday, September 25, 2017

We know. The last things you think about when someone utters the phrase “car dealership” is fun. At Scott-Preusse, Inc., though, they not only make buying a vehicle stress-free, they go out of their way to stay engaged with the community they serve. Like any other quality GM dealership, they offer vehicles, accessories, and service. It doesn’t end when customers in the Redwood Falls community sign on the dotted line, however. Scott-Preusse sponsors local baseball teams, sell root beer floats for scholarships, and hold Halloween costume competitions – and that just scratches the surface. Their site has a full list of community...
Heaven’s Gate Winery in Belview is 2017 Redwood County Farm Family of the Year

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Making wine is an exacting process. “We call it a labor of love,” said Bonnie Marhoun of Heaven’s Gate Winery in Belview. Bonnie, her husband, Bill, and their daughter, Bailey, have operated the winery in the small community since June 2016. “We’re now in our second season,” said Bonnie. While still a young operation, the Marhouns have already made a significant impact in their community and in Redwood County, as they have been named the 2017 Redwood County Farm Family of the Year. “We feel very honored,” said Bonnie. “When I think of family farms, it’s about people with thousands of acres of land. We’re...
Harvest Land, Co-op Country cooperatives to become Farmward

Friday, September 22, 2017

Harvest Land Cooperative (HLC) of Morgan and Co-op Country Farmers Elevator (CCFE) of Renville recently announced that Farmward Cooperative would be the new name of their merged companies. The name Farmward Cooperative was approved by the board of directors Aug. 8, 2017 and took effect on their merger date, Sept. 1, 2017. The merger of the two cooperatives was approved by the membership April 6, 2017. As stated to members in the merger agreement, the unified organization would be renamed. “In naming the new company, we tried to look beyond the here and now to project where we would like to be three to...
Minnesota’s Untapped Workforce

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Like many parts of the country, Minnesota is struggling to find workers to fill a growing number of job vacancies. One potential source of workers that can help the state address its labor challenges is blind, DeafBlind and low-vision Minnesotans – a group that historically has been overlooked in the workforce.  In a story in the June issue of Trends magazine, Carly Lykes Frostman highlights the capacity of blind, DeafBlind, and low-vision Minnesotans to be productive employees and examines the workforce development resources offered by State Services for the Blind (SSB).  Among its services, SSB provides job placement specialists who conduct labor market analyses...
Running a Child Care Business

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Minnesotans may take point of pride on near-perfect performance in every quality of life rankingeconomic developers examine, yet Mankato’s Center for Rural Policy and Development calls the shortage of child care in Minnesota “a quiet crisis.”  US companies that offer on-site day care for their employees are rare, but experts estimate that between 4 and 8 percent of employers do offer the perk.  Some large Minnesota employers – Carlson Companies, Boston Scientific, Thomson Reuters, Allianz, General Mills – offer backup child care or partner with on-site child care providers to benefit their employees. Greater Minnesota employers that provide this benefit – Harmony Enterprises in Harmony and Gardonville Cooperative Telephone...
A Region-by-Region Look at Minnesota’s Economy

Monday, September 18, 2017

In a recent story about Utah’s economy, the New York Times concluded that the biggest economic concern in the state is no longer a lack of jobs, but a lack of workers. Businesses all over the state are struggling to expand because of a labor shortage.  The newspaper easily could have been writing about Minnesota. The state’s tight labor market is a common theme in the six regional stories in the latest issue of Trends magazine. Job vacancies are at or near record highs in every area of Minnesota. The Twin Cities, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the...
Green Funerals with Redwood Valley Funeral Home (Stephens Funeral)

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Redwood Valley Funeral Home is owned and operated by Stephens Funeral, a family-run funerary service with locations around Redwood Falls, MN. Their variety of services and around-the-clock staffing make the death of a loved one a little less difficult. They offer traditional funerals, memorial services, and cremation. What sets them apart, though, is their “green” selection. This can include funeral services with environmentally friendly options such as renewable resource caskets, natural embalming materials, no embalming at all, no outer burial container, and water resomation. Explore all options Stephens Funeral offers at Redwood Valley Funeral Home. Visit or find them using the Map-N-Tour...
Laney Lu’s Boutique of Redwood Falls is in finals of the Global Boutique Awards

Monday, September 18, 2017

From more than 4,000 boutiques worldwide, Laney Lu’s Boutique of Redwood Falls has won the hearts of both local and global shoppers being voted into the final round of the 2017 Boutique Awards in Minnesota as a contender for Best Storefront Boutique of the Year. The Boutique Awards is the only global recognition event for independent boutique retail owners in the fashion industry, hosted by The Boutique Hub. The awards recognize and celebrate the best boutiques across all 50 States in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, in the categories of Storefront Boutique of the Year, Online Boutique of...
DEED Publishes Guide on Starting a Family Child Care Business

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Free publication created in response to state’s child care shortage ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is offering a free manual on how to start a family child care business.  “First Considerations in Starting a Family Child Care Business” provides details on licensing, financing, state laws, child care resources and more. The agency was directed by the Minnesota Legislature last year to develop and publish the manual in response to a shortage of child care services in the state, particularly in Greater Minnesota.  “Lack of quality, affordable child care is a barrier that can prevent parents throughout Minnesota...
State Adds 7,700 Jobs in July

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Minnesota employers added 7,700 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  In addition, June’s employment figures were revised upward by 4,900 jobs to bring total gains that month to 9,300 jobs. Minnesota has added 66,701 jobs in the past year, an increase of 2.3 percent, compared with a national growth rate of 1.5 percent during that period.  The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in July at 3.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.  “Minnesota is outperforming the rest of the country in a number of key...
Redwood Electric Cooperative Give Members the Power

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rather than just paying for your electricity use through a company, Redwood Electric Cooperative offers you the chance to be part of the company. Membership, of course, comes with certain perks. One of the main incentives of signing-on is that members vote for the seven directors on the board. These directors meet monthly to conduct business, and they also appoint the General Manager – the one who does the hiring and daily operations. There are also energy credits to be gained and the opportunity to sign-up for the Community Solar program.  
Farmers Union Industries unveils corporate offices facility in Redwood Falls

Thursday, September 07, 2017

In August 2016, Farmers Union Industries (FUI) broke ground for a new corporate office building located in Redwood Falls. One year later, it hosted an event that allowed the public a chance to see the finished product. “The building is 26,000 square feet,” said Duane Anderson, FUI CEO, adding that more than doubles the size of its previous offices. “We really needed a bigger space. We were using every inch of the old facility, and even had people housed in other locations.” Click here for the complete article.
Holmberg Orchard: Minnesota’s Number One Pick

Monday, September 04, 2017

Do you like apples? Then you’ll love Holmberg Orchard in Vesta, MN. This family-owned orchard grows thirteen different varieties. But wait – there’s more. They have pumpkins in the fall, and they host all sorts of events and activities. There are craft-centric events, vendor shows and family photographers for hire. You can even build your own scarecrow. And the Apple Core Lunch Stand offers delectable dishes on weekends. You can tour the Holmberg Orchard using the Map-N-Tour link, or just stop out and see it for yourself. More information on the apples, events, and the number for their “Juicy Apple Line” can...
MnDOT’s new state bicycle map debuts at state fair

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

MnDOT's 2017 state bicycle map is now available. Bicyclists can get the new map at the Minnesota State Fair at the Kick Gas exhibit inside the Eco Experience Building on Randall Avenue or at MnDOT’s booth in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street. The free map is also available at MnDOT’s Central Office Building, 395 John Ireland Blvd, St. Paul, or at most of MnDOT’s district offices. Request the map by going to MnDOT’s webpage at www.mndot.gov/bike/maps. The Department of Natural Resources and Explore Minnesota, the state’s department of tourism, will also distribute maps at city visitors’ centers, campgrounds and rest areas. Click here to view...
Nu Telecom Through the Years

Monday, August 28, 2017

In the early 1900s, farmers and businessmen were fed up with the lack of progress with telephone communications in the area, so they got together and formed the New Ulm Rural Telephone Company. And, oh, has it grown. Now, Nu Telecom offers state-of-the-art service for internet, TV, voice and wireless phones. A timeline on the company’s website showcases the rapid evolution of communication technology since they opened for business, from telegraph to radio, telephones to television, dial-up modems to high-speed teleconferencing.  
Larson’s Home Furnishings: Clever Construction

Monday, August 21, 2017

Larson’s Home Furnishings has been operating for over a century. Their motto, tailor-made for pun lovers, has remained the same since 1949: “Feather your nest with a little down.” When first established in 1908 by Lars Larson, the business was called Larson’s Furniture and Undertaking. But don’t worry – this Norwegian homesteader and his wife Hannah purchased two lots, one for each end of the business. They weren’t the only ones in the dual-business; many who built furniture also built coffins. Since it went well together, their motto then was “We serve you from cradle to grave.” Take a closer look at Larson’s...
Highwater Ethanol: Biofuel, Livestock Feed, and Local Jobs

Monday, August 14, 2017

Highwater Ethanol, LLC, recently began construction on a facility in Lamberton, MN that will produce ethanol from corn. One of the co-products of the process includes Dried Distillers Grain (DDG), which, according to researchers at Purdue University, can be used as a healthy ingredient option for livestock and poultry feed. By tapping biofuels and their co-products in this way, production is more efficient, and the reduction in waste reduces the negative impact on the environment. Along with benefiting consumers, the earth, and livestock, Highwater Ethanol’s new plant is also bringing economic growth and jobs to the area. Read more about the company.
Agronomists at Harvest Land Cooperative Focus on Growth

Monday, August 07, 2017

The Harvest Land Cooperative is a farmer-owned group dedicated to offering products and services throughout Minnesota, including grain handling, seed, feed, marketing, fuels, fertilizers, crop protection, and agronomy. According to the American Society of Agronomy the collective has a uniquely holistic point of view, and is particularly adept at studying the soil and how it affects crop potential. They also offer products and information to account for the climate, insects, fungi, weeds and most anything else that can influence yield. Learn more.  
Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Services: Above the Beyond

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Services offers a variety of traditional, high quality experiences. What sets them apart, however, is the counseling and support they offer grieving friends and family. Not only can it be done in-person or virtually – for those who live at a distance or prefer to access the service from home – it’s free of charge. What’s more, their website,  http://ow.ly/DTyH306L73z, is set up to help people purchase flowers, gift baskets, memorial gifts and jewelry. There’s even comfort food for the grieving. Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Services can be found using the Map-N-Tour link (http://ow.ly/DSjo306KAi3).
IDEAg Farmfest Thinks Big

Monday, July 17, 2017

Minnesota likes to celebrate its strong agricultural roots. Every year, between Morgan and Redwood Falls, there is an event called the IDEAg Farmfest that hosts over 500 exhibits for three days the first week of August.  This year’s dates are  August 1, 2, 3, 2017. There are vendors for equipment and wares, food and drinks. They host speakers for science and innovation in agriculture, political discussions, other exhibitors, and special events. There is even a photo contest! This event is so popular, it is listed under the events to do on the Explore Minnesota website. Check out the IDEAg Farmfest website (http://ow.ly/RKZo306LgMM)...
Estebo, Frank, Munshower & Geis, LTD Put Clients First

Monday, July 10, 2017

Everyone needs legal advice now and again. And for 40 years, the civil and criminal attorneys at Estebo, Frank, Munshower & Geis, LTD have focused on providing counsel that’s both affordable and essential. A full-service firm fluent in business law, real estate, probate and estate planning, the partnership also specializes in agricultural law. To learn more about them and how they could help you, visit http://ow.ly/Jur2306LpNU.
Redwood Area school board directs administration to proceed with $3.5 million project

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

A plan to build a career and technical training center on the Redwood Valley schools site is moving along at a much faster pace than had originally been discussed. The Redwood Area Board of Education did its part to fast-track the process at its June 26 meeting by directing administration to move forward with development and planning based on a budget of $3.5 million. The idea of a career and technical training center became more than just an idea when Orrin Estebo committed $1 million over a period of six years to build such a program. Believing the project should not be...
Activeaid, Inc.: Easy and Affordable Adult Assistance

Monday, July 03, 2017

Since the 1960s, Activeaid, Inc. has been manufacturing equipment essential for adults and children living with disabilities or in need of help navigating the physical challenges of everyday life: shower and commode chairs, tilt chairs, bariatric chairs, pediatric chairs, raised toilet seats, tub chairs and assorted rehab equipment.  Products are built to be sturdy and simple to use, and are designed with both the patient and caretaker in mind. To read more about Activeaid’s products, which routinely receive four and five-star ratings on independent sites like www.spinlife.com, visit  http://ow.ly/COHO306Ls8v.
Construction of Serenity Suites Senior Living facility in Wabasso set to begin

Friday, June 30, 2017

It is said that “good things come to those who wait.” For those who have spent years working on the idea of an assisted living project, those hoping to one day call it their home or for those who may have lost faith in the idea of such a project ever becoming reality in Wabasso, that wait is over. Serenity Suites Senior Living has announced that the loan application process has been finalized, funds have been approved, a contractor has been hired and construction is set to begin approximately July 1. The building is estimated to take 220 days to complete, weather permitting....
MVRRA and the Minnesota Prairie Line – History at A Glance

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority operates 94 miles of short-line railroad track that, while the MVRRA has owned it since 2002, has been around for nearly 140 years. The Minnesota Prairie Line was originally built around 1880 by Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway. Since then, it has had additions, changed owner/operator hands, and been abandoned twice – once in 1982, once in 2000. It then began to fall into disrepair. Since the MVRRA took over, they have been acquiring state and federal funding to repair and maintain the MPL, enabling the tracks to withstand higher speeds and more frequent trips. It...
Darlene Allen is new site manager at Redwood Falls ACMC

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Affiliated Community Medical Center (ACMC) in Redwood Falls has a new face in the building as of April 19. That day Darlene Allen took over the role of site manager for the clinic. According to Allen, that role has a variety of aspects from helping manage the day-to-day activities of the site to ensuring the staff has what it needs to best serve the people who come from the community. There are also plenty of administrative roles Allen will perform as site manager, adding for her it is about working with everyone involved with ACMC in Redwood Falls as well as...
Get Happy at Duffy’s Riverside Saloon

Monday, June 19, 2017

Who needs a drink? Duffy’s Riverside Saloon has four locations in Minnesota, and they each have happy hours throughout the week. Plus, they all have specials on meals and appetizers. Good food, great beer, and better friends – who could ask for anything more? This place certainly has it all; they wouldn’t have four locations if they didn’t. Redwood Falls, Montevideo, Glenwood, and Windom are proud to each host their own Saloon. So, next time you need a perfectly tasty burger or a place to watch the game with cold beer flowing, stop by Duffy’s Riverside Saloon. Plan ahead and check out their...
MnSEIA 2017 Legislative Recap

Monday, June 19, 2017

MnSEIA Members, This was not an easy legislative session, but MnSEIA's lobbying work and the support of our members did significantly impact both the dialogue at the Capitol and the final outcome. While the cooperative bill and the Made in Minnesota repealer bill were ultimately passed in the Energy Omnibus Bill, we were able to significantly modify their substance. Cooperative Bill The cooperative bill, HF 234, was originally aimed at eliminating the Public Utilities Commission's control over the cooperative utilities in full and gave the cooperatives complete control over their customer complaint processes. MnSEIA was able to push back and secure two gubernatorial...
New guide on LED linear tube lights helps you replace fluorescents

Monday, June 19, 2017

LED linear tube lights are an emerging energy-efficient technology. With the popularity of the CERTs Right Light Guide, we decided it was high time to offer some basic guidance on LED tubes. Fluorescent lighting is everywhere. Fluorescent lighting is universal. Look up, and you’ll likely find these familiar tubes lining the ceilings of many buildings. Linear fluorescent tubes (LFLs) have largely reached their maximum energy-saving potential, and they also require recycling. Click here for the complete article.
Affiliated Community Medical Center: Comprehensive, Quality Care

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Affiliated Community Medical Center and its staff of family physicians, optometrists, cardiologists, dermatologists, and an array of advanced practitioners proudly serve the entire Redwood Fall Area. A one-stop shop for citizens of all ages, ACMC offers onsite medical imaging, diabetes education, a pacemaker clinic and full-service allergy clinic. To find out more about the ACMC, which is praised by Minnesota HealthScores for its consistent, high-quality service visit here.  
Wabasso Public Schools Enrich Entire Community

Monday, June 05, 2017

Wabasso’s public school system is heralded for providing a high-quality education for students from pre-school through senior high. And it’s commitment to its constituency and civic life doesn’t stop there. A robust education program gives all residents access to manicured ball fields, modern exercise facilities, various summer rec programs and classes on everything from cooking to driver’s education. Parents and working families, always front of mind, can also take advantage of Care Corner, a program designed to keep school age children engaged and entertained after school. For more information on Care Corner, assorted free classes and other features of the Wabasso Public...
Get Salty with Step Saver, Inc.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Salt is a big deal in the upper Midwest – and not just because we love our pretzels. It is crucial for water softeners and safety in the winter. Step Saver, Inc. has perfected the salt supply business to care for both needs. For those unfamiliar with water softeners, salt is necessary to create a brine and is easily explained. It needs refilled regularly and requires a lot of heavy salt. The guys at Step Saver not only supply the salt and equipment for it, they deliver and refill for you. Whether it is brine salt or ice melting, they have what...
Property Available through Redwood Falls Ponderosa Business Park

Monday, May 22, 2017

It is often difficult for business owners to find new land to build or expand their business. The Redwood Falls Ponderosa Business Park offers a simpler, more secure solution to finding acreage. Currently, there are six light industrial lots available through the Business Park that are already appropriately zoned through the city. While there are certain contingencies to be met and schedules to be followed, there are benefits to buying through the Park. For example, infrastructure connections have been installed on all lots; this includes sewer collection and water connections. More information on the Ponderosa Business Park in Redwood Falls. Tour the...
Jamboree for Ramsey Park is set for June 7

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Friends of the Park in Redwood Falls was established in the 1970s, as an effort to help ensure the park system in the community was able to offer residents and visitors a positive experience. Its most visible efforts focus on work being done at Alexander Ramsey Park, which brings thousands of people to the community each year. While fundraising efforts have been a longstanding part of the work of Friends of the Park, that mission has been enhanced in recent years, as increased attention is placed on updating and improving Ramsey Park and its amenities. Click here for the complete article.
Pre-applications being sought for Lakeside Manor housing complex

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Taking a walk into Lakeside Manor today is a night and day difference compared to even a few months ago. After a fire in January 2013 required the housing facility to shut its doors, the building has experienced a major makeover that is nearing its completion. Craig Skorczewski of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership is serving as the project director for the renovation project, and he recently offered a tour of the site to show what has been done since the work started this past fall. “Many of the units on the fourth floor are nearly done,” said Skorczewski, adding the cabinets...
Minnwest Bank Serves Agriculture Professionals

Monday, May 15, 2017

Like the state is represents, Minnwest Bank is committed to the agricultural economy and the men and women it empowers and employs. It’s focus on agri-banking gives famers and other rural businesses access to affordable loans and treasury management services. Best of all, customers have access to living, breathing bankers who understand their industry’s unique challenges and rewards. There are branches throughout the state, making it easy to find someone to talk to face to face. The Map-N-Tour can show you just where to go. Find out more about Minnwest Bank’s services.  
The Vintage Inn Bed & Breakfast: Should you choose a hotel or B & B?

Monday, May 08, 2017

A bed & breakfast offers a different, unique lodging experience. Usually smaller, it allows for more personalized service. At a bread and breakfast a person can enjoy their morning meal in the dining room associating with other guests or in the privacy of their own room. Snacks and beverages are usually provided throughout the day. Information on The Vintage Inn B & B. The citizens of Redwood Falls, MN are proud of their bed and breakfast that was open in 2013. It brings more revenue into the community. Originally a studio it has been renovated, giving it a beautiful vintage look. The Redwood Area...
Redwood Falls Golf Course: Is recreation important?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Most people don’t think about how important recreation is. It helps in keeping a person healthy and active. There are other reasons that recreation is important. It allows for social engagement and community spirit. It is also important to the economy. Golf is a leisure recreation that a lot of people enjoy. Check out Redwood Falls Golf Course. The citizens of Redwood, MN can experience a wonderful experience at the Redwood Falls Golf Course. Money is added to their economy by green fees and membership fees at the course. The Redwood Area Development Corporation assists with community development.  
Parkview Senior Living Campus: Compassion, Care, and Ice Crea

Monday, April 24, 2017

As people age, it is often difficult to accept that they can’t live alone. Forfeiting independence and stepping away from the home they have lived in for years can almost seem like giving up entirely. The Parkview Senior Living Campus in Belview, MN, understands this and helps to ease the transition. Residents receive the care they need in a home-like environment. They have access to healthcare, therapy, entertainment, activities, and even soft-serve ice cream! Plus, the campus is right next to the Belview City Park. Explore the site with the Map-N-Tour. If you or a loved one need continuous care or a respite...
Heartland Wood Products Breaks the Mold

Monday, April 17, 2017

Interior elements come together to make your house a home. Furniture, floors, and walls are all lovely when chosen to suit your individual style, but there is one aspect that is often underestimated. Moldings. Enter Heartland Wood Products. When constructed with care, moldings can tie house together while still setting each area apart. They can be bold and traditional (bright oak railings) or subtle and slightly exotic (a warm cherry baluster). And whether you’re looking to make a statement or simply add a little ambiance to your home, Heartland Wood Products is ready to lend their expertise. Continue reading about Heartland Wood Products.
Farmers Golf and Health Club: Is golf recreation or exercise?

Monday, April 10, 2017

A leisure day on the golf course can help a person de-stress. When most people think of golf they think of it as being recreational. How a person gets around on the golf course can help answer this question. If a person rides a cart around the greens all day they are playing recreational golf. On the other hand, if a person is walking around the greens they are putting effort into physical exertion and therefore they are exercising as they play golf. Learn more about Farmers Golf and Health Club. Sanborn, MN residents can enjoy their public golf course which has 9...
MN Cup 2017 Application Open

Monday, April 03, 2017

MN Cup is the largest statewide startup competition in the country. We are a startup competition and hub to connect Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We aim to create jobs and grow our state’s innovation footprint. MN Cup competition benefits: $450,000+ in available seed money Mentorship opportunities with industry leaders Exclusive event access Business plan feedback Networking opportunities with potential investors Media exposure  MN CUP APPLICATION DEADLINE Applications for the 2017 MN Cup competition officially close on April 28 at 11:59 PM. To learn more about MN Cup and your application, click here.
Redwood Lodge: What do people look for in a hotel room?

Monday, April 03, 2017

When people are traveling and stop for the night, they want a comfortable room. The also look for amenities and room features. Travelers want to be satisfied with their accommodations. If they are staying more than one night they look for things like a complimentary breakfast, nice pool, or Fitness area. They also want their choice of bed size. Information on the Redwood Lodge. Residents of Redwood Falls know the Redwood Lodge provides a comfortable stay for its visitors. The management and employees serve their guest with pride. This lodge also adds revenue to the town. The Redwood Area Development Corporation can assist any business...
Redwood Area Hospital proposes $39 million upgrade

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

For the past two years, leaders and staff at the Redwood Area Hospital have been planning a proposed multi-million dollar upgrade. Hospital CEO Bryan Lydick presented the proposal to the Redwood Falls City Council Tuesday evening. If the proposal goes as hoped, a new $39 million upgrade of the Redwood Area Hospital could break ground as soon as Spring of 2018, with a completion date in 2021. Lydick emphasized the proposal is still very much in the brainstorming stage, with many details to be worked out. The main goals are to make the entire hospital facility easier for visitors, patients, and staff to...
Rice Home Medical: Why is it important to choose the right medical equipment provider?

Monday, March 27, 2017

  Most people don’t think about how important it is to choose the right provider when it comes to home medical equipment. All providers do not provide the same professional services. An experienced provider will be able to answer all of your questions. They will also be able to provide help with finding out if your insurance will cover your supplies and equipment. Check out Rice Home Medical at http://bit.ly/2cBYb75 Residents of rural Minnesota have counted on Rice Home Medical since 1988. The citizens know that their goal is to make you comfortable in your own home. The Redwood Area Development Corporation (http://bit.ly/2cyRnJb)...
Small manufacturers are the backbone of southwest Minnesota’s economy

Monday, March 27, 2017

By Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS — When most Minnesotans think about manufacturing, they likely visualize big companies like 3M or Schwan’s. These are great companies, to be sure, but they represent only a tiny fraction of Minnesota’s manufacturers. The vast majority are small and medium size businesses. Consider this: According to Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), more than 8,000 manufacturing companies make their corporate homes in Minnesota and only 22 of them employ more than 1,000 people. More than half employ fewer than 20 people. Plus, only 44 percent are located within the seven-county Twin Cities metro area....
IDEA Competition - Finalists selected

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Up to three $10K winners will be announced April 25 By Times Report The IDEA Competition has released the names of its 2017 finalists who will now move into the final phase of the competition: Bare Cloth - Keila McCracken, Turtle River Bolton Bees - Chiara & Travis Bolton, Hubbard County Dean Ultra Thin Retainer - Todd Sandwick, Fosston Raptor Rack - Jeremy Leffelman, Bemidji Squarrel - Russ Karasch & Robert Monahan, Park Rapids Stittsworth Meats - Mychal Stittsworth, Bemidji This year’s winners will be selected by a judging panel comprised of members from the three area equity funds, bankers, successful entrepreneurs, and business development professionals. The panel will...
A &W Furniture and Gifts: Why is quality important?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Most people do not want to buy cheap products. They want products they will be satisfied with in the future. Customers want quality items. If a product is of high quality a customer will pay more for it. A company who provides quality products will have a good reputation and people will want to shop there. Quality is very important when it comes to furniture. Check out A &W Furniture and Gifts at http://bit.ly/2cAzNpx Citizens of Redwood Falls, MN enjoy browsing through the largest showroom of furniture in southern Minnesota. The large furniture store brings in revenue to Redwood Falls. The Redwood...
Animal Lover? Consider a Vet Tech Career

Monday, March 20, 2017

Veterinary technicians are the ‘animal nurses’ of animal health care. Most veterinary technicians work in small animal hospitals assisting veterinarians in the care of cats, dogs, and other small animals. What are the typical tasks of a veterinary technician? During a typical day, veterinary technicians will observe the behavior and condition of animals, provide nursing care of emergency first aid to recovering or injured animals, bathe animals, clip nails or claws, administer anesthesia to animals and monitor their responses, collect lab samples for testing, take and develop x-rays, prepare animals and instruments for surgery, administer medications, vaccines, treatments prescribed by a veterinarian,...
State Exports at $19 Billion in 2016, Sales down 4 percent from previous year

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ST. PAUL – Minnesota businesses exported $19 billion worth of agricultural, mining and manufactured products in 2016, a 4 percent drop from the previous year, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). U.S. exports fell 3 percent in 2016.  Asia and North America were the state’s top two regional markets, with each accounting for about $6.4 billion in sales last year. Annual sales to Asia were unchanged from the previous year, while North American sales were down 7 percent.  Exports to Europe fell 5 percent to $4.4 billion. Africa, meanwhile, saw strong growth, with sales...
#InnovateMN Campaign Highlights New Discoveries and Technologies

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#InnovateMN – a new public-awareness campaign celebrating emerging technologies and discoveries in Minnesota – has been launched. The year-long campaign will highlight Minnesota’s culture of innovation by sharing stories of businesses and entrepreneurs on the cutting edge.  “There are many great ideas, products and solutions being developed by budding entrepreneurs as well as established companies throughout the state,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “#InnovateMN will help to uplift their ingenuity and support their growth by promoting resources and giving them exposure not only in Minnesota but around the world.”   Continue to full article. 
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum/Pageant: Is our past important?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Most people are intrigued by the past. Our past can be preserved in museums, through plays and pageants. It can help us understand how our ancestors lived. It helps us understand the value of our heritage. By studying museum displays and recreations you can see how different life was for our ancestors. Thousands of tourist from all over the United States have visited The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum/Pageant. Tourist dollars allow for historic preservation and boost the economy. (More information on the Museum/pageant can be found at http://bit.ly/2cAbY1a) The citizens in Walnut Grove, MN understand their rich heritage. This heritage is helped...
What’s Up at the Redwood Area Development Corporation?

Thursday, March 09, 2017

2016 was a busy year for the staff at the Redwood Area Development Corporation (RADC).   Pat Dingels, Community Development Specialist, Amanda Johanneck, RADC Administrative Assistant, and Julie Rath, Economic Development Specialist work directly with our member communities and businesses.   As staff we each have are area of expertise that we work within, and collectively work well as a team.   For economic development in 2016, twenty-four businesses were directly served by the RADC resulting in 171 jobs either retained or created in our area.   A sampling of our businesses completed an online survey about their 2017 Economic outlook for our area.   The...
Redwood Falls Municipal Airport: The importance of a local airport?

Monday, March 06, 2017

Small local airports are different from large airports. Small local airports accommodate smaller aircraft and serve fewer customers. A local airport serves a different purpose than the big airports. They may give flying lessons or have a weather station located at the airport. This type of airport is usually for people who own and operate their own planes. For more information on Redwood Falls Municipal Airport check out http://bit.ly/2cdsJAs Residents of Redwood Falls, MN knows their airport is important. When an emergency arises and assistance by air is needed, it is readily available. Aircare III operates out of the airport. The Redwood...
Redwood Area Hospital: Is a local hospital important to citizens?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Most people, when they are sick or in need of medical attention want to be close to home. It is important that they be close to family, friends, and organizations that can assist them when they need it. A local hospital can have a great impact on the economy and provide need jobs for the citizens. Redwood Area hospital provides numerous services and education to the community. It is less stressful for patients if they can get their medical needs met close to home. Watch for their new tele-health initiative!  For details check out http://bit.ly/2chuN8M One of the Redwood Area Development Corporation...
Daktronics Involvement with the Vikings Stadium and Falcons Stadium

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sports are important to a community. Fans get excited when watching sports. Small teams are just as important to a community as professional teams. Fans will get more excited at the arena size scoreboard as they cheer their team on. More on Daktronics and the largest scoreboard Center hung in the Mid-west can be found at http://on.nba.com/22w8ul2 The citizens of Minneapolis, MN cannot stop talking about the new arena size scoreboard that is being funded by the city of Minneapolis As part of a renovation project. Local teams will have a scoreboard built by the same company that produced scoreboards for the Vikings...
Lt. Governor Tina Smith and DEED Launch #InnovateMN Campaign

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ST. PAUL – Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Shawntera Hardy launched the #InnovateMN campaign, celebrating emerging technologies and discoveries in Minnesota. Throughout the next year, the campaign will highlight Minnesota’s culture of innovation by sharing stories of businesses and entrepreneurs on the cutting edge.  “Innovation is embedded in our identity. Minnesota annually ranks among the top five states in new patents and is home to leading technology businesses,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “Our campaign will highlight the contributions of Minnesota’s innovation economy and connect the next generation of entrepreneurs to available resources. I...
Educational Needs of the Workforce

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Are Minnesotans overeducated? There has been a lot of debate in recent years about whether people will need more or less education to find jobs in the future.  An often-cited study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education estimated that 74 percent of jobs in Minnesota will require some level of post-secondary education by 2020. Others question that figure, pointing to persistent underemployment among Minnesotans with post-secondary degrees.  A story by Steve Hine and Matt Bombyk in the latest issue of Trends magazine addresses that question by examining figures from DEED’s Job Vacancy Survey and other statistical sources.  Continue to full article. 
Minnesota Prairie Line, Inc.: Is Moving freight by rail more efficient?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Merchandise and produce has to be moved from point A to point B. When a business uses the rail to move inventory, it allows for larger shipments at one time. A lot of cost connected with transportation can be saved this way. The problem is that it is a slower process. Since 2002  freight has been moved by the Minnesota Prairie Line, Inc. (More about the freight line can be learned at http://bit.ly/2cbdUcN As more upgrades are made to the rail line the more efficient it will be. As the Administrator for the Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority which owns the track,...
Angel Tax Credit Program Targets Underserved Groups

Friday, February 10, 2017

The popular Angel Tax Credit Program – which has attracted over $377 million for hundreds of high-tech startups in Minnesota since 2010 – will continue to focus much of its efforts on helping businesses owned by women and members of minority groups and for businesses located in Greater Minnesota. Half of the over $40 million in investments the program hopes to attract over the next year will be reserved for those businesses. Any leftover tax credits not tapped for investments in those businesses by the September 30 deadline will be available for investments in businesses outside those groups. Continue to full article. 
The Case for Diversifying Construction

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Construction was hit harder than any Minnesota industry during the recession, losing nearly 38,000 jobs between 2006 and 2010. The construction industry has come on strong since then and last year was the fastest-growing labor sector in the state.  But with success comes challenges. A story by Oriane Casale in the latest issue of Trends magazine says construction is now struggling to find workers, despite being an industry with above-average pay and low education requirements.  One sign of the tight labor market for construction: The number of job vacancies in the industry climbed from 710 in the second quarter of 2009 to...
Southwest Minnesota – raise your hand if you like wine!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Even if you don’t like wine, how about draft beer? Or perhaps fresh, made-from-scratch pizza in 26 unique, delectable varieties? How about all of this with a fantastic view of the vineyard and the Minnesota River Valley? I’m up for everything here, so let’s head down to the Grandview Valley Winery. Really, what more is there to say? I’m just glad this family decided to transform their soybean fields into 7.5 acres of grapevines to start this vineyard and winery. With their quality and selection of beverages and pizza coupled with the incredible scenery, guests truly couldn’t ask for more. So seriously,...
Meeting of the Minds

Friday, February 03, 2017

The Blandin Foundation gathered a group of community leaders and members from Redwood Falls and the Lower Sioux to talk about what ails us. This was a little experiment of sorts. Back in December, representatives from the Blandin Foundation held little group conversations with each group separately. The Redwood Falls group gathered at the RACC and sat at tables. Before us were some strangers, some acquaintances, maybe some friends. On the table were large pieces of paper and coloring pens. None of us knew what to expect. Continue reading. 
DEED Awards Grants to Assist Minnesotans With Disabilities

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced more than $500,000 in grants to provide innovative employment options to advance community integration for people with disabilities. The grants are a result of an RFP issued by DEED’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services program to Day Training and Habilitation providers.  “These grants will provide additional job training for Minnesotans with disabilities,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Participants will have access to competitive, meaningful and sustained employment in their community.”  Grant funds will be used to improve individual employment outcomes by aligning programs, funding and policies to support people with disabilities to choose, secure and...
Jackpot Junction Casino/Dacotah Ridge Golf Course: Do Finances brought in by these businesses help the community grow?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Within four miles of each other Jackpot Junction Casino and Dacotah Ridge Golf Course bring revenue to Morton, Minnesota. Visitor dollars help add to the economy. These business also provides jobs. As more people visit these businesses the more revenue the town receives. For details on Jackpot Junction Casino visit http://bit.ly/2crgxNQ For the information on what Dacotah Ridge Golf Course has to offer, check out http://bit.ly/2d1oF3z In Morton, MN the citizens value the economic benefits of Jackpot Junction Casino and Dacotah Ridge Golf Club. Finances brought in by these business helps the community grow. Grants and development assistance is offered by the...
Meeting of the Minds

Thursday, January 26, 2017

On Tuesday, the Blandin Foundation gathered a group of community leaders and members from Redwood Falls and the Lower Sioux to talk about what ails us. This was a little experiment of sorts. Back in December, representatives from the Blandin Foundation held little group conversations with each group separately. The Redwood Falls group gathered at the RACC and sat at tables. Before us were some strangers, some acquaintances, maybe some friends. On the table were large pieces of paper and coloring pens. Click here for the complete article.
NU-Telecom Receives Broadband Grants

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Minnesota State Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced NU-Telecom as one of the companies that will receive state grants for broadband development. NU-Telecom received three of the 42 grants announced by Lt. Governor Tina Smith. A total of $34 million was awarded by DEED with the aim of providing reliable, affordable high-speed Internet to more than 16,000 households, more than 2,000 businesses and more than 70 community institutions throughout the state. New Ulm Telecom will receive $850,486 of the $1,889,968 total project costs to build fiber connections to homes and businesses in the rural areas of Hanska and Mazeppa...
GuidePoint Pharmacy: More than Just a Drugstore

Monday, January 23, 2017

Many big-name pharmacies anymore are more like a convenience store. While convenience is appreciated, it seems as if focus on true pharmacy care is all but lost. When was the last time you had your health and pharmaceuticals checked and explained at a full-service pharmacy? GuidePoint Pharmacy was started by Mike and Laura Schwartzwald in 2001. Since then, they have teamed up with various other pharmacists in different locations in the region to provide the best pharmacy service possible. They offer different screenings, medication therapy management, vaccinations, and of course fill prescriptions. Even their website (http://www.guidepointpharmacy.com/pharmacists/redwood.html) offers valuable information for your health....
Cooking Matters® for Adults

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cooking Matters is an educational program that teaches adults how to shop for healthy food and prepare delicious, nutritious meals on a limited budget. Click here to view the PDF flyer.
Get a buck with your truck, not your rifle? Come down to Gerry’s

Monday, January 16, 2017

Anyone who lives in rural areas (and some who don’t) knows that fall is deer season, and not just for hunters. During the rut, the bucks are going wild, and many end up on the road in front of your speeding headlights. When this happens, Gerry’s South Side Body Shop has you covered. Gerry’s has been open since 1987, and they are Redwood Falls’ guys to go to for repair and restoration. In the near 30 years that they have been in operation, they’ve pretty much seen it all, and they can fix it all. If you have basic repairs or some...
Lt. Governor Tina Smith, Department of Employment and Economic Development Announce $34 Million for 42 Broadband Projects Across Greater Minnesota

Friday, January 13, 2017

Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced grants totaling $34 million for 42 broadband infrastructure projects that will provide 16,627 households, 2,240 businesses, and 71 community institutions across Minnesota access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet. The new state funding will help level the playing field for households and businesses in Greater Minnesota by providing them access the same opportunities available to urban area residents. Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith secured the $34 million to expand high-speed internet access during the 2016 Legislative Session, after first proposing a $100 million investment. Click here...
Manufacturing Business Conditions Survey

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Manufacturing Business Conditions Survey attempts to gauge the sentiments of Minnesota manufacturers concerning themselves and the state economy. Click here for the complete article.
Farmers Union Industries, LLC: Working Hard for the Hardworking

Monday, January 09, 2017

There are a calloused handful of hard facts about farmers, including that they work hard – real hard – and they don’t let anything go to waste. So what do they do with things that seem like waste, such as grease and secondary wheat products? They use it to make biofuels, livestock feed, and cat litter, of course! FUI, LLC, is a collection of companies geared toward providing the best products possible for farmers, as well as using any of their leftovers to provide the best products possible elsewhere (or even back to the farmers) in a resourceful, environmentally sound way. If...
Become an automotive DIY pro with Falls Automotive

Monday, January 02, 2017

Many people are familiar with NAPA stores for their automobile parts and accessories. Not many people are familiar with how to install said parts. Have you ever wanted to learn to do it on your own? The helpful professionals at Falls Automotive, the Redwood Falls branch for NAPA, will change your wiper blades or replace your battery for you after finding exactly what you need. If you want the satisfaction of doing it yourself, just check out their website (http://www.napaonline.com/mn/redwood-falls/store/27800) and visit the “Discover and Learn” section for step-by-step instructions on basic vehicle maintenance. For parts, accessories, or a helping hand, stop...
10 ways to make a change at work in 2017

Friday, December 30, 2016

Labor market conditions point to 2017 being a great year to make a change at work. Career coach John Tarnoff and business journalist Bobbi Rebell joined Marketplace economics editor Chris Farrell to answer listeners' work and career questions — from asking for a raise to changing companies. Click here for the complete article.
Give Yourself a Hand

Friday, December 30, 2016

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 are among the best ways to combat stress, increase your stamina and maintain healthy self-esteem. Here are some tips for staying healthy during a job search. Click here for the complete article.
Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Releases Annual Report

Friday, December 30, 2016

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 during the 2017 legislative session. The recommendations outlined in the report are aimed at ensuring every Minnesotan has access to broadband and the ability to use it. The recommendations include $100 million in ongoing funding for the Border-to-Border Broadband Grand Development Program and $10 million in operating funds for the Office of Broadband Development, located within the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Click here for the complete article.
Prognosis is in for Physical Therapists

Friday, December 30, 2016

Each year millions of Americans – newborns to seniors – receive physical therapy services. Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. Physical Therapists are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention team treating patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The goal is to help people regain their ability to complete functional activities associated with daily living. Strong demand for physical therapy services, in part from aging baby boomers and those with chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes, will drive occupational growth in every...
Red Rock Central tech classes on the cutting edge

Friday, December 30, 2016

For most readers, memories of shop class include coming up with an idea, drawing the plan out with pencil and paper, selecting the materials and then learning how to use a lathe, jointer, planer, table saw and jigsaw to bring form and function to the project. Those skills are still taught today in "tech arts" which has replaced the tradition "shop" class, but at Red Rock Central School in Lamberton there is a real emphasis on the "tech" or technology part of the class. In fact, a lot of what students are working with today in that school's tech arts class would...
Redwood Falls has more than 10 years of wind energy green footprint impact

Friday, December 30, 2016

Redwood Falls is one of many communities that boasts green energy infrastructure improvements. West of town stand two wind turbines that harness the natural and plentiful winds in our region, converting them into usable energy. A wind turbine occupies less than one-half acre of land and only requires wind speeds of about seven miles per hour in order to turn the giant propellers. Each of the 1,650 kW turbines produces enough renewable electricity to power about 700 homes. The pair was completed between December 2004 and February 2005; the construction took about four months to complete from the time more than 450...
Share the Spirit continues to impact community

Friday, December 30, 2016

Redwood County Share the Spirit is something of an institution for the community as an opportunity to exercise charity and benevolence or to receive some much needed help and generosity heading into the holidays and winter months. "I believe that the program is in its 39th year," said Char Ellig, one of the coordinators. Ellig and Sara Madsen are in their second year of jointly running Share the Spirit. Click here for the complete article.
State Adds 5,000 Jobs in November

Friday, December 30, 2016

Minnesota employers added 5,000 jobs in November, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Over the past year, Minnesota has gained 31,978 jobs, an increase of 1.1 percent since November 2015. The U.S. growth rate over the past year was 1.6 percent. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percent in November to 3.8 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent. Click here for the complete article.
Work has started on Lakeside Manor

Friday, December 30, 2016

Nicole Warner, Redwood Falls Housing Authority executive director, is used to talking on the phone answering questions, looking for answers and dealing with all of the challenges that go with her role. For the past four years, Warner has been on the phone a lot, as she worked to find resolution to an event that happened in January 2013. On the 24th day of that month nearly four years ago a fire wreaked havoc on the Lakeside Manor facility in Redwood Falls and on the lives of the people who called it home. Over the past four weeks, Warner has been taking...
Redwood Falls Library: Are library services important?

Monday, December 26, 2016

Most people know that by reading books or information on electronic devices they can learn lots of new thing and broaden their knowledge. Libraries provide a number of services. Not only can you find information at the library. They also have special events. The library is important for research and knowledge. Learn more about what the Redwood Falls Library has to offer at http://bit.ly/2cMP1qu The Redwood, MN residences appreciate the services their library offers. With a single search on the library’s MnLINK Gateway, other liberties and data bases can be searched for information. The Redwood Area Development Corporation (http://bit.ly/2cyRnJb) supports the public...
Everstrong Construction: Family Owned and Operated

Monday, December 19, 2016

Major corporations are all well and good; they had to get big for a reason, right? You can’t deny, though, that there is something special about the personal, quality touch of a family business. With Everstrong Construction, you get just that. The U’Ren guys are from Minnesota and have been operating there since 1984; together they have over 100 years of construction experience. Working with and overseeing their construction crews, they are able to construct your building literally from the ground up – they handle the foundation, the structural components, and the finishing touches. This company is growing, but they haven’t lost...
On the Board with Daktronics

Monday, December 12, 2016

Usually people are so concerned with what is on scoreboards and displays that no one really stops to consider: where do those massive things even come from? Many LED message and video displays, scoreboards and numbers in the US and around the world actually come from Daktronics, Inc – a company started in South Dakota with an additional location in Redwood Falls, MN. Imagine, starting in a garage and having your products reaching around the world from Times Square to the Piccadilly Circus! Not too shabby, Midwest. This company is as striking as its displays. See for yourself at http://www.daktronics.com/en-us or browse...
Blandin Foundation initiates Lower Sioux, Redwood area conversation

Friday, December 09, 2016

For decades the communities of the Redwood area have coexisted at best. While the majority of those communities have consistently maintained a population of people of European descent, there is one place that is culturally distinct from the others. The Lower Sioux Community and the Dakota people who live there have existed in the area as a cultural island in a sea of those predominantly European cultures. At times those cultures have clashed creating a widening gap of misunderstanding, apathy and racism. While there has been talk of trying to close the gap, not much action has taken place to do that. Click...
DNR rejects proposal for Fort Ridgely golf course

Friday, December 09, 2016

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has informed the City of Fairfax and Friends of Fort Ridgely State Park that its Oct. 20 golf course concession proposal is not viable, because it relies on alcohol sales, motorized cart rental and other activities that are inconsistent with Minn-esota statutes and state park rules. The DNR plans to move ahead with its decision to close the golf course and to begin restoration efforts next spring. Over the past three months, the DNR has been working with a citizens advisory committee and stakeholder groups to explore future options for the park. Those recommendations are being...
Framing and Farming Fabricating in Minnesota

Monday, December 05, 2016

Living in rural Minnesota, you will likely need farming or grain handling equipment, fish house framing, or a trailer of some sort at some time. For quality, custom welding and fabricating, CW Welding and Fabrication, LLC has the experience and the range to create what you need. For over 14 years, CW Welding has been operating out of Vesta, MN, perfecting their craft to bring the best of their trade to southwestern Minnesota. They have a variety of options for your framing and farming needs, along with custom upgrades. They are also willing to work with you to build a custom...
Proper Drainage = Prosperous Plants

Monday, November 28, 2016

Just as too little water can be damaging, too much water can stymie proper plant growth. As many know with houseplants, it is beneficial to have a properly draining pot. But how is this achieved on a massive scale for a farm? Tile drainage has been around for centuries, but the installation and maintenance has greatly improved. Using a tile plow like those supplied by Crary Tile Pro can help you efficiently install proper drainage in your fields, enabling your land to hold up under massive farm machinery, as well as providing a healthier environment for thriving crops. Explore the many options...
Need something marked? We’ve got you covered.

Monday, November 21, 2016

From flags to ribbons, fiberglass rods to customizable signs, Country Enterprises, Inc. has what you need to create high-visibility safety markers. Whether buying individually, in bulk, or a customized order, they’re here for you. Out in the Minnesota countryside, especially when the snow builds up, it is important to delineate borders and zones for safety – driveways, berms, and even snowplows themselves. Country Enterprises provides a variety of markers for each purpose. They can be bought as-is, or you can specialize them for your exact purposes. They carry much more than just safety markers. For various agricultural and other supplies, check them...
Bringing sustainable energy and businesses to Lamberton, MN

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Cottonwood River Eco-Energy Park is an eco-industrial park in the heart of Lamberton, Minnesota. Basically, an eco-industrial park (EIP) is an area where businesses are built to interact with each other, the community, and the environment to make it better for everyone. This EIP is incorporated into Lamberton’s natural environment to provide renewable energy and development opportunities. Here, businesses have accesses to the strength of a close rural community, renewable resources, and infrastructure. There are even distribution options, including the Canadian Pacific Railroad’s daily freight trains. To learn more about the benefits of the Cottonwood River Eco-Energy Park, visit http://lambertonmn.com/economic-development/cottonwood-river-energy-park/ or...
Monsanto awards grant to Redwood Valley robotics program

Friday, November 11, 2016

Students at Redwood Valley High School have continued to find external support as they use robots to build skills in science and engineering. The Monsanto Fund recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Wingnuts robotics team to support its FIRST Robotics activities and encourage students who participate in the program. Employees from the local Monsanto site invited Redwood Area Community Education to apply for the grant in September. The Wingnuts will use support from the Monsanto Fund grant to participate in FIRST robotics and its educational programs and competitions. FIRST challenges teams of students to design, build and program their own robots....
Wouldn’t it be great to see your re-designed room before you buy everything?

Monday, November 07, 2016

There is nothing quite like walking into a room that is updated, comfortable, and flows with personal style, but how do you know it is going to look right before you buy furniture and décor? A&W Furniture and Gifts offers classy, unique pieces to suit your needs. They have a large showroom where you can explore options, or you can use a feature on their website (http://www.awfurniture.com) that allows you to virtually design and view your room before you buy anything. They have everything you need and tools to help you design your home in your individual style. Check them out online,...
Don’t feel left behind anymore when it comes to technology.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Technology has come so far, and it keeps moving forward. Do you feel stuck in the past? If so, you may benefit from Redwood Connect Technology Training Classes. These classes are offered once a week for a few months at a time, and they take about an hour and a half. Different topics are covered, such as using Windows 10, Excel, smartphones, or how to utilize online resources for your business. The best part is, it only costs $10 per class, and you get a meal provided! To learn more about the classes offered and when they begin, check out http://www.radc.org/radc/redwoodconnect/center-calendar/?v=list Be quick...
Estebo donates $1 million to Redwood Area Education Foundation

Friday, October 28, 2016

At the regular meeting of the Redwood Area School Board held on Monday, Oct. 24, the Redwood Area School Board accepted a donation of $1 million from Redwood Falls resident and philanthropist Orrin S. Estebo. The gift will be given to the Redwood Area Education Foundation over the next six years as the first step in the creation of the Orrin S. Estebo Career Development Center. Click here for the complete article.
KLGR Farm Director Dustin Hoffmann wins MFU Ag Reporting Award, nominated for two other prestigious awards

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson announced on Friday’s KLGR Farm Show that Farm Director Dustin Hoffmann was selected as the winner of the Union’s 2016 Outstanding Agriculture Reporting Award. Peterson said, “…we think you deserve it, and we don’t take that lightly. We think someone who’s provided the information and education to people that are listeners…we think you do that [communication] quite well.” The award will be presented at the Minnesota Farmers Union Convention on November 19. Click here for the complete article.
Make Connections at Career Fairs (Whether You’re Unemployed or Not)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

These days, you might assume that job hunting is an online affair – with job openings and resumes posted on the internet. But it would be a mistake to overlook the power of job and career fairs. Job and career fairs offer an ideal opportunity for job seekers and employers to meet in person and get to know more about each other – in a setting that’s more relaxed than a formal job interview. It’s not uncommon for such meetings to lead to job interviews – or sometimes even on-the-spot job offers. Job and career fairs are among the many workforce resources,...
Minnesota’s Knowledge-Based Service Economy

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Various forces are driving job growth in some Minnesota occupations and decline in others. Leading forces behind declining employment in occupations that once offered solid careers include: Shifts in consumer tastes Evolving technology Innovations in business and management practices Changes in government funding Globalization Changes in laws These same forces are creating rapid growth in other occupations unheard of just a decade ago. Click here for the complete article.
Redwood Area grant recipients talk about impact of Blandin Foundation funds

Thursday, October 27, 2016

In February 2015, a planning meeting was held in Redwood Falls to talk about a new program being offered in Redwood County. The program, which was offered through the Blandin Foundation, was an effort to help the county improve broadband access and enhance technology services in the region for its residents. Grant dollars were made available for local projects that would help with everything from education to services that improved the quality of life for county residents, and this past Wednesday morning a program was held to celebrate the impact of those grant dollars in Redwood County. Called “Strut Your Stuff,” the...
Southwest Region: 2016 Manufacturing Highlights

Thursday, October 27, 2016

With 31,618 jobs at 604 establishments, manufacturing is the largest industry in the 23-county Southwest Minnesota planning region, just ahead of health care and social assistance. It is the only region in the state where manufacturing is still the leading industry. Manufacturing accounts for 18 percent of total employment in Southwest, about 6.6 percent more concentrated than in the state as a whole, where 11.4 percent of total jobs are in manufacturing. From 2010 to 2015, Southwest Minnesota gained 1,216 net new manufacturing jobs, a 4 percent increase. In fact, manufacturing accounted for just over 25 percent of the region’s total...
State Adds 1,900 Jobs in September

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Minnesota employers added 1,900 jobs in September, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Those numbers, combined with figures from August that were revised from 1,500 jobs lost to 500 jobs gained, brought total job growth in Minnesota to 40,899 in the past year. State jobs are up 1.4 percent from the same month a year ago. The U.S. rate of job growth was 1.7 percent over the past year. The state unemployment rate held steady in September at a seasonally adjusted 4 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5 percent in...
Redwood Area grant recipients talk about impact of Bandin Foundation funds

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

By Troy Krause In February 2015, a planning meeting was held in Redwood Falls to talk about a new program being offered in Redwood County. The program, which was offered through the Blandin Foundation, was an effort to help the county improve broadband access and enhance technology services in the region for its residents. Grant dollars were made available for local projects that would help with everything from education to services that improved the quality of life for county residents, and this past Wednesday morning a program was held to celebrate the impact of those grant dollars in Redwood County. Called “Strut Your...
Compare Minnesota Gets a Makeover

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

It’s always been a breeze for site selectors and businesses to see how Minnesota compares with other states using the Compare Minnesota tool. Compare Minnesota is the comprehensive online tool comparing Minnesota’s economy and population to a single state or a collection of states. Click here for the complete article.
Made In Minnesota scoreboards grace Vikings and Wolves play spaces

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Just months after installing their giant scoreboards inside the new U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota manufacturers Daktronics and Digi International recently struck again - this time installing their winning score-keeping technologies inside the Target Center, which is undergoing 18 months of renovations.  Many fans will see one of the biggest scoreboard in the Midwest Saturday at the Minnesota Lynx game or next month when the Minnesota Timberwolves return to play their first preseason game at home.  For die-hard football fans, slip inside the massive U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to also get a look at made-in-Minnesota score keeping at its finest. Click here for...
Minnesota-based Manufacturing from Digi International and Daktronics Delivers Winning Scoreboard And Timing System Solutions for U.S. Bank Stadium

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com), a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT connectivity products and services, today announced that it is providing key enabling technology within Daktronics scoreboard and timing system solutions installed at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. The components and solutions were manufactured in Lewiston, Minnesota and Redwood Falls, Minnesota, respectively, bringing a locally produced solution to this new venue. For sports fans, the two most important questions typically are 'what's the score?' and 'how much time is left?'. Daktronics selected the Digi Neo PCI Express serial port as an essential element...
State Exports at $4.8 Billion in Second Quarter

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Minnesota companies exported $4.8 billion worth of manufactured, agricultural and mining products in the second quarter of 2016, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED said second quarter exports were down 8 percent from the same period a year ago, with the strength of the dollar continuing to impact the competitiveness of U.S. products and foreign demand. U.S. exports were down 6 percent in the quarter. “The strong dollar hampered export sales in the second quarter, making Minnesota-made products more expensive abroad,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Still, there were pockets of growth,...
Renewable energy at the forefront

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The future of renewable energy was the at the forefront of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s visit to the Redwood Electric Cooperative Community Solar Highwater Array near Lamberton. The unique project allows REC members get either a kWh credit on their monthly bill or pay $.14/kWh rate based on their portion of the total system production. The array is comprised of 448 solar panels. Each panel will produce approximately 500 kWh’s a year. “What makes this project stand out is that it wasn’t mandated,” said Jim Haler, Member Services Manager with South Central Electric Association. “This is a project we undertook for the benefits...
Take another look at your 401(k) plan

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Folks working in Redwood Falls might want to take another look at their 401(k) plans. According to research from financial technology company SmartAsset, using data from the United States Department of Labor, Redwood Falls employers are among the leaders in Minnesota at matching 401(k) contributions. You can see where Redwood Falls ranks in Minnesota in the table below: The rankings are a factor in SmartAsset’s overarching study on the places with the access to the best 401(k) plans, which analyzes investment performance and administrative fees in addition to employer contributions. The full study results, methodology, and interactive map can be found...
Ramsey Park to have trails upgraded

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

There are three-and-a-half miles of bituminous trails winding through Ramsey Park. The paved trails, which were established in the park some time in the early-to-mid-80s, have been deemed an asset to the park and the community, as they are utilized by park visitors for everything from exercise to nature exploration. So, when the Redwood Falls park commission and the city’s parks and recreation department developed a park master plan, upgrading the trails was a top priority. As a regionally designated site through the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails Commission, Ramsey Park has access to funding through the legacy fund through competitive grants,...
Redwood area housing market on the rise

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

If it seems like there are fewer houses in the area with “For Sale” signs in their yards than normal you would be correct. Most area real estate agents have also noticed the trend. “We have seen a decline in the number of homes for sale this year compared to last year by about 10-15 percent in Redwood Falls,” said Nan Kaufenburg of Scenic City Realty. “This has put pressure on the market, and we have had more than one buyer for several of our listings. Click here for the complete article.
Redwood County offering GIS to the public

Thursday, September 01, 2016

When Eric Solo joined the Redwood County environmental office he soon began working toward taking the county’s online presence to the next level. He spent a significant amount of time getting Redwood County on the Internet map developing a way to make geographical data available to the public in one user friendly location. As a result the county now has what is known as GIS available to the public. GIS, or geographical information system, is a program designed to capture, store, manage and manipulate myriad sources of geographical data. Click here for the complete article.
New principal Paul van der Hagen ready for day one

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Paul van der Hagen sat in his new office just a couple of weeks into his new role at Reede Gray Elementary School with a smile on his face. While he is still getting acclimated to the new administrative position, van der Hagen said he is looking forward to Aug. 22 when all of the students walk through the doors and a new school year begins. “I’m ready to get started,” he said. Click here for the complete article.
Johnson named 2017 Minnesota Pork ambassador

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Ben Johnson knows pigs. After all, he has grown up around them on his family’s farm north of Walnut Grove. Johnson, who will be a sophomore at Iowa State University this fall, is going to have the chance to promote the pork industry at various venues throughout the next year, as he was named the 2017 Minnesota Pork ambassador Wednesday at Farmfest.
Walnut Grove residents named 2016 Redwood County Farm Family of the Year

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Thomas and DeVonna Zeug of Walnut Grove were named the 2016 Redwood County Farm Family and are among 81 Minnesota families being honored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service. “The farm families receiving this year’s honors exemplify what makes Minnesota agriculture strong. They bring innovation, science and hard work to farming. They care greatly about the land and animals and delivering quality products to consumers worldwide,” said Bev Durgan, dean of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. “The Univ-ersity of Minnesota takes pride in honoring these families.” “We were stunned to be nominated,” said Tom and DeVonna. Click here for the complete...
Redwood Falls workers proud of making Vikings stadium video boards

Monday, August 08, 2016

The numbers needed to describe video boards in the new U.S. Bank Stadium are impressive: The biggest scoreboard, for instance, is 68 feet tall and 120 feet wide. More than 19 light emitting diode displays are in, or just outside the stadium, providing nearly 31,000 square feet of video boards. But Amy Barnes, and nearly 200 others who built the video boards in Redwood Falls, summarize all of those figures into one easy-to-understand word: pride. “It is very rewarding to being able to have a product of that nature that I can be part of,” Barnes said. Click here for the complete article.
Redwood's Daktronics employees see their work at the new Vikings stadium

Monday, August 01, 2016

It was a big deal with Daktronics was chosen to create all the huge digital billboards and ribbon boards in US Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. Over 200 Redwood area employees worked on creating thousands of square feet worth of panels to create the state-of-the-art displays, and the software to run it all. On Sunday, July 24, nearly 100 Daktronics workers were given a free trip to US Bank Stadium on the day the new structure was officially opened for the public’s inspection. By one estimate, nearly 100,000 of the Vikings closest friends and neighbors turned out to stroll...
$35 Million in Broadband Funding Available

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will begin taking applications on July 22 for funding to expand broadband infrastructure in Minnesota. The $35 million in funding, which was approved during the 2016 legislative session, goes into effect with the beginning of the 2017 fiscal year today. DEED will award grants through its Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program to pay for up to 50 percent of project development costs in unserved and underserved areas of the state. A maximum of $5 million per grant will be available. Officials estimate that an additional 12,000 Minnesota households will receive high-speed internet once...
1,000 Reasons to Make It in Minnesota

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Made in Minnesota Directory has reached a threshold: The directory now contains more than 1,000 Minnesota suppliers of products and materials, all pointing to what is made right here at home and helping to make the state more competitive. The story behind the directory really begins with German farm equipment manufacturer, Geringhoff, and their decision in 2011 to expand operations to the U.S. market. The company conducted a careful, deliberative search for a location – 27 different sites had been considered – and announced that St. Cloud would be the home of its first U.S. manufacturing plant. Click here for the...
Business Services Firms Optimistic About Economy

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

More than 80 percent of Minnesota business services firms expect sales and profits to climb or remain stable next year, according to a joint study released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Business services firms expressed similar levels of optimism when asked about productivity, employment levels, exports, selling prices and other economic measures. Firms that offer business services specialize in such areas as accounting, engineering, public relations, computers and other support activities for companies. Click here for the complete article.
GetMyFuture.org Helps Young People Jumpstart their Careers

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

GetMyFuture.org, a mobile-friendly website that helps youth plan their careers, explore education and training options, and search and apply for jobs has been launched by the U.S. Department of Labor. GetMyFuture.org, developed with input from young adults and program providers, includes career interest assessments, interactive informational videos, job search engines, and tips and best practices. The website also connects young people to in-person career services and resources to overcome the challenges of addiction; homelessness; criminal conviction; or a lack of financial, family or community support. Click here for the complete article.
State Gains 7,300 Jobs in June

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Minnesota employers added 7,300 jobs in June, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Those gains, however, were largely offset by figures from May that were revised from 1,900 jobs lost to 8,400 jobs lost. Over the past 12 months, the state has added 34,246 jobs, a gain of 1.2 percent. U.S. jobs were up 1.8 percent during that period. Click here for the complete article.
Tersteeg’s General Manager Connie Lechner noted by national magazine

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Like so many other teenagers in Redwood Falls, Connie (Liebl) Lechner’s first job was at Tersteeg’s grocery store. “I started as a cashier in the 1980s when I was in high school,” she said last week. “I was planning on going into a legal field, but then I got married and decided to stay in Redwood Falls, with Tersteeg’s.” It was a career decision that has paid off in many ways. Click here for the complete article.
Minnesota Farmfest, August 2–4 in Redwood County

Monday, July 25, 2016

The 2016 Minnesota Farmfest show is just around the corner. In addition to more than 500 exhibitors, the show will feature political discussion with congressional candidates, special events for the whole family, and an entire day devoted to innovations in Minnesota agriculture. Click here for all the event details!
Knott's Corner Bar and Grill in Lucan, MN cooking up energy savings with PACE

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Folks in Redwood County might know Knott’s Corner Bar and Grill in the town of Lucan (pop. 191) for their delicious Buffalo Wings. What they might not know is that the business has become much more energy efficient and is saving energy dollars with the help of the Rural Minnesota Energy Board’s Property Assessed Clean Energy(PACE) program. Not familiar with PACE? Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a new way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to the buildings of commercial property owners. Energy-saving measures pursued by the owners receive project financing and are repaid as a separate item on...
Tersteeg's: A family business capturing long-term savings with measurable impacts

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Started in 1936 by Ed and Garnette Tersteeg,Tersteeg’s Market and Holiday Gas has been a cornerstone family business in the Redwood Falls community for 80 years. In 1967, Jim succeeded his father in ownership of the business. Their current location at 1111 East Bridge Street has been their base of operation since 1983 and employs over 130 people. This longevity has provided them the ability to make long-term investments in their facility to save energy and reduce overall operating costs. For assistance they turned to Redwood Falls Public Utilities to identify potential equipment upgrades and provide utility rebates. Click here for the...
RADC 2016 July Newsletter

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Here we are in the middle of July already!   Here is what is happening in the next 4 weeks in the Redwood Area! Click here to view the complete newsletter.
Rural Rail Upgrades to be discussed on Compass July 10

Friday, July 08, 2016

The daunting process of rehabilitating a small short-line railroad will be discussed on Pioneer Public Television’s Compass public affairs program airing on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.  Twin Cities and Western (TC&W) railroad president Mark Wegner and former state legislator and Government Relations specialist for Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Coalition and Rail Authority (MVRRA) Mike Beard met up with Pioneer’s Laura Kay Prosser in Glencoe for a taped interview about how five counties are working together to upgrade 94 miles of track to support higher speeds and safer and more efficient rail service. As the former Chair of the Minnesota House...
City receives $100,000 grant for senior center

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

RioNutrition, a cattle supply distributor with locations in Redwood Falls, Vesta, and in Canada, hopes to build its new corporate headquarters in Redwood Falls. On Tuesday, the Redwood?Falls City Council approved a resolution of support for RioNutrition’s application for a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Job Creation Fund grant. If the grant from DEED is approved by the state, RioNutrition plans to relocate their Vesta operations to Redwood Falls, and create a minimum of 10 new permanent, full-time jobs upon the completion of their new facility in the autumn of 2017. Click here for the complete article.
DEED Awards $250,000 to Help Youth Prepare for Careers

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded $250,000 to 13 groups statewide to help high school students explore and prepare for careers. The grants were awarded through the agency’s Office of Youth Development, which provides youth employment, training, and education programs and services. The new round of grants will fund career-planning programs that serve youth underrepresented in the workforce primarily from racial, ethnic and at-risk communities. Click here for the complete article.
Minnesota Secretary of State talks with Redwood area leaders during recent visit

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Good things are happening in Redwood Falls. That was the message Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State, heard this past Wednesday when he spoke with a group of local leaders during a meeting held at Daktronics in Redwood Falls. Simon, who has made it his mission again this year to visit all 87 counties he serves, talked about the business options available in his office and listened to some of the concerns those at the meeting raised. “I’m here to let you know what is available to you and to listen to you to find out what else we can do for you,”...
Childcare task force working to quantify shortage, find answers

Thursday, June 16, 2016

There are currently 48 licensed childcare providers listed in Redwood County who have the potential of providing services to 550 children. Apparently, that is not enough to address the demand, as anecdotal information continues to claim there are families in need – especially those with infants and toddlers. A task force made up of community leaders, childcare providers and officials with areas of expertise in childcare services and economic development was established earlier this year to work with representatives from First Children’s Finance and the Greater than Minnesota Project. First Children’s Finance works with communities around the state to help them build...
County board adopts Plum Creek Park master plan

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Plum Creek Park near Walnut Grove is owned and operated by Redwood County. The site, which has been in existence for nearly 50 years, began as a water retention project, but as time went on improvements have made it a destination for people who come from across the nation to visit it. While regional in the people its serves, the park had not met the designation as a regional park according to state standards, but efforts have been happening to change that. Click here for the complete article.
2016 State of Manufacturing Survey Results

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Minnesota’s manufacturers are feeling remarkable levels of across-the-board confidence in the financial prospects for their companies in 2016, according to the eighth annual State of Manufacturing® survey. At the same time, the survey reveals a growing concern about the U.S. economy. Click here for the complete article.
Annual NightFalls event this weekend

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

What started a few years ago as an event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the City of Redwood Falls has grown into its own community event. Known as NightFalls, the celebration is being held at the falls in Ramsey Park this Friday and Saturday. Click here for the complete article.
First Gazette Career Expo brings over 500 students to RACC

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

“How many of you are interested in going into the health industry? I know some of you are, because I recognize some of your faces,” said Marcus Parence, of Redwood’s Good Samaritan Society, to a room full of area high school juniors. Parence was one of many panelists at the Redwood Gazette’s career expo set up for 11th graders from throughout the region. Click here for the complete article.
PIPESTONE AREA HIGH SCHOOL VISITS HIGHWATER ETHANOL

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

During the tour, the students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol as well as potential career opportunities in the ethanol industry. “By hosting students at our facility for tours, it is our goal to have them learn about the agriculture industry, ethanol industry and how important these two industries are in everyone’s life. “The students were also briefed on the skills required to work at an ethanol facility. They were able to watch and learn from our employees. Our goal was to leave the students with a positive impression of the ethanol industry and the use of ethanol in our transportation...
Room to grow: Blossom Town getting ready for move to the new site later this year

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

In May 1928, LeRoy Buhner opened the Redwood Falls Green House, and, according to the Redwood Gazette reports, more than 1,200 people walked through the business during its opening day May 5. Nearly 90 years later, the greenhouse on Bridge Street still stands, but just for a little while longer. Eight years ago, Becky Kuglin and her family took over operation of the local greenhouse believing the ideally-located business would be in good shape for years to come. Click here for the complete article.
Senior Center, RACC fitness rooms expansion begins

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

“We’ve been hearing lots of chatter, from the seniors especially,” said Jackie Edwards, of the Redwood Area Community Center (RACC), last week. “People like standing by the fitness room windows and watch the men working.” Ever since construction started on schedule on March 21, if you stand in the main lobby of the RACC, you can look out the large east windows to see crews hard at work a few feet away on the other side of the glass. Click here for the complete article.
Redwood law partners Estebo and Frank celebrate 40 years

Monday, March 28, 2016

In 1976, Orrin Estebo, Larry Frank, and two other attorneys opened a law office on S. Washington Street. Forty lears later, Estebo and Frank are still at it, in their original offices along with most recent associates Frank Munshower and Brian Geis. “We’re not planning any celebration or festivities,” Estebo said this month. “I might sleep in,” Frank said. How has law changed in 40 years? “The paper shuffle has gotten so much greater,” said Frank. “The rules and regulations are probably a thousand times greater than when we started. It’s not as simple as it was.” Click here for the complete article.
New county training center providing technology education

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Technology is a concept that is constantly changing, which means those who are utilizing it on a regular basis need continued education to keep up with those changes. To help the public better understand how to utilize technology a new training lab has been developed in the basement of the Red-wood County Courthouse in Redwood Falls. Click here for the complete article.
Brian Geis joins local law firm as associate attorney

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Growing up in the metro area, Brian Geis was given an opportunity many of his peers were not afforded – seeing firsthand the rural way of life. The son of Dr. LeRoy F. and Dorothy Geis had a connection to Redwood County through his parents, and from an early age he spent time visiting the Sanborn area his family had once called home. Click here for the complete article.
Brooklyn-born Matt Smith joins the Redwood Falls City Council

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Matt Smith, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, is about to face his newest challenge: negotiating small town politics. Smith was sworn in last week as Redwood’s newest City Councilor for Ward 2, representing everyone north of Highway 19/71. Click here for the complete article.
Lemcke closes barber shop after 45 years

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Harlan Lemcke of Vesta has retired from the barbering business after 45 years. Lemcke opened his business Aug. 15, 1970 by buying out Lewie Liske who had opened a shop on the main street of Vesta when he was first starting out. Lemcke said he had gone to work for Liske right out of barber school for about 10 months. Prior to that he had served in the military. Click here for the complete article.
Marilyn Bernhardson honored by MASWCD

Saturday, January 30, 2016

People who know Marilyn Bernhardson, Redwood Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)?director, recognize she is passionate about what she does and is vocal when she recognizes things are not being addressed with the best interest of the environment in mind. Bernhardson’s commitment to the environment recently led to her peers recognizing her with an award. Click here for the complete article.
Redwood Industries continues to make community its priority

Saturday, January 30, 2016

In 1954, a group of Redwood Falls investors who wanted to “slow the exodus” of business and people from the community to the metro area and to help stabilize the farm and ag business in the area established a new entity known as Redwood Falls Industries, Inc. During the five decades that organization has been in existence it has been involved in myriad projects that have helped business grow from the creation of the industrial park to more recent housing projects in the area adjacent to the Redwood Valley schools campus. Click here for the complete article.
Waste, Recyling facility open for business!

Monday, January 18, 2016

By Joshua Dixon Redwood Gazette Posted Jan. 18, 2016 at 12:01 AM   After years of planning by two counties, the Redwood / Renville Regional Solid Waste Authority (RRRSWA) began processing the household waste and recycling on Jan. 5.  That was the first day residents of both counties could set out their new plastic bins with the yellow lids for their recycling.  Recycling no longer needs to be sorted by type in Redwood and Renville Counties. Plastics, cardboard, paper, steel, tin, and glass can all be placed in the same bins for collection.  The recycling is taken from all over the county...
MVRRA, MPL continue the push west to rehab rail

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Posted Dec. 30, 2015 at 12:01 AM   Since 2001, more than 30 miles of the Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority (MVRRA) rail line have been rehabilitated. The line, which runs 94.5 miles from east to west starting at Norwood Young America and ending near Hanley Falls, has seen speeds increase to 25 miles per hour along that portion of upgrade line, with increased numbers of rail cars heading to market over the 14 years it has been operating.  The work continued in 2015, said Julie Rath of the Redwood Area Development Corporation, who serves as the administrator for the MVRRA. ...
City requests bids for new RACC expansion

Friday, December 25, 2015

By Joshua Dixon Redwood Gazette Posted Dec. 25, 2015 at 12:01 AM The Redwood Falls City Council approved sending out for bids for the new addition for the Redwood Area Community Center expansion.  The plans, approved by the Redwood Falls City Council and the Redwood school district, call for a 1,200 square foot senior center, with an additional 600 square feet available for the seniors if required.   Other items in the approved plans call for a 2,000 square foot fitness, studio, a 1.200 square foot fitness studio, a 270 square foot training room, a new information desk, and a new kitchen.  In...
The Next Generation of Live, Work, Play Thinking “outside the box,” how can rural America outcompete big cities for top talent? Be cool and be unique.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Thinking “outside the box,” how can rural America outcompete big cities for top talent? Be cool and be unique. Charles R. Ruby, Director, Deloitte Tax LLP (Q4 2015) Times are changing — and at a much faster pace than ever have before. Since the invention of air conditioning in 1902 in Buffalo, N.Y., by Cornell graduate Willis Carrier (allowing us to live almost anywhere) to the invention of the smartphone in 1994 (allowing us to work almost everywhere), where we work and when we work have been in flux. As technological advances continue to modify and form how we work, a sea change in U.S. demographics...
Small towns reap business benefits of entrepreneurs, visionaries

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

By Linda Vanderwerf, West Central Tribune   WILLMAR — A small town in Illinois that expanded its infrastructure to the nearby interstate highway is earning six times the revenue of the sister city on the other side of the interstate that did not expand its infrastructure. Participants attending a discussion on how small towns can use their resources to attract new businesses were told Tuesday morning that the project was controversial at the time. But the city is reaping the reward of those who had the entrepreneurial vision to take advantage of a situation and make things better in their community, said Craig Lindvahl,...
Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Jackpot Junctions upgrades

Thursday, September 17, 2015

By Troy Krause Redwood Gazette Posted Sep. 17, 2015 at 12:01 AM   Robert Larsen grew up as a resident of the Lower Sioux Community, and since his growing up years things have changed quite a lot. During those years the population was in the 200 range, and the economy was struggling. That is why what happened Monday afternoon was such a big deal for Larsen and many others who remember what life was like in the days before Jackpot Junction began bringing people and their money to the Indian community. Larsen, a member of the Lower Sioux tribal council who just a couple of weeks ago...
Broadband 'as important as textbooks'

Thursday, September 03, 2015

By Don Davis, Forum News Service on Sep 3, 2015 at 5:13 p.m.   ST. PAUL — Many rural Americans compare providing high-speed Internet connections to the years when telephones and electricity were moving into rural areas "To me it is the rural electrification of this era," Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., told experts on the subject he gathered Thursday in St. Paul. "If you go to rural Minnesota ... if you are not wired there, it has all kinds of implications." Franken and others at the roundtable said providing the Internet through fast broadband connections is even more important...
Local group plans to restore old Redwood Theatre

Thursday, September 03, 2015

By Troy Krause, Redwood Gazette Posted Sep. 2, 2015 at 1:54 PM The old Redwood Theatre building on Mill Street has been given a new lease on life.  After years of serving as a local fitness venue in downtown Redwood Falls, The Redwood Theatre Group, LLC has just closed on the property with plans to refurbish the historic structure into a modern day movie theater with the original grandeur of the old movie house. Originally built in 1931 by D.W. Buckley, it was the first “talkie” in Redwood Falls and was one of the earliest venues in Minnesota with sound. The facility was...
More Than A Color Colorant from unique purple corn was just the beginning

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AURI - July/September Newsletter > Listen to a radio segment about Suntava Bill Petrich says he didn’t know for sure how expansive the business could be when he became CEO of Suntava in 2007. Petrich was hired to build a fledgling business marketing products from a variety of purple corn the company’s founders had developed. Initial efforts focused on a natural red colorant extracted from the corn. But the business has become so much more than just a pretty color. “This has gone in more directions than I could have ever imagined,” Petrich admits. Suntava still supports the Sayela™ colorants as a natural alternative to...
Senator Klobuchar visited Redwood Falls to talk Rural Broadband

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Reported by Dustin Hoffman - KLGR Radio REDWOOD FALLS, MN -- 8-19-15 Senator Amy Klobuchar met with Redwood County commissioners and staff, Redwood Falls city officials, school representatives, and business leaders to discuss the need for reliable broadband Internet service in rural areas.  The stop was part of a two day trip in outstate Minnesota, in which the Senator wanted to hear about the need for the service and to communicate what plans are being made, in Washington, to help.  The visit was orchestrated by the efforts of Julie Rath, with the Redwood Area Development Corporation.   Klobuchar said that while high-speed is available...
2015 Redwood County Farm Family of the Year: Goblirsch Dairy LLC

Monday, August 17, 2015

Goblirsch Dairy is a family operation run primarily by Nels, Matt, Bernard and Mary Clare Goblirsch. The robotic dairy that is now located on the original homestead of Joseph Goblirsch, Bernard’s father, was built in 2005. Bernard and Mary Clare had nine children, two of whom help run the farm. Nels and his wife Shannon returned to the farm after he completed his training in precision tool and robotics. The barn that now stands on the farm is composed of a 140 by 290 foot building with slatted floors and a manure pit below it. It was built to house four...
Thinking globally: Don and Cathy Schwarz visit Washington, D.C.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

By Troy Krause, Editor Posted Aug. 4, 2015 at 10:04 AM   Don and Cathy Schwarz received an e-mail June 30 from their son Nick asking what they were doing the following Thursday.  The owners of Jonti-Craft in Wabasso had been invited to an event in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the recent progress of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda. Two days later Don and Cathy Schwarz were in the nation’s capital rubbing shoulders with dignitaries and making connections that may just help their business internationally.  The story of their arrival in Washington, D.C. actually begins a few months earlier in February when...
Broadband shifts from perk to need in rural areas

Monday, July 27, 2015

July 28, 2015 11:45 am  •  Janelle Atyeo, Tri-State Neighbor Reporter   When Kevin Wald wants to share information with his clients, he needs to think big and far. Wald is CEO of Specialty Systems – or SpecSys – a business that designs equipment and manufactures it on contract for major companies such as AGCO sprayers and Roto-Mix manure spreaders. His offices are spread out in small southwestern Minnesota towns – Montevideo, Redwood Falls, Cloquet, Granite Falls, Benson and New Ulm, as well as Watertown, S.D. But his projects go worldwide. SpecSys needs to send big design files over the Internet at top speeds,...
Manufacturing Jobs Returning To Redwood County

Monday, July 27, 2015

Raphael Garcia 7/27/2015 12:52:36 PM As the economy continues to improve, employers are finding it more difficult to hire qualified workers to fill available jobs, especially in manufacturing and construction which are two of the primary industries in this area. Redwood Area Development Corporation was made aware of the hiring challenges from Northstar Systembuilt and Schult Homes in Redwood Falls on their recent business visits. Both companies have seen an increased demand for skilled workers but are having difficulty finding applicants to meet those requirements. This is a need identified among other manufacturing companies in the area. The RADC met last week with...
Canoe group to visit community this September

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

By Troy Krause, Editor Posted Jul. 21, 2015 at 12:01 AM   The Minnesota River is an underutilized asset. That is the message Natalie Warren and Mike Ryan shared with a group of tourism officials Thursday afternoon. Warren learned that firsthand in 2011 when she and Ann Raiho traveled through the river valley by canoe as part of a trek they made from Fort Snelling to the Hudson Bay. Now Warren is coming back to the river to help others learn what she did through a program she and Ryan helped to establish known as Paddle Forward. Later this summer Ryan and Warren are...
Tourism association focused on bringing visitors to ‘naturally different’ region

Monday, July 20, 2015

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Jul. 21, 2015 at 12:01 AM      When one thinks about taking a vacation in Minnesota, the first thought is about heading north to lakes country.      A group known as the Southern Minnesota Tourism Association wants to change that mindset by encouraging more tourists to do just the opposite and “head south.”      Members of the association were in Redwood Falls this past Thursday to talk about the vision of the 36 county-region of southern Minnesota and to compare notes with each other to help better promote their piece of the southern region.      According to Christy Riley, Southern...
Buried in a bin: accident survivor emphasizes safety

Monday, July 20, 2015

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Jul. 20, 2015 at 12:01 AM Arick Baker of Eldora, Iowa knows he is lucky to be alive. He also recognizes the story he can tell of surviving being buried alive in a grain bin can be a lesson for others. His message is simple. Don’t do what he did. Take every precaution before entering a bin that still has grain inside of it, especially during the grain unloading process. Baker, who gained notoriety after an ABC program featured his buried alive account, was in Redwood Falls to speak with Redwood County Fair attendees. His presentation was...
Scott Dingels earns top FFA awards, offering product at local market

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

By Troy Krause Editor, Redwood Falls Gazette Posted Jul. 7, 2015 at 1:22 PM   When Scott Dingels was still in elementary school, his family began a new venture through their involvement in the 4-H?program – sheep.  By the time Dingels was a sophomore at RVHS he had taken what became his favorite project into a business, and recently he was recognized for his business acumen during the Minnesota state FFA convention. Dingels was named a state finalist for the Star in Agribusiness award making him one of the top young entrepreneurs in the state.  He was also presented the state proficiency award for his...
Business Profile - Keepsakes from Kathy

Monday, July 06, 2015

By Joshua Dixon, Staff Writer Posted Jul. 6, 2015 at 12:01 AM   For years, Kathy Gag operated Falls Fitness in downtown Redwood Falls. As a hobby, she repurposed old furniture in her garage and resold it. “I’ve been painting old furniture as a pastime for the past for years, and really enjoyed it,” she said last week. In fact, she enjoyed it so much, earlier this year she closed the fitness center to focus entirely on the furniture, and much more. “I didn’t feel my own painted furniture would be enough,” she said, “so I contacted several Minnesota artists I was aware of, and asked if...
2015 Farmfest Marks Minnesota’s First Rural Broadband Day

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

EAGAN, Minnesota, June 15, 2015 IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest will launch and celebrate Minnesota’s first ever Rural Broadband Day on Aug. 4. The farm show’s opening day in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, will highlight the importance of broadband access across rural America. High-speed broadband access is essential for farmers and ranchers to run successful businesses in rural America. With the rise of precision technology in agriculture, farmers and ranchers can increase their efficiency, communicate with their customers and reach new markets around the world. “Minnesota Farmfest is the perfect platform for discussion about rural broadband,” said Ray Bianchi, senior director of expositions and events...
City buys land for airport improvements

Thursday, June 18, 2015

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Jun. 18, 2015 at 12:01 AM   The city’s plan for the Redwood Falls airport includes enhancements to runway safety, in part to meet Federal Aviation Agency requirements.  As part of that effort, on Tuesday the Redwood Falls City Council approved purchase agreements for approximately eight acres of land near the airport.  When the purchases are complete, long-planned obstruction removal and future maintenance to the runways can begin.  The total cost of the enhancements is planned for $159,309, of which 90 percent ($143,378) would be paid by the federal government.  The remainder would be divided equally between the...
Redwood Industries plans new housing subdivision near RVHS

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Joshua Dixon Staff Writer   Posted Jun. 4, 2015 at 12:01 AM   Several years ago, a private company proposed building a 72-unit apartment complex in the wooded lot directly across from Redwood Valley High School.  That plan’s financing fell apart for various reasons, and the original developers abandoned the effort.  However, Redwood Industries has stepped forward with an entirely new plan to develop housing on the lot.   The plan, as presented at the Redwood Falls City Council meeting Tuesday, is for turning the wooded area into a 23-lot planned housing development, consisting of two six-plex apartment buildings, and 21 single-family lots.  Bob LeSage,...
Lower Sioux Community adds housing to meet population demands

Friday, May 29, 2015

By Troy Krause Editor Posted May. 29, 2015 at 12:01 AM The population of the Lower Sioux Community is growing, and, according to Dennis Prescott, Lower Sioux tribal council chair, there are others living in the area surrounding the community who would like to move.The problem, however, is finding adequate housing to make that possible for them.  The community took a big step toward addressing its housing needs this past Friday when it officially opened a new housing unit that was erected utilizing funds from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency through the Economic Development and Hous-ing Challenge Program.  The unit, known...
U of M researcher says rural areas are seeing gains in population

Monday, April 27, 2015

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Apr. 28, 2015 at 12:01 AM Every year a new group of students graduates from high school, and then those students from smaller, rural communities opt to leave their hometowns for what they believe are greener pastures. After earning their degrees, the majority of those students are captivated by the bright lights of the big city and find well-paying jobs in more metro areas. That loss for a community has been called the “brain drain,” and for years leaders in those small, rural communities have bemoaned that loss as another nail in the coffin. After all, if a community can’t rely...
MSFA and Vikings Preparing To Sail With Daktronics LED Technology In New Stadium

Friday, March 27, 2015

18 LED video displays slated for installation in Minnesota BROOKINGS, S.D. – Mar. 27, 2015 The Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) selected Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, to design, manufacture and install 18 LED video displays featuring 13HD technology for the new stadium currently under construction in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A total of more than 25,000 square feet of video displays will work together to brand the Vikings home-game atmosphere and build a fan experience unique to the state. The selection of Daktronics directly supports the employment of more than 200 local employees in the state of Minnesota working at...
Energy freedom: Weltsch Equipment, Inc. installs solar arrays

Monday, March 16, 2015

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer  -- Posted Mar. 16, 2015 at 12:01 AM “It was kind of a pipe dream of mine years ago, but the industry wasn’t quite ready yet,”?said Dick Weltsch of the two 200+ solar panel arrays now behind his implement dealership in Redwood Falls.  “We looked at the costs of electricity — fixed costs — and they get to be very expensive. That number keeps going up, and it can be a weight on a business,” said Dick Weltsch, co-owner of Weltsch Equipment, Inc., this week.     Weltsch was discussing the two new solar arrays behind his implement dealership,...
Misconceptions abound about new recycling center

Thursday, February 19, 2015

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Feb. 19, 2015 at 12:01 AM There are a lot of wrong ideas out there about the upcoming new Redwood / Renville County recycling center.  The new $5 million, 39,000 square foot center will process recycling for both counties starting in approximately Jan. 2016.  However, with almost a year to go, false rumors are already affecting how residents send in their recycling, and hurting how the center’s staff can process it. Brian Sams, Redwood County Environmental Office Recycling Coordinator, explained the facts behind some common misconceptions.  It’s not necessary to sort your recycling any more. You can mix...
Highs and lows of unemployment in Redwood County

Friday, January 30, 2015

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Jan. 30, 2015 at 12:01 AM   Having a low unemployment rate is a good thing, because it means people are working. A working populous is healthy for the economy and is a signal business is doing well. However, there comes a time when a low unemployment rate might get too low. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Devel-opment, the unemployment rate for December 2014 in Redwood County was 3 percent. That number is lower than the state unemployment rate of 3.6 percent and the 5.6 rate for the nation. So, how is having a low unemployment rate...
New Minnwest building is almost complete

Friday, January 30, 2015

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Jan. 30, 2015 at 12:01 AM   In 1983 the Morton bank opted to expand its services by erecting a site on the east side of Redwood Falls. A decade later that bank building was purchased by what is known today as Minnwest Bank, MV. At the time the site was acquired to address issues the bank was having at its downtown Redwood Falls location. “The biggest issue was with our drive-up,” said Doug Karsky, Minnwest president. “There were times when we would have people lined up onto the street.” While that east building location served the community well...
Match.com for business Redwood County supports a diverse community of manufacturers!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Enterprise Minnesota - December 2014 Issue -- Tom Mason, writer When Enterprise Minnesota’s president and CEO Bob Kill traveled recently to Redwood Falls he got to experience first hand how a diverse community of manufacturers can give their community a solid economic base.  Kill was invited by the Redwood Area Development Corporation (RADC) to keynote their annual Manufacturing Week luncheon. Redwood Falls is a prosperous community of about 5,000 people located a couple hours southwest of the Twin Cities. RADC is considered a well-run and forward-thinking organization thatserves 16 area communities. The day’s chief organizer was Julie Rath, one of two development...
Schueller, Kokesch reflect on their county board roles

Monday, December 29, 2014

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Dec. 18, 2014 @ 12:01 am   At the end of 2014, 20 years of experience on the Redwood County Board of Commissioners is going to be walking out the door, when John Schueller, who has served the second district since 2003, and Al Kokesch, who has served the third district since 2007, step down from their roles on the county board. “It’s been a good run,” said Kokesch, adding he believes a lot has been accomplished during his time on the board. Schueller reiterated that thought.  “I’ve had fun,”?Schueller said. “Although not everything has been fun, overall...
New veterinarians move into Redwood clinic

Monday, December 15, 2014

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Dec. 16, 2014 @ 4:17 pm   Riverside Animal Clinic in Springfield – ­currently owned by Springfield-based veterinarians Dr. Phil Gill, Dr. Phil Sadler, Dr. Jason Beyer – has been a going concern for over 40 years. Nevertheless, when the opportunity came to possibly expand into a nearby community last summer, they considered it. “We had talked around the idea of purchasing [Redwood Veterinarians} if Dr. Madsen and Dr. Nelson were interested in selling,” Dr. Sadler said last week in the new clinic he co-owns. The Riverside Animal Clinic officially took ownership of Redwood Veterinarians on...
Redwood school district focuses on college and career readiness

Monday, December 15, 2014

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Dec. 17, 2014 @ 12:01 am   Students in the Redwood Area School District are not all that different from those in other schools. They often wonder allowed why they are doing word problems in math, finding the subject and predicate of a sentence in language arts, learning about things that happened hundreds or even thousands of years ago in history or trying to figure out what happens when two chemicals are combined in science. After all, those are things they are never going to use in their real lives, right? Helping students find the answer to...
Minnesota is a state divided in terms of Internet

Monday, December 01, 2014

By Don Davis on Nov 30, 2014 at 10:35 p.m. West Central Tribune Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Minnesotans only need to look at the first two counties on an alphabetical list to understand the Internet disparity between rural areas and those in big cities. Recently released figures show that just 0.06 percent of the rural northern Minnesota Aitkin County households are served by high-speed Internet service, also known as broadband, that meets the state speed goal. Not too far away to the south, 97 percent of northern Twin Cities suburban Anoka County homes are served by fast Internet. The report by Connect Minnesota...
Jackpot Junction multi-million dollar remodeling ahead of schedule

Thursday, November 13, 2014

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Nov. 13, 2014 @ 12:01 am   Five months ago, Shawn Smyth left his retirement home in Florida to move to Minnesota and supervise the final stages of Jackpot Junction’s remodeling. “I’ve been in the casino business since I was 17 years, and I just turned 66,” said Smyth, Jackpot’s general manager. “I’ve supervised over 20 major casino expansions, and this is by far the most complicated. There are seven separate phases we have to get through. The early phases were the infrastructure ones the public didn’t see.” And how is the remodeling going? Standing in...
BUSINESS PROFILE — Ultimate Glo Tanning

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer - Redwood Falls Gazette Posted Nov. 5, 2014 @ 12:01 am   Angela Watkins owned a car wash on E. Bridge Street several years ago. She eventually decided the space would be better served as office space, so she turned three of the car wash bays into offices. Then she and her friend Chelsey Nielsen made a decision: why not try putting a business of their own into one of the new spaces? The next question — what sort of business to open — solved itself when Nielsen and Watkins discovered they were both having trouble finding a...
Signs of growth: open house for new Daktronics facility in Redwood Falls, MN for Sat., Sept. 13

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Posted Sep. 11, 2014 @ 12:01 am Redwood Falls Gazette   “Right now it’s pretty spacious and barren, but that’s the idea — we need the space,” said Tom Quackenbush, plant manager at the Daktronics Redwood Falls facility. The facility’s approximately $3 million, 30,000 square foot expansion will be up and running by the end of the month. To celebrate the new space and equipment, Daktronics is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12. However, the general public can get a better view of the new facility and equipment the next day, during an open house and tours to...
Highwater Ethanol is first biobutanol facility in the nation

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Aug. 27, 2014 @ 12:01 am     Since its inception, High-water Ethanol in rural Lamberton has continued to look for new and innovative ways to improve what it offers to the region in terms of economic development and to improve the return for its investors. “That is why we are here today,”?said David Moldan, Highwater Ethanol board chair Wednesday afternoon during a ceremony to celebrate the latest project that has been accomplished at the facility. Through a partnership with Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, which is a joint venture of DuPont and BP focused on the development of innovative...
Brokaw Supply Company';s new facility open for business

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  By Troy Krase. Editor Redwood Falls Gazette If one were to look at the data provided by the National Agriculture Statistics Service, it would quickly become apparent the Redwood and Renville counties area is a leader in the industry, especially in crop production. Companies, such as the Brokaw Supply Company, see that as an opportunity to expand their base of business, and as a result Brokaw recently opened a new site in Redwood Falls. “Brokaw has been around since 1958,” said Robert Varland, store manager for the new Redwood Falls facility, adding in the late 2000s, the Nelson family purchased the company....
Ground broken for Redwood/Renville regional recycling facility

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Aug. 12, 2014 @ 12:01 am The earth moved Aug. 1. That was the sign Brian Sams, Redwood County Recycling coordinator, has been patiently waiting for as it relates to the Redwood/ Renville regional material recovery facility which is being built on land just west of Redwood Falls. Sams said he’d believe the project was a reality when the first dirt moved. “It’s a reality today,” he said, adding it has been a long process. That process, said John Mitchell, Redwood County environmental office director, has been in the works for years, and over that period...
Governor declares Redwood Falls the 271st Minnesota city supporting veterans

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Governor Mark Dayton was on hand to officially proclaim Redwood Falls a Yellow Ribbon City in the city council chambers August 7. Left from front: Pastor Keith Klavetter, Redwood County Attorney Steve Collins. Back: Paul Torkelson, Gary Dahms, Army Jagor General Richard C. Nash, Dayton, Redwood Falls Mayor Corey Theis, local Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organizer Laura Olson, Director of Military Outreach Annette Kuyper, Lt. Col. Steven Schemanauer, Capt. Adam Riedel.   By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Aug. 11, 2014 @ 12:01 am   When Laura Olson of Redwood Falls was visiting soldiers serving in Iraq several years ago, she witnessed a soldier...
Groundbreaking for recycling center facility to be held Friday afternoon, August 1, 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

  The Redwood/Renville Regional Solid Waste Authority, along with residents of Redwood and Renville counties, are going to come together and break ground at the site of the new recycling center facility. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for this Friday, with a brief program starting at 2 p.m., followed by a reception. The new building is going to be erected on ground west of Redwood Falls next to the Redwood County museum. Redwood and Ren-ville counties first provided recycling through contracted services back in 1989. Renville County currently owns and operates the Renville County sanitary landfill, where residents de-posit municipal solid...
Ehlers Scholarship program has established an education legacy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Jul. 16, 2014 @ 12:01 am   The cost of a college education continues to rise, and, for some, those costs can hinder their goal of earning a degree. Those who do pursue post-secondary education quickly discover the costs associated with furthering their education result in taking out loans at a high rate of interest. That can have them entering the working world with big debt they are going to be dealing with for years to come. In an effort to help address those financial realities a program was established in Redwood Falls by a benefactor named...
Students from Westbrook Walnut Grove Public Schools Benchmark City's Buildings with B3 Energy Benchmarking System

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Submitted by Lindsay Wimmer, 5/14/14 The Youth Energy Summit (YES!) Team Westbrook-Walnut Grove Public Schools entered building and utility data into the B3 Energy Benchmarking System for ten buildings in the City of Westbrook to learn about energy use, as well as help the city better track energy use and utility costs in public buildings. The YES! Team is a group of nine motivated students that are interested in creating community environmental and economic vitality through hands on projects, so B3 Energy Benchmark data entry was the perfect project.The B3 Energy Benchmarking System is a State administered program to benchmark public buildings...
Dentistry on the plains: Dr. Tim Brown owns two dental offices in Redwood

Monday, June 02, 2014

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted May. 23, 2014 @ 12:01 am Dr. Tim Brown currently owns and operates two dental offices in Redwood Falls; he bought Dr. Gregory Hammers' facility on May 2. When Tim Brown was herding cattle on the South Dakota prairie, he used to dream of being a dentist. “When I was four years old, my mom took me to the dentist; when we left, I told her I wanted to be a dentist when I grew up,” Brown said in his newest Redwood Falls office earlier this week. “I don’t remember what it was, but the dentist...
Stratasys Chairman Scott Crump to Be Inducted into the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame

Friday, May 16, 2014

Stratasys Chairman Scott Crump to Be Inducted into the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame Fused deposition modeling technology recognized for its impact on economy, communities and society MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 02, 2014-- Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions announced today that Chairman Scott Crump will be inducted into the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame (MIHF). Crump co-founded 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys Inc. with his wife, Lisa, in 1989. Stratasys Chairman and Chief Innovation Officer, Scott Crump (Photo: Stratasys) MIHF inductees are selected based on the impact their inventions and creations have on Minnesota communities, the...
Western Community Action store moves to E. Bridge St.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted May. 16, 2014 @ 12:01 am   Late last year, the managers of the Western Community Action thrift store in downtown Redwood Falls learned they had to find new quarters since the building they were renting had been sold. “We had to look for a new location, and finding one with storage was a real problem,” said Lori Lerohl, of Western Community Action. “We looked at 21 different buildings all over Redwood Falls before we chose this one.” As long as the store was moving to a new location, the managers decided it was time for...
Ramsey Falls in Technicolor -- May 2, 2014

Thursday, May 08, 2014

A variety of real-color photos demonstrate how the Founders Day Ramsey Falls light show changed every few moments. Several theatrical floodlights lit the landscape around the falls, while a spotlight illuminated the falls itself.  Click here to view all the photos!
Invention Expo moves to Twin Cities

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Innovation + Job News Invention Expo moves to Twin Cities Wednesday, May 07, 2014 Brian Martucci     The Minnesota Inventors Congress’ Invention Expo just wrapped up its first session in the Minneapolis Convention Center, after nearly 60 years of meeting in the small town of Redwood Falls. On May 2 and 3, hundreds of exhibiting inventors, investors and business leaders crowded into the center’s main hall to peruse the latest ideas and designs from the country’s brightest tinkerers, hardware whizzes and gearheads.  Click here to read the entire article. 
Blandin Foundation extends its commitment to rural broadband in Minnesota

Friday, April 04, 2014

Blandin Foundation extends its commitment to rural broadband Schools use broadband technology to link students to learning opportunities via telepresence During their spring meeting March 20 and 21, Blandin Foundation trustees voted to extend the organization’s decade of work in rural broadband another two years (through 2016) and allocate $1.5 million more for community broadband grants. “We see every day what local leaders can do to address very significant and complex challenges,” said Dr. Kathleen Annette, CEO and president of Blandin Foundation. “When it comes to broadband, our role is on the people side of the equation, working with community leaders as they...
Daktronics to add staff to build record display, other projects

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Written bySioux Falls Business Journal Brookings-based Daktronics Inc. will manufacture and install the world’s largest HD LED video display for each end zone of the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium. Those displays, orders from two other NFL teams and additional projects are prompting the manufacturer to hire additional staff at its plants in Brookings, Sioux Falls and Redwood Falls, Minn. Daktronics received $153 million in orders in the quarter that ended Jan. 25 and has a $170 million backlog. Full-time workers are needed for all shifts but especially for nights and weekends, according to Aimee Bastian, human resource lead for the manufacturing division.  Click here to...
Daktronics to expand at its Redwood site

Monday, March 03, 2014

Article By: Redwood Falls Gazette   |   Troy Krause Bigger is better. For Daktronics that philosophy holds true not only as it continues to strive to be a leader in the digital display industry globally but as it relates to a project on a much more local level. After performing its due diligence, the Brookings, S.D. based technology company has opted to expand at its Redwood Falls location. A 30,000 square foot addition has been approved at the local manufacturing plant, which is going to allow for the building of larger components. The addition is going to be erected on the west...
Redwood cattlemen to host annual state tour The Redwood Area Cattlemen’s Association has been selected to host the 2014 Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association Summer Beef Tour and Trade Show July 7-8, 2014.

Friday, February 28, 2014

The summer beef tour and trade show is an annual event for the Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association. Each year, a chapter showcases experienced cattlemen, innovative techniques and quality beef set-ups by hosting approximately 1,000 participants and vendors from around the state and country to tour area farms. Registrants have access to more than 200 agriculture-related businesses featuring new products and services available to cattlemen through the trade show. The Redwood Area Cattlemen’s Association currently has 210 producers from Redwood, Brown, and Renville Counties. The tour is going to showcase Redwood Area producers and the diversity of production. The Redwood Area Community Center...
Polk, Redwood, Marshall and Renville are the top four soybean producing counties in Minnesota.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Farmer  Published:  2-24-2014 Renville County was the largest corn-producing county in 2013, with 49.6 million bushels. Martin and Redwood counties had the second and third largest production, with 43.2 million and 42.4 million bushels produced, respectively, according to estimates released by the Minnesota Field Office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Watonwan County had the highest average yield, at 191.1 bushels per acre. Four other counties recorded average yields above 180 bushels per acre, led by Martin county (188.9), followed by Blue Earth (186.4), Goodhue (182.6), and Rock (181.3). The three highest yielding counties were in the South Central district. Four...
Research Finds Location Impacts Upward Mobility

Monday, February 10, 2014

Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States, a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by researchers at Harvard and UC-Berkeley, compares the incomes of parents when their children were teenagers to the incomes of the children when they were about 30. Places with high mobility have less residential segregation, less income inequality, better primary schools, greater social capital, and greater family stability. Regionally, upward mobility is lowest in the Southeast and highest in the Great Plains. There are variations within regions as well. Rural residents are more upwardly mobile than urban...
Belview Learning Center continues to offer services to many area districts

Friday, January 31, 2014

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Jan. 1, 2014 In September 2003, a new education program was established in Redwood County. More than a decade later, the Belview Learning Center has seen its program grow and continue to experience success. According to Susie Terhaar, site coordinator for the Belview Learning Center (BLC), the program was initially opened as a Setting IV day treatment program and was established under the um-brella of the Redwood County Collaborative. The collaborative provided the startup funds and oversight of the program, which opened its doors to school districts across the region. “On that first day of classes, seven students were...
Broadband Adoption and Economic Opportunity

Monday, January 20, 2014

By Bernadine Joselyn   |   Blandin Foundation   Lessons from an NTIA-supported broadband program in Minnesota show that adoption is as important as access in ensuring the benefits of broadband to communities.   When we met Kristin Fake, a sole proprietor in tourism-dependent Akeley, Minn., it was a leap of faith for her to come to the workshop hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension Service, one of our partners in our broadband work. Like so many, she couldn’t imagine how technology might benefit her home staging business. At the workshop, she quickly discovered that her clients were being misdirected by Google Maps, how keywords...
Award-winning Garden Fresh reaps $300,000 for expansion

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune Updated: December 7, 2013 - 2:00 PM Co-owner Dave Roeser at three-year-old Garden Fresh Farms has harvested accolades this year and grown expansion capital. The company won entrepreneur awards from the Minnesota Cup and Midwest Region Clean Tech Open. Add the national Clean Tech Open Sustainability Award in California in November. Roeser, 57, a building owner who started the company with his wife partly because he had a vacant warehouse to fill, has raised $300,000 from individual investors and is starting the first of several “farms” inside an abandoned building the company is acquiring near St....
Local veterans win Emmy for documentary

Monday, December 30, 2013

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Dec. 28, 2013 @ 12:01 am Generally when you think of people winning Emmy awards, you think of glamorous TV stars on red carpets. You don’t immediately think of veterans sitting in a meeting room at the Redwood County government center on Tuesday mornings. Yet for nearly 20 local veterans, it happened on Nov. 9 when the producers of the documentary Battlefield on the Homefront were presented with an Emmy on Oct. 9. For local veterans, it began in the spring of 2010 when Redwood County Veterans Services Officer (VSO)  Marty Caraway was contacted by a...
Rice Home Medical opens new Redwood facility

Friday, December 27, 2013

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Dec. 27, 2013 @ 10:19 am Rice Home Medical, a subsidiary of Rice Hospital in Willmar, opened the latest incarnation of its Redwood Falls branch last week. “Last year we saw a 13 percent growth in our business, and it’s only going to keep growing,” said Briana Mumme, branch manager, last week. “As the Baby Boomers age, there’s a new movement to keep people in their homes as long as possible.” “We use Rice Memoria Hospital’s finance, billing, IT, and human resources departments, but we’re a separate entity,” Mumme explained. “We’re a full-line medical equipment company,”...
Daktronics considers Redwood expansion

Thursday, December 19, 2013

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Dec. 20, 2013 @ 9:11 am Daktronics is currently looking into expanding one of its manufacturering facilities. The choice currently comes down to two facilities in South Dakota, or the Redwood Falls facility. To encourage Daktronics to select Redwood Falls, the city council approved steps on Tuesday evening to set into place a tax increment financing plan that would run for the next nine years if the expansion is done here. Jim Hansen, current project manager at the Redwood Falls Daktronics facility, told the council Daktronics is very happy with their Redwood Falls facility, which...
Angel Loan Fund

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Program Purpose: To support entrepreneurial growth throughout Minnesota by offering attractive funding for early stage businesses.   How it Works: The ALF is designed as a direct loan for 10% of the total amount of equity investment received in the business’ approved funding round subsequent to ALF approval. Only one loan may be issued to each business for the duration of the ALF. At least one equity investment must be made by an investor that is both certified by the MN Angel Tax Credit Program and qualified as an Accredited Investor per the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under Rule 501 of Regulation D. However,...
Writing a Business Plan: The Art of the Executive Summary

Monday, December 02, 2013

There’s a literary legend in which Ernest Hemingway places a brash wager on the power of brevity.  Insisting that just a few well-chosen words are enough to tell a compelling story, Hemingway bets several other writers $10 each that he can compose a complete story – one with a beginning, middle and end – in just six words. Once his buddies ante up, he pens this on a napkin: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Short. Engaging. Powerful. Whether it's true or not is a matter for literary scholars to debate. But when it comes to writing the executive summary of your business plan,...
Incentives set for MiM Solar Incentive Program

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Incentive amounts set for Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program Payments will defray system costs, boost solar energy generation SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced on Nov. 22 the 2014 incentive amounts for its 10-year, $15-million-a-year Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program that will officially launch January 1, 2014. The announcement of the incentive amounts means that for the Minnesota residents and businesses who apply and receive the incentive, the cost to install a solar electric system will be much more affordable, boosting Minnesota’s solar energy generation. “Made in Minnesota solar incentives are a big step forward on our clean...
River Valley Arms and Ammo: A Redwood Falls family sells firearms for everyone — but with an especial focus on women.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Until recently, perhaps the closest store specializing in firearms and hunting supplies was in New Ulm. When that store closed, it created a empty space in the Redwood area market for hunters and firearms enthusiasts. Steve Anderson of Redwood Falls, along with children Zach Anderson and Heather Koffler, thought maybe they could fill it. “We’d been talking about opening a store of our own sometime, and we thought it might be the time,” Steve said. Although the lack of a closer store was the jumping off point, Heather had her own reason for wanting to be part. “It’s been a passion of mine to get...
DEED unveils Made in Minnesota directory

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Article By:  Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal   |   Sam Black   Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has released a Made in Minnesota Directory. The directory is a free, online database of products and supplies made in Minnesota. DEED launched the database to encourage Minnesota companies to do business with each other, rather than with out-of-state or foreign companies. About 600 firms are in the database. I ran a quick search of "plastic injection molding" in the database and came up with 39 listings, each with a contact name, number and email as well as a description of the company, list of its top...
City's New Hydroelectric Generator Goes Online

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Article By: Redwood Falls Gazette   |   Joshua Dixon   The city of Redwood Falls has been generating electricity from the Redwood River for the past 111 years. For much of that, the exact same equipment was used to do it, too. The turbine was originally installed by the Redwood Falls Light and Power Company, formed in 1897 by August Burmeister as part of the Redwood Falls Roller Mill. Originally, the company only provided electricity to the streetlights and downtown businesses. When the original Redwood Lake dam was built in 1902, the power company was able to add hydroelectric power to the mix. Last year, the 1929-model...
Need for workers emphasized as part of Manufacturer’s Week

Friday, October 25, 2013

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Oct. 26, 2013 @ 12:01 am Manufacturing is an important part of the local economy. That was the message shared with local business leaders Tuesday morning at the Redwood Area Hospital when the annual Redwood County breakfast was held as part of Minnesota Manufacturer’s Week. “Thank you for all you do,”?said Julie Rath of the Redwood Area Development Corporation (RADC). “You are making a positive impact in our county and in the entire region.” While the message of appreciation was emphasized during the recognition event, a bigger issue continued to rise to the top. For manufacturing to...
Redwood Falls's new hydroelectric generator goes online

Friday, October 25, 2013

by Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Oct. 23, 2013 @ 12:01 am The city of Redwood Falls has been generating electricity from the Redwood River for the past 111 years. For much of that, the exact same equipment was used to do it, too. The turbine was originally installed by the Redwood Falls Light and Power Company, formed in 1897 by August Burmeister as part of the Redwood Falls Roller Mill. Originally, the company only provided electricity to the streetlights and downtown businesses. When the original Redwood Lake dam was built in 1902, the power company was able to add hydroelectric power to the mix. Last year,...
City asks state for funds to reclaim Lake Redwood

Monday, October 21, 2013

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Oct. 21, 2013 @ 12:01 am The reclamation of Lake Redwood has been a topic for discussion for the past several years, and the project was brought up in the Minnesota legislature once again during its 2013 session. The proposal to use bonding dollars to dredge the reservoir, which has been described as a wide and deep spot in the Redwood River, would cost approximately $7.825 million, which is what District 16 Sen. Gary Dahms proposed in a bill he has authored. The Senate capital investment committee, which proposes the allocations for bonding funds, was in Marshall Thursday afternoon...
New renewable energy portal educates visitors to the Redwood Area Development Corporation website

Friday, October 18, 2013

Article Submitted By: Annette Bair   |   Southwest Region   |   Clean Energy Resource Teams   The Redwood Area Development Corporation (RADC) developed a new website with a renewable energy portal on the homepage. Julie Rath with RADC is excited about the new site and content: “Having the portal right on the homepage will open up opportunities for citizens and businesses to find easier access to the tool they need for their own projects, energy rebates, funding sources, etc.” Posting of actual stories and the energy portal have helped to increase the awareness of CERTs, the GreenStep Cities Program, and other energy-related programs that communities and...
Butamax, Highwater Ethanol break ground on biobutanol retrofit

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

By Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC | October 02, 2013 - Biomass Magazine Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a biobutanol technology company, and Highwater Ethanol LLC, a producer of first-generation ethanol, have begun to retrofit Highwater's ethanol plant in Lamberton, Minn., for the production of biobutanol. Butamax's cutting edge technology package will include the installation of novel corn oil separation technology. Butamax and Highwater have entered into definitive agreements for license of Butamax's patented corn oil separation technology, which is an integral part of a full retrofit to biobutanol production and can also be installed independently as a first phase of the conversion....
Second Minnesota ethanol maker may shift to isobutanol

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune Updated: October 2, 2013 - 9:00 AM Highwater Ethanol in Lamberton says it will install Butamax corn oil separation technology in what could be the first stage of a broader retrofit. A Lamberton, Minn., ethanol plant is installing technology that could be the first step toward shifting production from ethanol to another biofuel called isobutanol. Highwater Ethanol, which owns the plant, and Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a Wilmington, Del.-based company that developed the technology, announced the deal Wednesday and said they were negotiating a second-stage agreement to fully retrofit the plant in 2015. Under the licensing deal, Butamax will...
Forbes: MN Ranks No. 8 in "Best States for Business"

Friday, September 27, 2013

Article By: CBS Minnesota  |  WCCO   MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota has been ranked eighth on the “Forbes 2013 List of the Best States for Business,” which is a jump of 12 spots from last year, according to the publication. Forbes says Minnesota’s overall 2013 ranking was the biggest improvement of any state in the eighth-annual study. The study looks at six key metrics: costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. In those metrics, Minnesota ranked fifth in quality of life, ninth in economic climate, 13th in growth prospects, 18th in labor supply, 22nd in regulatory environment...
Job Vacancies Hit 12-Year High in Second Quarter

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Article By: Positively Minnesota   Minnesota employers report 72,570 openings, up 15.3 percent from a year ago   ST. PAUL – Job vacancies in Minnesota climbed to their highest level in 12 years in the second quarter, with employers reporting 72,570 openings, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Vacancies were up 15.3 percent from the same period a year ago, when employers reported nearly 63,000 openings. There were 2.1 unemployed people for each vacancy during the quarter, compared with 2.6 unemployed people per vacancy a year earlier. “This increase in job vacancy numbers offers fresh evidence that the...
Manufacturing expands; will jobs and wages follow?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

  MinnPost By Lee Egerstrom | 09/17/13 Schult Homes of Redwood Falls is building, assembling, and shipping manufactured homes for North Dakota’s Bakken oil field boomtowns, cashing in on proximity to one of the region's few growth areas. Lee Egerstrom Like several other companies in what has become a rural Minnesota manufacturing hub in Redwood County, Schult Homes is both a barometer of the state and regional economy and a testament that manufacturing is in early stages of recovery. Boomtowns of western North Dakota are helping the entire manufactured housing industry in the Midwest, not just his company, said Schult executive Jeff Wedan. But, he added,...
Community Solar on display in Minnesota: Wright-Hennepin's ground-breaking project

Monday, September 09, 2013

Monday, September 9 at 6:30pm Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association will be welcoming community members and interested Minnesotans to the dedication of their first Solar Community project. It will be at WH’s headquarter facilities at 6800 Electric Drive, Rockford, MN. You can click here for more about the event. We followed up with Wright-Hennepin to learn a little more about the project. Read the interview below! Joel Haskard: Why did Wright-Hennepin pursue a community solar project? Wright-Hennepin: WH was interested in starting a community solar project to bring renewable energy options to members. WH took a unique approach as we are the first...
Alliant Energy to sell Minnesota Holdings (including communities/customers in Redwood County

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Published 4:00pm Tuesday, September 3, 2013 Albert Lea Evening Tribune By Tim Engstrom Alliant Energy announced Tuesday it is selling its electric distribution business in Minnesota to a dozen local electric cooperatives and its natural gas operations to Rosemount-based Minnesota Energy Resources. There will be no changes immediately. After the $128 million transaction gets regulatory approval, Albert Lea residents will pay their electricity bill to Albert Lea-based Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services and their gas to Minnesota Energy Resources. “We are really pleased that this deal fell together, and it is good for our customers,” said Tom Aller, president of Interstate Power & Light, an Alliant...
Redwood Falls buildings featured in new book about urban design

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Aug. 27, 2013 @ 10:00 am The new book Signs, Streets, and Storefronts looks at more than 200 years of what American main streets have looked like, from pioneer villages to Times Square, from painted wooden signs to neon casinos. When you get to page 37 of the book, where Treu writes about frontier American architecture, you might be jolted to see the following sentences: "Tiny Redwood Falls, Minnesota, which did not have a store until 1865 or the railroad until 1878, was built up almost entirely during this indulgent, eclectic period. "Redwood Falls was not an...
Renewable Energy is the buzz – RADC invites you to attend a Solar/Energy Efficiency Education Forum

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Redwood Area Development Corporation (RADC) is hosting a Solar/Energy Efficiency educational forum on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Presentation times will be from 11:30 – 2 p.m. or 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Redwood Area Community Center. RADC, and Novel Energy Solutions, an energy management company,focused on providing financially viable, environmentally friendly technologies, is presenting an educational forum on clean energy options for your home, business or farm operation. The focus will be on renewable energy that will save carbon footprint, energy consumption and money on your utility bills. Topics include: Solar PV, Thermal solar and lighting upgrades to...
Farmfest 2013: annual ag expo opens Tuesday

Monday, August 05, 2013

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Aug. 5, 2013 @ 12:01 am In 1994, the Gilfillan Estate hosted its first Farmfest show, and since then the annual event has grown significantly. Buildings have been erected, and the number of vendors and attendees has increased. So, when the gates officially open Tuesday morning one can only expect a bigger and better show than has ever been held. According to the agenda, it looks as if that is going to be the case, as a good mix of activities have been planned for the three-day ag exposition. Tuesday morning begins with a discussion of the farm bill, which is scheduled...
Changes are in store for The Rusty Bucket

Thursday, August 01, 2013

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Aug. 1, 2013 @ 12:01 am The date Dec. 13, 2012 is one that is going to stick in the mind of Candi Oman for the rest of her life.  That is the day The Rusty Bucket burned, and the first day of a very long process of getting the local restaurant open again. “It’s been a learning experience for me,”? said Oman, adding the process of getting contractors and working with insurance adjusters has really opened her eyes. The good news is all of that is nearing its end, and Oman is hoping to have The...
Touring Minnesota's largest solar PV installation in Slayton (lots of photos)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Submitted by Kristi Loobeek on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 12:41pm Region: Southwest  West Central It was a beautiful day to tour the state’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) installation on July 19th, 2013 in Slayton, Minnesota. With the sun high and bright in the sky and only puffy white clouds to speak of, 35 members of SW/WC CERT toured the 7.5 football fields worth of solar panels working at maximum capacity. Keep reading to learn more and see lots of photos. The day started with a informal lunch at the town’s Pizza Ranch at noon. Members of the CERTs tour, as well as members of...
City contributes funds to keep downtown buildings viable

Monday, July 22, 2013

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Jul. 22, 2013 @ 11:12 am The downtown section of Redwood Falls near the courthouse contains the oldest business buildings in town. Some of them have been in continuous use for over a century. When buildings get that old, they need continuous maintenance to keep them usable. To encourage business owners to maintain their properties, in 1996 the city set up the “Redwood Falls Downtown Revitalization Program.” The program was designed “to eliminate slum and blight conditions, and to prevent further deterioration of downtown commercial buildings,” according to the city’s info sheets sent out to prospective clients. “The nuts and bolts...
Brokaw Supply Company expands ag business to Redwood Falls

Thursday, July 18, 2013

By Troy Krause Editor Updated Jul. 18, 2013 @ 11:21 am The Redwood area got some good news this past Friday morning when Brokaw Supply Company of Fort Dodge, Iowa officially announced they were going to be expanding their business operations by opening a new retail and service store east of Redwood Falls. “This area is the epicenter of agriculture,” said Gary Nelson, owner of Brokaw Supply Company. “We are excited to be coming.  Click here to read the full article!
Agriculture equipment company Brokaw announces opening of new facility

Sunday, July 14, 2013

  Messenger News, Fort Dodge, IA Family-owned, Brokaw Supply Co. is expanding its supply of agriculture spray and fertilizer equipment to southern Minnesota. The Iowa-based company has announced it will open its new store in Redwood Falls, Minn., and is on schedule to begin operations Nov. 1. The facility, which will encompass more than 11,000 square feet, will include a dedicated service and shop area, extensive parts inventory and elaborate showroom. Robert Varland, who will manage the Redwood Falls location, said, "Minnesota farmers have expressed a need for sales and service support of quality sprayer and fertilizer products. The opening of the Redwood Falls...
Smiths market camelina oil from their Lamberton farm

Monday, July 01, 2013

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Jun. 27, 2013 @ 12:01 am   “Fifteen years ago, no one around here knew what camelina oil was. We’re hoping we’re ahead of the curve,” said Kathleen Smith of Lamberton. Smith, along with her husband Justin and parents, grows and manufactures Omega Maiden camelina oil, now available in almost 20 Minnesota stores. Kathleen, a Lamberton native, met Justin at a Colorado College. In 2008, they spent a year in the West African country of Niger, serving in the Peace Corps. When their service was up, they moved to Lamberton “because I appreciated coming from a tight-knit ag community,” said Kathleen. “My...
Riding the Redwood rails

Monday, June 24, 2013

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Jun. 24, 2013 @ 12:01 am For years the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad was a source of transportation for the communities through which its tracks ran. People would board the train heading for another destination along the line. In more recent years those tracks had fallen into disrepair, and decades had passed since anyone had ridden on the line. That all changed June 15-16 when the North American Rail Car Operators Association (NARCOA)?brought its form of transportation to the Minnesota Prairie Line and rode its "speeders"?down the track as far east as Winthrop and as far west as Hanley...
Estebo makes additional donation to communities foundation

Monday, June 17, 2013

By Troy Krause Editor. Redwood Falls Gazette Updated Jun. 17, 2013 @ 1:20 pm   When the Redwood Communities Foundation was established in 1989, the idea behind the organization was to help non-profit entities with their financial structure. Over the years numerous organizations have been aided by the foundation as they try to aide the communities in which they exist. One such entity, the Orrin Estebo Foundation, was established in 2006 in an effort to provide funding for people in Redwood Falls who were in need – focusing on education, emergencies and economic development.   Click here to read the full article!
Travis Johnson joins Flinn office offering general dental care

Monday, June 17, 2013

By Troy Krause Editor Updated Jun. 17, 2013 @ 1:16 pm   Michael Flinn, DDS has been part of the Redwood Falls community for the majority of his life. Growing up the son of a family physician, Flinn was familiar with the health care world, but he did not follow in his father’s footsteps. He became a dentist instead, and since 1975 he has been practicing in Redwood Falls. As Flinn nears the time in his life when he starts thinking more about life outside of the office, he knows there is going to be a need for someone to fill in the gap he leaves. In an...
Modular construction company moving to Redwood Falls next month

Thursday, May 30, 2013

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer, Redwood Falls Gazette Posted May. 30, 2013 @ 12:01 am   Last year the construction company Northstar Systembuilt met with city officials about buying property in the industrial park on the north side of town. The company’s goal: build a new, 36,000 square foot facility for building housing modules, bringing at least another 15 highly-skilled jobs to town. By June, 2012, everything was all arranged, and the tax abatement was approved by the city council — then the project didn’t happen. Not to worry. It turns out Northstar Systembuilt found a better solution to its needs: an existing warehouse that formerly housed...
Breitkreutz family sees pasture improvement through rotational grazing

Thursday, May 16, 2013

By Carol Stender cstender@agrinews.com REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — When Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz got their first EQIP contract, the Redwood Falls cattle producers were told their native pasture had three species of grasses and no forbs or clovers. A few years later, in 2010, the pasture had 16 grass species, plus clover. The pasture improvements weren't because of fertilizers or herbicides. They quit fertilizing five years ago and haven't sprayed it for four years, Grant said. They credit overall pasture management for their success. They will discuss the successes and challenges of pasture management and cover corps at a workshop on their farm May 18...
Rice Home Medical breaks ground on new facility in Redwood Falls

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Rice Home Medical breaks ground for new Redwood Falls facility By Troy Krause Editor Posted May. 9, 2013 @ 12:01 am In 1989, Rice Home Medical began providing services to the people of the Redwood area in one hospital room at the Redwood Falls hospital. Over the years the medical supply company has been housed in various locations throughout Redwood Falls, from the east wing of the hospital to a spot in the NAPA building. Most recently, the company moved to a storefront on Second Street (the old Fieldstone Vineyards building), but even that spot is temporary. Rice Home Medical is going to be moving into...
New date, attractions bring different audience to MIC

Monday, April 29, 2013

By Joshua Dixon Staff Writer Posted Apr. 29, 2013 @ 12:01 am   So how did the 56th annual Minnesota Inventors Congress Invention and Idea Show go? "You mean, except for Friday?" laughed Deb Hess, Director of Inventor Services. Yes, there was that awkward blizzard that hit the state just as many of the inventors were heading to the Redwood Area Community Center. "Thursday night we couldn't help but be concerned, but we had to keep moving forward," said Hess. "On Friday, it was obvious the weather was affecting our attendance. On Friday morning, you could have shot a cannonball down the main aisle without hitting anyone. "However, there...
Hall of Fame, Jim Gallery, grew up playing various sports in our Area!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

By Troy Krause Editor Posted Apr. 25, 2013 @ 12:01 am Nearly every boy who holds a football in their hand has at one time or another the kind of dream Jim Gallery lived. Growing up in Morton and graduating from Morton High School in 1980, Gallery was a standout athlete who excelled in football. “Some of the best times of my life were during my years in Morton,”?said Gallery. “I?remember we were always outside playing sports with the other kids in town.” After high school, Gallery went to the University of Minnesota on a football scholarship where he spent four years as the team’s kicker. “I?played...
Transplanting carrots?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Transplanting carrots? By Troy Krause Editor Posted Apr. 25, 2013 @ 12:01 am Jack McAllister of Ironton is a gardener; he's also an inventor, and this year during the Minnesota Inventors Congress he put both of his interests together into an idea he believes could help change how people get ready for spring in their gardens. Click here to read the entire article!    
On The Scene.....Minnesota Inventors Congress

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SEEN ON SCENE - Minnesota Inventors Congress, 2013 Posted April 24, 2013 midnight Spectators met with the inventors for fun and information during the 56th annual MIC Invention and Idea Show at the Redwood Area Community Center.  To see additional photos, click here
Hospital executive from Michigan new CEO at Redwood Falls, Minn., hospital

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

West Central Tribune REDWOOD FALLS — The Redwood Falls City Council has appointed Bryan Lydick as the Redwood Area Hospital’s new chief executive officer, with an anticipated June 3 start date. Lydick, of Indian River, Michigan, spent the past 13 years with Mercy Hospital Cadillac and Mercy Hospital Grayling in northern Michigan, most recently as chief business development officer. Click here to view the entire article.  
RADC April Newsletter

Monday, April 08, 2013

The RADC is very pleased to present to you our very first online e-newsletter for 2013. From our corner of Redwood County, there are many great developments starting to pop-up all around the County! We want to connect with you to share that news! We encourage you to have others go online to our website and subscribe to receive this e-newsletter monthly, and to "LIKE US" on Facebook. We have made it easier to connect with the public in a direct way. The RADC staff is here to work and facilitate with you, your business, and your community your growth...
Area Businesses embrace benefits, challenges of Social Media

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Area businesses embrace benefits, challenges of social media Ashley White West Central Tribune "Like" our Facebook page. “Follow us” on Twitter. “Check into” our business on Foursquare. “Connect with us” on LinkedIn. In recent years, these requests have gone from infrequent to mainstream. For many businesses, social media has become an integral part of their marketing strategies. Yet in 2012, only about 10 percent of businesses in Kandiyohi County had a social media presence, according to a study done by the University of Minnesota. Yellow Medicine County also had about 10 percent of businesses on social media, while Lac qui Parle and Swift counties each had about 7.5...
Green streets development in Redwood Falls

Monday, March 11, 2013

Just a day or so after Pete and Mike U'Ren bought 35 acres of undeveloped land from the city, they started construction on a new 43,000 square foot warehouse to relocate a local business, BBC Distribution, LLC.The 35 acres on the northeast side of town near the airport were undeveloped because certain parts are designated wetlands. However, new construction approaches will preserve their nature.BBC Distribution is currently located in a warehouse on Industrial Drive. The new warehouse will be very similar inside.  
Duane Anderson settles in to Farmers Union Industries leadership

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Article by Troy Kruase Redwood Falls Gazette, Editor Growing up on a farm near Gaylord, Duane Anderson recalls spending time hanging around in Redwood Falls. Little did he know then how much the community would be part of his life in the future. Anderson, who became president and chief executive officer for Farmers Union Industries in Redwood Falls as of Jan. 1, may have ended up just 45 miles from home, but he certainly took the scenic route to get there. After graduating from Gaylord High School in 1982, Anderson began farming with his dad. He also did some trucking as a way to...
Harvesting sunlight

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Article By: Josh Dixon   |   The Redwood Gazette   To Bruce Tiffany, corn and soybeans aren’t crops, they’re “sunlight capturing devices.” “Anything that can be made by petroleum can be made with renewable crops,” said Tiffany this week. “The plants capture the sunlight, and store it. I’m harvesting the sunlight, putting it in a form people can use. “Petroleum is just a more concentrated form of sunlight captured millions of years ago. Today, with renewables, the trick is figuring out how to (get the same energy) out of renewables.” Tiffany estimates he spends about 60 percent of his time concentrating on his farm near Redwood Falls. The...
Energy Tax Law Alert: Fiscal Cliff Bill Includes PTC Extension and Other Energy-Related Provisions

Friday, February 15, 2013

Congress yesterday passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the Act), which averted the so-called "fiscal cliff." The President is expected to sign the Act shortly. The Act includes a number of energy-related tax provisions, including a one-year extension and modification of the production tax credit under Section 45 of the Internal Revenue Code (the PTC) for certain renewable energy facilities. The energy-related provisions in the Act include: PTC Extensions and Modifications – The PTC is extended and modified for certain types of facilities. These extensions and modifications include: In the case of wind, geothermal, landfill gas, trash, marine, and hydrokinetic facilities...
Patriotic popcorn an opportunity for Lamberton couple

Thursday, November 22, 2012

By Carol Stender cstender@agrinews.com Date Modified: 11/22/2012 7:00 PM Ryan and Tiffany Batalden of Lamberton, Minn., grew an acre of popcorn this year and are selling it as Patriot Pops Organic Popcorn. The kernels are red white and blue in color. LAMBERTON, Minn. — It was color that won out over other traits when Ryan and Tiffany Batalden chose popcorn varieties for their Lamberton farm. The result is a patriotic mix of red, white and blue kernels packaged and marketed as Patriot Pops Organic Popcorn. The idea got its start five years ago when Tiffany was selling homemade bread at farmers markets. She baked up...
Minnesota West Community & Technical College Additional Location Approval

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

(Worthington, MN) Minnesota West Community and Technical College has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to extend the Fairmont and Redwood Falls centers as “Additional Locations, which fulfills federal regulations, related to institutional change.” The approval and visit of the Higher Learning Commission stated that the Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Fairmont Center at 115 South Park Street in Fairmont, MN fulfills federal regulations, related to institutional change. As indicated by the Commission policy, completion of the visit and fulfillment of the requirement will noted in Minnesota West Community & Technical College history record, and the completed report will...
Inventors Congress ends 58-year run

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

REDWOOD FALLS — The Minnesota Inventors Congress is ceasing to operate after a 58-year run. “It’s hard,’’ said Deb Hess, its executive director for the past 31 years, when reached as she worked to complete the closing. The board of directors decided to cease operations after learning recently that the Minnesota Department of Economic Development was awarding it a $42,000 grant for operations for the coming year, as compared to an $85,000 grant the previous year. Hess said she and board members did not believe the organization would be able to raise the difference needed to keep the doors open and decided to...
Map of the Week: Heating Minnesota

Friday, February 15, 2013

With temperatures outside dipping last week, thermostats inside homes were undoubtedly turned up. Unlike last winter, this winter’s heating costs are expected to rise. The Minnesota Energy Department and several other agencies and organizations have predicted that heating costs this year will not only reach normal levels, but may even exceed them. The estimated rise, of course, depends on lower temperatures this winter, but also on the heating fuel source and its associated cost. The Energy Department’s figures indicate that homeowners who use oil as their heat fuel source could see a 20 percent increase, a 15 percent increase for...
Highwater Ethanol looking toward something better

Monday, January 16, 2012

In August 2009 Highwater Ethanol, LLC. along TH14 just west of Lamberton began production, and for the past two-and-a-half years the plant has continued to produce ethanol and look to the future. According to Brian Kletscher, Highwater CEO and general manager, the facility continues to demonstrate greater efficiencies, even better than those involved initially anticipated, and those efficiencies have meant lower costs and greater benefit for its membership. “Some of our production efficiencies are among the best in the nation,” said Kletscher. To read the full article click here »  
County approves $25,000 grant match

Thursday, November 17, 2011

By Troy Krause, Editor Updated Nov. 17, 2011 @ 4:20 pm Redwood Falls, Minn.  --     When Redwood County was designated in a state report to be one of the 10 most underserved counties in Minnesota when it comes to access to the Internet, discussions began taking place to determine how to remedy that. A group of local communications providers and technology savvy individuals gathers under the guidance of the Redwood Area Devel-opment Corporation (RADC) to talk about what can be done to ensure the county’s residents are having their needs met when it comes to good Internet access. After receiving 30 hours...

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