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West Central SBDC Consultant in Alexandria Area

By AAEDC | August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Shannon Berns is the newest consultant joining the West Central – Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  Shannon has a Masters of Business Administration degree from Hamline University.  Shannon has been an entrepreneur, small business owner, banker, Economic Development professional, marketing director and small business consultant.  Shannon is Founder of Du Nord Consulting located in Alexandria, […]

New Training Projects from MN Job Skills Partnership

By AAEDC | July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded workforce development grants totaling $2.2 million under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 2,744 workers. “Minnesota is forecasted to have a shortage of more than 100,000 workers by 2020. We can’t afford to leave Minnesotans unprepared for good job opportunities,” said Lt. Governor […]

Alexandria 7th Best Place for 401(k) plans in MN

By AAEDC | June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rank City Employer Contribution % Investment Performance Administrative Fees Best 401(k) Plans Index 1 Champlin, MN 91.2% -0.7% 0.3% 96.16 2 Jordan, MN 78.1% -0.8% 0.1% 90.53 3 Little Falls, MN 63.5% -0.5% 0.2% 82.90 4 Willmar, MN 62.0% -0.3% 0.1% 82.66 5 Belle Plaine, MN 52.4% -0.1% 0.1% 78.12 6 Redwood Falls, MN 50.5% […]

West Central MN SHRM Wage & Benefits Survey

By AAEDC | June 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Benefits Survey

A Comprehensive Wage & Benefits Survey of Compensation, Company Benefits and Policies for the West Central Minnesota Area. Are you a business located within the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens Traverse & Wilkin? Do you wonder if your business is competitive in the wages and benefits that you offer your […]

Upcoming AAEDC Events

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    January 15, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
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    February 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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  • Early December Ice Update
    We are just entering December and we already have small lakes with as much as 10” of ice!  Of course the larger lakes like Minnewaska, Miltona, Ida and Carlos will have far less ice and possibly still areas of open water.  With that said many of the smaller to medium sized lakes have a significant […]
  • Early Ice Report in Alexandria Lakes Area
    The colder than normal temperatures has the ice forming quite fast this year.  We are seeing 3”-6” of ice on many of the small to mid-sized lakes.  There have been quite a few anglers out over the past week.  They are reporting good crappie action and fair numbers of walleye.  I’m comfortable saying, we have […]
  • Fishing Report and Tactics for November
    Every fall seems to have its own twist.  Just when you think you know what to expect from year to year you get a fall like this.  We had our fair share of rain and much cooler temps than we would normally see for the early part of fall.  This unseasonably cool weather dropped our […]
  • Fall Fish Patterns in Alexandria Lakes Area
    What a difference a couple weeks can make!  Two weeks ago the heat was nearly unbearable at 7:30 in the morning… now we need heavy jackets, hats and gloves!  Along with lower air temperatures come falling water temps.  It’s truly amazing how fast animals in nature react to these cooler temps.  Almost immediately the skies […]
  • Fall Colors Beginning to Appear in Alexandria Lakes Area
    The autumn hues are starting to pop up around the Alexandria Lakes Area! While they appeared slow to start at the beginning of September, they are starting to progress more. Cool overnight temperatures along with plenty of bright and sunny days will help accelerate the pace along with helping entice vibrant colors out of the […]
  • Fall Color Hotspots in the Alexandria Lakes Area
    “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus The Autumn Season is arriving in Minnesota, and it’s one of the best times of the year to get out and explore the Alexandria Lakes Area! Not only are there tons of things to do and great places to stay, the colorful hues from […]
  • Must-Do Fall Fun in the Alexandria Lakes Area
    Autumn is a much-adored season for many reasons…cool nights around a campfire, pumpkin patches, cozy sweatshirts, and of course the beautiful vibrant colors of foliage during a Minnesota fall. Couple all that with some fun activities and special events, and you have the recipe of a perfect Autumn Getaway! Here is a list of some […]
  • Decent Walleye bite as Bass frenzy approaches
    Fall is on the horizon and the fishing is still very good.  We are catching good numbers of walleye, bass and panfish.  Generally, by this time of year the walleye bite will get hit and miss, but it’s about as consistent as it can get right now.  We are catching eater sized walleye as well […]
  • Grape Stomp Festival
    Come experience the Grape Stomp and Fall Festival held annually at Carlos Creek Winery! The three day festival, September 14-16, is packed with excitement including 18 bands on 4 stages, over 150 food, juried art and marketplace vendors, a man cave featuring craft beer, wine tasting, and of course Grape Stomping!! Each day has a […]
  • Late Summer Update and Finding the Fish
    We are still catching walleye along with a good number of crappie, sunfish and bass.  The walleye bite has best in the evenings, but the day bite has been very good at times too.  The rest of the species are usually willing to bite all day long. Finding the fish is always the key to […]

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