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CenturyLink service areas may qualify for assistance programs


Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Low-income consumers in (state) may qualify for assistance programs that will reduce the cost of initial telephone installation and basic monthly service, according to a recent announcement from CenturyLink. The company is spreading the word about the programs so consumers who potentially qualify for the services may apply for them.

The assistance programs, known as Link-Up and Lifeline, are available to qualifying consumers in every U.S. state (territory and commonwealth). Link-Up helps consumers pay the initial installation costs of getting telephone service. The amount of the discounts varies by state and reduces up to one-half of the initial hook-up fee, up to $30, for qualified households. Lifeline provides certain discounts each month on phone bills for qualified subscribers.

Qualifications for participation also vary by state. States with their own programs have their own criteria. In states that rely solely on the federal program, the subscriber must participate in any one of the following programs: Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance or the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Head Start, the National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or if the household annual gross income is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty level.

Residents of American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal lands may qualify for an additional $25 of enhanced Lifeline support monthly and up to $70 of expanded Link-Up support beyond current levels. An individual living on tribal lands may also qualify for Lifeline and Link-Up discounts if he or she participates in one of the above programs or the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance or Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

To find out more about the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, log on to the www.lifeline.gov site. Individuals living in a CenturyLink service area should call 800-366-8201 or visit www.centurylink.com/lifeline to inquire about eligibility.

Minnesota energy natural gas final rates drop, small refund to follow in March 2010

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) has approved new final natural gas rates effective January 1, 2010, for customers of Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation ("MERC"), a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group (NYSE: TEG). The new rates w ..... 
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Root River Energy signs 20,000 acres

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Root River Energy, along with managing partner, National Wind, is proud to announce that it has secured over 20,000 acres of land in Mower and Fillmore Counties. This represents about two-thirds of the leased acres needed to develop up to 300 megawa ..... 
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Kwik Trip to collect donations for Honor Flight

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Kwik Trip, Inc. will show its support for veterans by collecting donations for Honor Flight at its stores in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin from February 12 - 25. Money raised will go to the Honor Flight hub that serves the area in which the store is ..... 
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County employees recognized

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Fillmore County commissioners had their annual reception to recognize years of service by employees at the board's February 9 meeting. Highway maintenance employees were hard at work clearing roads once more after another snow storm and were unable ..... 
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County employees recognized

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Fillmore County commissioners had their annual reception to recognize years of service by employees at the board's February 9 meeting. Highway maintenance employees were hard at work clearing roads once more after another snow storm and were unable ..... 
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Canton Semcac senior dining

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Semcac Senior Dining is moving! Beginning on March 1st, noon meals for persons 60 years old or over (and their spouses) are being served every Monday thru Friday at T & J's Café in Canton, 601 W Hwy 52.

Meal service is at 11:30 a.m. Mea ..... 
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SEMAC announces April 1 grant application deadline

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) announces a call for grant proposals, due by April 1, 2010.

I. ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND GRANTS

Up to $10,000 proposals for innovative arts activities that increase access t ..... 
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Staff Changes At Commonweal Theatre

Thu, Feb 11th, 2010
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LANESBORO, MN. - The Commonweal Theatre Co. announces new administrative staff members and duties as it begins its twenty-second season producing live, professional theatre in historic downtown Lanesboro. Commonweal operates under a rare arti ..... 
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