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Groundbreaking is good news for affordable housing in Rushford


Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Times are tough and the construction of new homes has slowed considerably across the country. But here in Rushford the Bybee and Corcoran/Dailey families will mark an important milestone in the construction of their new twin home-and the community is invited to join in on the fun! The celebration begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, April 20th at the construction site at 108 East Winona Street. Local Habitat for Humanity representatives and Thrivent Financial members will speak during a short program.

One side of this new twin home is a result of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, this partnership has resulted in more than 2,000 decent, affordable homes across the country since 2005. Thanks to its 2.6 million members who own financial products with the organization, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is able to contribute to the improvement of communities like Rushford. Thrivent Financial contributed 65 percent of the house costs-a total of $81,575-and is also engaging local volunteers who are members of Thrivent Financial, members of area Lutheran churches and members of the community at large, to donate additional funds and volunteer their time to work alongside the partner families to build these homes.

"This groundbreaking celebration is a new beginning for two families in Rushford" said Megan Grebe with Habitat for Humanity. "This decent, affordable home will not only give the Bybee and Corcoran/Dailey families a strong foundation, it will strengthen the community, as well."

The Bybee and Corcoran/Dailey families are more than a little eager to finish construction of their new twin home. Combined they will complete 650 hours of "sweat equity" helping to build it, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. They will also repay the no-profit mortgage over a period of 30 years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity's objective to give families a "hand up" rather than a "hand out."

"Being able to help provide a family with a home means so much to Thrivent members," added Doris Fox, East Fillmore County Thrivent Chapter Member. "Volunteering is important to them, and this gives them a great way to personally support our community by helping families achieve financial security."

To learn more, visit www.thriventbuilds.com.

About Habitat for Humanity-Winona County

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Commerce Department Funding to Advance Bio-Science, Renewable Energy and Global Marketplace Job Growth in Minnesota

Tue, Apr 6th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced $80,000 in grants in the State of Minnesota to boost competitiveness and create jobs.

"Economic recovery and growth are top priorities for th ..... 
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AgStar's Fund is Accepting Grants for County Fair Facility Upgrades

Tue, Apr 6th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Mankato, Minn. (April 6, 2010) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program for AgStar Financial Services, is proud to once again offer a $50,000 grant program to support County Fair Facility Upgrades. The mission of this program i ..... 
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Area food shelves stocked with energy efficient light bulbs

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The annual Minnesota FoodShare Campaign is in full swing and local participating food shelves are stocked with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

The CFLs are part of a promotion by Tri-County Electric Cooperative to en ..... 
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Spud Boy Lunch

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Spud Boy Lunch located in Lanesboro, Minn. had a visitor this past week, Author and teacher Michael Engle from Troy, NY. Mr Engle and Co-Author Mario Monti wrote the book titled Diners of New York. The books consists of 400 diners in the state of Ne ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Senior wins trip to Washington D.C.

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Stephanie Wick, a senior at Rushford-Peterson High School, won an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC's Youth Tour Contest, Wick will represent the cooperative on the 2010 ..... 
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AgStar Fund for Rural America is Accepting Grant Applications for Feasibility Studies

Mon, Mar 29th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Mankato, Minn. (March 29, 2010) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program for AgStar Financial Services, is offering $50,000 to rural communities as part of their Feasibility Study Grant Program. This grant program, available to ..... 
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Semcac Board names new executive director

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Wayne Stenberg has accepted the position as Semcac's new executive director according to Patty Miller, the agency's board president. Miller stated, "Stenberg will be the sixth director in the agency's 43-year history. The organization, which has its ..... 
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Haugerud joins SMG Web Design team

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Luke Haugerud was born and raised in Harmony, Minnesota. His interest in computers and technology began at an early age. He began to learn simple website design techniques while attending high school. After high school, Luke took a semester of anima ..... 
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