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Emma Fury receives community service award
Jan. 24, 2020

Ivan Raconteur
Editor

WINSTED, MN – Mayor Steve Stotko presented the Don C. Guggemos Sr. Community Service Award in the youth category to Emma Fury during the Winsted City Council meeting Jan. 21.

Stotko stated Fury lives in Winsted and is a senior at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School.

She has been involved in the Winsted Ambassador Program, volunteers for the summer reading program at the Winsted Public Library, as well as being involved in other volunteer opportunities and organizations.

“She currently works as a companion at the Garden House and St. Mary’s Care Center, where she assists residents, enhancing their quality of life,” Stotko noted.

He added that the person recommending Fury for this award wrote, “Emma loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her. These characteristics and her commitment to volunteer service represent all that is good in the City of Winsted.”

Holy Trinity report

Holy Trinity Principal Bonita “Bonnie” Jungels and students John Mendiola (a junior) and Mason Huynh (a senior) presented an update regarding events at the school.

Mendiola and Huynh are both members of the student council (Mendiola is president), and both are members of the Holy Trinity Honor Society.

They provided a recap of some of the fall activities at the school, including the service work in which all Holy Trinity students participate.

Huynh, who is an exchange student, said people at Holy Trinity treat one another with love and respect, which gives him a feeling of home and family.

Jungels, who has been working at the school for three years, said one of the things she enjoys about Holy Trinity is watching members of the Honor Society tutor younger students.

Millerbernd Mfg. expansion

City Administrator Adam Birkholz said that as part of the 2019 city council goal setting retreat, the council directed city staff to work toward continued development of the industrial park expansion with an ultimate goal of selling one lot.

Throughout 2019, city staff has engaged in discussions with Millerbernd Manufacturing regarding the business’s need for expansion. City staff has worked toward attracting the expansion to occur within the Winsted Industrial Park. As part of the efforts, city staff proposed partnering with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to leverage state funding programs to gain the capital investments in Winsted.

DEED has two specific programs that could be applied toward incentivizing the proposed expansion project:

1. Minnesota Job Creation Fund (JCF): The Job Creation Fund provides financial incentives to new and expanding businesses that meet certain job creation and capital investment targets. The program is available to businesses engaged in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, technology-related industries, and other eligible activities. Companies must apply through the local government unit where the project is located. Additionally, companies must obtain local government support via council resolution where a project is located to allow the business to apply to DEED to receive designation as a Job Creation Fund business.

2. Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF): The Minnesota Investment Fund provides financing to help add new workers and retain high-quality jobs on a statewide basis. The program focus is on industrial, manufacturing, and technology-related industries to increase the local and state tax base and improve economic vitality statewide. Funds are awarded to local units of government that provide loans to assist expanding businesses. All projects must meet minimum criteria for private investment, number of jobs created or retained, and wages paid. At least 50 percent of total project costs must be privately financed through owner equity and other lending sources.

To receive a Minnesota Investment Fund Award, companies must obtain local government support for the project via council resolution. The city submits the application on behalf of the business.

A public hearing is required prior to application and council resolution of support.

The council adopted a resolution to support the application to the Minnesota Job Creation Fund for Millerbernd Manufacturing, and scheduled a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers to consider the submittal of an application to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) on behalf of Millerbernd Manufacturing to request financing from the Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF).

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved the appointment of Aaron Millerbernd to the position of secretary with the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department, with a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021.

• heard from Birkholz that 2020 dog licenses are available at a cost of $10.

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