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Monday Business

Foundation offers grants to promote economy of small towns

OWATONNA, Minnesota — Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Small Town grant program. Towns with populations of 10,000 or less in SMIF’s 20-county region are eligible. Requests of up to $10,000 for eligible projects will be considered. ...

Climate to conflict, Davos’ post-COVID return has full plate

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Davos — the hub of an elite annual gathering in the Swiss Alps — is back, more than two years after the coronavirus pandemic kept its business gurus, political leaders and high-minded activists away. There's no shortage of urgent issues for the World Economic ...

State has information on recruiting teens in tight labor market

Many employers need teen employees more than ever as they face historically tight labor market conditions heading into summer. But with teen unemployment near a record low, employers must take their recruitment, hiring and retention efforts to the next level to attract the teen talent they ...

Farmers markets will be at two locations this year

Farmers market will be at two locations this year. Starting June 23, a farmers market will be at Cash Wise Foods on Thursdays and in downtown New Ulm on Saturdays starting June 25. The chamber is also forming a committee with an objective to help the downtown farmers market be a bigger draw ...

Consumers defy inflation to support economy. For how long?

WASHINGTON (AP) — With prices across the economy — from food, gas and rent to cars, airfares and hotel rooms — soaring at their fastest pace in decades, you might think Americans would tap the brakes on spending. Not so far. Consumers as a whole are showing surprising resilience, not ...

County Board to consider Springfield home building abatement

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider an application to abate taxes for new home construction for up to five years on Tuesday, May 17. The city of Springfield recently had a three-year window of 50% (tax) abatement with no applications. They are interested in increasing the ...