Economic Gateway http://www.swiftcountyrda.com Swift County Rural Development Authority News RSS Feed Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:51:47 -0500 en-US Meet Jordan Almen, a Millennial Who Has Chosen to Grow Her Career in Swift County http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4765/meet-jordan-almen-a-millennial-who-has-chosen-to-grow-her-career-in-swift-county http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Wed, 08 Aug 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Jordan Almen, reporter at The Kerkhoven Banner, chose to move back to Kerkhoven after spending four years away at school and then two years in the cities, working at a bank.  She spent enough time elsewhere to know that living here was what she wanted. She chose to be here... Terri and Bob Orr Moved Home to Grow their Family and Launch a Business http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4752/terri-and-bob-orr-moved-home-to-grow-their-family-and-launch-a-business http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 When Terri and Bob Orr decided to have children, they knew they wanted to raise them in Benson. Moving back to Swift County after 17 years allowed them to be close to their large families, reconnect with the community, and pursue their passions in the process. Terri is the Swift... Benson airport getting $820,000 in upgrades http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4763/benson-airport-getting-820000-in-upgrades http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Fri, 27 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 With considerable financial assistance from the federal and state governments, the Benson City Council agreed at its meeting to pursue more than $820,000 in improvements to the municipal airport. It has contracted with TKDA Professional Services of St. Paul for work on a new aviation dual-fuel storage tank at the airport and... Minnesota's youth labor force growing http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4762/minnesotas-youth-labor-force-growing http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Tue, 24 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 New numbers from DEED show Minnesota has more teens working during the summer. MINNESOTA - Summer is almost here and that means kids are antsy to get out of school and start having more fun. But many teens will be busy working, some collecting a paycheck for the first time. Through Growing... Optimism grows among Minnesota manufacturers http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4761/optimism-grows-among-minnesota-manufacturers http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Mon, 23 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 The state of manufacturing is strong. A full 93 percent of Minnesota manufacturers are financially confident about the future, which is just a hair off last year's high-water mark of 94 percent, according to a recently released survey by Enterprise Minnesota. "There has never been as much energy in manufacturing as there... Nursing field is attracting more males, both in Minnesota and nationwide http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4760/nursing-field-is-attracting-more-males-both-in-minnesota-and-nationwide http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Thu, 19 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Long before Raney Linck joined the nursing profession or became a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, he bounced from one sales gig to another for seven years. Then the routine started to feel a little mundane, and Linck, who had a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, decided to try... Ranking of world's top 1,000 universities puts Minnesota, many from Big Ten in first 50 http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4759/ranking-of-worlds-top-1000-universities-puts-minnesota-many-from-big-ten-in-first-50 http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Minnesota landed in 35th in the annual ranking released  A well-regarded annual ranking of 1,000 of the world’s universities is out, and the University of Minnesota is one of nine Big Ten schools landing among the top 50. The U came in 35th on the list released Monday by the Center for World University... How Minnesota farmers are using different plant varieties, and new techniques, to extend the state's growing season http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4758/how-minnesota-farmers-are-using-different-plant-varieties-and-new-techniques-to-extend-the-states-growing-season http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 When horticultural and wine scientists at the University of Minnesota apply for funding to research growing grapes in a climate better known for producing soybeans than wine, they often have to answer a common question: Why bother? “We get that pushback when we submit grants all the time,” said Matt Clark,... Survey report suggests Midwest economy still steaming ahead http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4757/survey-report-suggests-midwest-economy-still-steaming-ahead http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Mon, 16 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 OMAHA, Neb. — The surging business conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states will be tested by trade conflicts and other factors that could slow growth, an economist said in a survey report issued. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index recorded its highest mark in 14 years last month, hitting 67.3 in... The State of Internet Connectivity in Minnesota‚Äôs K-12 Schools http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4756/the-state-of-internet-connectivity-in-minnesotas-k12-schools http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 96 percent of Minnesota school districts had access to high-speed Internet in their classrooms. Here’s what’s left to do. Ninety-six percent of Minnesota school districts had access to high-speed Internet in their classrooms in 2017. This year, thanks to federal and state funding and local partnerships, we may see every school district... U.S. Treasury Approves Minnesota Opportunity Zones http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4755/us-treasury-approves-minnesota-opportunity-zones http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Thu, 12 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 128 census tracts in Minnesota to receive the designation ST. PAUL – The U.S. Department of Treasury approved 128 low-income census tracts in Minnesota to be designated as Opportunity Zones. All of the approved census tracts were recommended to Treasury by Gov. Mark Dayton in April following recommendations from cities, counties and tribal nations.  Opportunity Zones are... Minnesota Exports at $5.3 Billion in First Quarter http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4754/minnesota-exports-at-53-billion-in-first-quarter http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Wed, 11 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 State companies set record for export sales in a first quarter ST. PAUL – Sales of Minnesota agricultural, mining and manufactured exports soared 9 percent to a first quarter record of $5.3 billion, according to figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  The agency said Minnesota businesses exported... Attracting Millennials to Swift County http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4764/attracting-millennials-to-swift-county http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Mon, 09 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 In Swift County, we know that there is a lot more to Millennials than what floats around in popular culture. We know that they can be a vibrant addition to any community and want them here. To attract them, it is important to dig deeper and learn more about what... New DEED Pilot Program Offers Interest-Free Loans for Startups http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4753/new-deed-pilot-program-offers-interestfree-loans-for-startups http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Mon, 09 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs accepting loan applications through July 16 ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is accepting loan applications through a new program designed to help early-stage businesses that are developing high-tech products or services in Minnesota.  Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE) is a... The Syversons Return Home to Join the Local Medical Community http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4750/the-syversons-return-home-to-join-the-local-medical-community http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Mon, 02 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Swift County is home to Josie Syverson, MD and her husband, Paul Syverson, DVM. As two medical professionals, they could have gone anywhere in the country to launch and grow their career. They chose Swift County because they enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of living in a rural area. They appreciate being... Swift County Selected as Blandin Broadband Community http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4751/swift-county-selected-as-blandin-broadband-community http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Mon, 18 Jun 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Swift County RDA announced that Swift County has been selected as one of four communities in Minnesota to be a Blandin Broadband Community.  The program will  provide access to coaching, planning assistance and a chance to obtain financial resources to address technology-driven priorities that community members will identify. Swift County has... Young Families Are Choosing to Make Swift County Home http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4749/young-families-are-choosing-to-make-swift-county-home http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Mon, 04 Jun 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Terri Barrett and her husband Dave grew up in rural Kandiyohi County.  Raised on a farm 5 miles east of Sunburg and in a home near Sibley State Park, the Barretts are deeply rooted in the state and knew they wanted to build a life here. We asked Terri about... Mi Mexico was Born of a Passion for Food and Family http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4748/mi-mexico-was-born-of-a-passion-for-food-and-family http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Tue, 08 May 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Stephanie and Juan Cid- Guadarrama have a great love of food and family. They have been sharing that love with our community for 10 years, handcrafting brilliant sauces and family recipes to create authentic, flavorful and sensational Mexican dishes for everyone to enjoy at their restaurant, Mi Mexico. This is... CVEC, one of Swift County's Top 20 Employers named AURI Ag Innovator of the Year http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4740/cvec-one-of-swift-countys-top-20-employers-named-auri-ag-innovator-of-the-year http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:00:00 -0600 The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), named The Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC)of Benson, Minn., its 2017 Ag Innovator of the Year. The award, which has been given annually for the past 15 years, was accepted by CVEC Board Chair, David Thompson and General Manager Chad Friese at the company’s Board... 2018 Consumer Confidence Report http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4949/2018-consumer-confidence-report http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Notice is hereby given that the City of Murdock Consumer Confidence Report will not be mailed or published, but is available upon request at the Murdock City Office. Respectfully, Kim Diederich City Clerk Garbage Pick up http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4950/garbage-pick-up http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Due to the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 28, City of Murdock garbage will be picked up on Tuesday, May 29,  Consumer Confidence Report http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4951/consumer-confidence-report http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The Consumer confidence report for the City of Murdock is now available for reviewing at the City Clerk’s office at the Murdock City Hall. Thank you, Kim Diederich City Clerk Building Permit Guidelines http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4952/building-permit-guidelines http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Please remember that you need to apply for a building permit PRIOR to any building project being started.  Please contact the City Office with questions.  A building permit application can be found on the Monthly Meeting Minutes and Building Permit Application page. City of Murdock April Newsletter http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4953/city-of-murdock-april-newsletter http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Since Winter does not seem to want to leave us, please remember to move your cars during a snow event so that plowing of the city streets can be done easily! Hopefully this will have to be the last reminder of this for this year! There will be a city wide... March 2018 Meeting Minutes http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news/p/item/4948/march-2018-meeting-minutes http://www.swiftcountyrda.com/news Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 A Public Meeting was held at 5:00p.m. on Wednesday March 14, 2018 to discuss the TDS Franchise for the City of Murdock.. All Council members were present as well as Adam Simmonds and Trista Kavanagh. Mike Wentzel from TDS was at the meeting to present information regarding TDS providing Cable...