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Root River Energy signs 20,000 acres


Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Root River Energy, along with managing partner, National Wind, is proud to announce that it has secured over 20,000 acres of land in Mower and Fillmore Counties. This represents about two-thirds of the leased acres needed to develop up to 300 megawatts of community-owned wind energy in the area.. With 10,000 acres signed in the last few months, Root River Energy's Jim Connolly and Barry Rogne have been one of National Wind's most productive field teams during this period.

Over 7,600 of these acres are located in the eastern Mower County footprint, an area Root River Energy expanded into during the spring of 2009. The project's overall goal is to sign 30,000 contiguous acres.

"The project is really coming together nicely as we continue to receive a positive community response from both the Fillmore and Mower County footprints," says Connolly. "The Mower County expansion has helped accelerate the project's development. Also, landowners are realizing that our business model focuses on building positive relationships, allowing the community to share in the project's revenues and influence the process to meet their needs."

For example, an amendment to the land lease commits Root River's development team to designing access roads that conform to existing farming practices as much as possible. Often, access road construction is a common landowner concern. Access roads are fundamental to development and need to be constructed to effectively transport wind turbine components to their specific site location. They also allow operations and maintenance personnel access to the turbine during the life of the project to perform routine inspections that ensure the facility is working properly.

"Our goal is to build roadways that run in the same direction as field operations, in order to minimize the loss of efficiency in farming procedures," adds Connolly. "We definitely allow for landowner input in access road placement; our goal is to work with the landowners to come up with the most viable option."

If you are interested in learning more about Root River Energy, please contact Jim Connolly or Barry Rogne. You can reach Barry or Jim through our new office, located in the new Ostrander Farmer's Co-op building, at 208 Main Street, #4, P.O. Box 156. Call 866-742-6448 and the Co-op will direct your call appropriately.

About Root River Energy:

Root River Energy, LLC, is a community-based wind development company located .....
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Kwik Trip to collect donations for Honor Flight

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Kwik Trip, Inc. will show its support for veterans by collecting donations for Honor Flight at its stores in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin from February 12 - 25. Money raised will go to the Honor Flight hub that serves the area in which the store is ..... 
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County employees recognized

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Fillmore County commissioners had their annual reception to recognize years of service by employees at the board's February 9 meeting. Highway maintenance employees were hard at work clearing roads once more after another snow storm and were unable ..... 
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County employees recognized

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Fillmore County commissioners had their annual reception to recognize years of service by employees at the board's February 9 meeting. Highway maintenance employees were hard at work clearing roads once more after another snow storm and were unable ..... 
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Canton Semcac senior dining

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Semcac Senior Dining is moving! Beginning on March 1st, noon meals for persons 60 years old or over (and their spouses) are being served every Monday thru Friday at T & J's Café in Canton, 601 W Hwy 52.

Meal service is at 11:30 a.m. Mea ..... 
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SEMAC announces April 1 grant application deadline

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) announces a call for grant proposals, due by April 1, 2010.

I. ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND GRANTS

Up to $10,000 proposals for innovative arts activities that increase access t ..... 
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Staff Changes At Commonweal Theatre

Thu, Feb 11th, 2010
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LANESBORO, MN. - The Commonweal Theatre Co. announces new administrative staff members and duties as it begins its twenty-second season producing live, professional theatre in historic downtown Lanesboro. Commonweal operates under a rare arti ..... 
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F & M Community Bank promotes Aug to President

Mon, Feb 8th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Daniel M. Christianson, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of F & M Community Bank, Preston, MN, announced the promotion of Charles Aug. The bank's Board of Directors, at its January meeting, elected Aug president and chief operating ..... 
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F & M COMMUNITY BANK PROMOTES AUG TO PRESIDENT

Tue, Feb 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

PRESTON, MN FEBRUARY 1, 2010 - Daniel M. Christianson, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of F & M Community Bank, Preston, MN, announces the promotion of Charles Aug. The bank's Board of Directors, at its January meeting, elected Aug ..... 
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