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DEED Launches Tool to Measure, Report Broadband Access

Wednesday, December 26, 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), 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
Minnesota's ACT scores remain steady, among best in the U.S.

Sunday, December 09, 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. Continue to full article
New Guide to Hiring Disabled Veterans Available

Saturday, December 08, 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. Continue to full article
DEED Launches Tool to Measure, Report Broadband Access

Friday, December 07, 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
CentraCare Health is Building a Community-Driven Wellness Center in Todd County

Thursday, November 29, 2018

As the region’s premier healthcare provider, CentraCare Health (CCH) is at the forefront of innovation and finding ways to increase access to healthcare, while improving the long-term wellness of the entire community. One way they are doing so is through the creation of a community-driven wellness center in Todd County. The wellness center is in response to requests made by community members looking for an opportunity to improve their overall wellbeing. “The community voiced a clear desire to include a wellness center. We listened” stated Dan Swenson, CentraCare Health - Long Prairie Administrator. The resulting Regional Community Well-Being Center is a...
Reasons to Celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24th and Beyond

Tuesday, November 20, 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 Impact Research...
USDA Rural Development has approved a grant of $2,147,863.00

Saturday, November 17, 2018

This Rural Development investment will be used to construct a fiber to the home broadband system providing state of the art services to 250 households and 8 in and around Moran Township, Todd County, Minnesota. A community center will also be located within the Moran Township Town Hall where residents can access two computer terminals and WiFi, free of charge. This project will allow the residents and businesses in this area to access high quality voice and broadband services so that they may be better able to access the economic, health care, educational, and quality of life opportunities such services...
Helping Startups Succeed—and Stay—in the Midwest

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

At the University of Minnesota, launching a new company is one of several ways that breakthrough research can move beyond the lab to benefit the public. But finding the right leader, with the right experience, to bring these new technologies to market can be difficult. “Leadership is just as important as intellectual property to a startup’s success,” said Mary MacCarthy, Venture Center program manager with the U’s Venture Center in the Office for Technology Commercialization. “The biggest challenge the U of M has with launching our startups is finding skilled, available CEOs with experience in particular industries.” A new network comprising 11...
Number of Women-Owned Businesses Increased Nearly 3,000% since 1972, According to New Research

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Women started an average of 1,821 new businesses per day in the U.S. between 2017 and 2018, according to analysis in the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express (NYSE:AXP). This level of new business formation by women is greater than the daily average during the pre-recession period from 2002 to 2007 (714), the recession and recovery period between 2007 and 2012 (1,143), and the post-recession period between 2012 and 2017 (952). New this year, the report explores data back to 1972 – the first time the U.S. Census Bureau provided data on minority-owned and women-owned...
Innovation Voucher Award Program

Monday, October 29, 2018

Financial Awards Give Small Businesses Access to Technical Assistance The Innovation Voucher Award Program provides $5,000 to $25,000 awards to help small businesses purchase technical assistance and services necessary to advance research, development or commercialization of new or innovative products and services. Qualifying businesses receive awards – which the recipient must match on a 50 percent basis – to reimburse for expenses incurred for assistance and services rendered by public universities, colleges, technical schools and non-profits in Minnesota. Reimbursable expenses include purchased technical assistance and services in research, technical development, product development, commercialization, market development, technology exploration, and improved business practices, including strategies to...
3 Percent

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

MN's unemployment rate has been at or below 4 percent for four years straight Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since June 2000 – 3 percent. Our unemployment rate has been at or below 4 percent for four consecutive years. (The US unemployment rate in July was 3.9 percent.) Employers added 11,200 jobs in July and 31,800 jobs over the past three months, the third-highest number of new jobs over a three-month span dating back to 1990. Details: Monthly gains across the major sectors were widespread; only two sectors lost jobs. The largest job gains were in education & health care (up...
Staples Funding Tourism Promotion

Monday, September 10, 2018

The City of Staples recently approved an ordinance that allows the City to implement a Local Lodging Tax. The proceeds of this tax must be utilized to fund a Tourism Promotion Committee for the purpose of marketing and promoting the City as a tourist center. The City is requesting proposals from nonprofit organizations which have experience and qualifications in regards to marketing, specifically tourism marketing. The selected organization will be held responsible for all financial management, implementation, and reporting duties to execute a defined strategic marketing plan. This would include the management and oversight of any and all hired resources to...
Long Prairie Resident voted as Best H.S. Game Announcer In MN

Monday, September 03, 2018

Local sports announcer, Kevin Houdek, was recently chosen the Best High School Game Announcer in Minnesota by WCCO viewers. Calling games for the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder football for 30 years, he offers a detailed play-by-play for football enthusiasts across the country.   Kevin Houdek is somewhat of a legend around here. He has announced games for generations of residents, making him an important part of the football games for players, their families and residents who have come out to support the team. He is part of what makes watching a hometown game so special. Congratulations to Kevin Houdek and thank...
This Minnesota Startup Built a National Directory for Women-Owned Businesses

Friday, August 31, 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. Read about how you can support women in your area.
Browerville Heritage Days

Monday, August 27, 2018

Browerville Heritage Days is always the last full weekend in June. To celebrate the area’s German and Polish heritage, there are many fun activities for both children and adults. Family-friendly activities include a parade, inflatables like a 25’ slide, bungee trampoline and a rock climbing wall, the turtle race and fire department water wars, and live music by area popular bands. There is also softball and beanbag tournaments for adults, as well as a beer garden, food vendors and much more. The Browerville Heritage Days are a ton of fun for everyone in the community, along with visitors who come from...
Minnesota Business Firms Expect Unchanged Conditions for 2019

Friday, August 24, 2018

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. Read about the economic predictions in the MN DEED's press release.
Kick-off the Holidays at Bright Friday Night in Long Prairie

Monday, August 20, 2018

Bright Friday Night is an annual family-friendly event that takes place along Central Ave in Long Prairie. This is a magical way to kick-off the holiday season and something that children of all ages will enjoy. Even Santa will be in attendance, so truly, no one wants to miss this one. There will be refreshments, children's activities, and music in the afternoon. Then, after the early evening parade, there will be treats, photos with Santa, and to wrap up the festivities, fireworks at the Long Prairie Fire Department. We invite you to celebrate the holiday season with us by making Bright...
More MN workplaces offering 'Summer Fridays'

Friday, August 17, 2018

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. Click here to read the Kare 11 News report.
CentraCare Plans New Wellness Center

Monday, August 13, 2018

CentraCare has plans underway to construct a 12,000-square-foot, $4.5-million building adjacent to the new hospital and clinic in Long Prairie. The Regional Community Well-Being Center will provide programs, services, and amenities designed to promote healthy lifestyles, enhance the quality of life and support well-being through the six dimensions of wellness. Construction of the Regional Community Well-Being Center began on August 16, 2018. The facility is expected to be completed in May 2019. Fundraising will continue through construction to secure the remaining funds necessary for the project. This Community Well-Being building project has been selected by the Region Five Development Commission CREDS Strategy...
DayBreak Foods in Long Prairie earns prestigious award

Friday, August 10, 2018

A Long Prairie business is being recognized for outstanding work in keeping its employees safe while on the job. The DayBreak Foods facility has become the 38th site in Minnesota to be awarded the Minnesota Health and Safety Recognition Program (MNSHARP) award. To learn more about the award and DayBreak Foods, click here.
Grey Eagle: A Lake Lovers Destination

Monday, August 06, 2018

Are you longing for peaceful and relaxing days on the lake? If the thought of sitting quietly by the water, casting your line, or watching the birds float by sounds like a little slice of heaven, you should visit Grey Eagle. Located a short distance in between Trace Lake, Bass Lake and the Birch Lakes, Grey Eagle is a haven for water lovers, fishing, and boating enthusiasts. There are cabins to rent or stay at a local resort, so there is something for everyone. Grey Eagle is also an ideal destination to reunite with family or friends. Once people visit, they...
Railroad Days is a fun for all event in Staples

Monday, July 30, 2018

Come join us for Railroad Days, a four-day event in Staples. This is Staples’ annual town festival that falls on the fourth weekend in August. It is a community celebration in which there are many fun activities for both children and adults. Family-friendly activities include a variety shows, an ice cream social, fireworks, medallion hunt, parade, free corn feed, car show, art & crafts, city-wide garage sales, and a street dance. There are plenty of games such as the Kinship 5K Run/Walk & Jr. Dash, CT Pedal Pull, and LA Pig Races. There is also a bean bag tournament, food and...
Celebrate Clarissa at its Summerfest

Friday, July 27, 2018

Every year in July is the Clarissa Summerfest, an event sponsored by the Clarissa Community Club. This fun-filled, all-ages community event has live entertainment, street dances, kids games, city-wide garage sales, bean bag, softball, and baseball tournaments, a craft fair, 5K, pancake breakfast, parade, bouncy houses, rib feed, bingo, medallion hunt, duck races, treasure dig, and more. There are too many activities to list but one thing you can count on is having fun. The Clarissa Community Club takes care to plan events for people of all ages so even the little ones will enjoy themselves while grandma and grandpa enjoy...
Come to Grey Eagle for GEM Fest

Friday, July 27, 2018

Enjoy three days of community fun every 4th weekend in July at GEM Fest! This annual community festival features a crafters and vendors market, parade, Lions Club Raffle, inflatables, tractor pulls for kids and adults, live entertainment, volleyball and softball tournaments, city-wide garage sales, food stands, beer garden, and more in Lions Park. If you and your family are looking for something fun to do this July, plan a trip to GEM Fest. This is one festival you do not want to miss. With something for everyone to do, this is truly a family-friendly event that children and adults will enjoy...
Low-Interest Loans Available to Fund Rural Commercial Real Estate Projects

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Rural LISC has developed an innovative new financing tool to provide low-interest loans to qualified commercial real estate projects in rural America. The Growing Rural Communities Fund will finance real estate acquisition and construction costs to spur job creation and economic revitalization in distressed communities. To find out more, find the PDF link here.
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Revitalize Minnesota Town

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Long Prairie Mayor Don Rasmussen enjoys taking visitors on a tour of Central Avenue, the once-bustling main street of his town, located about an hour northwest of St. Cloud. While plenty of empty storefronts line the street, take a closer look and you’ll see several new businesses now open where old ones once stood, like spring plants blooming in a freshly tilled garden. To read the full article on the Fedgazette, click here.
Christie Home Museum in Long Prairie is a "Must Visit"

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Christie Home Museum was built in Queen Anne Style in 1901, and was previously home to Dr. George R. Christie, Sr. and his family. The Christie family were the only people to occupy the home, living there until 1976, at which time Dr. Robert Christie, last resident of the home, passed away The remaining family donated the home to the city of Long Prairie, with the condition that it be maintained as a museum and be open to the public. It contains the original furnishings, several elaborate stained glass windows, and Tiffany lamps. The Christie Home is known as Long...
Making Minnesota greater again (and again)

Tuesday, July 17, 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. For the full article on the Star Tribune, click here.
MTO Open for Business in New Global Locations

Tuesday, July 17, 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. Find the full article here on Minnesota's DEED website.
Eagle Bend: Minnesota’s Hometown

Monday, July 16, 2018

Minnesota’s hometown, Eagle Bend, desires to grow, while maintaining a small town atmosphere and respect for the land and the environment. With pride in its past and belief in its future, the community has many local organizations to curate its history, provide assistance, maintain its beauty and encourage growth. Eagle Bend is also a place to socialize with neighbors and friends. There are numerous places to eat, drink and socialize, like the veteran’s club and local golf course. A new effort is also going into building a city park and the community has a new Inn. Businesses also benefit from locating here....
Long Prairie offers a rich variety of things to do

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Looking for a fun day trip for the whole family or for a couple’s get-away? Set Long Prairie in sight. With its rich variety of things to do, mixed with history, the city has much to offer. Located less than a mile from Highway 71, is the Lake Charlotte Beach and Park. The site includes a beach with lifeguards, a fishing pier, a boat launch, a playground, men and women’s changing rooms, and restrooms. For a small fee, the three picnic pavilions can also be reserved to hold special events by calling City Hall at (320) 732-2167. There is also a disc golf course...
Hewitt Has the Fastest Wi-Fi "Hotspot" in Todd County!

Monday, July 09, 2018

Hewitt now has the fastest Wi-Fi internet "Hotspot" in Todd County! This FREE service was made possible with a grant from Todd County Economic Development & The City of Hewitt. If you need to get online for work, school or fun, this hotspot is always on and open. It’s fast. It’s convenient. It’s free. What else could a person want? Plus, the hot spot can always be accessed from your phone, making it possible to check Facebook, upload videos, post to Instagram and send emails - all without tapping into your data plan. For more information or tips on how to access...
Nursing field is attracting more males, both in Minnesota and nationwide

Friday, July 06, 2018

Long before Raney Linck joined the nursing profession or became a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, he bounced from one sales gig to another for seven years. Then the routine started to feel a little mundane, and Linck, who had a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, decided to try a different career path — one that involved educating and caring for people, would be both personally satisfying, and would help him make a difference. The best occupation that combined all of those characteristics, he figured, would be nursing, because he could both care for his patients and inform them about...
How Minnesota farmers are using different plant varieties, and new techniques, to extend the state's growing season

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

When horticultural and wine scientists at the University of Minnesota apply for funding to research growing grapes in a climate better known for producing soybeans than wine, they often have to answer a common question: Why bother? “We get that pushback when we submit grants all the time,” said Matt Clark, who leads the University’s grape breeding project. The simple answer – why not? – smacks of the same spirit many Minnesotans adopt to handle long, cold winters. Yes, the climate presents challenges, but farmers and ag researchers also see opportunities: Breeding cold-hardy fruit varieties has made the university a lot of money...
Bertha: See How Pleasant Small Town Life Can Be

Monday, July 02, 2018

The city of Bertha is a thriving rural community located in central Minnesota, and has been for the past 117 years. Now, into the 21st-century, Bertha continues to offer an idyllic setting for raising a family and enjoying small town tranquility. Here, neighbors greet each other with a friendly smile and wave, people know you at the grocery store, and parents relax knowing that their children are safe in the local parks and schools. The city offers a variety of business establishments, parks, churches and a K-12 school, so there is plenty to keep a family busy. Bertha invites you to...
U.S. Treasury Approves Minnesota Opportunity Zones

Monday, July 02, 2018

128 census tracts in Minnesota to receive the designation ST. PAUL – The U.S. Department of Treasury today approved 128 low-income census tracts in Minnesota to be designated as Opportunity Zones. All of the approved census tracts were recommended to Treasury by Gov. Mark Dayton in April following recommendations from cities, counties and tribal nations.  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...
Eagle Bend - "Minnesota's Hometown"

Friday, June 29, 2018

Eagle Bend is known as “Minnesota's Hometown” and for good reason. The town has a truly hometown feel! They aim to work hard to bring new business to town and grow, but also to keep their small town feel. The town motto is, “Pride in our past...and belief in our future, it's a great place to call home.” To read the full article, click here.
Long Prairie offers a rich variety of things to do

Friday, June 29, 2018

Looking for a fun day trip for the whole family or for a couple’s get-away? Set Long Prairie in sight. With its rich variety of things to do, mixed with history, the city has much to offer. Located less than a mile from Highway 71, is the Lake Charlotte Beach and Park. The site includes a beach with lifeguards, a fishing pier, a boat launch, a playground, men and women’s changing rooms, and restrooms. For a small fee, the three picnic pavilions can also be reserved to hold special events by calling City Hall at (320) 732-2167. The playground at Lake Charlotte Beach and...
New DEED Pilot Program Offers Interest-Free Loans for Startups

Monday, June 25, 2018

Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs accepting loan applications through July 16 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is accepting loan applications through a new program designed to help early-stage businesses that are developing high-tech products or services in Minnesota.  Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE) is a pilot program that will provide interest-free loans ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. Businesses approved for loans under the program 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...
Staples is a Great Place to Live, Work and Play

Monday, June 25, 2018

Located in the heart of Minnesota, the city of Staples is home to an always-growing business district, an active arts community and the picturesque Crow Wing River. With nationally-recognized schools including Staples Motley Schools and Central Lakes College, award-winning healthcare, and endless economic development opportunities, Staples, MN, welcomes you. We invite you to schedule a visit, learn more about the area and find out why so many enjoy calling Staples home. Click here to begin exploring.
Succession planning a growing need as population ages

Monday, June 25, 2018

MANKATO — Retirement of baby boomers is a big topic in the business community as a shortage of workers makes it harder to find the next generation of employees. But the aging population brings other big challenges, including creating a good succession plan to pass farms and business onto family members or key employees. "Succession planning is a necessity. We're dealing with an aging population, and there have been a lot of changes in recent years where people do business differently. Farms have grown to very large operations where they have a lot of staff and may have an international reach," said...
Bertha - Small Town Feel with Big City Amenities

Friday, June 22, 2018

Bertha is known having a lot of amenities but still a small town feel. Housing in Bertha is very affordable and they have the luxury of a healthcare facility in town. There's also a kindergarten through twelfth grade school in town combined with neighboring Hewitt. For the full article, click here.
How Job Fairs Can Help Experienced Workers

Friday, June 22, 2018

Well-run live career fairs can be an important tool for the older job seeker who knows how to use them. Here are eight reasons they can be very productive for older job seekers. Forced networking. Most people are averse to networking – and may not be very good at it. Job fairs offer an excellent opportunity to meet hiring managers and recruiters at scale to assist with a productive networking plan. Access to company representatives. Company personnel are open and accessible. You can obtain a business card, maybe a cellphone number, and get a few questions answered. A chance to practice and refine your elevator pitch. As you work your...
Machine Shop Grows with Help from Todd County

Monday, June 18, 2018

Rigid Machining, LLC in Browerville, MN, believes in beating customer expectation by providing quality parts at an affordable price. To do so effectively, they needed a start-up loan. Todd County Development Corporation stepped in to help, providing the company with financing out of their Revolving Loan Fund. These loans are available for local entrepreneurs and businesses who are in Todd County and looking to grow. TCDC and the Initiative Foundation provided a gap loans for the financing package originated by American Heritage National Bank and the SBA. If your business is in need of financing solutions, we invite you to learn...
Todd County to Benefit from Innovation Grant Awarded by NJPA

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Food Co-op Coalition of the Region Five Development Commission was recently awarded $49,600 in Innovation funding from National Joint Powers Alliance of Staples. Led by the city of Crosslake, the Food Co-op Coalition representing all five counties in Region Five (Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties) will use its funds to launch an educational campaign. The campaign, "Why Co-ops?", emphasizes the value of food co-op membership/ownership and purchasing. Supported by six food cooperatives and communities from the region and beyond, the proposal allows for the food co-ops to work together on a campaign that relays the economic value of...
How Job Fairs Can Help Experienced Workers

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

It can be easy for a job seeker to dismiss attending a career fair. There’s no guarantee that a job fair will be productive, but keep this in mind: According to a LinkedIn study, 85 percent of jobs are filled through networking.  Well-run live career fairs can be an important tool for the older job seeker who knows how to use them. Click here for eight reasons job fairs can be very productive for older job seekers.
Long Prairie offers a rich variety of things to do

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Looking for a fun day trip for the whole family or for a couple’s get-away? Set Long Prairie in sight. With its rich variety of things to do, mixed with history, the city has much to offer. Click here to read the full article.
Celebrate Community at Long Prairie’s “Prairie Days”

Monday, June 04, 2018

Prairie Days is three fun-filled days of community activities, fun for the whole family on Father's Day weekend in June. Activities downtown and around town include: many types of indoor and outdoor games, inflatables, a dunk tank, farmers market, wellness fair, parade, and car show. You can also plan to visit the Christie Home, watch movies at the local drive-in, try bull riding, eat your fill at the waffle breakfast, and enjoy a water skiing show. This is down-home family fun for the entire family. There is something for everyone to do in our welcoming community and Prairie Days is full...
Succession planning a growing need as population ages

Monday, June 04, 2018

Retirement of baby boomers is a big topic in the business community as a shortage of workers makes it harder to find the next generation of employees. But the aging population brings other big challenges, including creating a good succession plan to pass farms and business onto family members or key employees. Click here to read the full article.
Hilltop Regional Kitchen in Eagle Bend Receives Innovation Grant

Monday, May 28, 2018

The City of Eagle Bend’s Hilltop Regional Kitchen will use a $90,000 grant to support the current construction of the facility, primarily adding on a new entrance, parking lot reconstruction, and other external necessities. The current facility, built in 1906 and purchased by seniors in 1970, is the hub for Meals on Wheels, Bundled Services, and congregate meals for Todd and Wadena counties. On average, the kitchen produces 5,000 meals per month to the communities of Long Prairie, Browerville, Clarissa, Eagle Bend, Bertha, Hewitt, Motley, Staples, Wadena, and Verndale. A new kitchen facility in Eagle Bend will ensure residents have the...
A Good Night for a Movie at Long Drive-In

Monday, May 21, 2018

Go back in time and visit this classic drive-in, built in 1956. Voted as the Best Minnesota Drive-In Theater, the Long Drive-In is a family-friendly outdoor movie theater. Enjoy a variety of recent, highly entertaining movies for a great price from the comfort of your own car. Or bring some lawn chairs and a blanket to fully enjoy the outdoor movie experience under the stars. Visit their snack bar early as they offer a large assortment of food and refreshments, from pulled pork sandwiches and pizza to nachos and of course fresh, buttery popcorn. They show two movies every Friday,...
Minnesota men boast nation's longest life expectancy

Monday, May 21, 2018

In a nationwide study, they rank first; the state's women rank fourth. Mississippi comes in last. Men in Minnesota live longer than those in any other state. Minnesota women rank fourth. These above-average findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Overall, residents of the North Star State have the fourth longest expectancy, with an average lifespan of 80.8 years, ranking behind only Hawaii, California and Connecticut, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Mississippi had the lowest life expectancy, with an average of 74.7 years. Minnesota men had an average life expectancy of 78.7...
CTC Fiber Internet Available for Residents in Long Prairie

Monday, May 14, 2018

Do you wish you could easily stream Netflix, Hulu, or watch YouTube videos? If slow internet has been frustrating you and your family, now is an excellent time to take advantage of the faster internet speeds available in Long Prairie. Fiber optics have now been installed in the area so switching to something faster is as easy as making a phone call. With high speed internet from CTC, you can get all the speed you need to connect all of your home devices. You may complement your CTC internet connection by adding security protection and online backup, all while receiving the...
Getting an Employer to Notice You at Career Fairs

Monday, May 14, 2018

It’s career fair season opener in Minnesota. Career fairs offer a great opportunity to connect with employers. Those connections could lead to a job interview, and expand your network. Don’t underestimate the power of networking: Eighty-five percent of jobs are filled through networking, according to a LinkedIn study. DEED’s career fair calendar was packed in 2017: The 17th annual Get Jobs Career fair held in Eagan attracted 109 exhibitors and more than 1,100 career seekers. The 8th annual Northland Career fair in Duluth attracted 116 exhibitors and over 550 career seekers. The 11th annual Veterans Career Fair in Bloomington brought in 183 exhibitors and more than 600 career seekers. The State of...
Raising Up Your Job Offer

Friday, May 11, 2018

Negotiating is legitimate and generally expected – but here's the key You might feel quiet relief just to get a job offer, but negotiating for your offer package is legitimate and generally expected. Make a reasonable request that matches your level of expertise and common practice in your field – that’s the key. How to Prepare Learn salary ranges for your occupation and your industry to be sure your request is based on facts. Check Labor Market Information resources, or get help from the LMI Help Desk, staffed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Minnesota WorkForce Centers can also help you prepare for negotiations.  The low salary may...
11th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School

Monday, May 07, 2018

Over 500 people attended the 11th annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta at the Long Prairie - Grey Eagle High school on Friday May 4th.  Every guest received a free complimentary meal of chicken flautas, Mexican party rice, pasta salad, and a beverage. The meal was prepared on-site by Rafaela Orozco and her team of superb cooks. While they were eating - and afterwards - guests were entertained by the spectacular Fandazzi Fire Circus, Long Prairie’s own Mexican folklore dance group, and a group of ever so cool and smooth salsa dancers.” The event was supported by the Long Prairie - Grey...
Community Support Made the Long Prairie Medical Campus a Reality

Monday, May 07, 2018

The vision for the Long Prairie Medical Campus has become reality thanks to the support of the greater Long Prairie community. To date, 511 donors have pledged $2.55 million with the lead gift of $500,000 coming from The Rosen Family Foundation. CentraCare Health employees pledged over $400,000 with additional large gifts coming from Lee and Jan Hanson Family; Farmers Union Industries, LLC; Paul Van Gorp, M.D. and Bobbi Knutson; Rodger and Marlys Bense; and Dan’s Prize, Inc. Community members, local businesses and civic organizations along with many Long Prairie area residents contributed over $650,000. The construction of the medical campus was...
TCDC celebrates growth in Todd County

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Lakewood Health System CEO Tim Rice, left, accepts the Todd County Development Corporation Economic Impact Award from Rick Utech, TCDC Executive Director. Besides their $23 million expansion, Lakewood continues to hire physicians and other providers. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson) By Mark Anderson •  News Editor “How welcoming is my community?” That’s the question Ben Winchester told people they need to ask about their communities at the Todd County Development Corporation Annual Dinner on April 9 at the Browerville Community Center. Winchester, of the University of Minnesota Center for Small Towns, was one of the speakers at the event. Dawn Espe of Region...
Gov. Dayton Submits Opportunity Zone Recommendation to U.S. Treasury

Friday, May 04, 2018

128 census tracts in Minnesota recommended for Opportunity Zone designation ST. PAUL – 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...
CentraCare Health Provides Comfortable Senior Living

Monday, April 30, 2018

Todd County is home to a beautiful and comfortable assisted living facility - CentraCare Health’s Meadow Place. Tenants/residents at Meadow Place enjoy a neighborhood feel and community gathering spaces with all the supportive services they may need. They benefit from a strong sense of community living, yet have the freedom and independence of living in their own private apartments. This makes Meadow Place the ideal home for independent seniors who need a little extra help. This facility has a beautiful outdoor setting and it’s just a few blocks from convenient shopping and restaurants. Long Prairie offers many retail and professional services,...
Timberlake Hotel and Event Center in Staples is Ready for Guests

Monday, April 23, 2018

  Timberlake Hotel is Staples’ premier full service hotel. A three-story building with 52 unique and beautifully furnished guest rooms, it caters to the business traveler, couple on a getaway and vacationing families. Whatever you are looking for, their quality rooms coupled with the relaxing beauty of Central Minnesota creates a restful experience. For your business meetings, corporate events, weddings, birthday parties and social gatherings, the Timberlake Hotel has the right space to host you in either the hotel or Timbers restaurant and event center. Book a room or event space here.
$20-million Expansion and Renovation Project for Lakewood Health System

Monday, April 16, 2018

Residents of Todd County now have even more options in medical care. The Lakewood Health System has invested $20-million in an expansion to provide services to additional residents and expand current facilities, including their emergency room. The Staples expansion will include more clinic space and infrastructure devoted to women's health, as well as improving the MRI unit and expanding the ED area. There will be 36 new exam rooms when the Staples addition is finished. With the expansion slated for completion around year-end 2017, these new areas will be open to patients and make it possible for more residents of Todd...
Long Prairie's 11th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Long Prairie's 11th annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta will be held at the LP-GE high school on Friday May 4th from 5 to 7 pm. The spectacular Fandazzi Fire Circus will present two half hour performances and Long Prairie’s own Mexican Folk Dance company will be presenting two new dances and one old favorite. A free authentic Mexican meal will be served to all guests and there will be children’s activities and information tables. It’s all free and everyone is welcome. Dreams United/Suenos Unidos, Inc. the event organizer, was a recipient of The Good Life grant in the amount of $3,500,...
CTC Delivers High Speed Internet to Long Prairie

Monday, April 09, 2018

Consolidated Telecommunications Company (CTC) recently reached an agreement with the City of Long Prairie to construct a fiber optic network. This will deliver faster internet speeds to businesses and homes in the area, up to 1Gbps (1,000 Mbps). “We’re really excited about this opportunity” states Joe Buttweiler of CTC. “CTC has a long history of building fiber optic networks to rural communities in need of High Speed Internet services. Not only will residents and businesses benefit from the service, it will also help drive economic development in the area.” Click here for updates on their progress and more information.
Broadband project plans to connect Todd, Wadena counties

Friday, March 30, 2018

A multiyear, multimillion-dollar project aimed at bringing high-speed internet access to all residents in Region 5 continues this year with broadband expansion and exploration into the rural Todd and Wadena counties. The project is a cooperative effort involving regional telecommunications companies Consolidated Telephone Company and West Central Telephone Association with assistance from the Region Five Development Commission and National Joint Powers Alliance, according to the Region Five Development Commission. Click here for the complete article.
Job Fair aimed to help hundreds affected by Long Prairie closure

Friday, March 30, 2018

(Long Prairie, MN) A Community Job Fair has been set up in Long Prairie just over a month since printing company LSC Communications announced it will be closing in Todd County.   On March 2nd the Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce along with LSC conducted the Job Fair at First Baptist Church in Long Prairie.  There was space for more than 60 businesses.  For a list of participants and schedule of presentations simply click on this Job Fair link.  In late January the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported that LSC Communications, a Chicago-based spin off of Fortune 500 company R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., is closing its plant in...
Minnesota solar energy employment up almost 50 percent in 2017

Thursday, March 29, 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 Wednesday 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...
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...
Minnesota ranked as having best average credit rating in nation

Monday, March 26, 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,...
Innovative Career Services Available at Minnesota WorkForce Centers

Friday, March 23, 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

Thursday, March 22, 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...
Area broadband projects held up as example at statewide conference

Monday, January 22, 2018

Resilient Region leaders joined more than 150 broadband leaders from across rural Minnesota last month to compare approaches to expanding access to, and use of, high-speed internet. Attending were Maureen Ideker of Essentia Health, Joe Buttweiler of Consolidated Telecommunications Co. and Dawn Espe and Cheryal Hills of the Region Five Development Commission. The "Border to Border Broadband: Bridging the Gaps—Expanding the Impact" conference, co-hosted by Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, highlighted the many ways broadband is creating new opportunities for rural communities. Research unveiled at the conference found that, combined, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties could...
MN farmers looking for health insurance now can turn to co-ops

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pro-Ag Farmers Cooperative is following suit of other cooperatives in Minnesota by offering health insurance to its members. So far, the response from members have been very positive, according to Mark Jaskowiak, the general manager of Pro-Ag. "Last year, a lot of our members had a difficult time finding insurance and hopefully this will help," Jaskowiak said. "This gives our members another option for health insurance." The Minnesota Legislature passed a bill earlier this year that opened the way for cooperatives to make group insurance programs available to farmers. Pro-Ag has nearly 1,500 members in Douglas, Ottertail and Todd counties and is merging with the...
What’s Apprenticeship?

Monday, January 08, 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

Friday, January 05, 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...
MINNESOTA LEADS MIDWEST IN HEALTH-TECH STARTUPS

Monday, December 18, 2017

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...
Cybersecurity for Businesses

Wednesday, December 13, 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...
Minnesota Income Sources

Monday, December 11, 2017

Minnesotans' per capita income is over 13 percent higher than the national average Minnesotans enjoy per capita income that is 13.3 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...
New regional kitchen will prepare more than 100,000 meals a year for rural senior citizens

Monday, November 20, 2017

Minnesota's small towns, often dwindling in population, increasingly lack the financial and volunteer resources to care for their aging neighbors  As Minnesota’s population grows older, the issues that arise with age are magnified in the state’s rural areas. Many older adults live alone, often on farms, and often lack easy mobility. These older adults, who are trying to maintain their independence, often need some help, particularly when it comes to proper nourishment. Throughout the state, Meals on Wheels programs have prepared food for decades to deliver to those who need it. But Minnesota’s small towns, often dwindling in population, increasingly lack the financial...
Rural broadband becoming reality for central Minnesota residents thanks to nearly $10M in public and private investments

Friday, November 17, 2017

A multi-year, multi-million dollar project aimed at bringing high-speed internet access to all residents in Region 5 continues this year with broadband expansion and exploration into the rural areas of Todd and Wadena counties. According to the North Central Economic Development Authority, the project is a cooperative effort involving regional telecommunications companies Consolidated Telephone Company (CTC) and West Central Telephone Association (WCTA), with assistance from the Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) and National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA). Cheryal Lee Hills, Executive Director for R5DC states, "Since 2015, NJPA has made a combined total of $400,000 worth of investments to CTC, WCTA and...
New health insurance plan for ag. workers

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Many farmers in Minnesota, along with other small business owners, have been waiting a long time to become eligible to participate in group plans that offer health insurance. Rep. Paul Anderson says up until now, most had to purchase their coverage on the individual market, which has seen huge premium increases in recent years. It appears, for farmers at least, the wait is over as a new health plan is about to begin offering coverage to producers of agricultural products. The new plan is called 40 Square, a member-owned and self-funded entity, that will start with open enrollment the first of...
For clean-energy jobs, sky's the limit

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

As wind and solar energy have grown, they've created a tide of jobs nationwide in fields from construction to manufacturing. Renewable energy jobs, most of which are in wind and solar, grew by 16 percent to around 6,200 in Minnesota from 2015 to 2016, according to a recent study by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, an industry-led nonprofit.  AUK CENTRE, Minn. – Golden cornfields stretched out 24 stories below Will Osborn, the autumn landscape dotted with silos and farmhouses. Of course, he didn’t have much time to gaze. Planted atop a wind turbine — one of a few dozen here — Osborn was diagnosing...
Top Jobs for Millennials in Minnesota

Monday, November 13, 2017

Stevens was a performance measures intern at DEED this summer. He is a senior at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph and Saint John’s University in Collegeville, studying economics and political science. PDF of article Millennials account for 36 percent of the labor force in Minnesota, eclipsing both baby boomers and Generation X. Minnesota’s labor force is undergoing a major shift. As baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) continue to leave the workforce, millennials (born between 1981 and 1999)1 seek to fill the void they are leaving behind. For millennials in college or for those looking for a new career path, the...
Minnesota Manufacturing Week: Recognizing the State’s Largest Industry

Friday, November 10, 2017

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Oct. 1-7, 2017 as Manufacturing Week in Minnesota. As the state’s largest industry, it is vital to Minnesota's economic health. One in nine jobs is in manufacturing, and these tend to be high-quality jobs that pay well. Manufacturing contributed $48.2 billion to the state’s economy in 2016 – topping other industry sectors as measured by gross domestic product (GDP). The average manufacturing job paid $63,794 in 2016. That’s about $9,500 – or 17 percent – more than the typical job in Minnesota. “We want people to be aware of the dynamic career opportunities that exist in manufacturing across the...
Long Prairie drive-in theater rescued by donations

Monday, October 09, 2017

Donations are coming in from outdoor theater lovers, near and far, to Long Prairie where the town’s outdoor theater screen was heavily damaged by a storm on July 17. Strong winds destroyed the original 1950s-era screen which measures 86 feet wide and stands 60 feet tall. Repairs are estimated at $60,000, and insurance does not cover all of the replacement costs. The owners hope to reopen later in September and run outdoor shows into October, weather permitting. The Long Drive-in at Long Prairie, about 30 miles northeast of Alexandria in Todd County, is one of only six outdoor theaters remaining in the state...
Broadband project plans to connect Todd, Wadena counties

Friday, October 06, 2017

STAPLES—A multiyear, multimillion-dollar project aimed at bringing high-speed internet access to all residents in Region 5 continues this year with broadband expansion and exploration into the rural Todd and Wadena counties. The project is a cooperative effort involving regional telecommunications companies Consolidated Telephone Company and West Central Telephone Association with assistance from the Region Five Development Commission and National Joint Powers Alliance, according to the Region Five Development Commission. "Since 2015, NJPA has made a combined total of $400,000 worth of investments to CTC, WCTA and others in the region for feasibility and engineering research," Cheryal Lee Hills, Executive Director for R5DC,...
Running a Child Care Business

Monday, October 02, 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...
Share Your Downtown Long Prairie Knowledge

Friday, September 29, 2017

Share your Downtown Knowledge and Ideas! Come to a DOWNTOWN VISION SESSION! ?Join us at our Listening Session series on October 3 Evening Session 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm DINNER Served Where: Hometown Furniture Building
CentraCare Health – Long Prairie Open House!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new medical campus on Monday, October 9. 4 p.m. — Ribbon Cutting 4 to 7 p.m. — Community Celebration Enjoy tours of the new birthing suites, in-house MRI, emergency room, surgical suites, clinic, bistro and more! Refreshments will be served. Click here to view more details.
DEED Publishes Guide on Starting a Family Child Care Business

Monday, September 25, 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...
A Region-by-Region Look at Minnesota’s Economy

Wednesday, September 20, 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...
State Adds 7,700 Jobs in July

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Unemployment rate steady at 3.7 percent ST. PAUL – 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...
Long Prairie Downtown Vision Plan

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Share your downtown Long Prairie knowledge and join us for PLAN Downtown Long Prairie! Click here to learn more!
Meeting Your Demand for Full-Service Rendering

Monday, August 07, 2017

Behind every great business is a strong and supportive network. A business will simply perform better when it focuses on its strengths—while calling upon its network the rest. This truth applies to a variety of businesses from Wall Street to your local farm. Food rendering services produce animal feed and other animal-based products that are used by farmers, eliminating the need for the farmers to complete these tasks themselves. Here in Todd County, Minnesota, Central Bi-Products provides rendering services capturing farm byproducts that would otherwise be wasted and turning them into high-quality animal feeds that are formulated to strict nutritional and safety...
The Support You Need for a Business Breakthrough

Monday, July 31, 2017

You are confident that your business is mere moments away from its big break. You’ve survived the initial uncertainties of starting a new business and have streamlined your primary processes. The only thing standing between you and accelerated growth is a need for additional funding. Most businesses eventually face the need for capital investment. Money that you invest in the growth of your business is frequently returned in the form of expansion, a broader customer base, larger workforce—and even greater success. In Todd County, the Central Minnesota Credit Union provides a variety of business lending and support services to help you take...
Your Community’s Socially Conscious Credit Union

Monday, July 24, 2017

When it comes to building a vibrant, growing economy, lending institutions are critical. Without access to capital, after all, few businesses can expand and add jobs. That’s why at Todd County Development Corporation, we partner with community-focused banks and credit unions in the support and development of our surrounding community. The Central Minnesota Credit Union, for instance, operates as a not-for-profit financial cooperative and uses its funds to provide better services for its members—as well as investments in area development. With a variety of products including low-cost loans, savings and checking accounts, retirement accounts and more, community members can satisfy all of...
DEED Unveils Career and Education Explorer

Monday, July 17, 2017

A new tool offered by DEED will enhance the ability of students and job seekers to explore careers and education.   Click here to read the full article
Minnesota National Bank Gets a New Look

Monday, July 17, 2017

You can gauge the economic growth of a region by taking a look at the appearance of its primary buildings. Building expansion and renovation is a clear sign of a thriving community. This is especially true when it comes to buildings like schools and banks that are critical for a community to function. Schools serve as symbols of growth and knowledge, while banks serve as symbols of economic development and sustainability. Minnesota National Bank is vibrant and growing community bank. Evidence of this may be found in the recent major remodeling of the bank’s Long Prairie Office. With this remodeling project, Minnesota...
Supporting Your Community One Purchase at a Time

Monday, July 03, 2017

A growing number of shoppers are looking past the price of their food and “voting with their pocketbook” for companies that reflect their values. For these folks, buying local products makes sense—because local purchases support the local economy. Here in Todd County, Minnesota, one such company is Dan’s Prize, a leading manufacturer of high quality meats. In addition to providing high quality meats, Dan’s Prize bends over backward to support our community. For one thing, the company sources its meat from local farmers whenever possible as a sustainable step to help support the local economy. And the company has donated more than...
Todd County Economic Development Partners in Region Five

Monday, July 03, 2017

Todd County Development Corporation works with a variety of community and economic development partners throughout the region to sustain and create diverse economic and community development through training, education, and technical assistance. Our partners work with us every day to make our communities and businesses stronger, enhancing the lives of our citizens. Partners we work with daily include: Region Five Development Commission, Initiative Foundation, Blandin Foundation, Central Lakes College Small Business Development Center and our local schools. Our peer organizations who help us develop strategy and program foundation include Community Development of Morrison County, Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation and...
CentraCare Construction Update - June, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

It's been awhile since there's been a construction update. Things are really looking good at both construction sites. Included is a photo by Matthew Breiter of the medical campus with the new exterior sign illuminated. We shared this photo on Facebook last week and the link is below. Also included below is a link to a time-lapse video of our construction progress. Click for more information   Medical Campus Site    Lab and pharmacy casework is under way. Operating room flooring is complete and equipment is scheduled to be installed in June. Glass in the chapel is complete. Clinic flooring and casework is 75% complete. Landscaping is underway. Exterior building signage...
Lakewood Health System Expansion Update - June, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Expansion Update – June, 2017   Construction crews have been hard at work, and we’re seeing a lot of progress being made on all three expansion and remodeling projects. Two of the projects are nearing completion, and the third is rolling along. Keep reading for updates on the specific projects.
Working Together for a Better Economy

Monday, June 19, 2017

What makes a particular region thrive? Many factors contribute to economic vitality—practical things like utility and transit access, skilled workers, and short commute times. Beyond these concrete attributes, there’s a key factor in regional economic success: Collaboration. When for- and non-profit entities, along with schools and government bodies all put effort into the community, the result is greater than the sum of its parts. That’s why here in Todd County, Minnesota, we place an emphasis on our partnerships between economic development organizations and employers in our region. A good example is Long Prairie Packing Company/American Food Group. A major employer that provides...
Community Planning Builds Strength and Resiliency

Monday, June 12, 2017

If you want to reach your goals, you’d better be able to define them in the first place. That’s as true of a community as it is for a person. And that’s why planning plays a key role in successful community development. When local leaders come together to identify a common objective, their surrounding communities are almost guaranteed to grow stronger and more resilient. The Blandin Foundation recognizes the importance of collaborative leadership and community planning, and offers a variety of programs designed to build leadership. Their Community Leadership Program, for instance, includes ongoing workshops and residential retreats designed to build...
Taking Action to Support Local Business and Community Growth

Monday, June 05, 2017

A strong and resilient regional economy is like a three-legged stool with the for- and non-profit sectors and private philanthropy representing each leg. If any one of these legs is missing or weak, the entire structure is endangered. That’s why we’re lucky here in Todd County, MN to enjoy the support of the Initiative Foundation. Founded in 1986, this organization has invested millions of dollars in Central Minnesota communities through programs designed to build economic resilience for businesses and families in our region. Through grants to nonprofit organizations and lending for entrepreneurs, the foundation makes a real difference every day. The organization...
Combining Forces to Create an Industry Leader

Monday, May 29, 2017

Is it possible for two leading companies to excel in the same industry? Is this a recipe for life-long competition—or could these businesses find a mutually beneficial path forward? In the case of Long Prairie Packing Company and American Food Group, two of the country’s largest privately held meat producers, the answer lay in a merger. In 2005, the two organizations combined forces to create a more efficient and effective powerhouse. Today this company provides more than 4,000 employees with high-quality jobs with full benefits. Learn more about this leading company.  
Forging a Strong, Educated Community

Monday, May 22, 2017

An economy, it might be said, is only as strong and resilient as the people who live, work, shop, and do business in it. After all, this thing we call the economy is really nothing more than a web of human interaction. It’s no surprise then that education plays such a key role in a strong economy. The entrepreneur with the know-how to implement her vision; the employee with the right skills to execute the job; the elected official whose knowledge and passion improves the lives of citizens—all of these roles require a strong foundation in education, training, and development. At Todd...
Enriching Quality of Life with Broadband Connections

Monday, May 15, 2017

In today’s highly networked world a slow and unreliable internet connection isn’t just inconvenient, it actually hinders a community’s ability to learn, grow, and thrive. Broadband has revolutionized business, government, education, work, and lifestyles. Without robust broadband access and fully technologically literate populations, rural communities will be unable to take advantage of the extraordinary benefits that ultra high-speed, next-generation Internet can provide. Since 2003, the Blandin Community Broadband Program has engaged at local, state and federal levels to ignite and sustain policies that support rural access to robust broadband. Guiding this work is a strategy board of public and private leaders to...
Hat Tip to State’s Economic Developers during Economic Development Week

Thursday, May 11, 2017

This week is National Economic Development Week – and have we got the bragging rights for the great work our economic development teams do to help businesses expand in or relocate to Minnesota.    Recent recognitions highlight our robust business climate; skilled, educated workforce; and positive work/life balance. CNBC named Minnesota Top State for Business (2015), the 2nd Smartest State (2016) and the 2nd highest in Quality of Life (2016). Read more on the Minnesota Success Story or go to BusinessClimate.com.  Compare Minneapolis-St. Paul just launched. Among top 10 metro areas, Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks:  1st in Fortune 500 companies per 1 million people (4.5) – 2016 7th in total number of Fortune...
Apprenticeship Workforce Grants Available to Help Employers Develop Highly Skilled Workforce

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers can apply for a grant beginning May 10 to help them develop a registered apprenticeship program to recruit, train and retain their 21st century highly skilled workforce. Approved applicants receive funds to offset their costs related to program development, instruction and supplies. Recipients can receive up to $5,000 for each registered apprentice. The Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) targets employers in these five high-growth industries:  advanced manufacturing agriculture health care information technology transportation “Registered apprenticeship has long been recognized as the gold standard in employment-based career development,” said Ken Peterson, commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). “Building upon that success in the construction...
A Helping Hand to Build Your Business

Monday, May 08, 2017

Starting and running a business can be incredibly rewarding. But if you done it, you already know that each day brings challenges, questions, and struggles. The smartest and most experienced business owners know that the key to success is to draw upon the resources and recommendations of a network of savvy and knowledgeable advisors. Here in Todd County, MN, our entrepreneurs enjoy a variety of opportunities for both formal and informal networking and business support. The Todd County Development Corporation provides training and education for business owners, as well as technical assistance from experienced industry counselors and free business webinars that let...
Planning in motion

Monday, May 01, 2017

Among the many factors that help an economy thrive, a comprehensive and intelligent approach to regional transit is key. From the transport of raw materials and finished goods to the ease of worker commutes, a varied and well-maintained transportation network allows businesses to flourish. Here In Central Minnesota, the Region Five Development Corporation works closely with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) to support the growth of transportation in the region. Always focused on planning for the future, the Corporation’s Transportation Advisory Committee meets four times each year to organize new initiatives and address any current transportation issues—including road and highway...
Removing Intimidation From Finding Your Perfect Location

Monday, April 24, 2017

Location is one of the most important factors to consider when creating your business plan. A business can offer innovative products and services and employ a dedicated and knowledgeable staff—but if that business is founded in a poor location it still may fail to flourish. Location will directly impact a variety of key business factors including availability of resources, exposure to a target market, ease of recruitment when looking to hire and train staff, technological resources, and infrastructure. Here in Todd County, Minnesota, we have a key resource for site selectors looking to invest in expansion or relocation: Minnesota Power is a...
Big Business with a Down Home Touch

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sometimes a home-grown business will lose a bit of their charm when they expand. That’s because maintaining quality while scaling can be a trick. But companies like Long Prairie Packing Company’s parent company, American Foods Group (AFG), demonstrates that it’s not impossible. Even with an international reach and more than 4,000 employees, AFG remains a privately-held family business that values quality over quantity. Using strategies like expansion through vertical integration, AFG successfully maintains control over all aspects of food production. With this level of control, AFG is able to guarantee high quality products that arrive at their destination on time. Learn more.  
City of Staples: An Initiative for a Thriving Community

Monday, April 10, 2017

Every community is different—with its own unique history, characteristics, and challenges. The key to building a community that thrives is to identify these unique strengths and build upon them. In Staples Minnesota, a unique program is designed to help community leaders identify such strengths and use them to advantage. It’s the Initiative Foundation’s Thriving Communities Initiative, which is awarded to two or three communities annually, and provides community leaders with specialized training, a strong network of peers, and targeted grants and funding to support their efforts. The program has lasting impacts beyond the important goals of building new businesses, growing local economies,...
Empowering Communities Through High-Speed Connections

Monday, April 03, 2017

Broadband connection is an important key to economic and community development. Business and communities thrive when a wealth of available resources are at your fingertips. With the support of a well-connected community, you can find answers to your greatest questions and collaborate with others in your area who have similar goals and interests. Advances in technology take these connections to a whole other level. A high-speed internet connection provides you with access to these valuable resources in a split second. In Todd County and Region Five of Minnesota, communities and counties work together to support broadband adoption in rural areas of Todd...
Business Benefits Through Continuing Education

Monday, March 27, 2017

As a small business owner, continuing education is a key component in ensuring you have the skills necessary to keep your business growing as the surrounding environment continues to evolve. That’s why many successful entrepreneurs look to continuing education to build skills in a flexible environment, while minimizing overall expenses. Continuing education can help you build the skills that apply directly to your business—or learn an entirely new skill set.Here in Todd County, Minnesota, the Small Business Development Center at Todd County Development Corporation is partnered through Central Lakes College to provide business owners with a wealth of educational opportunities. In...
Bringing Convenience to Browerville

Monday, March 20, 2017

Let’s say you’re cruising in your trusty vehicle after a particularly brutal work week. You’re thinking that F is for Friday and Freedom… when you notice that your tank is on E for Empty. Better hope there’s a convenience store nearby. The fact is that convenience stores offer a lot more than, well, convenience. Service sector industries play a vital role in a diverse, healthy economy.That’s why the Todd County Development Corporation partnered with Minnesota National Bank, Region Five Development Commission and the Initiative Foundation to launch a multi-million dollar convenience store project in Browerville, in collaboration with Adium Oil. That’s...
Supporting Communities with Top Quality Nutrition

Monday, March 13, 2017

When it comes to a body and mind at peak performance, proper nutrition is vital—especially in the case of children and their school lunch. A balanced and nutritious school lunch can help to improve concentration and learning, while quieting the distraction of a hungry, growling stomach. American Foods Group (AFG) is focused on community development, including providing children who live in the communities that it serves with top quality fuel. In fact, AFG currently is one of the largest suppliers of beef products to school lunch programs. Read more about AFG’s community building efforts, including its school lunch focus.  
Lakewood Health System Expansion Update

Monday, March 06, 2017

The Staples clinic is on schedule.  The south walls of the clinic will be breached in the next month, which take approximately two weeks to complete.  Once a timeline has been established, the Women’s Health area will need to be vacated.  The preparation for the chiller began February 13th, and three offices have been vacated in the Administration/HR area to accommodate the installation.  Installation of the pipes for the new chiller began February 23rd in the employee hallway, which does not impact office space, but will impact passage in the hallway.  The schedule for the install in office space started...
Long Prairie livestock hauler ‘goes to bat’ for his customers

Monday, March 06, 2017

After growing up on a dairy farm, there was one thing Ed Wettstein of Long Prairie knew — he didn’t want to milk cows. In fact, back in the 1970s when technology started moving toward computerizing most things, he followed the trend. He went to school to become a computer programmer. “I figured that was the way to go,” he said. But after two years of working as a computer programmer in the Twin Cities, the company he worked for moved to Arizona. Even though he could have followed the job, Wettstein chose to remain in Minnesota. After all, it was home and...
We can help you start and grow your business.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Businesses usually begin with a great idea and a motivated entrepreneur. Whether they succeed, however, depends on hard work, good decisions—and the right help at the right time. The Todd County Development Corporation Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a good example. SBDC consultants are educated, experienced business people, most of whom have started and managed a successful business. We understand the business challenges in your community and have the experience necessary to help you compete. Our services include start-up assistance, business-plan development, business operations, accounting and financial analysis, marketing plan development and research, trade assistance, website development/social media/e-commerce, buying/selling a...
CentraCare Construction Update

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Medical Campus Site Clinic area is being roughed-in with plumbing and electrical. Operating Rooms are being sheet-rocked. Nichiha panels being installed on south side of building. Main entry stone work is nearing completion. Assisted Living Site Rough-ins for wings B and C are almost complete. Insulation is being installed and sheet rock will start soon. Exterior finishes will start next week. Roof is complete.
New Owners Learning Traditions At Ted & Gen’s Bar-B-Q, Aldrich

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Derek and Kim Johnson completely changed their lives when they recently purchased Ted and Gen’s Bar-B-Q in Aldrich. Since taking over in January, they’re enjoying the excitement of the restaurant business. “I always wanted to own my own business,” Derek said, “but if you had said that business was going to be a restaurant, I would’ve said you’re crazy.” Still, the idea started to grow on him after his father talked to owner Don Ludovissie at the restaurant and found out that they were looking to sell. Derek and Kim started slowly, working since July to learn the business, and purchased it in...
On the Fence About Joining a Professional Organization?

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

This year take a good step for your job search: Join a professional association. Professional associations exist for almost any career or interest area. You can link to association websites from CareerOneStop’s Professional Association Finder. Using the Professional Association Finder, you can explore your field using different keywords to find associations most closely related to your interests. For example, if you are interested in accounting as a profession, the Professional Association Finder will pull up over 140 related associations, such as the American Accounting Association, Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and Association for Financial Technology. Click here for the complete article.
State Manufacturers Optimistic About 2017 Economy

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Minnesota manufacturers are upbeat about the economy, with 90 percent expecting production levels to increase or stay the same in 2017, according to an annual joint survey by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The 2016 Minnesota Manufacturing Business Conditions Survey also found that 86 percent of respondents expect orders to increase or stay the same in 2017 and 89 percent expect exports to increase or stay the same. Click here for the complete article.
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 to view 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 to view 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.
21 Simple Ideas for a Successful Small Business Saturday

Thursday, November 24, 2016

It’s hard for small businesses to compete with the big guys. But that’s why there’s Small Business Saturday. American Express founded Small Business Saturday in 2010, giving small businesses and brick-and-mortar stores across the country a special boost and a way to get shoppers’ attentions  between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday Nov. 26 this year). Click here for the complete article.
New kitchen helps feed aging population in Wadena, Todd counties

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A central Minnesota kitchen is now a step closer to serving hundreds of hot meals each week to area seniors, thanks in part to innovation funding from National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA). Project leaders for the Hilltop Regional Kitchen held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the former Eagle Valley High School ag/shop building to celebrate the start of the building phase there. The entire project price tag is expected to come close to $1 Million, with NJPA chipping in $100,000. Click here for the complete article.
Lakewood Breaks Ground on Expansion Projects

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Staples, MN – October 24, 2016 — Just shy of its 80th anniversary, Lakewood Health System officially broke ground on the expansion projects for its Staples and Pillager clinics on Monday, October 10. Two ceremonies were held, one at Lakewood’s main campus in Staples, and the other at the Pillager clinic. The focus of the expansion projects is to better meet the growing needs of Lakewood patients and the community. With the increasing number of providers and services, comes the need for more space. Conversations about a potential expansion began in 2012, but decisions and details were finalized in 2016, with...
Minnesota’s Knowledge-Based Service Economy

Wednesday, October 26, 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.
Central Region: 2016 Manufacturing Highlights

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Manufacturing is the second largest industry in Central Minnesota, behind health care and social assistance. With 41,473 jobs at 1,147 firms, manufacturing accounts for 15.5 percent of all employment in the region. That is much more concentrated than in the state as a whole, where 11.4 percent of total jobs are in manufacturing. From 2011 to 2015, manufacturers in Central Minnesota added 4,675 new jobs, an increase of 12.7 percent. Food manufacturing and fabricated metal products are the largest manufacturing subsectors in the region with 18.5 and 16.9 percent of manufacturing jobs, respectively. Manufacturing is one of the highest paying industries in...
Applications Open For Community Grants

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Is your organization or group in need funding to support a community project? The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation (SMACF) is now accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations within the Staples-Motley School District boundaries. Click here for the complete article.
Bjerga Is New LHS Chief Financial Officer

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lisa Bjerga, CPA, MBA, FHFMA, recently accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Lakewood Health System in Staples. Originally from Sartell, Bjerga has an undergraduate degree in accounting and economics from St. Cloud State University; and a Master’s in Business Administration and Healthcare Management from the University of St. Mary. She is also a board member for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Bjerga has held several positions at Lakewood beginning in 2008, as an accountant and moving up to become finance director, director of revenue cycle and vice president of finance and revenue cycle. Click here for the complete...
Just For Kix program director enjoys working with youth

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Julie Abraham of Long Prairie has little time to wind down. Throughout most of the year, she is busy planning, coordinating and teaching a wide variety of dance classes. She is the program director for the Long Prairie Area Just For Kix. Abraham’s love for dance is evident throughout her life. Growing up in Starbuck, she was a cheerleader in high school and later joined her college dance team. Prior to that, she also took ballet and tap dance classes. Abraham and her husband, Jay, moved to Long Prairie in 1995, when he was hired by a local business. Abraham worked as...
CentraCare Health is taking the bold step of constructing a new Medical Campus and Assisted Living campus to better serve the nearly 24,000 residents of Todd County.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This project will replace the existing 60 year old facility and better serve this rural community by Improving access to care and offering a wider array of services for patients. Providing ample space for improved technology and visiting specialists. Helping retain and recruit qualified physicians and staff. Positioning CentraCare Health - Long Prairie as a model health care campus offering an innovative continuum of care in a rural setting. In April 2014, the Building a Healthy Community capital campaign in support of a new medical campus was launched.  Thanks to the generous contributions from we have surpassed the $2.5 million capital campaign stretch goal securing...
CLC’s Charlier Finds Home In Minnesota

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hara Charlier is finding everything she wants in a job and a lifestyle as President of Central Lakes College. “I grew up in rural areas and I love rural colleges,” she said, “There is something about small town living, it is the fiber of America,” she said. In this rural setting, Charlier is finding the college also lines up with her educational mission, to connect with the community and business partners to provide student success. She loves CLC’s existing connections with area high schools and wants to continue with all of their partnerships. 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.
Thriving Communities Initiative Ideas Flowing To Improve Staples

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI) steering committee has approved its first request for funding. The economic development task force requested $1,000 to prepare materials for distribution beginning during Railroad Days in August.  At a recent steering committee meeting the chairs of each task force shared the ideas each group has been discussing to meet the TCI vision statement “To inspire a vibrant, prosperous and welcoming community through collaboration, innovation and action.” Click here for the complete article.
Angel Tax Credit: Following the Money

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Angel Tax Credit Program stimulates private investment in emerging businesses and encourages job creation through the growth of those businesses. In 2015, the program certified 182 businesses, 114 of which received investments from 538 certified individual investors and 279 investors in certified funds. These businesses received more than $70.4 million in investment, resulting in $15.5 million in credits for investors. Click here for the complete article.
Are You Ready for That Summer Job?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer jobs offer young Minnesotans a chance to learn the basic job skills that employers will look for as the teens advance in their careers. Early jobs help teens develop connections with employers, bolster their resumes, and begin to understand the working world. Yet, finding a job can be challenging for teenagers, and it’s hard to know where to begin. Here you'll find basic information – identifying skills and interests, starting a job search, getting and keeping a job – to help start your job search off on the right foot. Click here for the complete article.
DEED Awards $17.87 Million for Small Cities Projects

Friday, May 27, 2016

Rehabilitation and infrastructure projects in 32 Minnesota communities were approved for $17.87 million in grants from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED awarded the funding under its Small Cities Development Program, which provides financial support for housing, public infrastructure and commercial rehabilitation projects in cities and counties statewide. Click here for the complete article.
State Adds 15,600 Jobs in April

Friday, May 27, 2016

Minnesota employers added 15,600 jobs in April, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency said the April job gains were the most for a month since September 2013. March employment figures, meanwhile, were revised downward slightly from 2,900 jobs lost to 3,200 jobs lost. Job growth in Minnesota is up 1.1 percent from a year ago, compared with a 1.9 percent growth rate nationally. Click here for the complete article.
2015 TCDC Annual Report

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sustain and Promote diverse economic development through education, training and technical assistance that improves the quality of life in Todd County. Click here to view the complete annual report.
Todd County "Fiberband"

Friday, January 01, 2016

On Tuesday, March 15, 2011 the Todd County Board of Commissioners approved the resolution below.  This resolution is an affirmative statement that the Todd County Board of Commissioners believes that a county-wide effort to launch high speed reciprocal broadband services in Todd County is key to the success of the County in to the future. Link to Blank Letter of Support Link to Blank Resolution of Support On behalf of the Todd County Board of Commissioners, the Todd County Development Corporation, the Long Prairie Healthy Communities Partnership, the Todd County Healthy Communities Partnership and the Todd County Livestock Advisory Committee you and/or your...
USDA Rural Development Provides Access to Capital for Small Businesses in Todd County

Friday, January 01, 2016

A grant from the USDA will help small and emerging businesses in Todd County grow and create jobs. The Todd County Development Corporation (TCDC) was recently selected to receive a $99,000 grant to establish a revolving loan fund. The grant was awarded through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant program (RBEG). “We are excited to offer the Business Assistance “Revolving Loan Fund” (RLF) for new and emerging small non-retail businesses in Todd County,” said Rick Utech, TCDC’s Executive Director. “Our goal is to help create quality jobs through loan investment in areas such as value-added agricultural manufacturing, technology and product...
Staples - The Place to Be

Friday, July 13, 2018

Looking to relocate or visit a “hub” of north central Minnesota. Staples could be just the place you are looking for. Staples has a small town feel and is a great place to “live, enjoy, learn, create, work, build, serve and lead.” To read the full article, click here.
Osakis - Summer Fun Destination

Friday, July 06, 2018

Osakis, on the shores of Lake Osakis, is the place to go for summer fun. Lake Osakis is a 6,300 acre lake that is fabulous for fishing. To read the full article, click here.
The Return of the Screen

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Long Drive-In comes back from disaster for a new beginning. Small business owners owe everything to their hard work and dedication and the local patrons that support them. That’s why, when something terrible happens to the owner, an employee or the business itself, everyone misses out. For the full article, click here.
CentraCare to Recieve State Funds

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CentraCare Health–Long Prairie will receive $700,000 from the Minnesota Legislature to be used towards a Regional Community Well-Being Center after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the Omnibus Bonding Bill, which totaled $1.5 billion in projects across the state.  Local lawmakers Rep. Ron Kresha (R-Little Falls) and Sen. Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) authored the original bills in the House and Senate, respectively.  To read the full article, click here.
What’s Apprenticeship?

Friday, December 29, 2017

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.  Continue to full article.
MN Farmers Looking For Health Insurance Now Can Turn to Co-ops

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Pro-Ag Farmers Cooperative is following suit of other cooperatives in Minnesota by offering health insurance to its members. So far, the response from members have been very positive, according to Mark Jaskowiak, the general manager of Pro-Ag. Continue to full article.
Tapping into the 55-Plus Workforce

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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.  Continue to full article.
Long Prairie CTC Picnic

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

You're invited to a party in the park! Better internet just moved in! Click here for more information
The Scoop on Tip Top

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Tip Top Dairy Bar won WCCO-TV's "Viewer's Choice" for Best Ice Cream Shop in Minnesota earlier this spring and people are still screaming for ice cream as summer warms up. For the full article, click here
Building the Community by Working Together

Monday, June 26, 2017

When it comes to building a strong regional economy, no man, woman, company, or organization is an island. Instead, it’s when we pull together that we see results. Here in Todd County, Minnesota, our development corporation works in collaboration with area businesses and residents to keep our economy strong and growing. A good example is the upcoming annual Todd County Development Corporation dinner, which takes place on April 10, 2017. Local meat producer Dan’s Prize co-sponsors the dinner, and that’s only one of the ways that the company is invested in the growth of our region. You can learn more about their commitment...
Minnesota Business introduces Sue Hawkes and her new monthly column Inspiring Women

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Starting in 2016, Minnesota Business will publish a monthly column, Inspiring Women, written by Sue Hawkes. Sue Hawkes is a certified EOS implementer and has had more than 16 years of experience in personal and professional training before starting her own company, YESS! YESS! works with a broad range of organizations, from nonprofits and youth groups, to for-profit businesses with $2 million-$50 million in revenue. We recently caught up with Sue to learn more about her background and what she has in store for Minnesota Business readers over the next year. MNBIZ: What can we expect from your column over the next year? Hawkes: The purpose of the column...
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