Monday, June 29, 2020

Marigold Days Update

The Marigold Days committee will have a limited celebration targeted for our community members. The Saloon, will be hosting a dance and there will be fireworks. Other Details are still being worked out. This years celebration is not going to be "advertised" and the committee is trying to keep the expenses down since there will not be vendors this year.

More updates to follow as they become available.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Mantorville accepting proposals for Radiator Shop

The City of Mantorville is looking for proposals for the transfer of the Old Radiator shop back into the private sector. The Creamery that was later converted to a radiator shop is being considered for demolition; however, the City is also considering any "options" to restore the shop which is located in the flood plane. The building needs a new roof, sewer connecting line and some interior structural repairs. In addition to the repair above, the structure would also need new HVAC and electrical service work. The City Council is deferring any decision until our first meeting in August. Those interested in presenting proposal may submit them at City Hall prior to the second Monday in August.

The Mantorville Chamber of commerce as well as the Mantorville Restoration Association has expressed an interest in seeing the structure saved, but don't currently have the resources to take on the project themselves.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Council returns to Chambers

The Mantorville City council has returned to meeting in chambers at City Hall. Anyone that needs to bring maters to the attention of the City is welcomed to attend our meetings which are held the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

Small Business Grants

Small Business Relief Grants Are OPEN
application period June 23 - July 2, 2020
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) oversees the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program which will make available $10,000 grants to Minnesotan-owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

A total of $60.3 million is available statewide, with $30 million available for Greater Minnesota small businesses. Grants can be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other similar business expenses. They do not have to be repaid.

The application period begins TODAY, June 23, and closes July 2 at 5:00 p.m. Grant recipients will be chosen by a computer-generated, randomized lottery system administered by the State of Minnesota. 
Eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • 50 or fewer full-time employees.
  • Permanent physical location in Minnesota.
  • Majority-owned by permanent Minnesota resident.
  • Businesses must be able to demonstrate hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Spanish, Somali and Hmong translations of the material, including the applications, are available on the DEED site. The translated copies are meant as guides for filling out the online application. DEED will only be accepting applications submitted through the online form.

The Cultural Market program that is a part of this funding will be handled through a separate application process solely for operators of the markets. DEED hopes to have the application ready for cultural market operators today or tomorrow.  
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is proud to partner with DEED on helping get dollars out the door to support businesses as quickly as possible. SMIF's role will be to distribute grant funds to southern Minnesota businesses that were selected by the lottery process. Businesses must apply through the DEED website.