Welcome to Lac qui Parle County

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It All Starts with the Visit . . .  

“If you build a place where people want to visit, you’ll build a place where people want to live. And, if you build a place where people want to live, you’ll build a place where people have to work. If you build a place where people want to work, you’ll build a place where business wants to be. And, if you build a place where business wants to be, you’ll have built a place where people want to visit.”

– Maura Gast / Irving CVB

The 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!

All you ever needed to know about the new MN Real ID

The Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services has everything you might need to know about the real ID. Here are some of the highlights…

Minnesotans May Apply for REAL ID in October; Not Required Until 2020

Beginning in October you’ll be able to apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, but you don’t need to rush out and get one right away. You’ll have two years to obtain one, if you choose.

Minnesotans will be able to use their standard driver’s licenses and ID cards for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights, until October 2020.

Because you don’t need to take any action to comply with federal REAL ID law at this time, state officials suggest you wait to apply unless you need to change your name or address, or renew your current license.

Learn more about the status of REAL ID in Minnesota in this news release
And some details…
5 Things to Know about REAL ID and the New Driver’s License/ID Card Design

The new Minnesota driver’s license and ID card design has people wondering about REAL ID. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The newly designed cards being issued now are not REAL IDs.

  2. You do not need to take any action at this time to comply with the federal REAL ID law.

  3. You will be able to apply for a REAL ID-compliant card in October 2018, but you will have two years to obtain one if you choose. That means you will be able to use your standard license or ID card for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights, until October 1, 2020.

  4. Minnesotans whose driver’s licenses or identification cards expire before October 2018 should plan to renew their cards as they normally would. The renewed license or ID card will ​be valid for four years, barring a suspension or revocation.

  5. If you choose to apply for a REAL ID before your standard license expires, an early renewal fee would be charged and an additional four years would be added to the expiration date. Fee information is available on the REAL ID FAQ page.

Remember: There’s no need to rush to get a REAL ID- compliant card. You can use your standard license or ID card for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights, until October 1, 2020.

Learn more about the new design on our New Driver’s License and ID Card page.

Wall Street gives Minnesota great grades for fiscal health

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports…

For Gov. Mark Dayton and his finance team, last week’s news that Minnesota’s Standard & Poor’s bond rating had been upgraded to AAA — the top rung for states — was a bit like a student learning that he had aced a final exam.

The new rating matched the top marks Minnesota regained from the Fitch agency in 2016 and scored again last week for the third straight year. A third agency, Moody’s, held the state’s rating at Aa1, where it has been since the state budget deficit repair job of 2003. Moody’s explained its reluctance to give Minnesota top marks by noting that the state’s “sound management tools” are “somewhat mitigated by recurring governance issues” — things, we imagine, like a gubernatorial veto of a massive 1,000-page spending bill.

Still, praise from two of Wall Street’s big three rating agencies validates one of the two-term DFL governor’s favorite bragging points: On his watch, Minnesota has regained sound fiscal health.

Republicans holding listening sessions on childcare in Minnesota

The Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus reports…

Senate Republicans will continue to address the statewide problem of inadequate, expensive child care with a series of listening sessions held across Minnesota starting in August. The sessions will be sponsored by the Senate’s new Child Care Access Working Group chaired by Sen. Bill Weber (R-Luverne), and will feature both Republicans and Democrats.

The first session is not too far from LqP…

The first two listening sessions will be held in Willmar and Lake City. Full schedule to follow at a later date.

Willmar Listening Session
August 13, 6:00-8:00 PM
Fire Station Training Room, 515 2nd Street SW

Lake City Listening Session
September 10, 6-8:00 PM
Lake City Public Library, 201 South High Street

Women in Agriculture meeting July 17 in Madison MN

Here is your chance to learn and share with other women involved with agriculture:

Tuesday, July 17 , 2018
5:00-7:00 pm
Lac qui Parle County Annex
Multi-Media Room
422 5th Avenue
Madison, MN

Bring a dish to share! We will provide  bottled water, plates and napkins. Bring a friend. All attendees will be entered in a drawing to win a door prize!

Contact the County for more info – 320-598-7976