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Commerce Secretary Richard Leinenkugel visited River Falls Jan. 28 to announce $108,000 in economic development tax credits awarded to NELA Ternes Register Group, a company that moved its U.S. headquarters in summer 2009 from Minnesota to the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park in River Falls. NELA brought over 62 employees with it and has committed to creating 20 more jobs. "This announcement is further evidence that Wisconsin has some of the strongest economic development tools in the country," said Governor Jim Doyle in a news release.
Nine local organizations will team up to hold a summit 7:30 a.m.-noon May 21 at the Bethel Highlands Lutheran Church, 504 Frontage Road, Hudson, because they see the evidence of hunger and homelessness on the rise in both Pierce and St. Croix counties. Bethel Lutheran Church, Two Rivers Community Land Trust, St Croix Valley Community Foundation, United Way of St. Croix Valley, West Cap, Salvation Army, St.
Polka enthusiasts: Gear up for a full weekend of music and dancing at the 33rd annual Polka Fest Thursday - Sunday at the Pierce County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 65 in Ellsworth. Organizers expect about 2,400 fans to attend, including campers who stay a few nights or all weekend. Festivities kick off 7 p.m. Thursday with a jam session featuring Bruce Libby and Buttons and Bellows. Fourteen bands take the stage during the four-day event. Fans can shop the goods and services of Fritz Concertina Repair and Sales as well as polka music by Chuck Stastny.