By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN The Lester Prairie Business Association (LPBA) has experienced renewed energy this year and welcomed some new members, according to President Troy Feltmann.
He noted the association has several projects in the works.
One of these is creating welcome bags that new residents can pick up at city hall.
The bags include information about local businesses, as well as a variety of special offers.
Businesses that would like to participate in the welcome bag program may contact Feltmann at (320) 282-6520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another new thing on which the LPBA has been working is a map project.
Feltmann noted that one reason for doing this is the development of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail, which is bringing new people into the community.
He said the project will involve a map of Lester Prairie, showing the amenities that are available, and information about LPBA member businesses.
The association will be making a change to one of its annual events this year.
In the past, the visit with Santa has been organized as a separate event.
This year, Feltmann said, it will take place in conjunction with the pancake breakfast hosted by the Lester Prairie Lions Sunday, Dec. 4 at Lester Prairie City Hall.
Looking ahead to next year, Feltmann said the association is working on signs that will direct people to Lester Prairie downtown businesses.
He said the LPBA will work on planning the signs over the winter, with the goal of having them installed next spring.
The next LPBA meeting will take place at noon, Thursday, Nov. 17 at Lester Prairie City Hall. New members are welcome.
Annual dues for new LPBA members are $50. Feltmann said the group keeps the dues low to encourage businesses to join the association.
Much of the Nov. 17 meeting will be devoted to planning projects for 2017.
One new event that has been discussed is a job fair to take place in the spring.
The association hopes that this will promote the fact that good local jobs are available, and young people don’t need to leave the area after college to find a job.
There are other ideas in the works, as well.
“We are trying to do things that will benefit the entire Lester Prairie business community,” Feltmann said.