Entries by Region Nine

St. Peter American Legion Decides To Sell Whisky River

After St. Peter American Legion received the gift of Whisky River last fall, Legion Members had plenty of different opinions on how the organization could use the old restaurant. Ultimately, they brought in Region 9 Development Commission to conduct a feasibility study. “So the feasibility study was really looking at could they get an unbiased […]

St. Peter American Legion votes to sell Whiskey River

ST. PETER — The former Whiskey River restaurant is back on the market. Members of St. Peter’s American Legion decided not to move into the larger building on Highway 99. “It’s far too big for our use and would be far too expensive for us to run,” said Legion member Shawn Schloesser. Nicollet County Bank […]

Free Help for Minority Owned Businesses in Southern Minnesota

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation based in Owatonna has teamed with the Region Nine Development Commission and the Faribault Diversity Coalition to recruit minority-owned business leaders.  Fifteen businesses are being sought out to take part in the 2019 Prosperity Initiative cohort. Eligible businesses include those operated by minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities and or […]

Doctor preaches resicilency through farm stress

NORTH MANKATO — During his presentation on how farmers can and must take better care of ourselves, Dr. Amit Sood said addressing high stress levels begins in the initial moments of our days. Sood founded the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Resilient Mind program and has authored books on stress management, background which made him a […]

A complex problem

Two bills introduced in the Minnesota Legislature aim to increase child care access and space across the state. To Albert Lea Children’s Center Executive Director Sue Loch, however, the legislation does not address the need to pay child care teachers more, which she said is needed to increase child care access. One bill, authored by […]

Free business coaching for minority-owned businesses

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, in partnership with Region Nine Development Commission and Faribault Diversity Coalition, is recruiting minority-owned business leaders for a new cohort of its Prosperity Initiative. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 29 percent of Minnesota’s population in 2040 will be people of color, an increase from only 4 percent in 1980. In […]

Tackling the child care crisis at all levels

Last May U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar sat inside the conference room of the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce office building and listened to community stakeholders share child care issues during a roundtable discussion. Chamber President Brad Gruhot said child care used to be a cost issue, but he now told the senator “it’s also an […]