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The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) has recognized 35 Minnesota banks for their community involvement. Banks play a vital role in their communities and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program.

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Adams Publishing Group announced Dec. 3 they have purchased the assets of the Daily Jefferson County Union and the affiliated Hometown News Limited Partnership from W.D. Hoard & Sons Company. The Daily Jefferson County Union and the affiliated Hometown News Limited Partnership publish 13…

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Each October, SPIRE staff choose to wear pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since 2015, SPIRE staff have raised over $7,500 for the organization to help find cures and treatments for all types of cancer.

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Xcel Energy, a national leader in using unmanned aircraft to inspect utility infrastructure, is now using drones at the company’s nuclear facilities in Minnesota. The company flew a drone at a nuclear facility for the first time at its Prairie Island plant in the summer and this week a drone…

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Minutes from the Princeton Planning Commission meeting and other city actions confirm that Valley Storage LLC has applied for and received a variance for the construction of a DQ Grill n’ Chill restaurant with drive-through on a 0.77-acre parcel at 1102 Seventh Ave. S. in Sherburne County. 

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Milaca agreed earlier this year to install a second, digital sign at the Milaca Liquor Store, which passersby can see from Highway 169. It is about 50 feet tall and has LED lighting to form messages about community events and liquor store sales.

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Princeton High School students Emma Benjamin and Madison Bialka received a sponsorship to participate in a week-long summertime business, career, and financial literacy camp, Minnesota Business Venture (MBV). Walmart Princeton provided the sponsorship.

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Students from Milaca Secondary High School, Asa Erickson and Mariellen Mastin, received sponsorships to participate in a week-long summer business, career, and financial literacy camp, Minnesota Business Venture (MBV). These students were sponsored by Cargill, Inc. and First National Bank of…

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As Hurricane Florence began its descent on the Carolinas and Virginias, animal rescues and shelters in southern states scrambled to relocate thousands of animals directly in the path of the storm. Ruff Start Rescue, a Princeton-based animal rescue, stepped up to help some of the dogs that ne…

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The Lupulin Brewing company of Big Lake announced Sept. 14 a partnership between it and the Iron Shoe Farms in Princeton for the farm to use spent grains from the brewery’s manufacturing process. 

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Drs. Alex and Heidi Lund of the White Birch Dental office in Princeton participated Sept. 7-8 in a special event that brought free dental services to patients who typically face barriers to dental care, the Minnesota Mission of Mercy, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

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Amy Soderholm of Princeton and sister Mary Schulke of Oak Grove opened the local Papa Murphy’s in 2015 and this year took home the company’s Rookie of the Year award from the Las Vegas conference where they attended educational business sessions. The sisters opened a second store in Circle P…

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Many area residents know of HC Photography in Milaca, but they may not know that as of this summer, owners Christine and Russ Hugg took a big leap of expansion and opened a one-of-a-kind event center on property near their rural-Milaca home, about 6 miles north of the city. 

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Construction on the Princeton Kwik Trip started last week on the 4.4-acre parcel of raw land south of Caribou Coffee near Highway 169. Kwik Trip says the Princeton store will open Jan. 10 and hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 31. The business is expected to bring an estimated 25 to 30 jobs…

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For small-business owners, the questions about their businesses are often plenty, and the answers are too few. That’s one of the reasons the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) hosts a free event, second annual Small Business Advisory Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Au…

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Milaca Motors recently purchased around three acres north of their current property and plans to expand so it can expand its car inventory. The property consists of the former Prince Bait & Marine boat storage building and two private residential homes. The homes will be torn down and th…

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Dollar General’s newest store at 200 Hwy 23 E in Ogilvie is now open and will celebrate with a grand-opening event 8 a.m. Saturday, August 4. Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag wit…

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The ACT on Alzheimer’s Princeton group, busy for the past year polling the community and spreading the word about becoming dementia-friendly, conducted its first business-based training last week at the White Birch Dental office on First Street. 

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Adams Publishing Group, parent company of the Union-Times news and Town & Country shopper, announced June 18, 2018, that it is purchasing Sun Coast Media Group, based in Venice, Florida, including SCMG’s publications located on the west coast of Florida, according to Gary Greene and Rand…

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Cathy Santa Lucia, owner of Santa Lucia’s Ice Cream with locations in Princeton, Milaca and Mora, voiced her concern at a June city council meeting over food trucks and mobile vendors drawing customers away from the brick-and-mortar businesses in Princeton.

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Heavy equipment began moving dirt last week to prepare a site west of the municipal liquor store in Princeton to become an Aldi grocery store. The retail chain plans to build a 22,245-square-foot store on the 2.47-acre lot. The plan also includes a 94-stall parking lot, landscaping, new side…

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The Milaca City Council decided at its April meeting to approve a bid for a new, taller, sign at the municipal liquor store that will feature brighter, LED lighting.