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SMIF awards grant to Lanesboro Local Inc.


Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Today Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) announced that Lanesboro Local Inc. (LL), the new and highly successful nonprofit marketplace for local food and goods, was selected for an entrepreneur grant of $19,400. The funding will help pay an executive director and launch a coordinated local foods and local products campaign.

The grant is an outgrowth of an earlier SMIF Town Meeting initiative grant, which focused on growing entrepreneurism for the town of Lanesboro and surrounding areas.

According to Loni Kemp of LL's board of directors, there has already been a significant impact on the economic vitality of not only Lanesboro, but the surrounding area. "Our online marketplace brings people together-people who are committed to 'living local.' It's really a sustainable model that has impacted both the community's physical and economic health."

Local entrepreneurs are making this happen - from growers and producers of vegetables, meat and dairy products, to retail businesses and artists. Lanesboro Local (www.lanesborolocal.org), also a bricks and mortar shop on Main Street, has been active since June.

"We are pleased to award Lanesboro Local this incentive grant," said Tim Penny, SMIF President & CEO. "The early success of this nonprofit and the area producers and consumers who are helping enhance economic vibrancy are testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of the community, and that of southeastern Minnesota."

In addition to entrepreneurship, the Foundation also funds workforce projects related to engaged elders and career exploration/experiential learning for youth. The next round of incentive grants will be announced in early February, 2010. For details on applying for an incentive grant, visit www.smifoundation.org and click on "Applications" or contact our grants director at 507-455-3215.

Workforce Development, Inc. excecutive director participating in White House jobs forum

Tue, Dec 8th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Randy Johnson, Executive Director of Southeast Minnesota's Workforce Development, Inc., will be participating in the December 3, 2009, White House "Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth." Approximately 130 national leaders from business, labor and other ..... 
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Lanesboro High School grad promoted to VP at PR firm

Tue, Nov 17th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

The Minneapolis-St. Paul office of Weber Shandwick today announced the promotion of Brooke Worden, APR, to vice president in the financial services practice.

During Worden's 10-year tenure with the firm, she has consistently produced measura ..... 
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Tri-County electric members donate $5,640 locally

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (3 p.m. Oct. 5, 2009)- Members of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) enrolled in Operation Round Up (ORU) recently gave $5,640 in donations to worthy causes in September. The ORU Trust Board approved the following donations at its Se ..... 
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Tri-County Electric's power supplier seeks smart grid monies through stimulus bill

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (7:30 a.m. Sept. 23, 2009)- Tri-County Electric Cooperative's (TEC's) wholesale power supplier, Dairyland Power Cooperative, has submitted a $70 million stimulus funding application to the U.S. Department of Energy for smart grid techno ..... 
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Business update

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Jeffrey Eickhoff was elected president of The Fillmore County Farm Bureau at the annual meeting which was held September 24, 2009, at the Fillmore County Farm Bureau Office in Preston. Jeff said, "It is an honor to be the next president of the Fillm ..... 
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Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes receives Conservation Award

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

State Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes of Winona is one of seven Minnesota state legislators who had a perfect voting record on conservation issues in 2009 and will receive a "100% Minnesotan" award Monday in Minneapolis, the Conservation Minnesota Voter ..... 
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Sheriff's Association scholarship program

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen has announced the commencement of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Scholarship program for 2009. Sheriff Jensen proudly announced that the MSA has established a scholarship fund totaling $9,000, for the awardi ..... 
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Lanesboro men angus delegates

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

John G. Rein and Mark Holmen, both of Lanesboro have been elected as delegates to the 126th Annual American Angus Association® Convention of Delegates, and Philip Abrahamson, also of Lanesboro has been elected as an alternate angus delegate for ..... 
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