Doing Good

Alexandria Lights on Broadway

(Alexandria, MN) — November 26th,2022 — Alexandria kicked off the holiday season with something old, and something new.     Friday, the public was invited to Christmas at the fort.  This event has happened the Friday after Thanksgiving for decades.   It was started by the Runestone Museum, and the Maritime Museum next door has joined the celebration.   Hundreds of families came out to vote for their favorite Christmas Tree, visit with

PFAS Monitoring Results For Drinking Water

(Minnesota) — November, 2022 — Minnesota residents who get their drinking water from a community public water system will now be able to find out if their system’s water has any level of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), through an interactive online dashboard unveiled today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). According to the results of statewide testing reflected in the new dashboard, the vast majority of community water

Angi Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistent level of customer service (St Michael, MN) — Nov. 25, 2022  — Craftsman’s Choice is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angi Super Service Award (SSA). This award, first released in 1999, recognizes the best home professionals and businesses in the Angi network for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to providing Angi customers a great experience. “Through changing microeconomic factors

Minnesota Author T.K. O’Neill Releases New 1970's Crime Novel Sequel

  Dive Bartender: Flowers in the Desert protagonist Frank Ford flees Minnesota for Arizona with a dog-eared copy of Kerouac’s On the Road as his roadmap (Duluth, MN) — November 18, 2022 — T.K. O’Neill’s latest crime novel, Dive Bartender: Flowers in the Desert, was recently released by Bluestone Press. It picks up where O’Neill’s 2017 Dive Bartender: Sibling Rivalry left off. Set in 1977, protagonist Frank Ford is running

Rochester Sidewalk Improvement District

  (Rochester, MN) — November 15, 2022 –  – The City of Rochester adopted the Sidewalk Improvement District (SID) program at the City Council meeting on Monday, November 14, 2022. Adoption of this program reassigns the cost of sidewalk repairs and replacement from the adjacent property owner to a distribution among a greater portion of the community, as sidewalks are a benefit to, and are available for use, by all.

Hill Hiker Ellie Awards

  (Orono, MN) — Nov. 17, 2022  — For its third consecutive year, Hill Hiker, Inc. won an Ellie Awards recognition, maintaining its reign as Best Supplier in Special Application Lifts. The Ellie Awards, or “Ellies,” collect more than 20,000 votes annually to recognize North American elevator and escalator businesses that make large strides in the industry. Hill Hiker, Inc. received a nomination earlier this year for Best Supplier in Special

Local Backus Community Café

(International Falls, MN) — Nov. 17, 2022 — Coop Service, Inc. and Cenex®, the energy brand of CHS, have awarded a $25,000 Hometown Pride grant to the Backus Community Café. Backus Community Café was nominated by Coop Service for its dedication to providing an accessible solution to local food insecurity while bringing neighbors together and strengthening community connections. “Being rewarded this grant means so much to our small community,” says Lois

Minnesota History Center Rotunda

Photo: Left to right, Dr. S.K. Dash and Kent Whitworth, director and CEO of MNHS, at the Dr. Dash Foundation Rotunda inside the Minnesota History Center. Photo Credit: Minnesota Historical Society Led by Philanthropist Dr. Sita Kantha Dash, the Dr. Dash Foundation donates $1 million to the Minnesota Historical Society; First space at the Minnesota History Center named in recognition of an organization chaired and founded by a person of color.

Pipestone Pumpkin Palooza Fall Decorating Contest

(Pipestone, MN) — November 7th, 2022 —   The community of Pipestone held a contest to beautify the town for the  Fall and Halloween season!     Volunteer judges said it was a very hard decision as all 41 contestants were definitely “Fall-tastic!”   They helped make Pipestone a fun and welcoming destination to visit. Congratulations to the following Business & Nonprofit Winners:1st Place Winner – SWWC Service Cooperative ELC – PipestonePrize: $100 Pipestone Area

Research Immersive Scholastic Experience in Biology

(Mankato, MN) — November 8th, 2022 —  Five Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty members were recently awarded a six-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund student scholarships and maintain the University’s Research Immersive Scholastic Experience in Biology (RISEbio) program. Over its six-year duration, the grant will fund scholarships to 24 unique full or part-time students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in biology and biochemistry. A project abstract says

Arctic Wolf

  (Eden Prairie, MN) — Nov. 07, 2022 — Arctic Wolf®, a leader in security operations, has been named to CNBC’s 2022 Top Startups for the Enterprise list. This list identifies twenty-five innovative private companies with developing the latest technology and ideas that are uniquely suited to meet the needs of large enterprise organizations. With cybersecurity remaining a top challenge for organizations of all sizes, Arctic Wolf has pioneered a

Midwest Roof and Solar

  Getting recognized for our team’s hard work this season helping homeowners remedy hail damage and fighting for them with their insurance companies feels great.”     — Andrew Tsakalakis   (Minneapolis, MN) —  November 4, 2022  — Midwest Roof & Solar has been awarded the 2022 Best of St Louis Park Award in the Roofing Contractor category for recognition of excellence in roofing for the Minneapolis and St. Paul Areas.

New Book Offers Tools for Veterans Struggling with Substance Use and Chronic Pain

  Hazelden Publishing’s “End Your Covert Mission” helps veterans explore and find a path to recovery (Center City, MN) — November 3, 2022  — The unique experiences of America’s 19 million military veterans contribute to a constellation of challenges, with more than 30% reporting mental health concerns such as PSTD, 28% reporting moderate to high levels of daily pain, and more than 10% reporting substance use disorders, according to the

Solifi named among great places to work list by The Secured Lender

  (Minneapolis, MN) —  November 1, 2022  — Solifi™, a global fintech software partner for secured finance, announced The Secured Lender named Solifi to its inaugural 2022 Great Places to Work list. This recognition is testament to Solifi’s commitment in attracting and retaining talent through a range of initiatives, including an entrepreneurial company culture, competitive compensation, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), work-life balance, and attractive perks. Solifi is a global,

10-Year-Old Succeeds in NHRA Junior Drag Racing League

  The benefits of Tufoil include faster cranking speeds, more efficient engine performance, increased horsepower & acceleration, and extended engine life.”    — Gregg Reick, Fluoramics’ President and Chief Chemical Engineer     (Winona, MN) – October 26, 2022  — Ten-year-old Cooper Lawson races in the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League. This league is designed for kids ages 5–18 to race against each other on 1/8-mile dragstrips. At 1/4-mile tracks, racers

Hormel Foods Corporation

(Austin, MN) — Oct. 26, 2022  — Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, announced its internship program has been honored once again, having been named in the 2023 Vault Best Internships ranking. The company’s internship program was recognized in the categories of best internships for the retail and consumer products industry and also top engineering roles. “Our internship program is an excellent opportunity for those looking

Topline Credit Union

  (Maple Grove, MN) — Oct. 25, 2022  — TopLine Financial Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based member-owned financial services cooperative, was named a winner of both the Youth and Adult Desjardins Financial Education Awards and the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award, sponsored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). The Desjardin awards recognize credit unions for superior youth and adult financial education

TruChoice Gary Sinise Foundation

  (Minneapolis, MN) — Oct. 20, 2022  — On Oct. 7, 2022, employees of TruChoice Financial Group, LLC (TruChoice), one of the largest distributors of insurance products in the financial services industry, participated in a virtual 5K event to raise money for the Gary Sinise Foundation, whose mission is to serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.  The second annual TruEngagement

Altoz 2022 Pro Tool Innovation Award

(Greenbush, MN) — Oct. 18, 2022  — Altoz’s reputation for innovation has been recognized again. The Altoz Switch compact tool carrier has earned the Pro Tool Innovation Award (PTIA). After considering several hundred of the most innovative products and accessories on the market, the PTIA judges chose winners based on a combination of key factors. Products won based on their ability to demonstrate either innovative features, advanced power delivery, groundbreaking

Bright Ideas Design Awards 

(Bayport, MN) —  Oct. 3, 2022  — In collaboration with Dwell magazine, Andersen Windows, manufacturer of America’s most loved window and door brand*, announced the winners of its second annual Bright Ideas Design Awards – recognizing outstanding architectural projects with an emphasis on windows and daylighting.  “In this year’s entries, we saw remarkable examples of creative design as it relates to windows and doors. As a panel we were inspired by  

Jamf TrustRadius

Jamf is recognized for its corporate social responsibility program with a 2022 Tech Cares Award from TrustRadius (Minneapolis, MN) — Oct. 11, 2022  — Jamf, the standard in Apple Enterprise Management, today announced that TrustRadius has recognized Jamf with a 2022 Tech Cares Award. This third-annual award celebrates companies that have gone above and beyond to provide impactful corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs for their employees and surrounding communities.  “We

Alexandria Technical & Community College - First in Minnesota to Partner with Kubota Tech

(Alexandria MN)  — Oct 11th, 2022 — The new Kubota Tech partnership provides students with a pathway to earn industry-recognized certifications focused on the repair and service of Kubota equipment, giving them the knowledge and skills for employment as a diesel technician in the off-road diesel industry. “Partnering with Kubota Tech will give Alexandria Technical & Community College students yet another competitive advantage for career preparation and advancement,” said Michael Seymour,

Solifi MyTechMag

  2022 vendor ranking recognizes the world’s leading technology providers in the banking industry   (Minneapolis, MN) — Oct 10,2022 — Solifi, a global fintech software partner for secured finance, announced MyTechMag named Solifi as one of the world’s top 10 banking technology solution providers in 2022. Solifi was recognized for its innovative fintech solutions built on the company’s software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based open finance platform. “We are honored to receive recognition

Teen Tech Center

(Twin Cities, MN) — Oct 9th, 2022 — The Best Buy Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center® at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) in San José, California. The center provides teens with access to cutting-edge technology, including tools for film, digital media, audio engineering and music production. Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, is co-funding the Teen Tech Center. Their contribution to MACLA will support the work the

CLA Wealth Advisors

  (Irvine, Ca/Minnesota) — Oct. 06, 2022  —  CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP), the eighth largest accounting firm in the United States, announced Barron’s recently named CLA Wealth Advisors (CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC), an SEC-registered investment advisor, to its Top 100 RIA Firms list. CLA Wealth Advisors ranked 53rd, marking the fifth year the firm has been recognized by the publication, which provides in-depth news, analysis, and commentary on investments and the

Jefferson Lines Customer Service

(Minneapolis, MN) — Sept. 24, 2022 — Jefferson Lines has been awarded America’s Best Customer Service of 2023 by Newsweek’s annual America’s Best Customer Service survey. This award comes as the company enters their 104th year of business. The Newsweek survey recognizes brands based on an independent survey of over 30,000 U.S. customers and 200,000 evaluations. Customers are asked whether they would recommend brands to friends or family, as well

Minnesota's First All-Woman Fire Crew Recognized

(Minneapolis, MN) — Sept 24th, 2022 — Being the first is never easy. Just ask the women of the Minneapolis Fire Department’s first all-woman crew. But the hard work, perseverance, passion and strength in 1992 of Jean Kidd, Mary Mohn, Vicki Hoff and Bonnie Bleskachek knocked down doors for Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Amanda Swenson and thousands of other women who became firefighters in the years since. It was

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

    Founded in 1962, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities has reached another milestone and will kick off its 60th anniversary at a special event on September 28, 2022.”   — Rev. Dr. Cindi Beth Johnson   (St Paul, MN) —  September 16th, 2022 — Founded in 1962, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities has reached another milestone and will kick off its 60th anniversary at a special

National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

(Minnesota) — Sept. 16th, 2022 — U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized 297 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022, including eight schools in Minnesota. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Secretary Cardona made the announcement during his Road to Success Back to School bus tour. The Minnesota schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools

SageGlass Smart Windows

Survey results from Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport demonstrate higher levels of comfort for travelers and workers when SageGlass is in use (Faribault, MN) — Sept. 15, 2022  — Delivering a first-rate travel experience is critical to the bottom lines of airports and airlines, but facilities face challenges in consistently providing the thermal comfort and natural lighting that travelers and employees desire [1]. With most terminals and other high-traffic

Digi-Key Electronics 50 Best Places to Work

(Thief River Falls, MN) — Sept. 8, 2022— Digi-Key Electronics, which offers the world’s largest selection of electronic components and automation products in stock for immediate shipment, has been recognized as one of the 50 Best Places to Work in 2022 by Prairie Business Magazine. Digi-Key employees nominated the company by outlining the benefits and culture, as well as the personal job satisfaction they feel as a result of their work.

Alexandria Technical & Community College

(Alexandria, MN) —  Aug 16, 2022  — Alexandria Technical & Community College remains the Best Community College in Minnesota for the third year and is No. 3 in the country, as ranked by WalletHub in their ranking of Best & Worst Community Colleges. This is the third time Alexandria College has been ranked in the top 10 nationwide by WalletHub, and the first year in the top 5. The Minnesota

Hawkins Inc, Fortune, Best Places to Work

(Roseville MN) —  Sept. 07, 2022  — For the second year in a row, Hawkins, Inc. (Nasdaq: HWKN), a leading specialty chemical and ingredients company, has been named by Great Place to Work as one of the Fortune Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production in 2022. “Receiving the Fortune Best Workplaces for Manufacturing and Production recognition is once again a testament to our employees’ resilience, dedication, and teamwork, especially during

Topline Financial Credit Union

TopLine’s 19th annual school supply drive benefits local communities   (Maple Grove, MN) —  Sept. 07, 2022  — TopLine Financial Credit Union’s 19th Annual School Supply Drive benefited local non-profits, Avenues for Youth, Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) and Keystone Community Services. TopLine members and employees generously donated a variety of school supplies including notebooks, folders binders, pencils, crayons, calculators, flash drives, backpacks and more to help youth in our communities get ready for

3M New Ulm

  (New Ulm, MN) — Aug 31, 2022  —  3M’s New Ulm plant opened in 1962 when the company purchased a vacant 33,000 square foot building sitting on 60 acres of property in the southern Minnesota town. The first production line on site made electrical connectors, connectors for telephone lines, and electrical splicing kits. Over the years, 3M has constructed several additions in New Ulm to add new manufacturing capabilities

Suicide Prevention Training

(Brainerd/Mankato, MN) — August 31st, 2022 — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are teaming up to offer conferences on Suicide Prevention for Rural Faith Leaders in Brainerd on September 17, 2022 and in Mankato on September 29, 2022. Rural clergy and lay leaders of all faiths and denominations are welcome. “Suicide can be prevented, and help is available,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health

Gun Locks Minnesota State Fair

(St Paul, MN) — August 30th, 2022 —State of Minnesota Launches Free Gun Lock Giveaway  ‘Make Minnesota Safe & Secure’ Aims to Put 10,000 Locks on Guns Across the State. It may be one of the most important and sought-after giveaways at the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year. It’s a free gun lock, and started at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, state agencies will be handed them out at their

Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Foundation

(Moorhead, Mn) — August, 2022 – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Foundation has been awarded a $9.62 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) Good Jobs Challenge Grant. The Chamber Foundation, in collaboration with backbone organizations such as Grand Farm Research and Education Initiative, North Dakota State College of Science, Emerging Prairie, University of Mary, and Workbay will bolster the region’s economy by developing the skilled workforce needed to support the

School lunch

(Washington, D.C.) –August 23, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced it has signed a $3,458,752.00 cooperative agreement with Minnesota to increase their purchase of nutritious, local foods for school meal programs. Through the Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program (LFS), the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will purchase and distribute local and regional foods and beverages for schools to serve children through

Evocharge Concealed Pedestal

New pedestal offerings create clean, convenient, and safe EV charging areas.   The EvoCharge Concealed Pedestal presents a sleek, modern look at an affordable price point, making it perfect for parking spaces.”   — John Aune, product manager for EvoCharge   (Minneapolis, MN) —  August 23, 2022  — EvoCharge® is proud to announce the launch of its new EvoCharge Concealed Pedestal for mounting EV chargers in public spaces, parking areas and

Fired Up 2 Raises Funds For Non Profit Supporting Cancer Survivors and Caregivers and Raising Awareness About Cancer

  Fired Up! 2 multi-author book collaboration features inspiring stories of cancer warriors and other trailblazers who also share their step-by-step roadmaps (Apple Valley, MN)  — August 16, 2022  — After the success of #1 Amazon international bestseller Fired Up! Fount of Grace Creatives announces the paperback release of Fired Up! 2, another #1 Amazon international bestseller. Fired Up! 2 is a transformational anthology written by global women changemakers who

DNA to Detect Invasive Carp

(Minnesota) — August 15th, 2022 — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been using environmental DNA (or eDNA) technology to detect invasive carp in the St. Croix, Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. May sampling in the St. Croix River showed silver carp eDNA about four miles north of where invasive carp have been confirmed in the St. Croix. eDNA is DNA released from

3M Open $1.5M

  (Twin Cities, MN) — Aug 8th, 2022 —  The 3M Open will donate at least $1.5 million to charities this year, with a cumulative total of more than $6 million donated since the event’s inception in 2019. The fourth annual 3M Open – Minnesota’s one and only PGA TOUR event, that recently took place at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota – is about more than golf for 3M.

Autism Care for Girls

(Minneapolis, MN) — August 9th, 2022 —  High school senior McKenzie Saman showed many early signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) but wasn’t diagnosed until she was 8. When she went in for a formal evaluation with her mom, Denise, they were told that signs of autism in young girls often go undetected by adults. Autism symptoms can look different based on sex, according to M Health Fairview Psychologist Casey Burrows,

The Fraser Sensory Building Calms Some Minnesota State Fair Goers

The fair is a great place for Minnesotans to gather. However, it can feel overwhelming. Those who feel overwhelmed now have a place to get some support and make the fair a positive experience.” — Fraser Sensory Supports and Training Program Manager Gina Brady   (St. Paul, MN) —  August 8, 2022 — Fraser is returning to the Minnesota State Fair with a more inclusive setup this year. The building

Mall of America

Nation’s Largest Mall Marks 30th Birthday Celebration with National STEAM Event (Bloomington, MN) —  Aug. 4, 2022 — Mall of America, the largest retail and entertainment complex in the United States, is celebrating 30 years on Aug. 11. Since 1992, Mall of America has pioneered an incredible retail, dining, and entertainment experience, becoming one of the nation’s most visited attractions with more than 1.3 billion guests from every state across the United States and every continent in

Storm Damage Alexandria

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Minnesota Affected by Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes in Late May (Washington DC/Central Mn) —  Minnesota businesses and residents affected by severe thunderstorms and tornadoes from May 29 to May 30 may apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced today.Administrator Guzman made the loans available in response to a letter from Minnesota Governor Tim

New Mayo Clinic Diet Launches Special Diabetes Program Rated by U.S. News & World Report Among “Best Diet for Diabetes”

There’s nothing more important you can do to prevent diabetes than lose weight and our new program provides members with a life-changing plan to improve both weight and blood sugar levels.”— Donald D. Hensrud, MD, MS   (Rochester, MN) — August 3, 2022 — The New Mayo Clinic Diet, the official diet of Mayo Clinic, today launched a Diabetes Program developed specifically to prevent and combat complications associated with Type

America's Best Employers for Women

(Bayport, MN) — July 28, 2022  — Andersen Corporation, manufacturer of America’s most loved brand of windows and doors*, has been named a Forbes Best Employer for Women 2022. Honorees were chosen based on an independent survey by Statista Inc. Respondents identifying as women were asked to rate their own employers regarding parental leave, family support, flexibility, discrimination, representation and career, and pay equity. “We are proud to be recognized

All Energy Solar

Program more critical than ever after new solar panel removal service offered (St Paul, MN) — July 20, 2022  — All Energy Solar, a multi-state solar installation leader based in Minnesota, tackles waste from old or damaged solar panels with a recycling program that supports the company’s green energy focus. Working with several providers, this commitment to recycling is uniquely important now that the company has launched a solar panel removal