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On March 20th We Celebrated West Central Wisconsin and Our Regional Growth

Thursday, March 21, 2019

On March 20, 2019, Momentum West joined together with community leaders and businesses in celebrating West Central Wisconsin. At the event, sponsored by Bremer Bank, presentations were made highlighting recent successes in community and economic development with the purpose of celebrating the growing regional economy of West Central Wisconsin. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and who helped to celebrate, or make possible, our regional successes. 2019 Award Winners Were Announced New this year was the presentation of awards to businesses, projects and leaders, recognizing their significant contributions and impact in our region: Talent Initiative(s) – Rice Lake Weighing Systems Project/Development - River...
Career Academy Program brings students into workforce

Monday, March 18, 2019

When Jared Cutts was in high school he wanted his learning to extend beyond the classroom.  He wanted hands-on experience in the workforce.  “When you’re sitting in class learning you’re absorbing information, you’re not out experiencing what you’re learning,” Cutts explained.  He joined Osceola High School’s Career Academy Program because he thought the opportunity for hands-on learning through the program was unique. He did not know that CAPS would lead job as a fulltime employee with local paddle manufacturer, Branches LLC.  Read full article. 
Career Academy Program brings students into workforce

Friday, March 15, 2019

When Jared Cutts was in high school he wanted his learning to extend beyond the classroom.  He wanted hands-on experience in the workforce.  “When you’re sitting in class learning you’re absorbing information, you’re not out experiencing what you’re learning,” Cutts explained.  He joined Osceola High School’s Career Academy Program because he thought the opportunity for hands-on learning through the program was unique. He did not know that CAPS would lead to a job as a fulltime employee with local paddle manufacturer, Branches LLC.  Read full article. 
Osceola Medical Center names new CEO

Friday, March 15, 2019

Matthew Forge of Cottonwood, Id., has been named chief executive officer of Osceola Medical Center. “We could not be more excited to fill this key position with an individual that has the talents and enthusiasm Matt possesses,” according to Al Hogen, chair of the Osceola Medical Center Board of Directors. Forge comes to OMC from Essentia Health in Idaho where he has been chief administrative officer, running the daily operations of two, 25-bed, critical access hospitals in Orofino and Cottonwood. Read full article. 
Bowman Leather opening in Amery this spring

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Once the sold sign went up in the former Ida Mae’s building on Amery’s Keller Avenue, rumors starting spreading like wild fire about businesses that could possibly be calling the main street building home. It was announced that the space is the new home of Bowman Leather. Read full article. 
Tony Evers: Expand economic development to include affordable worker housing

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Economic development in Wisconsin should mean more than just counting jobs — it could also include helping companies create affordable housing for employees, Gov. Tony Evers told a business group in Madison. Evers said decisions on how to use state economic development funds should be “more nimble.” Read full article. 
SCEDC announces 2018 Business of the Year awards

Monday, March 11, 2019

Jill Gorres, president of St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (EDC), announced the EDC's selection of St. Croix Valley Blow Molding, Inc. (town of Hudson), Next Generation Auto, Inc. (Baldwin and city of Hudson), and iMARK Molding, Inc. (Woodville) as recipients of the 2018 Business of the Year awards in St. Croix County. Read full article. 
Wisconsin among top 10 states for women entrepreneurs, report says

Monday, March 11, 2019

Wisconsin ranks among the top locations for female entrepreneurs, according to a recent report by Fit Small Business.  The organization offers research for small business owners. In a report published, Fit Small Business said Wisconsin ranks No. 9 as a top location for female entrepreneurs in 2019.  Texas, Ohio and Minnesota took the top three spots on the list.  Read full article. 
Gov. Evers requests creation of committee on entrepreneurship and innovation at WEDC

Friday, March 08, 2019

MADISON — Governor Tony Evers requested the creation of a committee on entrepreneurship and innovation at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Wisconsin currently lags in small business creation, which is where most family-supporting jobs are created. Gov. Evers knows that we must invest in and support small businesses, local companies, and entrepreneurship to create middle-class jobs and grow the economy. The new committee will complement WEDC’s existing programs that provide an array of resources to entrepreneurs, including support for startup accelerators, seed capital funds, microgrants, investment tax credits and technology development loans. In addition, WEDC supports and engages an existing statewide network...
Ziggy's comes to Hudson; occupies old Pudge's building

Friday, March 08, 2019

A new name has taken over the familiar 302 and 304 Second St. building, which has been the home of pubs in Hudson since it was first built in 1866. Formerly Pudge's Saloon and Eatery and Club 304, the recently remodeled building is now Ziggy's Restaurant. Owners Paul Barber and Kevin Jones have operated Ziggy's in Stillwater for three years, and Barber said he was excited to expand into Hudson. Read full article. 
Darnold, others honored as chamber celebrates 2018

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

The Hudson Chamber of Commerce capped a year of changes with its annual awards banquet.  Last year saw the chamber saying farewell to some of its staff, and welcoming both new and familiar faces, including Mary Claire Olson Potter as chamber president. The endeavors of several community members and businesses were honored with the annual awards for volunteer, chamber member and small and large business of the year. The chamber also paid tribute to business and community members it has lost. The Marie Blakeman award, given to one who exemplifies the community leadership of its namesake, continued the tribute, being awarded posthumously to...
Many forms of wellness

Monday, March 04, 2019

Shaun and Heather Kittleson of Campia think there’s no better time than a new year for everyone to improve their health and well-being in simple ways. Through their business, Dakota Wellness, the couple offers homemade wellness products like diffusers, custom-blended essential oils, roller balls, sleep sprays, salves, jewelry with lava stones that absorb essential oils and more. Read full article. 
Hotel project looking good

Friday, March 01, 2019

Two years after it was finalized, a deal by the city of Barron to loan $300,000 to investors involved in the 36-room Cobblestone Hotel and Suites is more than paying for itself, according to figures tracked by city officials. Opened in spring 2017, the hotel belongs to local investors doing business as the Barron Hotel Group, LLC, and Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, of Neenah, Wis. Read full article. 
'Developing Your Agricultural Business Enterprise' workshop series launches

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC), Small Business Development Center and SCORE are launching, "The Developing Your Agricultural Business Enterprise" workshop series to provide entrepreneurs and agricultural producers tools and resources to launch their agricultural or rural business venture. Read full article. 
Anchor Paper constructs River Falls facility

Monday, February 25, 2019

Anchor Paper Company is finding a new, larger home in River Falls, constructing an 87,500 square foot building in the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park off Highway 35. The company made the announcement on Jan. 10, 2019, and started work on the site at the end of 2018. Construction will continue, with an opening set for summer 2019. The facility will consolidate the two the company currently operates in Hudson, one of which has been in operation for 30 years. Read full article. 
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Flexibility in Polk County

Friday, February 22, 2019

One recent day, while pouting about not having my regular morning coffee, it hit me that being ‘adaptable’ is necessary for survival.  Granted, some of you may not feel a daily caffeine fix equates to survival, but for those of us who dream of waking up to Julia’s Java, the Wren, Three Arrows, or other coffee houses, it is real!  Drinking coffee in the morning is like breathing! It pains me to say that I am a creature of habit.  As a former supervisor, teacher, and mentor I must have preached a thousand times about how change is good, and even...
Gelly's Too: Too original, yet too new, not to stop

Friday, February 22, 2019

The bright green false front building sits humbly on Great River Road in Stockholm, still waiting to feed and quench the thirsts of locals and tourists after so many years. The place used to fuel passersby. The original Texaco gas sign still stands at the corner to serve as a landmark, but for many years it has been known as a pub. The building has seen a few owners and names in its time, but recently it was adopted by Plum City native Bryoni Eggenberger with the help of her sister-in-law and loyal employee Kim Raethke. Read full article. 
Wisconsin Once Again Seeks To Restore Tax Reciprocity With Minnesota Department Of Revenue Secretary-Designee Hopeful A Deal Can Be Reached

Friday, February 22, 2019

Danielle Kaeding, WI Public Radio Northern Wisconsin leaders lobbied the Wisconsin Department of Revenue on Tuesday to restore a tax reciprocity agreement with Minnesota that ended almost a decade ago. The state’s new Department of Revenue Secretary-designee Peter Barca is hopeful a deal can be reached to save Wisconsin residents money. The agreement ended Jan. 1, 2010, impacting around 80,000 people in the two states. The deal that had been in place for more than 40 years allowed people living in one state and working in another to file just one income tax form in their home state. Minnesota and Wisconsin would...
Seibels named Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmers

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

JOHNSON CREEK — When Adam Seibel stepped to the microphone to accept the 2019 Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer award he looked in disbelief. “I want to thank all of the UW-Extension agents and everyone who has helped us get this far,” said Seibel with his wife, Christina, standing at his side. “This is a great honor for us.” The award was presented during the 66th annual Outstanding Young Farmer Awards Weekend held at the Comfort Suites in Johnson Creek. The Seibels were selected based on the progress in their agricultural career, soil and water conservation and contributions to community, state and nation. Read full...
Tony Evers: Expand economic development to include affordable worker housing

Monday, February 18, 2019

Economic development in Wisconsin should mean more than just counting jobs — it could also include helping companies create affordable housing for employees, Gov. Tony Evers told a business group in Madison. Evers said decisions on how to use state economic development funds should be “more nimble.” Read full article. 
Wisconsin among top 10 states for women entrepreneurs, report says

Friday, February 15, 2019

Wisconsin ranks among the top locations for female entrepreneurs, according to a recent report by Fit Small Business.  The organization offers research for small business owners. In a report published this month, Fit Small Business said Wisconsin ranks No. 9 as a top location for female entrepreneurs in 2019.  Read full article. 
WEDC now accepting applications for Certified In Wisconsin Program

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Program that designates industrial sites as ready for development has generated $456 million in new investment throughout the state MADISON, WI. – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting applications for its Certified In Wisconsin® Program, which designates industrial parcels of 20 acres or more as being “development ready.” The program has played a key role in helping communities throughout the state attract new companies by providing independent certification that a wide range of concerns have been evaluated—such as environmental and geological factors, transportation access, utility and infrastructure capacity, zoning and property rights—and that the site is ready for industrial development. Read...
Wisconsin ranks third in winning health and life science business grants

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

MADISON – Wisconsin’s early-stage health and life science firms and the Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) received national attention for the state’s success over the past decade in landing competitive federal grants. Wisconsin ranked third after Oregon and Vermont in securing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2008-2017. The 23 percent win rate for applications (248 awards from 1,056 submissions) resulted in $87 million invested in the state’s entrepreneurial efforts. The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), a national nonprofit organization, reported the newly available data and cited CTC’s...
Gov. Evers requests creation of committee on entrepreneurship and innovation at WEDC

Monday, February 11, 2019

MADISON — Governor Tony Evers requested the creation of a committee on entrepreneurship and innovation at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Wisconsin currently lags in small business creation, which is where most family-supporting jobs are created. Gov. Evers knows that we must invest in and support small businesses, local companies, and entrepreneurship to create middle-class jobs and grow the economy. Read full article. 
Career Academy Program brings students into workforce

Monday, February 04, 2019

When Jared Cutts was in high school he wanted his learning to extend beyond the classroom.  He wanted hands-on experience in the workforce.  “When you’re sitting in class learning you’re absorbing information, you’re not out experiencing what you’re learning,” Cutts explained.  He joined Osceola High School’s Career Academy Program because he thought the opportunity for hands-on learning through the program was unique. He did not know that CAPS would lead to a job as a fulltime employee with local paddle manufacturer, Branches LLC. Click here for the complete article.
State Senator Patty Schachtner announces committee appointments

Monday, February 04, 2019

State Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) has been appointed to three committees for the 2019-2020 legislative session. Senator Schachtner will serve as the ranking Democratic member of the Committee on Local Government, Small Business, Tourism, and Workforce Development. Additionally, Senator Schachtner will serve as a member of the Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, and Children and Families and the Committee on Education. Click here for the complete article.
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Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Have you ever observed an organization of volunteers or a community event that had been strong for several years suddenly begin struggling to keep alive?  The money may have dried-up or the volunteer numbers may have dwindled below operational levels.  Unfortunately, the purpose of the group or event may be as relevant as ever, but the energy behind it may suffer from waning enthusiasm or a lack of support. More times than not, the main culprit of this downward cycle is a lack of adequate planning to ensure that the next generation of leaders has been developed.  The original leaders of...
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Five reasons entrepreneurs are starting their businesses in Wisconsin

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Judging from the crowds at Startup Wisconsin Week earlier this month, Wisconsin is home to a booming entrepreneurial community. The excitement and innovation on display at more than 150 events in 12 cities across the state lived up to a recent study ranking Milwaukee as a top 10 city for young entrepreneurs and a report highlighting Madison as a top 10 tech city. Wisconsin is home to many startup success stories, including larger, more mature companies like Exact Sciences, Epic Systems and Promega, and younger companies like Jamf, Fasetto and TAI Diagnostics. Click here for the complete article.
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Hemp production, processing come to Osceola

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

In the year since Wisconsin legislators legalized industrial hemp grown through state-monitored pilot programs, at least one Osceola farm grew and harvested an experimental acre.  Another Osceola business has started turning the raw plant material into cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil.  Hemp, a non-psychoactive strain of cannabis, can also be turned into textiles, paper, biodegradable plastics, even food. With market researchers forecasting rapid growth in the hemp industry over the next few years, these tentative steps into local growth and processing may become an introduction to a profitable crop for area farmers. Click here for the complete article.
2018 Was an Incredible Year Thanks to Our Partners and Investors

Monday, January 07, 2019

2018 has been a productive year – a year of growth and innovation in West Central Wisconsin. We want to thank our investors for their continued commitment to our organization’s mission and to initiatives aimed at growing our local economy and improving the quality of life for all our residents. The staff at Momentum West acknowledges that we could not do what we do without your continued support. “Reflecting on the last twelve months we need to thank the investors and volunteers that have been instrumental in driving the projects we’ve been involved with forward,” said Steve Jahn, Executive Director. 2018...
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The ‘Heart’ of Polk County

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Polk County is known for its lakes, festivals, natural beauty and a number of other events or places.  But the ‘heart’ of our county is truly defined by its citizens.  They are the ones who shine the light on its true character.  And it is this character that buoys my confidence in the future of Polk County. By our citizens showing how much they care about their neighbors, especially those in need, visitors can feel the heartbeat of our villages, cities and towns.  When they see investments in communities, such as the one by Dick’s Fresh Market in Osceola, or when...
Groundbreaking takes place for new fire station

Friday, December 14, 2018

Construction of a new fire station means that safety and peace of mind will be a lot closer to home for families in the Town of Alden.  The new station will improve fire, rescue and first-response service for local residents and is part of Allied Emergency Services, a newly formed fire district serving the towns of Osceola, Alden, Garfield and the village of Dresser. Allied Emergency Services, formerly D.O.G. (Dresser, Osceola, Garfield) Fire Association, provides emergency response to 8,162 people and 3,913 homes, and has existing fire stations in the Village of Dresser and the Town of Garfield.  Continue to full article
Five generations later, family still farming

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The years spread between five generations are numerous, and when a family shares the same passion throughout those years, a truly beautiful vision can be accomplished. This is evidenced by the Carlson farm sprawling over 2,600 acres of land; it is fully outfitted with fields, silos, barns, storage buildings, various farming equipment, a semi truck, and a wind turbine. Five generations of farmers built the farm from the ground up and continue overseeing it to this day.  The story starts with Christian Strohbeen, who emigrated from Germany with his family and settled in Iowa. The family arrived with a farming background, and...
Status of local broadband projects – an update

Monday, December 10, 2018

NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN – Last fall the Leader reported that several local internet service providers were selected to receive federal funding to upgrade their internet networks in Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties. This August the Register began to research where each company was in their projects. Funding The funding sources are the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund II projects and the Alternative Connect America Model projects, which are both federal programs. CAF II is an option the FCC created for price-cap carriers, which are the large, long-established companies that include AT&T, CenturyLink and Frontier. A-CAM is an option the FCC created for rate-of-return...
Wisconsin manufacturers make it happen

Friday, December 07, 2018

Learn more about the state’s top economic contributor during Manufacturing Month Manufacturing Month is here. Throughout October, the focus is on the innovative and resilient manufacturers that make it happen for our state’s economy. There are more than 9,000 manufacturers in Wisconsin that employ nearly 470,000 people. The industrial sector is the top contributor to the state’s growing economy, producing more than $59 billion in total output in 2017, which accounts for nearly 20 percent of the state’s total Gross Domestic Product. Manufacturing is being highlighted and celebrated at nearly 100 events and conferences throughout Wisconsin in October. Manufacturers across the state are...
Wisconsin helps veterans translate their skills to a post-military career

Thursday, December 06, 2018

It’s no secret that former service members make some of the best employees in the workforce. Those transitioning out of the military possess qualities that every employer is looking for, including leadership; flexibility; adaptability; the ability to work as both a team leader and a team member; the aptitude to work under pressure and meet deadlines; the ability to follow directions in an appropriate manner; planning and organizational skills; a strong commitment to working safely; and so much more. Given its long history of manufacturing leadership and continued innovation in fields that are driving global commerce, Wisconsin provides thousands of jobs that...
Wisconsin helps veterans translate their skills to a post-military career

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

It’s no secret that former service members make some of the best employees in the workforce. Those transitioning out of the military possess qualities that every employer is looking for, including leadership; flexibility; adaptability; the ability to work as both a team leader and a team member; the aptitude to work under pressure and meet deadlines; the ability to follow directions in an appropriate manner; planning and organizational skills; a strong commitment to working safely; and so much more. Given its long history of manufacturing leadership and continued innovation in fields that are driving global commerce, Wisconsin provides thousands of jobs that...
Students, educators have more opportunities for career exploration with launch of Inspire Wisconsin network

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

More than 230,000 students will be able to directly connect to businesses statewide as regions expand collaborative efforts MADISON, WI.  Oct. 11, 2018 – Students throughout Wisconsin now have access to additional career development and mentorship tools starting as early as sixth grade in a platform that directly connects local employers to students, thanks to a new statewide collaboration. School districts throughout the state have been using a web-based platform called Inspire at the local and regional level to connect area businesses to their future talent pool through online profiles, virtual career coaches, and career-based online learning activities for students and educators. Under the...
MARKETPLACE 2018 Conference on minority business development set for December in Milwaukee

Monday, December 03, 2018

Statewide conference enables minority, woman and veteran-owned businesses to meet government and corporate buyers, connect with lenders and business resources MADISON, WI.  – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is hosting the 37th annual statewide conference for minority, woman and veteran-owned businesses Dec. 12-13 at Potawatomi Hotel and Conference Center in Milwaukee. The conference is expected to draw more than 600 attendees and is sponsored by corporations, small businesses and organizations, with US Bank being this year’s Keystone Sponsor. MARKETPLACE is the premier annual statewide business capacity-building conference for minority, woman and veteran business owners looking to do business with state, federal and local governments...
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Building Our Workforce

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hiring and retaining quality employees has become a top issue for many Polk County employers.  The challenge is that there are too few qualified candidates to fill the open positions.  This is compounded by the fact that slightly more of our ‘working age’ people are moving out of Polk County compared to those moving in. There are efforts to offset this negative net-migration.  For starters, an effort to build a ‘pipeline’ of talent from our local schools is underway.  Programs like Youth Apprenticeship and Inspire/Career Cruising are programs aimed at helping young people find good job opportunities near home. Another way to...
The Osceola Main Street Program/Chamber of Commerce and Polk County Economic Development Corporation Launch “Simple Steps for Growing Your Small Business” Workshop Series

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Osceola, WI – The Osceola Main Street Program/Chamber of Commerce and Polk County Economic Development Corporation in collaboration with U W Extension, Small Business Development Center and SCORE, Launch “Simple Steps for Growing Your Business Small Business” Workshop Series to empower owners of existing small businesses to the next level. “This 5 session series kicking off on January 9th at the recently opened Discovery Center in Osceola will provide our small businesses tools and resources that will enable them to increase their profitability and level of success”, says Germaine Ross, Osceola Chamber and Mainstreet Program Director. The workshops will cover managing your time...
Five generations later, family still farming

Friday, November 09, 2018

The years spread between five generations are numerous, and when a family shares the same passion throughout those years, a truly beautiful vision can be accomplished. This is evidenced by the Carlson farm sprawling over 2,600 acres of land; it is fully outfitted with fields, silos, barns, storage buildings, various farming equipment, a semi truck, and a wind turbine. Five generations of farmers built the farm from the ground up and continue overseeing it to this day.  The story starts with Christian Strohbeen, who emigrated from Germany with his family and settled in Iowa. The family arrived with a farming background, and...
65 ways to get started with downtown revitalization

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Join the WEDC Connect Communities program (if you are not already) or consider joining the Main Street program if you’ve been participating in Connect Communities for a while and are ready to take the next step. Hold a downtown stakeholder meeting. Show PowerPoint presentations or videos available from Wisconsin Main Street or ask a member of the staff to make a presentation. Then figure out the strengths and weaknesses of your downtown and set some goals. Beat the streets … know your constituents and keep them informed! Learn the needs of your downtown businesses by communicating with them on a regular basis. React with appropriate projects. Publish a newsletter to keep primary stakeholders and...
WEDC accepting applications for Entrepreneurship Support Program

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

MADISON, WI. SEPT. 26, 2018 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting applications from nonprofit and community-based organizations for a grant program designed to advance the statewide climate for entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship Support Program provides financial assistance of between $10,000 and $100,000 for projects that promote entrepreneurship and provide Wisconsin entrepreneurs with key resources, including training, mentorship, and business development and financial services. Launched in 2016, the initiative has provided nearly $1 million in grants to 17 organizations statewide to help fund activities such as prototyping assistance, legal services, and outreach to underserved entrepreneurs. Those grants have enabled organizations to...
How a Local Entrepreneur Used Grit and Perseverance to Build a Thriving Business

Thursday, November 01, 2018

PaperWorx Design & Printing is a thriving business located in Polk County. Sixteen years ago, owner, Sally, decided to pursue her dream of owning her own business. She has built PaperWorx Design & Printing from the ground up, turning an idea into an established graphic design, marketing, copy shop and printing company. They can take a job from start to finish, beginning with the design work of creating a logo, business cards, brochures and folders, and then printing these materials so that business owners have everything they need to start a business or to operate one. They also print posters,...
Brian McAlpine Chose the Momentum West Region After Living in the East Coast and Colorado

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Brian McAlpine has a job that he loves. As a successful commercial insurance advisor, he works with businesses and property owners throughout the region, helping them solve some of their most pressing challenges. “I learn something new every day because I am constantly looking for new ways to help my customers,” Brian commented. For example, he was recently presented with a unique challenge. One of his customers was looking to sell their manufacturing company but the buyer wanted to make sure that the products were insured against defect or liability after the purchase was complete. Through his role at Bremer...
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Health and Our Economy

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

There is a strong link between the physical health of a community’s population and its economic health.  This link has been studied frequently at a macro level involving countries and continents, but it is often overlooked at the local level.   Local businesses, however, are recognizing the importance of healthy workers and their families because it matters in terms of productivity and the potential pool of both employees and customers. Employees who are sick cannot come to work or, if they do report to their jobs, are less productive and might risk spreading a sickness.  Further, if adequate care is not provided...
We're Celebrating National Women's Business Month with Lynn West

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

October is National Women’s Business Month and in Polk County we are celebrating the contributions of local women business owners, including Lynn West, owner of MRL Manufacturing, Inc. (MRL). Located in Amery, MRL manufactures precision component products for Over-the-Road, Heavy Equipment, Recreational, Construction and Agricultural Industries. MRL Manufacturing started as an offshoot of a family manufacturing business and Lynn chose to locate it in Amery to take advantage of the local labor force. At the time of their incorporation in 1994, MRL was awarded an SBA Loan, Revolving Loan Funds through the DOD with the City of Amery and Tax Incentive...
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Making a Difference for the Good

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A few weeks ago, Luck High School seniors were told that one of their own alumni was contributing scholarships to any of the 2019 graduates who will be attending a technical college.  Dennis Frandsen, a successful businessman with Luck roots, said he made this gift because ‘it was the right thing to do.’  As a result, any of the 34 prospective Luck graduates may receive up to two years of technical college education for free. Most available scholarships that are awarded each year go to graduates who are the school’s top students and who plan on attending a 4-year college or...
Banker picks up college tuition for entire school class ... AGAIN!

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Luck Public Schools confirmed for KARE 11 that that Dennis Frandsen -- a self-made success who now has 35 branches of Frandsen Bank and Trust in communities across Minnesota and Wisconsin -- offered to pay for two years of technical college for all of Luck's 34 prospective graduates this year. Click here for the complete feature.
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Entrepreneurs, Risk-Takers, and Leaders

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Americans, in general, are not afraid to take a risk.  Beginning with, for example, the adventurers and pilgrims who sailed the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of years ago to begin a life in what they called the ‘New World.’  They left their previous way of life and most of their belongings to take a chance on a dream.  Their urge to explore, expand west, and to create something better is a trait that has passed through generations and still exists throughout America in the form of entrepreneurs…people who risk their money, time, and heart to start a new business. As I tour...