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Financial Assistance Available for Energy Audits

The Southwest Regional Development Commission via the Rural MN Energy Board has grant funds to assist businesses and farmers with the cost of an energy audit.  They can cover 75% of an energy audit cost, up to $750. The energy audit assistance application can be found at http://rmeb.org/PACE/BusinessEnergyAuditApplication.pdf. 

If you are an Xcel energy customer, You can apply for an audit at https://www.xcelenergy.com/staticfiles/xe/Marketing/Files/MN-Bus-Turn-Key-Application.pdf. 

In addition, if you decide to make improvements recommended by the energy audit within one year, you will get an additional 30% rebate above what Xcel already offers.  

Xcel will be sending an energy auditor to our area in the next week or so, so this would be a great time to get the ball rolling if you’re interested.

And regardless of your power provider, if you need financing to go forward with making improvements, consider using the the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, a loan which matches the amortization schedule with the projected cost savings identified in the energy audit so that you will see no negative change in your cash flow.  The PACE application can be found at http://rmeb.org/PACE/PACEapplication.pdf.  PACE is available to businesses, farmers, non-profits and churches.

Please contact Robin Weis if you have questions about energy audit assistance or PACE.


Farm Storage Facility Loans

FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities and to purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment and storage and handling trucks.

The low-interest funds can be used to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole grain, pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas and dry peas), hay, honey, renewable biomass, fruits, nuts and vegetables for cold storage facilities, floriculture, hops, maple sap, rye, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, meat and poultry (unprocessed), eggs, and aquaculture (excluding systems that maintain live animals through uptake and discharge of water). Qualified facilities include grain bins, hay barns and cold storage facilities for eligible commodities.  

Loans up to $50,000 can be secured by a promissory note/security agreement and loans between $50,000 and $100,000 will require additional security.

Producers do not need to demonstrate the lack of commercial credit availability to apply. The loans are designed to assist a diverse range of farming operations, including small and mid-sized businesses, new farmers, operations supplying local food and farmers markets, non-traditional farm products, and underserved producers.

To learn more about the FSA Farm Storage Facility Loan, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport  or contact your local FSA county office.  To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.


MCC Prom 2017

Murray County Cental’s 2017 Prom will be held on Saturday, April 29th.  The theme this year is “Hollywood – Red Carpet”.  The prom attendees are chauffeured throughout the night and will begin the evening by dining at Key Largo at 5:30.  Sophomore waitresses and waiters are Celeste Aamodt, Megan Busman, Courtney Tutt, Justin Benda, Jake Bleyenberg, and Mason Woldt.   After dining they will proceed to the MCC Central gymnasium for the Grand March.  The public is invited to attend the Grand March beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Central gym.  The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. with a $1.00 cover charge.  After the Grand March there will be a few minutes to take photos.  The dance will be held in the Central gym from 9:00 – 11:45 with “Touch of Class” providing the music.  After the dance, the prom attendees will be enjoying the post prom festivities in the auditorium and gymnasium hosted by the junior parents.  A large variety of fun activities are planned including a hypnotist, sumo suit wrestling, giant Jenga, Sit and Grin Photo Booth, inflatables, and more!  A big “Thank You” goes out to everyone who helps make this a safe and lasting memory for our young students.  We would also like to thank all of the businesses that support the post-prom activity, the volunteers who chauffeur the attendees, and the junior parents.  Without your support this activity could not take place. Prom advisors are:  Brenda Whitehead, James Wajer, Kim DeLong, and Mark Carlson.