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January 03, 2018

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Shamrock Township Broadband expansion
There are 374 households near Big Sandy Lake in Aitkin County that will benefit from a recently awarded grant which will increase broadband access in the underserved area. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced on Nov. 21 that $26 million in grants were awarded to bring broadband access...
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December 15, 2017

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Minnesota named 'Best-Run State in the Nation' in new study
Minnesota is the best-run state in the nation, according to a new study from USA Today that cites Minnesota’s strong fiscal management, low unemployment and poverty rates, above-average median household income, and the state’s nearly perfect credit rating. Since ranking tenth in 2012, Minnesota has consistently climbed in the rankings...
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December 04, 2017

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Aitkin Action Alliance hones in on priorities
What does Aitkin Action Alliance membership entail? That was just one topic of discussion at the Aitkin Chamber Economic Development Committee (ACEDC) meeting on Oct. 11. Chairman Mike Hagen would like to make sure there is a cohesive direction of the group moving forward. The committee will be formalizing material...
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November 29, 2017

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Aitkin Growth wants 40 acres Shovel-Ready
lndustrial development is something that is sorely lacking in Aitkin County, according to Mike Hagen of Aitkin Growth– a nonprofit economic development corporation which aims to improve quality of life through job creation, economic diversification and area development. Of the 247.5 acres of land Aitkin Growth owns in Aitkin and Spencer...
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November 28, 2017

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New renewable energy option offered for businesses
An expansion to the Wellspring program is giving the largest businesses served by Great River Energy’s member cooperatives a new way to power their businesses with renewable energy. The Wellspring program has long offered residential members the opportunity to purchase wind energy in an amount up to their normal monthly consumption....
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November 28, 2017

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FABTECH® 2017 focuses on ‘Industrial Revolution’
With 1,700 exhibiting companies and 44,935 attendees from 120 countries, FABTECH® 2017 reaffirmed its position as North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event. The focus of this year’s show centered on the “Industrial Evolution” of advanced manufacturing processes, robotics, 3D/additive manufacturing, and more. This was the first year...
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August 04, 2017

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A region-by-region look at Minnesota's economy
In a recent story about Utah’s economy, the New York Times concluded that the biggest economic concern in the state is no longer a lack of jobs, but a lack of workers. Businesses all over the state are struggling to expand because of a labor shortage. The newspaper easily could have...
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July 14, 2017

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Minnesota ranked 3rd on Top States for Business list
Minnesota is the third best state for business, according to CNBC’s annual “America’s Top States for Business” rankings. The North Star State got high marks for education and quality of life, ranking second overall in each. "The credit for our state's continued economic success belongs to the people of Minnesota. I...
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