Paramount’s annual fundraiser, Autumn Moon, goes virtual

On Friday, Sept. 25, Paramount Center for the Arts will livestream its annual fundraiser, Autumn Moon: Paramount Confidential. This behind-the-scenes virtual event will feature stories about the Paramount that you’ve never heard, cameos from artists who have graced the Paramount stage – including Rosanne Cash, Larry Gatlin, Paula Poundstone, and Rob Lundquist (Home Free) –…

LSS of Minnesota achieves Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation With Distinction

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) was awarded the Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation, With Distinction, from The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). This accreditation confirms the organization’s commitment to person-centered solutions to improve the quality of life for people supported by LSS Personal Support Services. Lutheran Social Service supports 2,600 individuals throughout Minnesota, empowering them…

Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition launches statewide speed test initiative

“The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition is pleased to announce the launch of the Minnesota Speed Test Initiative,” said Vince Robinson, Chair of the MN Rural Broadband Coalition. “There is no doubt that the lack of broadband in rural Minnesota hampers telework, distance learning, and telehealth. Our goal is to find out exactly where broadband service…

Changes to CARES Act Small Business Relief Program

Schools also eligible for funding Small businesses and non–profits in Stearns County have additional time to apply for financial assistance to help with expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. The -Stearns County Board of Commissioners approved extending the deadline from Aug. 28 to Sept. 18, 2020, to apply for CARES Act relief payments. The Board…

HELP – Helping Employees Live in a Pandemic

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has developed an online mental health program for employers to offer their employees to help them manage their stress, coping skills, and resiliency during this unprecedented time. The new program is called HELP – Helping Employees Live in a Pandemic. COVID-19 has increased stress levels due to the…

J&R Family Market prepares for ‘reset’

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Since taking over the local grocery store in November, J&R Family Market in Watkins has been making gradual improvements, little by little. They’ve increased meat sales from Plantenberg Meats, and bakery sales from Cold Spring Bakery. They have been responsive to customer requests and needs regarding what products they have…

Kimball Golf Course maintenance recognized

The United States Golf Association (USGA) reminds us to think about the hard work that goes into producing the playing conditions we enjoy. Golf course maintenance is far more complex than simply mowing grass. Maintaining an 18-hole golf course – which is larger than 70 football fields – takes work and lots of it. Kimball…

Kern joins Citizens Bank Minnesota

Citizens Bank Minnesota is pleased to announce that Sarah Kern Magedanz has joined the Citizens team as Vice President/Agricultural Lender in Watkins. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Agriculture Industries and Marketing. She brings 13 years of Ag lending experience with her and is currently involved with Library…

Local artisans create permanent Prince tribute

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor It’s been just over four years since the accidental death of Minnesota’s legendary Prince. His Chanhassen home still stands as a memorial to his life and talents,  and First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis will forever be his concert venue. Business owners in Henderson, Minn., began a de facto memorial to…

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