Tricounty News

Disaster loans available for small businesses in Stearns County

Small businesses and non-profit organizations may be eligible to receive low interest loans as a result of a disaster declaration that included Stearns County. The disaster declaration was the outcome of drought conditions that occurred from Sept. 1, through Nov. 15, 2013.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that federal economic injury disaster loans were available to small businesses after the Secretary of Agriculture issued a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops from this same drought event.

The SBA loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.875 percent for private non-profit organizations of all sizes and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the business, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.


Meeker Memorial Hospital begins visitor restrictions

Meeker Memorial Hospital will implement visitor restrictions Tuesday, Jan. 21. Because of the prevalence of influenza (FLU) already this season and to further protect patients, staff and the community from its spread, it has been decided to implement visitor restrictions at MMH; the following are in effect until further notice:

• It is recommended that no children visit hospital patients.

• Birth Center: No one under 18 is allowed to visit at this time, with the exception of siblings.

• For anyone with symptoms like scratchy throat, fever, cough, body aches, etc., a mask is required to visit patients.


Kimball Golf Club new superintendent

Saturday, Jan. 18, is the day to Meet and Greet the new Kimball Golf Club superintendent, Dave Deem. In Watkins, from 1-3 p.m. at the Red Goat, and in Kimball, from 4-6 p.m. at the Kimball Triple R. This is an opportunity to get acquainted, ask questions, and enjoy the company of fellow golfers.


PACT for families receives grant

PACT (Putting All Communities Together) for Families has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant for $130,000 to work with partner agencies over the next two years on truancy reduction in its five counties: Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville and Yellow Medicine. Involving truant youth and their parents, this project will identify their barriers and need for support to remain consistently engaged in school. Using a Collective Impact Framework with education staff and service providers, this grant will support counties in re-designing services and testing out strategies for positive, sustainable solutions to truancy.

“We are excited to be chosen in the first round of grants for community innovation from the Bush Foundation,” stated Director of PACT, Debb Sheehan.


Powder Ridge presents New Years Eve

Spend this New Years Eve at Powder Ridge in Kimball. It’s a great event you won’t want to miss – bring your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, even strangers. There will be special NYE rates for tickets and rentals after 4 p.m. Come out to Powder Ridge at Kimball, Minn., to ski and snowboard until 11 p.m. Then, enjoy fireworks and a torchlight parade at 11:15.

With many special kids events planned throughout the night, NYE at “The Ridge” is an event you won’t want to miss!

Visit Chester’s Bar and Grill and enjoy their New Year’s Eve Spaghetti Meal Special for $8.95, serving 5-9 p.m., and also their new menu of delicious foods. Drink specials begin at 8 p.m.

Come to Powder Ridge and spend your New Years Eve doing something you’ll remember and talk about the rest of the year.