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Enter 2021 with a plan

Make goals now for your small business


2020 was a crazy year with a worldwide pandemic affecting many aspects of most small businesses. New executive orders needed to be evaluated, funding programs and grants had to be applied for, and an online presence became essential. With so many new things to absorb, small business owners went into survival mode and got to work trying to make (some) […]

Cook thrift shop wins community award

COOK — Lake Country Power selected the Cook Area Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop of Cook as the winner of its annual Touchstone Energy® Community Award. The co-op chose this organization for the vital community services it provides residents in the Cook and surrounding areas. As winner of the Touchstone Energy® Community Award, the thrift shop was awarded a plaque […]

Co-op customers contribute to Care Partners

VIRGINIA — Natural Harvest Food Co-op (NHFC) customers donated $1,195.76 to Care Partners in December. The donations will be used to provide financial assistance to individuals and families facing cancer or a lifelimiting illness. They pay for expenses not covered by insurance, or other programs. Each month, Natural Harvest Food Co-op (NHFC) selects a local nonprofit organization to be the […]

H&R awards Doug Gettle as 2020’s volunteer of the year

H&R Block Foundation announced in December that Doug Gettle, a longtime employee of H&R Block in Hibbing, is the recipient of the 2020 Make Every Block Better Volunteer Award. H&R Block encourages their associates to volunteer in their communities and has a goal of one million volunteer hours by 2025. The program recognizes H&R Block associates who make their blocks […]

Next phase of COVID relief grants for small businesses finalized

St. Louis County is preparing to launch a third round of COVID relief assistance for small businesses and eligible non-profits hurt by the pandemic. The application period is expected to begin in mid-January for Phase 3 of St. Louis County Small Business Relief Grants. This latest round of grants will use funds provided by the State of Minnesota, and offers […]

North St. Louis SWCD hires forester to assist landowners

Lauren SoergelVIRGINIA — The North St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently hired Lauren Soergel as the SWCD’s new forester. Lauren works with landowners who have forested lands in northern St. Louis County (townships 55 and h… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot […]

Operation Round Up ® supports many community programs

COHASSET — Through the contributions of Lake Country Power’s participating members, the Operation Round Up® Electric Trust Board recently approved $53,497 in assistance to local community programs during its quarterly meeting. The cooperative’s tr… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Merger will offer students more opportunities

Area community colleges will consolidate into one system

Five community colleges with six campuses in northeastern Minnesota will soon consolidate into one system. Photo courtesy of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation.NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA — Governed under Northeast Higher Education District (NHED), fiv… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Anonymous donor will match up to $5,000

United Way of 1000 Lakes seeks your year-end donations

ITASCA COUNTY — To inspire community support for this year’s campaign, an anonymous donor has committed to matching gifts to United Way of 1000 Lakes’ Be the Light: 2020 Challenge up to $5,000. Through December 31, all donations will be doubled, help… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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