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December 1, 2021

10/1/2021 12:03:00 PM
There is still help for businesses affected by the pandemic, ahoy!
by MATT SILVER


If you are a small business owner there are still a few options to help you get through this challenging pandemic.  The Main Street COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is a $70 million program to help small businesses negatively impacted by COVD-19. A significant portion of this $70 million will be dedicated to helping Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) owned small businesses, veteran and women-owned small businesses and small businesses with six or fewer fulltime workers.

Who should apply? Private for-profit business or nonprofit organization with primary operations located in the state of Minnesota, at least 50 percent owned by one or more resident(s) of Minnesota, employing the equivalent of 200 full-time workers or less, able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, with minimum total sales or revenue of at least $10,000 for the 2020 or 2019 tax year.

Applications are open through September 29 by going to:  https://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/deed-programs/emergency-programs/main-street/

Now that the summer rush has come and gone, regarding local lake traffic.  It was a zoo on the lakes this summer which is understandable after the last year and a half we have been through.  I decided to finally get out and do a little bit of bass fishing this week. It was...amazing. I went on a day where the temp hit 80 degrees, and the winds were minimal.  The fish were biting and I counted exactly four other boats on the lake. I was in heaven, for about eight minutes.  Picture this, the whole lake is virtually empty as Matt is listening to 70’s light rock and fishing when all of the sudden here comes a jet ski.  I am not opposed to jet skis in the least. I have ridden them and they are a blast. But this guy, who has the entire lake decides to ride within 12 feet of my boat while staring straight at me the whole time. 
After muttering a swear word I started wondering what lake I was on.  Did I forget and put my boat on this guy’s private lake? No I don’t think any one person owns North Center Lake.  Maybe he hates fishermen - I get it some people don’t like to fish.  Maybe he was the welcoming committee for the group of people that actually winter on the lake.  Either way, next time if you want to come aboard my boat just ask for a ride, instead of trying to drive up onto it.  I am sooo old.






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