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First Community Bank in Lester Prairie has new hours

SPONSORED POST – First Community Bank in Lester Prairie now has new hours to better serve its customers.

Lobby hours:

• 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday

• 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday

Drive-up hours:

• 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

• 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday

First Community Bank has been offering quality financial products and services with superior confidentiality, accountability, and convenience for the past 100 years. The bank’s Lester Prairie branch is located at 500 Central Avenue,  and can be reached at (320) 395-2515. To learn more, go to

2014 top 10 naughty list

By Brian Wolf

Industry regulators handed out some hefty fines to financial firms in 2014, due to a variety of misdeeds and oversights. Here is a rundown of the 10 biggest fines handed out this year, presented in order of the amount of the fine.

These are all fines given to firms, so individual broker or adviser penalties are excluded. Click through to see what caused firms to come under the most regulatory scorn in 2014. (Needless to say, I hope they all got a lump of coal in their stockings this year.)

• WFG Investments; Fine of $700,000; Reason for fine: Failing to commit the time, attention and resources to a range of critical obligations in its supervision of registered reps. Read more . . .

Lester Prairie grad wins $80K on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Congrats to 2004 Lester Prairie graduate Nicole Weisenburger, who won $79,528 on last night’s episode of ‘Wheel of Fortune’:

MN pet food possibly contaminated with Listeria

McLEOD, CARVER, WRIGHT COUNTIES, MN – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers about the recall of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food produced by J.J. Fuds of Valparaiso, Indiana. The company issued the recall because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Both humans and animals are at risk for Listeria infection. There are no reports of human or animal illnesses to date.

People can become infected from handling contaminated products or from contact with infected pets.  Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with  weakened immune systems. Listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Animals ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to those for humans. People who have concerns about whether their pet has Listeria should contact their veterinarian. Consumers who purchased J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food should immediately stop feeding it to their pets and return the product to where it was purchased for a full refund and proper disposal.

J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food was distributed regionally, including in Minnesota, through retailers and wholesale distributors. MDA inspectors are visiting these locations to ensure that recalled products have been removed from store shelves.

J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food is sold frozen.  The recalled product is packaged in 5 lb. bags with UPC number 6-54592-34593-5 and a manufacture/Lot Code date of 5/5/14.

Consumers with questions may contact J.J. Fuds Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 1-800-453-5873.

Construction trades job fair Jan. 31; includes tour of RAM Buildings

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – American Workshop is working with local contractors in McLeod, Wright, and Carver counties to bring a series of job fairs to highlight career options and immediate jobs in the construction and building trades. The first event is set for Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hutchinson Event Center, followed by a tour of RAM Buildings, Inc. in Winsted from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The job fairs are open for all ages, including high school students.

To register, go to

Additional Job Fairs are scheduled for February 14, March 14, April 11, and May 9 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at locations around the region including Howard Lake, Glencoe, Buffalo, and Delano.

The series will include an open house for an American Workshop Career Education program at Lester Prairie High School. The class will run eight hours a day, four days a week, for 18 days starting Monday, June 8. Students can get a head start on this training by participating in pre-course modules at Lester Prairie High School once a month on Saturday afternoons.

To learn more, e-mail or call (612) 321-8390.

Waverly ambassador program seeks candidates

WAVERLY, MN – An informational meeting for anyone who is interested in becoming a Waverly ambassador (and their parents) will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Waverly city offices. Candidates must be single, between the ages of 17 and 21, and have a Waverly address or phone number.

Current ambassadors Darya Karas and Shelby Ogle and their parents will be at the meeting to answer questions and provide an overview of their year.

For more information, contact Fran at Citizens State Bank in Waverly (763) 658-4417 ext. 228 or Norma Ogle at (612) 203-8534.