Loan Client Spotlight: CannonBelles

CannonBelles, an award-winning cheese company based in Cannon Falls, received a Small Enterprise Loan from SMIF in 2021. Deeann Lufkin, co-owner of CannonBelles, shared some of the history …

Special Election, Several Primaries Set for August 9th

Rice County has officially given notice of primaries and a special election that will take place on August 9th. The special election is to fill Minnesota’s 1st Congressional …

Rice County Community-Based-Coordinator position offers optimism, promise

    Last month, Northfield Police Chief Mark Elliott spoke about the benefits of a new county program that has embedded social workers, or community-based coordinators, with the …

“Bee” the Change and Help Rice County Pollinators

Bees are all the buzz in Rice County, thanks in part to a grant we received from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).  In May of 2020, the Rice Soil and Water Conservation …
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Farmers in Minnesota looking to enter or exit farming have two new resources available, through a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Farm Bureau …
As summer days turn into evening, many parents pull out a book or two to read to their kids at bedtime. This is important because studies consistently show that reading at a young age drastically …
Celebrations marking National Farmers’ Market Week (Aug. 7-13, 2022) in Minnesota will culminate with a public event on Saturday, August 13 at Minneapolis Farmers’ Market. There will be …
Obituaries
Milton “Michael” Burrow
Milton “Michael” Burrow, age 83, of Dundas, passed away Monday, July 18, 2022, at Minneapolis VA Health Care.  Milton, better known as Michael, was born December 7, 1938, the son …
Kathleen G Putrah
She will be remembered as the glue of the family, a special friend, generous, a gracious host, a caregiver, a respected business leader, and quite frankly. . . a superhero. To us, however, she was …
Steven Ludwig Twiehoff
Steven Ludwig Twiehoff, age 69, passed away in Gilbert, AZ on June 21, 2022, peacefully with family at his beside. Steve has been dealing with cancer for four years and put up a courageous battle. He …
Carol Mae (Olsen) Remme
Carol Mae (Olsen) Remme, 80, of Dennison, died Friday, June 24, 2022 at her home with her family by her side.She was born May 1, 1942 in Ruthton, Minnesota to Albert and Valborg (Christansen) Olsen, …
Harland E. Kasa Sr.
Harland E. Kasa Sr., age 80, of Cannon Falls, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.Harland was born July 24, 1941, to Helge and Catherine (Bradford) Kasa …
Community
One of my concerns with traveling 720 miles in one day across five states is encountering breakdowns on the highway. I am usually pulling a loaded trailer so there are more tires to contend with. I …
I have said it before and I will say it again. Minnesotans live our lives on the lake. We swim in it, we look at it, we fish in it, and we boat on it. Recently I went home from the Twin Cities, …
And as the harvest begins to approach, several Rice County and Southern Minnesota organizations are coming together for an event to promote farm safety.  As a follow up to …
Community
Throughout the month of June I had the pleasure of visiting with folks from across Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) 20-county region during our Sprout events. …
Albert Quie, former Minnesota governor and congressman is now the oldest living former governor of any U. S. state as well as the oldest living former member of the Unites States House of …
FARIBAULT, Minnesota — Faribault Mill is in the midst of its largest single investment at the Mill, getting new equipment that will allow the company to scale up.  "The demand we've …
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