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Northwoods Bank donated $570 from their Blue Jean Friday initiative to Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area.
Citizen National Bank (CNB) employees chose to use some of their Blue Jean Friday dollars for a $500 donation to the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Gary Tharaldson, North Dakota’s successful hotel developer and owner of Tharaldson Ethanol in Casselton, North Dakota, describes how his company will move forward after the death of chief operating officer Ryan Thorpe. Tharaldson urges people to check in on others but said there was no warning at work that would have predicted the tragedy of Thorpe's death by suicide.
Lida Farm grows for Community Support Agriculture customers, farmers markets and food stands, with a little going to a local food co-op. Since 2004, the west central Minnesota farm has changed how it operates to keep up with the times and what they can handle.

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Availability of labor is becoming tighter and more competitive. Officials of the Farmers Cooperative Elevator at Rosholt, South Dakota, describe how in the spring of 2022 they offered $30 an hour for truck “tender” drivers, moving fertilizer and inputs to farms, but got no applicants. They were grateful for local trucking firms stepping up during the vital period, but understandably at a higher cost for the farmer-owned company.
Omaha-based Scooter's Coffee plans to open a drive-through kiosk at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 71 and State Hwy. 34 sometime in August.
A legislative field event at Albert Lea Seed on July 26 highlighted the work that’s been done in the past decade by more than 50 researchers of the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative.
Famo Feeds Inc., of Freeport, Minnesota, is an unusual livestock feed maker for Minnesota because an independent, family-owned manufacturer has its own brand of feed. The company’s colorful logo is a curiosity for the thousands of motorists and customers traveling along Interstate 94, en route to and from the Twin Cities.
Swany White Flour Mills, Ltd., in downtown Freeport, Minnesota, is one of the longest-running family-owned flour mills in Minnesota, and shares a common family tree with Famo Feeds Inc., a much larger livestock feed mill along Interstate 94, west of town.
Mary Thompson, executive director of the Heartland Lakes Development Commission (HLDC), shared with Hubbard County commissioners how they might boost economic growth for the region.

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Mary Kay independent sales director Sue Tomte of Park Rapids received her 12th career car on June 20.
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A small bat company that started out as a hobby between friends has now reached their Major League dreams.
Epitome Energy no longer has plans for a biodiesel refinery for the $300 million facility in Polk County.

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