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EDA continues to support economic growth and job creation in Appleton

The board of the Appleton Economic Development Administration (EDA), is pleased to report on the some of the accomplishments of the last few years. During the year, the EDA has continued to work collaboratively with public- and private-sector partners to support economic growth and job creation in Appleton.

See page 1 for more about the EDA. Read More

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2020 Holiday Extravaganza, Parade of Lights cancelled

The Appleton Area Chamber of Commerce Board has made the decision to cancel this year’s Holiday Extravaganza and Parade of Lights.

See page 1, November 18, 2020 for more of this article. Read More

County hospitals, Countryside Public Health receives county CARES funds

by Reed Afinson

Health providers at the front lines of the COVID-19 fight in Swift County received a financial boost from the county board of commissioners at the Nov. 17 meeting.

Commissioners allocated $75,000 each to Appleton Area Health and Swift County-Benson Health Services. It also allocated another $15,000 to Countryside Public Health.

See page 1, November 25, 2020, for more of this article. Read More

Gov. Walz orders four-week pause to slow spread of COVID-19

Governor Tim Walz announced Executive Order 20-99 on Wednesday, November 18, which dials back certain activities to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Dial Back Minnesota is a four-week pause of most social activities, in-person dining, sports, and indoor fitness activity in group settings. While some businesses can continue to offer goods and services in a safe manner, many others will again have to weather the challenge of adjusting their operations to “to-go” or virtual means.

See page 1, November 25, 2020, for more of this article. Read More

local sports and school

LqPV football ends season with pair of playoff wins

Lac qui Parle Valley ended their football season on a high note, winning two Section 5A playoff games.

In a season that started and ended with COVID-19 interruptions, LqPV closed the year with playoff wins over Lakeview and Canby, putting the Eagles record at 5-3. Read More

SOAR Character – cooperation

As a part of the on going SOAR Character program at Appleton-Milan Elementary, each month they focus on a different character-building word. Throughout the month, students have the opportunity to be nominated for their ‘character’ at school. The November word of the month is cooperation. Character nominees for this week are Adelyn Pust, Uriah Specht, Colten Smith, Caleb Schmidt, Adam Ehrenberg, and Amber Olson. Not pictured: Tyson Thielke.

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Ask A Trooper

by Sgt. Jesse Grabow, Minnesota State Patrol

Question: I have heard a lot about “click it or ticket” recently, I thought seat belt use was at an all-time high?

Answer: Most Minnesotans are making the life-saving decision to buckle up. According to the 2019 Minnesota Seat Belt Survey, 93.4 percent of front seat occupants are wearing their seat belts. Unfortunately, that means more than 7 percent of motorists continue to risk their lives and the lives of those in the vehicle by failing to buckle up. Read More