Marquette Honey Farms sells honey all across Minnesota

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Honey may very well run through Bruce Marquette’s veins. His grandfather was a beekeeper in Thief River Falls, and his father kept bees and sold honey in Wisconsin. Bruce grew up with honeybees as an ever-present part of his life. “I’d always kept bees on the side, even while I was working full-time in radio,” said Bruce. Bruce met his wife, Lonnie, in 1990 and the two spent the next nine years selling honey and beeswax candles at craft fairs. At that time the couple only managed a dozen or so hives. “Going to the craft shows was a great way to...
Rural Minnesota region pulls itself up by food and farming bootstraps

Thursday, September 29, 2016

“It takes about five years before bigger buyers will say, ‘OK, now we’ll do business with you.’” Central Minnesota farmer Tom Smude speaks from direct experience. His sunflower cooking oil business is now in the black, with retail and food service distribution across Minnesota and four neighboring states. Bankers and neighbors thought he was “absolutely nuts” when he turned in 2011 to markets for Minnesota-grown and –made foods. His original plan, to produce bio-fuel from sunflowers, tanked with global oil prices. Click here for the complete feature.
Career Possibilities, the Best is Yet to Come!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Are the best days of your career behind or in front of you?  Your answer to this question can change with time and new situations. When we are young and beginning our careers, we look ahead with the vision of excelling in the workplace. Once we have worked in our positions, over time, it is easy to lose motivation.  However, motivation is important because it helps form your career success. When a sudden shift happens, we are often thrown off course and can become discouraged. We want to look back. But with new job-search tools and techniques, whatever your age,...
Compare Minnesota Gets a Makeover

Thursday, September 22, 2016

It’s always been a breeze for site selectors and businesses to see how Minnesota compares with other states using the Compare Minnesota tool. Compare Minnesota is the comprehensive online tool comparing Minnesota’s economy and population to a single state or a collection of states. Click here for the complete article.
Employers Invited to Apply for Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative Grants

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Minnesota employers are invited to apply for grants to help them create or expand registered apprenticeship programs in five industries: advanced manufacturing agriculture health care information technology transportation Starting Sept. 14, 2016, employers can download the grant application for the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI). The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 26, 2016. The initiative, announced in fall 2015, is funded through a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Click here for the complete article.
Event makes ‘mind/body’ connection

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mille Lacs Health System (MLHS) will hold a fall wellness event called, “Healthy Me-The Mind/Body Connection,” Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. It will be held at the Holy Cross Center at the MLHS campus in Onamia. The event will focus on how people can take care of themselves when life gets challenging. The public is welcome, especially those looking for some new ways to de-stress, advice about being a caregiver, news about trending mental and emotional health issues, information and education about dementia and Alzheimer’s, engaging facts about healthy eating and moving or who just want to...
Farm women generate more than $397 million

Thursday, September 22, 2016

In February, the Minnesota Extension initiated a new program, specifically for women in agriculture, called “Women in Ag.” “My cohort, Betty Berning, and I saw a need for it. There are different events happening in the state, but we wanted to take those educational offerings to the next level, to move from an introductory level to a more advanced,” said Pauline Van Nurden, Minnesota Extension educator. “They are a hardworking group that is not necessarily in the spotlight, but is looking for education to better their farming establishments, as well.” Quarterly workshops and an annual conference allow women to network with fellow...
Minnesota Awarded $2.5 Million to Improve Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Minnesota was one of six states selected for federal grants totaling $14.9 million to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Minnesota $2.5 million under the federal Disability Employment Initiative. The grant will be managed by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), which offers programs and services to help people with disabilities find employment and live independently. Other states that were awarded funding under the federal initiative were California, Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts and Maryland. Click here for the complete article.
New LF facility built to seem like home

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Little Falls Care Center’s new building is complete with stores, a theater and cafes, sort of. The Care Center’s administrator, Amy Walker said the fronts of old buildings in Little Falls were used to make the center better for residents. Some of the buildings featured at the Care Center are Our Saviour Episcopal Church, which is the entrance to the chapel, and the Little Falls Theater, inside of which is an activities room. Click here for the complete article.
Royalton City Council approves financing for First Street South

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Royalton City Council now has a plan to pay for the First Street South/Industrial Park water project. The project will replace the water line and street on First Street South, and add new infrastructure to the industrial park. At Tuesday’s meeting, the Council debated the merits of paying for the project out of the city’s water fund, or getting financing through a lender. Councilman Ron Verley argued the city should pay for the project on its own, so it would take in all the money the system makes. Click here for the complete article.
Rural Minnesota: A healthy community is a place where all people can…

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A community’s health is made up of many separate but inter-related dimensions. Rural Pulse 2016 breaks down rural Minnesotans’ perceptions of a healthy community by nine dimensions. One of the nine dimensions is Economic Opportunity, defined as conditions where all people can earn an income that allows them to live with dignity. The economy of the community is sustainable and not dependent on exploiting human beings or depleting the natural environment. Click here for the complete report.
State Exports at $4.8 Billion in Second Quarter

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Minnesota companies exported $4.8 billion worth of manufactured, agricultural and mining products in the second quarter of 2016, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED said second quarter exports were down 8 percent from the same period a year ago, with the strength of the dollar continuing to impact the competitiveness of U.S. products and foreign demand. U.S. exports were down 6 percent in the quarter. “The strong dollar hampered export sales in the second quarter, making Minnesota-made products more expensive abroad,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Still, there were pockets of growth,...
Workforce Development: Helping Your Business Zoom

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Having a strong pool of talent to hire from helps businesses zip ahead. Likewise, companies that struggle to fill openings with qualified candidates are at risk of running on empty. That’s why workforce development is so important – and why Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed September Workforce Development Month. “Strengthening the talent pool is a critical part of the workforce development equation,” said Rick Caligiuri, director of DEED’s Unemployment Insurance Program and interim director of DEED’s Employment and Training Programs Division. Click here for the complete article. Helps Young People Jumpstart their Careers

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, a mobile-friendly website that helps youth plan their careers, explore education and training options, and search and apply for jobs has been launched by the U.S. Department of Labor., developed with input from young adults and program providers, includes career interest assessments, interactive informational videos, job search engines, and tips and best practices. The website also connects young people to in-person career services and resources to overcome the challenges of addiction; homelessness; criminal conviction; or a lack of financial, family or community support. Click here for the complete article.
Looking for Work in Out-of-the-Way Places

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Now that you’ve posted your error-free resume on and checked your localWorkForce Center for free workshops about job search, what’s next? From pictures highlighting the work environment and employees having fun, to offering beer and scheduling bring-your pet-to-work days, recruiters are trying new things to attract talent. Recruiters want to meet candidates where they are active, which is one reason recruiters go a step further to post jobs in other places. They have found that candidates are more selective and want more information about the employer before applying. Click here for the complete article.
1,000 Reasons to Make It in Minnesota

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The Made in Minnesota Directory has reached a threshold: The directory now contains more than 1,000 Minnesota suppliers of products and materials, all pointing to what is made right here at home and helping to make the state more competitive. The story behind the directory really begins with German farm equipment manufacturer, Geringhoff, and their decision in 2011 to expand operations to the U.S. market. The company conducted a careful, deliberative search for a location – 27 different sites had been considered – and announced that St. Cloud would be the home of its first U.S. manufacturing plant. Several factors went into...
Marshik Insurance celebrates 50 years

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

This year, the Marshik Insurance Agency in Little Falls is celebrating 50 years as a business. It is something owner Rosi Przybilla is very excited to be a part of, she said. Przybilla said she started working at the agency in 1983 as a customer service agent. It was then owned by founder Richard Marshik and his business partner, Craig Pearson. “I was hired as a secretary at another insurance agency in Little Falls and got my insurance license there. Then a job opened up here,” Przybilla said. Click here for the complete article.
New kidney dialysis center means more space for everyone

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CentraCare’s kidney dialysis unit in Little Falls is getting a new location that will be better suited for patients and staff. The new area features a big upgrade in space, employees said. The new center will be on the ground floor of the Unity Specialty Care Center. The current center is on the third floor. Patient John Allerman said the new layout is more convenient for him. Click here for the complete article.
Gunderson Brothers named Morrison County ‘Farm Family of the Year’

Thursday, August 25, 2016

For the Gunderson Brothers near Upsala, farming is a way of life. It was how they grew up, said Alan “Fred” Gunderson. “We were milking, feeding, haying and did other chores at a young age,” said Alan’s older brother, David Gunderson. He was only four years old when he started driving the tractor, picking up hay bales. By age 10, he was quite active in helping with the fieldwork, David said. Click here for the complete article.
June Unleashed: 7,300 Jobs

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Minnesota employers added 7,300 jobs in June, according to seasonally adjusted figures, and the overall unemployment rate remained a steady 3.8 percent. Those gains, however, were largely offset by figures from May that were revised from 1,900 jobs lost to 8,400 jobs lost. Over the year, Minnesota has added 34,246 jobs, a 1.2 percent gain. For more on the June numbers, go here for the complete DEED press release. Click here for the complete article.
RMI Outdoors

Friday, July 22, 2016

If you spend any time working or playing outside, you may have seen, used, or wished you had a product from RMI Outdoors. The Little Falls-based company manufactures and sells plastic outdoor products made with a process called rotomolding. Rotomolding is a rotational molding process that uses large equipment to shape plastics into hollow pieces of nearly any size, shape or color. A heated, hollow mold is filled with material and slowly rotated on axis. As the material melts, it gravitates toward the tool by way of centrifugal force, rather than pressure, to fill the mold. Once cooled, the part is...
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New Brewery Coming to Little Falls

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

There will be a new brewery coming to Little Falls late this year.  The funding was closed for Starry Eyed Brewing Company on July 14th.  The business will be owned by Thomas Goebel Jr. and Kyle Kieffer and will be located next to the Farm Service Office at 16757 11th St. NE in Little Falls.  Both owners are excited to begin their new venture and Mr. Goebel has endless beer recipes and plan on growing some of their own hops at the site.  They will be having a tap house for people to come sample their brews and will work...
Four Royalton students chosen as Students of Excellence

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Four Royalton students joined other outstanding students from the region as Students of Excellence, a program sponsored by Resource Training and Solutions. The students are Ben Borash, Abby Ellerbusch, Krista Kasella and Autumn Lanners. They were honored at the 29th annual award and recognition ceremony, April 29, in St. Cloud. The evening was dedicated to honoring the top 140 high school seniors from 36 regional school districts. The honorees were nominated by their school and received a plaque recognizing their accomplishment and a certificate from Governor Dayton. Click here for the complete article.
Sprout Food Hub and Marketplace has a really grand opening in Little Falls

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The new Sprout Food Hub and Growers and Makers Marketplace celebrated its grand opening, April 1 and 2, in the Little Falls Manufacturing Development Center. The former Crestliner plant now houses 23 businesses. The magnitude of the enterprise was underscored by the presence of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, 8th District Rep. Rick Nolan, USDA Undersecretary Lisa Mensah, Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson and USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer. Click here for the complete article.

The Gateway to the Northern Minnesota Vacationland

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Morrison County, the gateway to the Northern Minnesota vacationland, is located 100 miles northwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Little more than a 90 minute drive via the four lane highway system. The area offers an abundance of wildlife, lakes, streams, snowmobiling and cross country ski trails. Beautiful parks and trails create endless opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation.