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DMC impact expected to spill into Root River Trail towns


Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Features

A crowd gathered at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. Monday evening to learn more about Destination Medical Center (DMC) and how it could have a positive effect on local economies. The nine towns that hosted the event belong to the Root River Bike Trail System Partnership, which includes Peterson, Rushford, Rushford Village, Houston, Preston, Harmony, Fountain, Lanesboro, and Whalan.

How will the major DMC expansion affect the tourist industry in these small communities? Could the large increase in job opportunities, expected to occur over 20 years, result in population growth in some of the communities?

Local citizens and business people, EDA representatives, and local government officials were given an opportunity to mingle and discuss the possibilities and implications at an informal social hour prior to the presentation given by John Murphy, Mayo Clinic Public Relations.

The event was promoted by Julie Kiehne, Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce. Murphy noted late in the evening that this was the first time this information was being presented to a tourism community.

Murphy has been with Mayo Health Systems for 15 years. He compared the DMC expansion to hosting the Super Bowl every year for 20 years or hosting two Olympics per year for 10 years. With the expansion there are huge economic opportunities as well as huge challenges.

DMC is a public-private partnership between the state, Rochester, Olmsted County, the southeast Minnesota region, and Mayo Clinic. The goal is to secure Minnesota’s future as a destination for health and wellness.

Estimates have been made that over a period of 20 years 35,000 to 45,000 jobs will be created due to the economic development initiative. More than half of the jobs will be outside of the Mayo system. It is expected that $7 to $8 billion of new state taxes will be generated over 35 years; 10 percent is to be turned back to support infrastructure improvements.

Murphy said the Mayo Clinic is the largest, oldest, integrated, not for profit health system in the world. The goal is to remain competitive globally, to be the world’s premier destination medical center. The process to develop the concept of DMC began several years ago. Legislation was approved in the spring of 2013 and the governance structure has been established. The Destination Medical Center Corporation is a statewide board appointed in part b .....
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Slant Avenue Mercantile offers many unique items

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There is a place in Fillmore County that can put a different slant in your attitude. A place where you can get lost in all of the diverse and unique offerings available to patrons of the store. The name of that business is Slant Avenue Mercantile ..... 
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Lanesboro business makes scents

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There are many wonderful small businesses in Fillmore County which add their own special touches to the area. One such business, located in Lanesboro, Minn., is ESSENCE of Lanesboro. The products that owner Peter Bilkey creates cannot be found any ..... 
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Veterans turn out for groundbreaking ceremony

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Features

On a gray, chilly, early November morning a couple hundred people including veterans from across the region, friends and family members, and government officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. ..... 
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Turned Write Handcrafted Art turns new opportunity

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner More often than not, many dream of casting off their professional lot in life in favor of their true passion. How great would it be to spend your days enjoying your favorite hobby as your career? If you’re fortunate enough to ..... 
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Family Dollar coming to Rushford

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Living in a small town can have its advantages and disadvantages. While we are able to enjoy things such as knowing your neighbor and seeing more green grass than concrete, there is the disadvantage of having to drive out of town for certain items t ..... 
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Additional carved musicians to be unveiled in Harmony

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

The city of Harmony, Minn. is about to enjoy the company of musicians. Three additional wood carved musicians will be joining the Czechoslovakian Concertina Player which was dedicated in 2009 and was placed on the corner of Main and Center Street in ..... 
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Man rides 2,000 miles for Dakota land recovery

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

Since September 3 John Stoesz, orignially from Mountain Lake, Minn. located in Cottonwood County, has been riding miles on his bicycle all to support a cause that he’s very passionate about. Hoping to hit 40 Minnesota counties by the end of Octobe ..... 
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November 14 is Give to the Max Day

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

On Thursday, November 14 residents of Preston and the Spring Valley area will face off in a rematch for this year’s Give to the Max Day, a philanthropy-driven friendly competition to see who can raise the most money through [Read the Rest]
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