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Exploring the origins of Labor Day


Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in All Business Announcements

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summertime fun and a day when thousands of people gather across the country for their final big barbecue blowouts. Labor Day has evolved into a holiday about relaxing with friends and family, and that has led to its origins getting somewhat lost in the celebratory shuffle.

Created by the labor movement in the late 19th century, Labor Day was established to highlight the achievements of American workers, both from a social and an economic perspective. Labor Day highlights one of the main benefits of being a citizen of the United States, the ability to have professional freedom and contribute to the prosperity and strength of the country through gainful employment. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894.

Celebrated annually on the first Monday of September, it is believed that Labor Day was first promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which also organized the first labor-related parade in New York City. Although the true fathers of Labor Day remain a topic of debate, some historians maintain that Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor put forward the first Labor Day proposal in May 1882 after witnessing a labor festival in Toronto, Canada.

Labor Day was largely celebrated in the past with parades, speeches and a day off of work for the country's workers. Similar festivities occur to this day, with the gradual introduction of other events that mark the unofficial end of summer.

Position your organization as a Best Place to Work in Southeast Minnesota

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All Business Announcements

Workforce Development, Inc. is once again going to identify the Best Places to Work in Southeast Minnesota. “There are some great employers in our communities. This survey becomes a tool to help them recruit and retain the best employees. We want ..... 
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Renovations at Mabel Clinic improves handicap accessibility and overall atmosphere

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Business Announcements

By Hannah Wingert Winneshiek Medical Center Mabel Clinic in Mabel, Minn., recently underwent some major renovations. The exam rooms received new furniture and updated floors, the lobby experienced a complete overhaul, and the bathroom was expanded ..... 
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Highway 250 bridge removed...

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Business Announcements

Photo by Ken Soiney During the evening of Thursday, June 16, 2016, construction crews picked up the Highway 250 bridge, a well-traveled road for locals and tourists visiting Lanesboro. Ken Soiney captured photos of the bridge removal. According ..... 
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Preston Dairy & Farm enjoying expanded, efficient new space

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

After 45 years of calling the downtown area of Preston home, Preston Dairy and Farm is feeling right at home in their new location on the north edge of town at the corner of Highway 52 and 16. Growth in business over the last six years, combined wit ..... 
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Brighter days ahead at Preston Service Plus

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston Service Plus is a local business that recently took advantage of utility rebates to upgrade the lighting in their facility. With the help of Steve Almos (right), Preston Public Utilities Energy Services Representative, the owners were able t ..... 
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KFIL receives key to the city of Preston

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Local radio station KFIL received a key to the city of Preston in honor of their 50th Anniversary on June 27, 2016. Pictured are, left to right, back row: Shari Hanson, Bill Bentson, and Bruce Fishbaugher; middle row: Devon Krueger, Bryan Dawson, Be ..... 
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Semcac marks 50th anniversary with July 12 open house

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, MN – Semcac is a nonprofit, Community Action organization that was founded in 1966; this year marks Semcac’s 50th anniversary of helping people. Community Action Agencies were established under the Economic Opportunity Act to fight Am ..... 
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Semcac Food Shelves participate in Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Business Announcements

Caledonia, Kasson, Preston, and Rushford, Minn. – All four of the Semcac food shelf locations are participating in the 2016 Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Summer Challenge, a donation drive sponsored by Open Your Heart to the Hungry an ..... 
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