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LP native Caleb Sebora gives his hometown a plug when asked about July 4 plans

Howard Lake to consider expanding scope of pavement preservation plan

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council will conduct a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 to consider additional pavement preservation and modification of the contract for the project.

Funeral notice: Jon Schwichtenberg, 86, of Hutchinson, formerly of LP

HUTCHINSON, MN – Jon I. Schwichtenberg, age 86, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, formerly of Lester Prairie, Minnesota, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.  Memorial service will be Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with interment at the church cemetery.  Gathering of family and friends will be at the church one hour prior to the service.  Military Honors will be by Ray Kirkpatrick American Legion Post 463 of Lester Prairie.  Arrangements are with the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel of Hutchinson.

Small Business Relief Grants program accepting applications starting June 23

ST. PAUL, MN –  The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced that the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program – which was approved by the Minnesota Legislature last week and signed by Governor Tim Walz on Tuesday – will begin accepting applications next week.

This program will provide $10,000 grants to small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Half of the funding will go to businesses in Greater Minnesota and half to businesses in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area, as required by law.

Additional requirements include:

  • $18 million for businesses with six or fewer full-time employees
  • $10 million for minority business enterprises
  • $2.5 million for veteran-owned businesses
  • $2.5 million for women-owned businesses
  • $2.5 million for operators of indoor retail and food markets with an ethnic cultural emphasis

“Small businesses across our state urgently need this relief,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “DEED applauds the bipartisan action to pass this legislation, and we are grateful to Governor Walz for signing the bill quickly so we could immediately get this grant program up and running.”

The application period will begin on Tuesday, June 23 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 to fulfill the 10-day period required by the law. A randomized, computer-generated lottery process will be used to select eligible businesses that will receive awards. All awards will be administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit agencies, and the grant funds can be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other similar business expenses.

To be eligible, businesses must have a permanent physical location in Minnesota and be majority owned by a permanent resident of Minnesota. Businesses must be able to demonstrate hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Additional eligibility requirements and application information can be found online at DEED’s Small Business Relief Grants page.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more information about the agency and its services visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.

Mayer council to review well/water treatment facility improvement bids

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council, during its June 22 meeting, will consider bids for its well and water treatment facility improvement project.

The council will also consider IT network updates.

During a work session following the regular meeting, the council will discuss a fire station update, a rental ordinance, a street reconstruction plan, and a capital improvement plan for the fire station.

The regular meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

Stiftungsfest canceled due to COVID-19

NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA, MN – The Stiftungsfest Committee released the following statement today, June 17:

After much discussion, and with much sadness the Stiftungsfest Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 celebration. The Committee looked at many options and struggled immensely with this decision. The health and safety of our community, fire fighters, volunteers and vendors have always been our top priority. Other town, county and state celebrations/fairs have been cancelled for the safety of the communities and we, too, need to be part of the solution – not part of the problem. Thank you for your patience and support as we made this difficult decision. Any questions or comments, please email Watch for updates on our FB page and website as we concentrate on a bigger and better 2021 Stiftungsfest Celebration and Parade.
2020 Stiftungsfest Committee