Entries by Region Nine

Executive Director Griensewic reflects on Mondale’s impact on MN and how we need to continue to fight the “good fight”

Dear fellow Minnesotans,   Adversity seems to lurk around every corner as of late, and yesterday’s news added only more grief. I was devastated at the announcement of Mondale’s passing. Minnesota has experienced great loss once more.   Vice President Walter Mondale made his mark on Minnesota, the nation, and the world. He redefined what […]

Economic development grant helping southern Minnesota

Being proactive and not reactive is the motto for Region 9 Development Commission. “How are things going right now and what do we see in the future,” Region 9 Development Commission Executive Director Nicole Griensewic said. Especially with their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Each year, they provide the Economic Development Grant for southern Minnesota. More […]

Brewery coming to Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Fairmont may soon be home to a new business in the form of the Fairmont Brewing Company. Owner and operator Joseph Riemann recently had a request for proposal approved by the Fairmont City Council to secure the Fairmont Senior Citizens building in downtown Fairmont. Riemann grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and […]

MDH hosts vaccine clinic in Worthington

  Up to 1,000 vaccine doses were available over two days. Written By: Leah Ward | 7:00 am, Mar. 27, 2021   WORTHINGTON — Worthington was the recipient of a state vaccination clinic Friday and Saturday, with 500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson available each day. The Worthington Event Center hosted the clinic, allowing […]

Success Story: Minnesota Economic Development District Executive Director Strives for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Economic Development

Region Nine Development Commission (RNDC) is an EDA-designated Economic Development District (EDD) focused on fostering economic development in a nine-county region in southern Minnesota. Located in Mankato, RNDC’s service area is predominantly white but quickly diversifying. To address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues, RNDC infuses these efforts into its economic development work. “It’s not […]

Pandemic creating workforce training opportunities

If there’s one good thing to come out of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s this: Greater Minnesota has more opportunities to train people to fill ongoing job vacancies. That was what researchers at the Mankato-based Center for Rural Policy and Development told lawmakers Monday during a House workforce and business development committee hearing. “The data […]

A call for racial understanding in Greater Minnesota

Minnesota’s summer of protests, violence, and personal and political reckoning brought issues of race and racism front and center in 2020. For many Greater Minnesota communities, however, making their towns more welcoming to everyone was a priority long before then.  Motivated by a variety of concerns, many leaders have partnered with University of Minnesota Extension […]