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Local tourism professional, Kiehne, elected as President of Southern Minnesota Tourism Association


Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

Julie Kiehne, Executive Director of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, was elected President of the Southern Minnesota Tourism Association at its Annual Meeting held in Owatonna on September 13, 2012. The Southern Minnesota Tourism Association is a non-profit organization working in cooperation with Explore Minnesota Tourism, Chambers of Commerce, Convention & Visitor Bureaus, tourism businesses, and Southern Minnesota counties, to promote Southern Minnesota as a travel destination and thereby enhance the economic impact and the quality of life for residents and visitors.

The September Annual Meeting included an overview of the 2012 Marketing Plan for Southern Minnesota, updates and opportunities from Explore Minnesota Tourism, and reports from the Government Relations Committee. The keynote speaker was John Edman, Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism, who gave a “State of the Industry” report. Additional speakers included Al Batt noted author and birding expert, plus representatives from Hunting Works for Minnesota, and Minnesota Pheasants Forever.

State conducted research studies show tourism is one of the state’s largest industries and continues to grow. Marketing tourism is an investment in the economy of our region. Research reveals that for every dollar spent marketing tourism in Minnesota, an estimated $4.60 in state and local taxes, $20.40 in wages, and $53 in gross sales are generated.

The Southern Minnesota Tourism Association is part of a network of tourism professionals throughout 36 counties in the southern region. The Southern Minnesota Tourism Association’s marketing efforts have helped to make the southern region one of the fastest growing tourism regions in the State. With continued support of the counties and tourism industry, the future prosperity of Southern Minnesota is excellent.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the promotion of Southern Minnesota as a travel destination, please contact Dave Vogel, Explore Minnesota Tourism, Southern Regional Office at 888-975-6766 or dave.vogel@state.mn.us.

Area resident is a lottery winner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Congratulations to Cheryl Miller of Preston. Miller won $5,000 by playing the Lottery’s Cash Multiplier scratch game. Miller claimed the prize on Aug. 20, 2012. The winning ticket was purchased at Preston Motor Mart, 209 Kansas St. NW in Preston. ..... 
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NASCAR competitor is ‘driven’ to recognize military women

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

In a male-dominated sport, Jennifer Jo Cobb, a driver with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is doing something to show that women are just as capable as men. She is the creator of the promotional campaign “Driven2Honor,” which brings recog ..... 
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Bauer Built announces acquisition of Hanson Tire Service, Inc. LeRoy, Minnesota

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Jerry Bauer, President of Bauer Built, Inc. of Durand, Wisconsin announces the acquisition of Hanson Tire Service, Inc. headquartered in LeRoy, Minnesota along with a location in Preston, Minnesota. Hanson Tire has been servicing the Midwest for the ..... 
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SEMAC ANNOUNCES JULY GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE

Wed, Aug 8th, 2012
Posted in All Business Announcements

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for grant proposals in three categories. The postmark deadline is October 1, 2012. SEMAC is a non-profit arts agency and is the State of Minnesota Arts Board-designated regional arts coun ..... 
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CLIFTONLARSONALLEN ACQUIRES TAX AND ACCOUNTING BUSINESS SEGMENT OF AGSTAR FINANCIAL SERVICES

Wed, Jul 11th, 2012
Posted in All Business Announcements

MANKATO, MINN. (July 11, 2012) – CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 certified public accounting and consulting firms, today announced the acquisition of the tax and accounting business segments of AgStar Financial Serv ..... 
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SWCD offers college scholarship

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Business Announcements

Are you a college student returning to school this fall? Could you use an additional $500 for college expenses? Are you pursuing a degree in Natural Resources, Agriculture or related field? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you shou ..... 
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Tri-County Electric awards $16,950 in scholarships

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Rushford, MN— Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) recently awarded $16,950 in scholarship to 47 local high school students. Since 1991 the cooperative has given $211,187 to area high school graduates. The money for the scholarships is funded t ..... 
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SMIF announces $100,000 in grants available

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Business Announcements

As part of its effort to invest in economic growth within the region, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is offering $100,000 in Incentive Grants to 501(c) nonprofit organizations or units/agencies of local, state or federal government. ..... 
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