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!

Support of LqP EDA: No other county support Hemp in the same way

Thank you to Margaret Wiatrowski, Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator, for Minnesota Department of Agriculture for her letter in support of the Lqp EDA…

“I can honestly say that no other Minnesota counties have been as involved with the burgeoning hemp industry in Minnesota as LqP County has. The industry has the potential to be a huge opportunity and boon for Minnesota, but only if we make the effort to raise awareness, investments, educate and make connections. In this respect I believe PJ and her team have done a fabulous job, and it would be a shame to cut their funding and let all that good work go to waste.”

Read the full letter.


Prosperity’s Front Door: How Homes Build Strong Communities

A new statewide initiative – Prosperity’s Front Door: How Homes Build Strong Communities – is engaging Minnesotans in discussing housing challenges, opportunities and solutions.

The simple fact is this: If Minnesota is to continue to grow and create opportunities for all families, the demand for homes for all incomes must be addressed.

Prosperity’s Front Door is finding bipartisan support for the common sense solutions identified by the Minnesota Housing Task Force, which include everything from cutting red tape to innovation to increasing resources. The St. Cloud Times said it perfectly in an Oct. 19 editorial after our discussion with business and community leaders:

“Affordable housing is good for families and kids, and some might see it as a moral societal obligation, as well. But it’s good business, too, say backers of the task force’s approach being promoted in a series of community meetings around the state…Redefining ‘affordable housing’ to address availability across the market’s price range is a near-revolutionary addition to the discussion. Calling on the business community to stand up to its stakeholder role in housing issues as a primary tactic — not in the back seat to moral issues — is novel. But it makes perfect sense. Lack of affordable housing hinders employers who are trying to relocate here or fill vacant jobs, from entry level to management.”

Frozen Farm Forum – Hemp Survey Results

Do you remember that very cold day last winter when we gathered to talk about hemp? The 2018 Frozen Farm Forum? We were delighted to have more than 80 people brave the elements to join us.

We wanted to share the results of the our feedback survey:

How did you hear about the conference?
Radio 6
Social Media 3
Newspaper 13
Word of Mouth 13
Did you find the speakers relevant/ informative?
Less than Desirable 2
As Expected 14
Better than Expected 15
Consistently Better 1
Was there enough time to ask questions?
Less than Desirable 0
As Expected 11
More than Expected 18
Consistently Better 3
Overall Conference Experience…..
Less than Desirable 1
As Expected 10
Better than Expected 18
Consistently Better 3
Satisfaction of facility and meals?
Less than Expected 0
As Expected 10
More than Expected 15
Consistently More 7


And some comments:

– Very good and informative on something I am new to. Would come again if I have the chance.

– Shorten the lunch break so we can keep it moving.

– Facility was too drafty.

– Thank you for putting this together.

– Real time information on dollars involved in end products after processing… potential

– Make a Facebook post (group)

– Very informative… excellent presenters.

– Well done! Great presentations/ speakers.

Applications Now Being Accepted for 2019 Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

Applications to grow and process hemp in 2019 are now being accepted by the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.  The application forms, fees, and full instructions on how to apply can be found at the MDA’s website.

There are two different applications and licenses for the 2019 season–one for growers and one for processors.  Please check the fee schedule on the website; it has changed for 2019. The application process is not competitive and does not close.


Contact Margaret Wiatrowski

(651) 201-6123


Solar Factory on the Iron Range

It’s fun to see what’s happening in other parts of Minnesota. MPR reports

Mountain Iron, Minn., bills itself as the “taconite capital of the world.” It’s home to Minntac, the nation’s largest iron ore mine.

Now the town of fewer than 3,000 has something else to boast about: the opening of the state’s only solar panel factory, and the first to open in the U.S. in 2018.

Heliene opened its first solar panel plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, eight years ago. Now, it’s investing more than $18 million to get a 25,000 square foot factory up and running on the Iron Range, after another manufacturer abandoned it last year.

President Martin Pochtaruk gets asked all the time, “Why Mountain Iron?” His answer, he said, is always the same.

“Why not? The same question was asked to me when we started a factory in Sault Ste. Marie. It is a place in need of industrial diversification. It’s a place with viable labor.”

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.