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Archive for July, 2015

Minneapolis survey finds several concerns with hourly schedules

Jul 2015 • Category: Grace Notes

A June survey by the community group Neighborhood Organizations for Change asked more than 500 Minneapolis workers about workforce issues, with interesting results. In the survey, more than half of workers (55 percent) said they receive their work schedules a week or less in advance, and 17 percent said they found out their work schedule […]



MnDOT begins expansion of Highway 14 from Nicollet to North Mankato

Jul 2015 • Category: Grace Notes

Dozens of people gathered in Nicollet today to celebrate the “groundbreaking” for the upcoming Highway 14 project. The $31 million project has been in the works for years as people recognized the safety concerns along the route (with a 2012 Road Safety Audit confirming the prevalence of head-on collisions). However, it took decades to finally […]



Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratories

Jul 2015 • Category: Cover Story

Tom Berg and his daughter Colleen Skillings have a lot in common. They share the same hometown: New Ulm, Minnesota. They share the same interests: swimming, skiing, cooking and traveling. They share the same commitment to their community, which is evident from the myriad of ways they volunteer in their free time.



Mankato Coffeehouse

Jul 2015 • Category: Hot Startz!

While Darla Manke just opened her new coffee shop in downtown Mankato in February, she’s actually a coffee pro by now.



Essential Elements Reflexology and Natural Healing

Jul 2015 • Category: Hot Startz!

For Nikki Bremer, her job is all about helping people. The new business owner was born in Fairmont but graduated from Spirit Lake High School in Iowa in 1989 before attending North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City.



Changing Fairmont From the Ground Up

Jul 2015 • Category: Grace Notes

The people of Fairmont have an idea about how to make their city a better place. Actually, the people of Fairmont have several ideas. Actually, the people of Fairmont have 1,686 ideas—and they’re still coming. All those ideas are part of “Project 1590,” a citywide project that has brought together everyone from city officials to local businesses to regular citizens.