More work is going into changes at the East Brainerd Mall at the former Northwood Turf and Power location.
While there have been several rumors of what could go into the location, from a restaurant to another dollar store, the work created an updated exterior finish to make the space more attractive to prospective tenants.
The plan is to subdivide the space into three spots. Work is also continuing on the parking area and sidewalk and is expected to continue for the next month or so.
Potlatch reported a profit for the second quarter of 2003 in a statement released late last week.
The company reported improved results at the company's resource, wood products and pulp and paperboard operating segments that offset a loss in the consumer products segment during the quarter.
"The company reported earnings from continuing operations of $6.8 million, or $.24 per diluted common share, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $6.6 million, or $.23 per diluted common share for the same period in 2002," Potlatch reported in a news release from Spokane, Wash.
"Including discontinued operations, the company earned $6.6 million or $.23 per diluted common share for the second quarter of 2003, compared to a net loss of $20.1 million or $.70 per diluted common share for the second quarter of 2002.
"Net sales for the second quarter of 2003 were $368.1 million, an improvement over the $336.3 million recorded in the second quarter of 2002.
The company reported a loss from continuing operations for the first half of 2003 totaling $2.1 million compared to the loss of $21.5 million for the same time in 2002. The net loss for the first half of 2003 totaled $2.9 million compared to a net loss of $187.5 million in 2002. Potlatch reported net sales for the first half of 2003 were $702.9 million, compared with $654.9 million for 2002's first half.
In June 2003, the company received $24.9 million as a result of a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service for tax years 1989 through 1994. Potlatch reported of that settlement amount, $12.5 million was recognized as interest income.
A telecommunications technology seminar to help small business is sponsored by the Department of Trade and Economic Security -- among other state offices and telecom associations -- is set from 8:30-11 a.m. July 30 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. For more information, go online to www.mnta.org or go to www.dted.state.mn.us and look in the "meetings and events" section.
The Midwest Vision store in Little Falls reopened at the Wal-Mart Plaza on First Avenue with Barbara Happke as manager. Larry Pearson is a co-owner.
Gottwalt Construction remodeled a storage shed into a new office on Highway 27 with samples of siding, shingles and paint among other items. Owners are Terry and Jody Gottwalt.
Rolling Entertainment, Mark Turner, Brainerd, was assessed a $2,000 civil penalty for violating the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported.
A May 27 investigation revealed a failure to implement an alcohol and/or controlled substances testing program, the FMCSA reported.
Silvers Trucking, Jeffrey Hauer, Brainerd, was assessed a $2,000 civil penalty for violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
A June 17 investigation found violations of requiring or permitting a driver to drive after having been on duty more than 70 hours in eight consecutive days, the FMCSA reported.
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