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Recent posts by Molly Malone

Paycheck Protection Program: A Lifeline for Rural Business

The COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges that are out of the control of business owners. Decreased demand, shifting markets, and a slowed economy will hit us all in different ways. Small businesses are the bread and butter of rural communities and the PPP is one tool business owners can use to help manage the economic downturn. 

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A hometown strategy to a vibrant local community

I showed up a few minutes early for lunch to explore the one-and-a-half block downtown area of Edgerton, Minnesota. Despite the modest population of about 1,100, it is known for a few things—the traditional bakery, unique shops, and Dutch heritage.

Funding available for livestock investment in Minnesota

Producers looking to improve, update, or modernize their livestock operation infrastructure or equipment in 2020 or early 2021 may be eligible for grant funding through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

The department  plans to award a total of $768,000 during this time frame. Grants would be awarded for 10 percent of a proposed project’s value, up to $250,000.

The nine-page application is straightforward, with the instructions explicitly asking applicants to avoid getting too technical.