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USDA invites applications for renewable energy and energy efficiency funding


Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer recently announced that USDA is seeking applications to increase the production and use of renewable energy sources.

USDA is accepting applications for grants and loan guarantees in the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) until June 30, 2010. More information on how to apply for funding is available in the April 26, 2010, Federal Register. The Rural Energy for America Program provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.

Eligible projects include installing renewable energy systems such as wind turbines, solar, geothermal, biomass, anaerobic digesters, hydroelectric, and ocean or hydrogen systems. Funding may also be used to purchase energy-efficient equipment, add insulation, and improve heating and cooling systems. In fiscal year 2009, this program helped fund 1,485 REAP projects in 50 states, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific Islands. Minnesota farmers and small businesses have been awarded over $60 million since the program began in 2003.

"The Rural Energy for America Program enables owners of small rural businesses, farms and ranches to reduce energy consumption, part of President Obama's effort to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and the destabilizing effects of a changing climate," Landkamer said. "Through this program, farmers, agricultural producers and small business owners will be able to upgrade or replace outdated, inefficient systems in their operations. That not only saves money, it supports job creation in rural Minnesota."

In addition to the REAP program, USDA is also planning to accept applications for three other renewable energy programs: the Biorefinery Assistance Program, Repowering Assistance Program and the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. Details on how to apply will be released later this week in the Federal Register.

USDA's Biorefinery Assistance Program provides guaranteed loans to develop and construct commercial-scale biorefineries or to retrofit existing facilities using eligible technology for the development of advanced biofuels. The amount of a loan guaranteed for a project under this program cannot exceed 80 percent of total eligible project costs.

The Repowering Assistance Program is designed to encourage the use of renewable biomass as a replacement fuel source for fossi .....
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AgStar Financial Services Posts Solid First Quarter Performance

Mon, May 10th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

MANKATO, Minn. (May 10, 2010) - AgStar Financial Services, a value-added financial services company owned by its client-stockholders, reported net earnings for first quarter ending March 31, 2010. The company recorded a solid performance, with net af ..... 
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CANTON, CALEDONIA, HENRYTOWN, SPRING GROVE AND RICEFORD AREAS EXPERIENCE POWER OUTAGES

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (10:20 a.m. May 7, 2010)- Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) members in areas of Canton, Caledonia, Henrytown, Spring Grove and Riceford began experiencing power outages around 9:30 a.m. As of 10:15 a.m. all power has been restored.[Read the Rest]

100 year celebration of Boy Scouts

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Calling All Scouts! Calling All Scouts! Preston Boy Scout Troop 67 is making plans for the 100 Year Celebration of Boy Scouts, in conjunction with Preston Trout Days on May 15th, 2010. We will begin the day with a (somewhat) formal presentation on t ..... 
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Sheriff Daryl Jensen announces candidacy

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Sheriff Daryl Jensen announced his candidacy this week for his second term as Fillmore County sheriff. The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners appointed Jensen sheriff in April of 2005 and Jensen was elected in November 2006.

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The Old Barn Resort is having a BARNiversary, Preston, Minnesota

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

HAPPY 20th SEASON for the Resort!!!

HAPPY 125th Birthday to the Barn!!!

Doug Brenna and Shirley Endres, originally from small towns around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, purchased the property in late 1996 and have continued to take the ..... 
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HOUSE MOVE NEAR HARMONY TO CAUSE POWER OUTAGES MAY 10

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (2:40 p.m. May 4, 2010)- A house move scheduled for Monday, May 10 in areas north and west of Harmony will cause brief power outages to Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) members along the route between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


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Search for Mrs. Fillmore County Announced

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Applications are being accepted for the title of Mrs. Fillmore County!

Mrs. Fillmore County will have the honor of representing her county at the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, which will be held at "Ritsche Auditorium", March 12th & 13th, 2011 in th ..... 
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Alliant Energy seeks cost recovery for its investments in Minnesota's clean energy future

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Albert Lea, Minnesota - May 3, 2010 - Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT), will file later this week a request with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to increase its Minnesot ..... 
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