Wednesday, April 23, 2008

JOBZ project to bring new jobs to Alexandria area

excerpted from the Echo Press, 4-16-08

The Alexandria City Council formally approved the business sudsidy agreement with 3M for its Job Opportunity Building Zone (JOBZ) project. 3M is building a 60,000 square food expansion to its existing 225,000 square foot facility--its first expansion since 1981. The total cost is estimated at $48.85 million. The project is expected to create 50 new full-time jobs over the next two years with an average hourly wage (excluding benefits) of $25.50.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Alexandria area launches community stewardship program

excerpted from the Echo Press, 4-11-08

The Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) hopes that a community stewardship program similar to Bemidji Leads! will help develop and define the area's direction. The program will be administered by the Center for Community Stewardship of Bemidji. The AAEDC received a $20,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation as well as funding from West Central Initiative to implement the study locally.

The AAEDC will initially support and staff the program with the plan of it becoming a community venture. For more information on the program and how to get involved, contact Jason Murray, (320) 763-4545 or log onto

Monday, April 14, 2008

Superior Industries ranks among top growth companies in U.S. for 2008

excerpted from Morris SunTribune, 4-5-08

Morris-based Superior Industries continues to report steady growth. The Private Company Index noticed the trend throughout 2007 and named the manufacturer of conveyor systems and components one of 10 "Top Growth Companies" in the U.S. for 2008.

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Otter Tail Ag Enterprises, LLC, ethanol plant in production

excerpted from New York Mills Herald, 4-10-08

After three years of planning and construction, Otter Tail Ag Enterprises, LLC (OTAE) in Fergus Falls, announced that the 55-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant is up and in operation. A formal open house is planned fore the last week in July. The project was on time and on budget.

Along with the ethanol, OTAE will market dried and wet distillers grains (DDGS and WDGS).

Anyone interested in selling corn or purchaseing DDGS or WDGS may contact OTAE at or call 218-998-4301.

Counties received grants for mental health crisis teams

excerpted from Wheaton Gazette, 4-08

Traverse County is part of two successful grant proposals to improve the response to mental health crisis services in west central Minnesota.

Under the plan, five counties will receive a total of $664,000 to set up mobile crisis reponse teams to help adults and children, as well as add prevention and stabilization services. About $114,000 of the funding is for start-up costs, including, hopefully, monies to hire a coordinator to help get the project off the ground.

It is anticipated that 100 call-outs will be for children.

Mental health professionals and practitioners will be recruited from the existing community partners.

The counties are Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse.

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