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AgStar contributes $2,500 to Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation


Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

OWATONNA, MINN. - AgStar is providing $2,500 to support Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) general endowment fund. AgStar has been an annual supporter of SMIF since 2007.

“AgStar has invested more than $185,000 in SMIF over the last eight years,” said John Monson, Senior Vice President, AgStar Financial Services. “As part of that overall investment in programs, new initiatives and disaster relief, we have also committed to annual donations to SMIF for its overall work in the southern Minnesota region. The work of SMIF aligns with AgStar’s mission. We are a proud partner and investor.”

SMIF, a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. The Foundation has provided more than $50 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 29 years. SMIF’s key interests include early childhood and economic development.

“AgStar’s continued partnership and support helps to strengthen our Foundation’s mission to invest in early childhood and economic development programs as well as new endeavors, such as their recent sponsorship of FEAST Festival and Tradeshow last fall,” noted SMIF President/CEO Tim Penny. “We appreciate AgStar’s continued support and their dedication to supporting the southern Minnesota.”

January unemployment rate steady at 3.7 Percent

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in January, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate in Janu ..... 
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Budget surplus boomlet

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans had some good news to announce in late February, reporting that the 2016-2017 budget surplus estimate had swelled to $1.87 billion. Just last December the estimated surplus was $1 billion. ..... 
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Minnesota traffic deaths continue downward trend in 2014 Projected final number would be second lowest since World War II

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Last year marked continued progress in improving traffic safety on Minnesota roads as preliminary data reveal traffic deaths falling to a near record low. According to the latest preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of ..... 
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Minnesota banks honored for community involvement

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized First Southeast Bank for their community involvement. Banks play an important and vital role in their communities, and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA ..... 
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Not all property taxes stay local

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Most property owners in Minn. when they review their property tax statement will see breakdowns of their property taxes that include county, township, school district, or city. However, owners of commercial/industrial and seasonal recreational prope ..... 
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Additional Energy Assistance funds available to help Minnesotans stay warm this winter

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota will receive an additional $9,958,577 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program. The total amo ..... 
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Attend Extension’s Forages For “U”

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

To address key forage production and management issues in Minnesota, a series of Forage Workshops will be held in February of 2015. Individual sites include Fergus Falls on February 10 at the Government Service Building-Commissioner Room, Hutchinso ..... 
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GasBuddy update 2.16.15

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

FEBRUARY 9- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have risen 17.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minn. This compares with the national average that has ..... 
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