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AgStar Fund for Rural America is Accepting Grant Applications for Feasibility Studies


Mon, Mar 29th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Mankato, Minn. (March 29, 2010) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program for AgStar Financial Services, is offering $50,000 to rural communities as part of their Feasibility Study Grant Program. This grant program, available to rural communities in AgStar's local service area, provides funding for feasibility studies which will determine the viability of a project. The primary goal of these studies is to help communities with their economic development needs.



In 2007, the Fund established the Feasibility Study Grant Program to provide funding for areas such as market analysis, cost analysis or economic assessments. To date, nearly $90,000 has been contributed to area communities.



"AgStar is committed to providing opportunities for rural residents, and this grant program provides us another avenue to support our local communities," mentioned John Monson, Vice President of AgStar's Rural Capital Network. The outcome of the study has the potential to create new permanent jobs resulting in economic development for communities. "These studies provide the framework, and the analysis rural communities need for development. Our goal is to keep communities healthy and prosperous by economic development, infrastructure needs, and revitalization projects."



Any non-profit organization serving rural areas, educational institutions, and state, county, local or tribal governments in AgStar's local service area are eligible to apply. Applications for grants, up to $5,000, are available online at www.AgStar.com.



Since it's inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated more than $2.9 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. The Fund's mission is to "enhance the quality of life and future opportunities for rural residents and their communities." The Fund focuses on one of the four key areas of support: Education, Technology, Environment and Quality of Life.



About AgStar:

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 590 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, tax services, accounting, consulting and rural home mort .....
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Semcac Board names new executive director

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Wayne Stenberg has accepted the position as Semcac's new executive director according to Patty Miller, the agency's board president. Miller stated, "Stenberg will be the sixth director in the agency's 43-year history. The organization, which has its ..... 
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Haugerud joins SMG Web Design team

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Luke Haugerud was born and raised in Harmony, Minnesota. His interest in computers and technology began at an early age. He began to learn simple website design techniques while attending high school. After high school, Luke took a semester of anima ..... 
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Suckow new to Fillmore County Journal and SMG Web Design

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Sheena Suckow joined the Journal and SMG Web Design team in October 2009 as a Graphic/Web Designer.

Sheena grew up in the Decorah area and went to college at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduating with a graphic com ..... 
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Area food shelves stocked with energy efficient light bulbs

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The annual Minnesota FoodShare Campaign is in full swing and local participating food shelves are stocked with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

The CFLs are part of a promotion by Tri-County Electric Cooperative to en ..... 
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Preston electricity customers offered bulk-buy, rebates to make vending machines more profitable

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The average beverage vending machine costs around $300 in energy costs to operate each year. By installing a small, simple device called a VendingMiser on your machine, you can reduce your machine's energy usage by 46 percent and save approximately ..... 
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SPRING THAW REMINDER - FLOODING CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE

Tue, Mar 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Lincoln, Neb., March 9, 2010 - As spring approaches, State Farm Insurance encourages area residents to be aware of their local risk for flooding and recommends precautions to protect lives and property.

Before a flood:

• Learn how ..... 
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F & M Community Bank promotes Mary Schwarz to assistant vice president

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

At a recent Board of Directors meeting, Mary Schwarz was appointed as an officer of F & M Bank with the title of Assistant Vice President. This promotion recognizes her achievements, abilities and responsibilities at F & M Community Bank and it is a ..... 
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Houston County Historical Society Book Sale

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Houston County Historical Society will hold its 15th annual used book sale on Saturday, March 20, from 8:00am - 3:00pm and Sunday, March 21, from 1-4pm in the Houston County Historical Society Center, 404 East Main St., Caledonia, MN. Thousands ..... 
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