A new Northern National Bank Baxter branch will be located on the corner of Highway 371/210.
Nor-son announced ground will be broken for the site on Tuesday. The bank will continue the northwoods theme of the Crosslake and Nisswa branches, with half log cabin siding, log trusses in the lobby and a cultured stone fireplace.
The drive-up will have a log canopy with four service windows and an ATM machine. At 4,500 square feet with a full basement, the bank will be twice the size of the other two locations.
Competing with the super store will be the topic of a presentation with a business and consumer focus in Wadena.
The Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce is presenting an evening with Kenneth Stone, professor of economics at Iowa State University, from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Northwest Technical College in Wadena.
Stone will discuss the impact of discount mass-market merchandisers on area businesses and consumer buying habits. He will also provide proven strategies for local small business operators to co-exist and thrive. Stone's work has been quoted in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report and the Wall Street Journal, Public Television, NBC and CBS news and ABC Good Morning America, as well as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
At the end of the evening, Stone will be available for a question and answer period. The presentation if free, but attendees are asked to place a reservation with the Wadena Area Chamber office at 877-631-7704.
Stone has made presentations in 49 states and Canada and is the author of "Competing with the Retail Giants."
Lakewood Clinic in Staples and CentraCare Clinic in Long Prairie decided to combine the practice sites of CentraCare Clinic Clarissa and the Lakewood Clinic at Eagle Bend.
A new clinic will be built between the two existing clinics on Highway 71 just south of Eagle Bend. Tim Rice, Lakewood Health System administrator, said the new clinic will preserve the availability of a clinic in a rural setting and increase the availability of medical professionals.
Construction on the clinic will begin this spring and is expected to be open by early 2001.
Little Falls is looking at the marketing potential of tying in the attraction of the city's famous twin mansions at Linden Hill with a renovated Pine Edge Inn.
Pine Edge Inn owner, John Weaver, described an estimated $507,800 in renovation plans when talking to the Little Falls City Council. That amount reportedly includes $187,800 for repairing structural components and $320,000 for interior remodeling -- including $55,000 for a new catering kitchen and $25,000 for an expanded banquet room.
Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corporation activity reports include affirmation of continued interest in the lakes area as a good place to start a business. Although it is worth noting not all contacts lead to actual construction of businesses or hiring of employees. Contacts to BLADC include a construction management company that was exploring funding options to purchase and renovate an office building in downtown Brainerd.
Another contact included considerations by a manufacturer for an assembly operation and one that had prospects of more than 100 jobs in development of a call center.
Unemployment figures recently released from the state have the five-county region -- Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena -- with 7.1 percent unemployment for January. That rate was 8.3 percent a year ago and was 4.7 percent in December.
Unemployment numbers by county for January were:
-- 8.1 percent for Cass County.
-- 5.9 percent for Crow Wing County.
-- 8.5 percent for Morrison County.
-- 6.9 percent for Todd County.
-- 7.3 percent for Wadena County.
Statewide the unemployment rate is 2.5 percent for seasonally adjusted unemployment in January. The national jobless rate is 4 percent.
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