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Custom Products of Litchfield Inc., a maker of cabs and operator protective structures used on off-highway vehicles for the industrial market, is investing more than $2 million and projecting to add 31 jobs in an expansion of its manufacturing plant. The company said it plans to add 20,000 square feet at its Litchfield facility so [...]

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By Kerry Drager Correspondent Ashley Maciej of Swanville is beginning a life journey in discovering her role in music and helping our troops find the momentum to keep marching. By the 10th grade, Maciej had made the decision that she would join the military upon high school graduation. She explored her employment options within the [...]

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Virgil Niehaus’ hay loft attracts people, collectibles and fun By Kerry Drager Correspondent For Virgil Niehaus and his three daughters, time to get together with family and friends is worth an annual party. Niehaus’ children have been throwing Virgil Fest at the family farm since 1998. What started as a small gathering of family and [...]

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By Kerry Drager Correspondent Being a business in a small town can prove challenging. Flexibility and having the disposition to explore new business opportunities is often a must have for  success in a rural community. Business owner and entrepreneur Jean Soine knows that keeping her doors open in her hometown of Paynesville means being open [...]

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Minnesota author Maxine Bergerson Werner will lead the discussion and answer questions about her book “Country Ragamuffins,” at the next Granite City Book Club meeting. The group will meet at the Stearns History Museum at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20.  “Country Ragamuffins” invites readers on a journey back to the 1950s as the author recalls [...]

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St. Cloud Hospital has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the hospital’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. St. Cloud Hospital first earned Level II status in 1998 [...]

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By Kerry Drager Correspondent  Rural Minnesotans understand the importance of community. When an individual is sick or in trouble, friends and neighbors will do what is needed to ensure people are taken care of. It is perhaps one of the greatest assets of being a member of a rural community. Linda Musel of Paynesville has [...]

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