Welcome to Lac qui Parle County

LqP EDA headerThe mission of the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority is to be the catalyst for economic growth, job creation, and improving the quality of life in Lac qui Parle County.

We are here to:

  • Help local businesses
  • Introduce the rest of the world to LqP
  • Support young entrepreneurs

We have a few ongoing programs:

Please contact us for more information!

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LIVE SBA Webinar: 3 Essential Steps to Building a Powerhouse Online Brand

Learn how to create a stand out online presence during this webinar produced by SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. We’ll cover how to create an eye-catching logo, ways to publish SEO-friendly content, and other tips to create a powerful and lasting online brand.
 
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT
 
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Governor Mark Dayton Signs Bipartisan $35 Million Rural Finance Authority Bill

Governor Mark Dayton Signs Bipartisan $35 Million Rural Finance Authority Bill

Investment will help ensure that Minnesota farmers can restructure their finances ahead of the growing season

Many Minnesota farmers would otherwise face a credit crunch after several years of low commodity prices and rising expenses

ST PAUL, MN – Delivering needed assistance to Minnesota’s 74,000 farmers, Governor Mark Dayton today signed the bipartisan $35 million Rural Finance Authority legislation (H.F. 14) into law. The new funding will allow the Authority to continue offering eligible Minnesota farmers affordable financing and terms and conditions not offered by other traditional lenders. Without the investment, many Minnesota farmers would face a credit crunch caused by several years of low commodity prices and rising expenses. Rural Finance Authority loans are particularly important early in the year when Minnesota farmers review their finances and restructure debt ahead of the growing season.  

 

“This investment will provide important assistance to Minnesota farmers struggling with low commodity prices and rising expenses,” said Governor Dayton.“I thank the Legislature for moving quickly to pass this bipartisan legislation. I look forward to working with Legislators on additional help for our farm families throughout the Session.”

 

“Minnesota’s farm families are the backbone of Minnesota’s economy and support hundreds of thousands of good jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “The Rural Finance Authority is important because it helps farmers facing the perfect storm of low commodity prices and high costs. I thank the many legislators who worked together across party lines to get this done.”

 

In addition to helping farmers secure financing, the Rural Finance Authority also offers a variety other programs to strengthen Minnesota farm families and communities. These programs are designed to help new farmers purchase land, restructure debt, invest in farm improvements, and finance livestock production facilities. Overall, more than $270 million has been invested in Minnesota farm operations since 1986.

 

“The Rural Finance Authority has delivered affordable, low interest loans to thousands of Minnesota farmers to finance expansions and land purchases, and to restructure their debt,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “Keeping family farmers in business is important not only to our rural communities, but to the entire state.”

 

 The Rural Finance Authority has lacked funding since December 31, 2016, because the Minnesota Legislature failed to pass a bonding bill last session. Since exhausting the funding, the Authority has been working with local banks to take loan applications, but has been unable to authorize new financing for Minnesota farmers.

 

“The agriculture industry is the second largest employer in our state and the cornerstone of Minnesota’s economy, but the average farmer is 57 years old,” said Senator Andrew Lang (R-Olivia). “These low interest loans will continue our tradition of supporting family farms, and help young beginning farmers start their own farms or take over their family farms. I want to thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for working so well together, and I am glad to have the support of Governor Dayton on such an important program.”

 

“I am honored to have been a part of passing this legislation that will provide famers critical access to low interest loans,” said Senator Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley). “Programs like the Rural Finance Authority allow our agricultural producers and family farms to remain competitive, especially given the current downturn in the agriculture economy, and in turn has a direct impact on the success of rural communities throughout the state.”

 

“Providing funds for the continuation of the Rural Finance Authority’s agricultural loan program is an urgent issue I am pleased we were able to resolve swiftly,” said Representative Jeanne Poppe (DFL-Austin). “These loan opportunities benefit both our hardworking farmers and the local lenders who participate.”

 

Minnesota farmers interested in learning more about the assistance offered by the Rural Finance Authority should visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website or contact: 651-201-6004.

How many people came to the Lac qui Parle Lake Ice Castle Tournament?

According to the West Central Tribune

Record-breaking temperatures helped attract approximately 2,200 anglers to Lac qui Parle Lake for the fourth annual Ice Castle Classic fishing tournament on Saturday.

David Grant of Revillo, S.D., won the tournament’s top prize of $10,000 for catching an 8.84 pound northern pike. Over $75,000 in prizes were awarded.

Congrats and thanks to everyone that make the event such a success!

MN Democrats aim to crack down on wage theft

KARE 11 is covering the news on how policymakers are planning to crack down on employers who

Minnesota Democrats say they want to bolster the state’s ability to go after businesses that fail to fully compensate workers.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said during a Wednesday rally that the state needs to hold accountable a small number of businesses stealing from workers. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry estimates that over 39,000 workers aren’t paid an average of $11.9 million each year in wages, overtime and benefits.

Democrats’ proposed legislation would further define wage theft, give regulators more money to investigate cases and raise penalties for businesses that have underpaid their workers.

St. Paul Rep. Tim Mahoney says the changes would help protect workers from future wage theft while aiding the investigation of over 20,000 complaints filed each year.

Learn more on KARE 11.

Agricultural research and promotion councils announce open positions

Are you involved in agriculture? If you are you have an opportunity to shape the industry. The Litchfield Independent Review recently ran a list of openings for ag-related councils. Farmers interested in running in the election must contact their respective commodity council listed by Monday, March 27. Candidates should be producers of the commodity they represent, be active in the industry, knowledgeable about promotion initiatives, and interested in representing growers in their region. Positions open in our area include:

  • Minnesota Canola Council Statewide
  • Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council District 4
  • Minnesota Sunflower Council District 2

JA summer camps teach kids about entrepreneurship, STEM careers

JA Summer Camps provide a unique opportunity for students entering grades 4-8 to participate in a fun, interactive and educational camp experience. The June session introduces kids to STEM careers; the July session will appeal to the young entrepreneur.

Dates
STEM Camp 
Monday-Thursday, June 19-22, 2017

Young Entrepreneur’s Camp
Monday-Thursday, July 24-27, 2017

Time
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (daily)
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (extended day)

Location
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest
Maplewood, MN (directions)
NOTE: Transportation not provided

Cost
$185 per session; $350 for both
$15 discount to JA teachers and volunteers
$40 additional for extended day

Webinar Jan 26: The How, Why and ROI of Social Selling

The How, Why and ROI of Social Selling
Thursday, January 26, 2016 
1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT

“Technology Therapist” Jennifer Shaheen will discuss the ROI strategies that work – and the hype to avoid – so that the time and effort your company invests in social selling generates more leads, prospects and customers.

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