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All artists set to return for Winstock ’21; tickets on sale Friday

SPONSORED POST - Wednesday, June 24 – As heard this morning on K102 and the Winstock Radio Network, all 11 national acts – including headliners Luke Combs and Darius Rucker – and all four regional acts that were confirmed for Winstock 2020 have signed on to perform at Winstock 2021, set for Friday-Saturday, June 18-19. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, June 26, at 10 a.m. and will feature special “early-early bird” pricing.

“We are incredibly proud to not only bring the exact same lineup that was scheduled for this year to perform at Winstock in 2021, but also offer a special ticket price and no service fees through July 15,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Chairman Dave Danielson.

Joining Combs and Rucker at Winstock ’21 will be Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy, Brett Eldredge, Chris Janson, Runaway June, Shenandoah, Phil Vassar, Drew Baldridge, Lainey Wilson, Drew Parker, Eric Chesser, Jake Nelson, Up South, and Bobby Vandell’s Real Men of Country.



For those who opted to roll over their tickets and/or camping orders from 2020 for the 2021 dates, there is no action needing to take place. Tickets/passes will be mailed in early 2021 as in years past.

For those who received a refund, those tickets and camping passes have been released back into the online order system, and will be available for purchase Friday, June 26, beginning at 10 a.m. If interested in obtaining the tickets/camping sites previously held before refunds were issued, it is advised to act fast before they are sold.

Tickets/camping may be ordered at or by calling (320) 485-4287.


As announced, tickets for Winstock 2021 will go on sale this Friday, June 26, at 10 a.m. A special early-early bird promotion is taking place beginning then through Wednesday, July 15 at midnight.

General admission tickets will cost $125, reserved $200, camping $130, and extra vehicle passes will remain $35. VIP, along with campgrounds A, B, C, and D remain sold out. In addition to the early-early bird pricing, Winstock is offering NO PROCESSING FEES on orders placed between June 26 and July 15. After July 15, ticket prices will increase, and processing fees will be reinstated.

“Hopefully by keeping prices down and by eliminating processing fees, a lot of folks will be able to jump on getting their tickets now and then not have to worry about it this spring at the traditional early bird deadline,” Danielson said.


Additional information will be forthcoming on Winstock’s commitment to the safety of its fans, volunteers, performers and their crews, as well as the community of Winsted.

“We will work incredibly hard at providing the safest event possible, keeping in close contact with local and state officials,” Danielson said. “We are excited to share some of the new features fans can expect to see at Winstock ’21 and are hopeful everyone will return with us better than ever.”


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Small Business Relief Grants program accepting applications starting June 23

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced that the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program – which was approved by the Minnesota Legislature last week and signed by Governor Tim Walz on Tuesday – will begin accepting applications next week.

This program will provide $10,000 grants to small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Half of the funding will go to businesses in Greater Minnesota and half to businesses in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area, as required by law.

Additional requirements include:

$18 million for businesses with six or fewer full-time employees
$10 million for minority business enterprises
$2.5 million for veteran-owned businesses
$2.5 million for women-owned businesses
$2.5 million for operators of indoor retail and food markets with an ethnic cultural emphasis
“Small businesses across our state urgently need this relief,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “DEED applauds the bipartisan action to pass this legislation, and we are grateful to Governor Walz for signing the bill quickly so we could immediately get this grant program up and running.”

The application period will begin on Tuesday, June 23 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 to fulfill the 10-day period required by the law. A randomized, computer-generated lottery process will be used to select eligible businesses that will receive awards. All awards will be administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit agencies, and the grant funds can be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other similar business expenses.

To be eligible, businesses must have a permanent physical location in Minnesota and be majority owned by a permanent resident of Minnesota. Businesses must be able to demonstrate hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Additional eligibility requirements and application information can be found online at DEED’s Small Business Relief Grants page.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more information about the agency and its services visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.

Frontier customers eligible for refunds, bill credits following settlement

ST. PAUL, MN – July 20 is the final day to apply for rebates or bill credits for past and current Frontier Communications customers. Former and current Frontier Communications customers may be eligible based on past service quality and reliability problems. Those eligible are urged to act fast because the settlement claim period, which began in April, will end July 20.

“More than two thousand Minnesotans across the state have already filed a claim for rebates or bill credits from this settlement,” said Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley. “Many more current and former Frontier customers may be eligible and should review the settlement categories to see if they qualify. The window to make claims is open now through July.”

Applications for refund or bill credit are available online by clicking here.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered the rebates and bill credits, consistent with negotiated terms reached between the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Frontier. Customers of Frontier Communications of Minnesota, Inc. and Citizens Telecommunications of MN, LLC, collectively referred to as Frontier, should have received notice from Frontier in bill inserts and direct mail in April.

“This settlement provides some relief to those who dealt with less than adequate service,” said Commissioner Kelley.

Frontier customers from across the state came forward with concerns and complaints about Frontier’s practices, unreliable service and being overcharged for their phone service.

“It is important to note that both current and past Frontier customers may be eligible,” added Kelley.

The settlement resulted in the following categories for which a former or current Frontier customer may claim a refund or bill credit.

  • Telephone was out-of-service and not restored within 24 hours.
  • Incorrect billing for service related to vacation rate.
  • Late fees charged for phone service despite bill being paid on or before due date.
  • Frontier did not cancel telephone service upon request, resulting in additional charges.
  • Charged to receive a paper bill for telephone service.
  • Charged for three-way calling without subscribing to the service.
  • Wrongly charged for directory assistance or 411 calls.
  • Charged an early termination fee on or after Jan. 1, 2016, without having signed an agreement.
  • Inappropriately charged fees to reconnect telephone service.
  • Telephone disconnected without proper notice.
  • Refusal to install local telephone service.
  • Inability to use the telephone due to static, cross talk, or other notice.
  • Installation delay of more than three business days for primary local service line.
  • Same trouble on the same line within 30 days.
  • Frontier missed a repair appointment for telephone service.
  • Customer service representation claimed no trouble report exists from an earlier call regarding the same phone issue.

The above categories of complaint addressed a significant portion of the complaints received from Frontier’s Minnesota consumers. But, consumers should be aware that the Department is continuing to investigate a number of issues that were not settled.

Frontier Communications of Minnesota, Inc., and its affiliate, Citizens Telecommunications of Minnesota, LLC, provide telephone service to approximately 75,000 Minnesota households and businesses, as well as internet service to many more households, in many parts of Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area.

Applications for refund or bill credit are online here.

Council approves fees for nuisance violations

DELANO, MN – In the past, Delano property owners in violation of the city’s nuisance ordinances received a number of warning letters and faced legal action for code enforcement on their properties.
Now, instead of legal action, they will face fines starting at $200, following action by the Delano City Council Tuesday evening.
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DELANO, MN – June 19 is here.

It’s the deadline that the Minnesota Ready Coalition gave Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to fully open all businesses in the state.

Delano Area Chamber of Commerce is one of more than 50 business and industry organizations – representing tens of thousands of businesses and employees throughout the state – to join the Minnesota Ready Coalition. DACC hosted a #Delano Ready event featuring local representatives of the business community June 11. A Facebook Live video of the event has been viewed more than 7,000 times.

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Motorcyclist killed in crash in Franklin Township

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A St. Bonifacius man has died as the result of a Saturday evening motorcycle crash in Franklin Township, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

The WCSO reports that, at about 6:28 p.m., deputies responded to the intersection of Wright County Road 17 Southeast and 110th Street Southeast in Franklin Township for a report of a motor vehicle crash.

Deputies arrived and found a motorcycle and the driver, identified as William Scott II, 51, of St. Bonifacius, on the ground near the intersection.

Deputies and emergency medical personnel provided care to Scott, who was transported by ambulance to Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia for serious injuries. Scott later died at the hospital.

Deputies determined through their investigation that a Chevrolet Blazer being driven by Keith Kokesch, 52, of Watertown, pulled into the intersection from 110th Street Southeast to go north on County Road 17 and pulled in front of the motorcycle being driven by Scott who was southbound on County Road 17.

Kokesch was not injured.

The crash is still under investigation.