Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants: DEED Applications Begin September 20th

Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants to Begin Accepting
Applications September 20;
Informational Resources Available Today

More than $64 million is available in grants for Minnesota businesses that experienced financial
hardship due to COVID-19.

St. Paul – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will begin accepting applications for the Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program on September 20th. This program was approved by the Minnesota State Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Walz on June 30, 2021.  

A total of $64,200,000 is available in grants for Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Businesses that are majority-owned by military veterans, women, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color individuals; employ 6 people or fewer; and/or did not receive previous assistance from other state relief programs will be prioritized in the selection process. Funding will be distributed in a 50/50 split between the Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota.   

Applicants that qualify and are selected will receive a grant amount between $10,000 and $25,000 based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTEs) employees on staff. To be eligible, businesses must operate in Minnesota and be majority owned by a resident of Minnesota. Additional eligibility requirements and application information can be found at DEED’s Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program page

“We know many small businesses are still feeling the lingering effects of the darkest days of the pandemic, so we’re eager to get this money into their pockets,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “We know small businesses are big drivers of the job growth we need in our economy and hope businesses across the state apply for these funds.” 

Previous relief programs include the Small Business Emergency Loan program, the Small Business Relief Grant Program, the Movie Theater and Convention Center Relief Grant program, and the County Relief Grant program. 

We will be holding informational sessions; please find the dates and details below.  

If you have questions, you can email MSCRG.DEED@state.mn.us. We will also be keeping our Frequently Asked Questions updated as we get inquires. Additionally, you will be able to find translated program information on our website in Hmong, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. You can also watch our How To Apply For The Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant video in Hmong, Somali and Spanish.   

Applications will be reviewed and awards will be disbursed and administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit organizations. Grant funds received by individual businesses shall be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other similar expenses that occur or have occurred since March 12, 2020, in the regular course of business. 

The application portal will open September 20, 2021 and will accept applications for 10 days after opening. Applications will close on September 29 at 11:59 p.m. Afterward, grant applications will be selected for consideration through a computer-generated, randomized selection process.  

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


Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.


·         Eligibility

To qualify, an applicant must:

·         Be private for-profit business or non-profit organization (that earns revenue in ways similar to a business) with primary operations located in the state of Minnesota.

·         Be at least 50% owned by one or more resident(s) of Minnesota.

·         Employee the equivalent of 200 full-time workers or less.

·         Be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

·         Minimum total sales or revenue of at least $10,000 for the 2020 or 2019 tax year.

In making awards, there are minimum set asides for various targeted groups and categories of businesses.

·         50% of funds will be available for businesses based in Greater Minnesota.

·         50% of funds will be available for businesses based in the 7-county metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties).

·         A minimum amount of funds must be awarded as follows:

o $18 million for businesses with six or fewer full-time workers.

o $10 million for businesses that are majority owned and operated by Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC).

o $2.5 million for businesses that are majority owned and operated by veterans.

o $2.5 million for businesses that are majority owned and operated by women.

Applicants will receive a grant amount based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTEs) employees on staff.

  • $10,000 – 6 FTEs or less.
  • $15,000 – Between 7 and 49 FTEs
  • $20,000 – Between 50 and 99 FTEs
  • $25,000 – Between 100 and 200 FTEs

Minnesota Discovery Center: Crowdfunding Digital Campaign Launch for Redhead Phase 2 Expansion

Starting Friday September 3rd 2021, The MDC will be launching a public crowdfunding campaign at www.GOREDHEAD.com to help fund the planned expansion of The Redhead MTB Park. The goal is to raise $100,000 from the public between September 3rd and October 3rd but will continue accepting donations after that deadline and until the project is fully funded. Funds raised during the campaign will directly support the phase 2 expansion plan, offsetting the total cost of the project. Members of the public  are invited to visit The Redhead crowdfunding campaign website HERE and social media platforms to follow and discover more about the project and support it with a donation.


As part of the campaign, the MDC will host a community fundraiser and screening of the documentary “Reclaimed”, a short film sharing a glimpse of the tory of The Redhead MTB Park, at the MDC theater. A date for this screening will be announced soon on the MDC and GoRedhead websites at mndiscoverycenter.com and goredhead.com

“We are thrilled to be officially launching this campaign and inviting the public behind the fences of the mines that built America,” said Jordan Metsa, MDC Fund Development and Marketing Coordinator. “A lot of hard work went into producing this campaign and we hope it helps people get excited about the unearthed potential Redhead has.”

The Phase 2 expansion project is anticipated to cost approximately $1.9 million and would include up to 14 additional miles with some wider trails for adaptive cycling and competitive racing, a mining themed paved pump track, a robust skills course, and enhanced user amenities throughout the trail system i.e. changing stations, water stations, bike pump stations, shade shacks, historical and interpretive signage, and more.

Behind the scenes, The MDC will be foraging new private and public partnerships, seeking community sponsors, and writing grants in a combined effort to raise the funds needed to complete the expansion of Redhead into its full potential as a world-class recreational destination.

“By acquiring phase 2 funding, one thing we can do is incorporate our museum into Redhead, offering a sort of educational experience as well as the recreational one everyone is coming for,” said Donna Johnson, Executive Director of the MDC. “This funding will not only build out the full experience Redhead offers, but it will allow us to share the rich history that is unique to this region.”

The expansion will help attract new visitors to the Iron Range, help the park attract new events, make the park more accessible and accommodating to beginning riders and individuals with disabilities, and promote healthy and vibrant communities. To recognize donors who contribute, the MDC will have a sign manufactured portraying the names of donors. The sign will be placed at the trailhead once the project is complete.

Chisholm Sportsmen’s Club 99th Annual Crow Feed & Trap Shoot

Saturday September 18th 2021 (Noon) at the Club Rifle Range The Chisholm Sportsmen’s Club will be hosing its 99th Annual Crow Feed and Trap Shoot.


Trophies: 4 Classes

-Regular Shoot Off

-Old Timers Division

-Kids Division (16 & Under)

-Annie Oakley


Membership, Meal, and Raffle tickets available at site; Adults $20 Meal, Kids 14 & Under $10. Covid Special- All memberships FREE.

Everyone is welcome, menu will include Roast Pork, Sliced Beef, Italian Sausage, Corn on the Cob, Salads, Rolls & Butter.

The Hibbing/ Chisholm MDHA Chapter: 40th Annual Banquet

Wednesday October 6th, 2021 at the Hibbing Memorial building The Hibbing/Chisholm Chapter of MDHA will be hosting its 40th Annual Banquet. Doors open at 4PM and Dinner will be at 6PM.


Adults- $65

Forkhorns (17 and under)- $30

Life Members- $30

Price includes admission, one year membership in MDHA, meal, and door prize drawings.

Postmark your registration by September 17th, 2021 and you will be eligible to enter into the “Sunrise Drawing” where you could win a Remington Stainless CDL 700 25-06. 

All forkhorns registering by September 17th, 2021 will also be eligible to enter into a separate “Sunrise Drawing”. Forkhorns entering will have a chance to win a Savage Axis 243.

There will be raffles throughout the evening, ticket packets will not be available the night of the banquet– so purchase them now for your chance to win!


Make sure to register now! Seating is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door. The last day of registration is September 27th and then only if spaces are available.

Visit the MDHA website HERE.

Valentini’s Supper Club: Annual Burger Bash

On Wednesday, September 29th 2021 from 4PM-6:30PM Valentini’s Supper Club will be holding their annual Burger Bash! Get ready to fill up and come out for a good time!

Tickets are $10 per person, baskets include a hamburger/cheeseburger, fries and a cookie.

Curbside pick-up and dine in available. Make checks payable to Valentini’s Supper Club.

Tickets available at Valentini’s or the CCF office at 218-966-3223


Proceeds to benefit the Chisholm Community Foundation!

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The Range Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee: Feed Your Noodle Spaghetti Feed

On Friday, September 10th from 4PM-7PM at Valentini’s Supper Club in Chisholm The Range Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be hosting the Feed Your Noodle Spaghetti Feed!

Meals will be available for dine in, curbside pick-up, or take out for $11 per person and will include: Penne Pasta, Sugo Sauce, Meatballs, Salad and Bread & Butter. All proceeds will benefit The Range Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

For presale tickets contact:

Christine @ 218-780-8484

Becci @ 218-403-0264

Lynne @ 218-244-2180

Liz @ 218-969-2303

United Way Renegade Trail Run logo

UWNEMN: In Need of Volunteers for the Renegade Trail Run

United Way of Northeast Minnesota is in need of at least 16 volunteers to help prepare the Renegade Trail Run 25k and 5k courses for next month’s event to benefit United for Veterans. If you would like to help in doing something meaningful, this is your chance!

If you’d like more information on the Renegade Run 25k and 5k use the link below!

Renegade 25k & 5k


Sign up today HERE!

City of Chisholm: Alley Reclamation

Starting Wednesday August 25th, the City of Chisholm will be reclaiming alleys. This will consist of a large milling machine grinding alleys and laying back down the reclaimed material. The machine is slow moving and needs the 16ft of city right of way in alleys to operate. All citizens are requested to remove any items and vehicles that are close to the right of way.

Also advising citizens to park on the street as travel through alleys under construction may be impossible. Vehicles in the way could be towed.

As of now the schedule is to start on the far northside of town and to work towards the south. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION so that all Chisholm citizens are aware and can make the proper preparations to avoid any problems!

Chisholm Area Chamber Fantasy Football Draft

Thursday, September 2nd at 6:30PM at Tom & Jerry’s, we will begin the draft for The Chisholm Area Chamber Fantasy Football League! Hors D’oeuvres provided by Tom & Jerry’s. The In Person Draft will live stream through Chamber Facebook for those who will be unable to attend in person so that picks can be made remotely. League is for Chisholm Area Chamber Member businesses/affiliates.


League will be operated by ESPN platform- create an account HERE if you don’t already have one. Once you’ve created an account with ESPN, join the CCCFL League HERE.


Last years CHAMPION was Big Stone Therapies, managed by Warren Ross and last place from last year was Jim Brandt from Jim’s Sports Club.