Monday, September 26, 2016

Main Street News: September 26th

As the seasons begin to change, some of us feel the itch to make a change as well.  To move on to the next activity, event and project.  Children are back in the fall school routines, student/athletes are into a regular practice schedule and parents are into a new routine.  For many households, homeowners are thinking about the fall “To Do” list.  Finish harvesting the gardens, winterize the house or cabin, clean up the yard or do some fall landscaping and get the carpets cleaned are just a few of the projects that may be on that list. 

As you draft your list of projects and work on crossing the items off, don’t forget to consider the businesses here in Barnesville that can help you – and in some cases do it for you!  Lawn care, carpentry, furnace servicing, indoor or outdoor painting needs, and the do-it-yourself supplies like paint, varnish, tools and equipment are all right here locally.  While we don’t want to rush the fall season, it is a good idea to plan ahead and prepare.  Don’t wait to get these items scheduled with your local service provider or wait until the last minute to buy your repair items and get the job done.

Although I know that many of us don’t want it to arrive anytime soon, we all know that it is imminent.  It will snow.  Now is also the time of year to get prepared for that first snowfall.  We have businesses right here that will sell or service a snow blower.  Call them with your snow blower needs.  Or if you need to make arrangements for that snow removal service, we have those businesses too.  Don’t hesitate to contact them for an estimate or get on their service list for the upcoming winter.

Our local businesses need your business all year long - every year.  They are here to provide you with a number of products and services that you need.  Commuting to work out of town?  Many businesses are happy to meet with you after their ‘normal’ hours too.  Don’t just assume it’s easier to get something from out of town, that’s not necessarily true. Put this on your to do list…Think locally first. Your business is important to each Barnesville business. Your local managers, staff and owners care more about your personal needs and keeping your business than a store out of town does.    

We choose to live here enjoying a healthy community life and a healthy school. It is important to each of us to ensure that this continues to be a great place to raise children, build lives and enjoy our time.  A healthy community will be a growing community.  We need to support our businesses in order to keep our community financially healthy too.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Main Street News: September 19th

This month will be the last for the Main Street Program’s Yard of the Week.  It started in June and has shined a spotlight on some of Barnesville’s talented green thumb residents. 

The Main Street Design Committee endorsed the prestigious award which was given weekly all summer long. Nominations were taken at Barnesville Drug & Hardware and Thompson Greenery or at the Main Street office. Special thanks to them for their willingness to display the drop boxes and for their support of this program. The Barnesville Record Review was kind enough to feature this in color each week.

There was never a shortage of nominations. Some homes were nominated numerous times! There were many more nominations than weeks in the season. And each yard was deserving in its own way. There was a great deal of variety including simply decorated yards or ones with many flowers, ornately landscaped, big and small yards, yards in newer and older parts of town and much more. Some nominations were duplicates from last year’s awards. For the most part, we tried to pick ‘new’ yards this year.

Although this ‘award’ didn’t come with the big money, we do hope that we were able to recognize those hard-working, dedicated homeowners that enjoy their yard and put so much time into creating a beautiful yard. We hope to have helped them share with the entire community. Have a last minute nomination? Call my office at 354-2479!

Make sure you keep an eye out for all of these wonderful looking yards as you look for deals during the Area-Wide Rummage Sales this weekend! 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Main Street News: September 12th

The final Show ‘n Shine car night of the year was held on Thursday, September 8th. The weather finally cooperated and the cars flooded Front Street. Many thanks to Jon Braton, Jerry & Gina Stanford, Carolyn Peloubet, Shannon Jablonsky, Mayor Gene Prim, Vice Mayor Jason Rick, Barnesville Public Works, Guy Swenson and our event sponsors – Barnesville Record-Review, Dean’s Bulk Service, Berg Auto Body, Cenex, State Farm Insurance, Ratzo’s Pool Hall, Stoneridge Software, Jeanette Tools and Houston Engineering. Without these great sponsors, this event wouldn’t be possible every month! We also want to thank the Barnesville Booster Club, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Debbie’s Doughnuts and the Country Chuckwagon for providing food on the streets! It was great not only to see these organizations make some profits, but also packed houses at many of the local restaurants as well! We will see you on Front Street again next year!
This is also your last week to sign up for the Fall Rummage Sales on Saturday, September 24th! Make sure you register with the Record Review before Wednesday, September 14th. This event will again prove to be an opportunity for some to clear out their ’stuff’ and for others a chance to find that bargain on an item they’ve been looking for. Plan to spend a few hours out and about hunting for treasure. Who knows what kind of deals you could find! A number of businesses are offering special deals too. Extend your day and hit the stores and restaurants too!

Many visitors will be in town for the annual Fall Rummage Sales. Be sure to welcome them to our community. This is a chance to put on our smiles and let them see just how friendly Barnesville can be. They are spending dollars in several locations in town, helping our economy and families when doing so.
All the information you need about the sales is located in today’s Record-Review and will be in brochure style and located at a number of local businesses or online at and www.barnesvillemn/com beginning Sept. 22 for all those from out of town.

Special thanks to the staff at the Record Review for their extra work and cooperation with the Main Street Program on this joint venture.  I couldn’t do it without you!  

Monday, September 5, 2016

Main Street News: September 5th

This last week, my family and I made our annual trip down to the Minnesota State Fair. Although it is usually called the “Great Minnesota Get-Together”, it seemed more like the “Great American Sweat-Together.” The weather was 80 degrees, humid, and there was hardly a breeze. There was almost 120,000 people all looking for their favorite exhibits, booths, and animals. I don’t want to wish the summer away, but the weather could have been a little cooler! Other than that, the crowds didn’t seem to bother us who were just at Potato Days and Bison home opener! The Minnesota State Fair has always been one of my favorite places to visit, but it always meant school was about to start and fall was around the corner. Ever since I can remember, falls has been a bitter sweet time for me. I love summer, the lakes and everything about the season. Then we move into cooler nights, shorter days, fall sports and beautiful autumn colors. Oh… and you can’t forget about football season!
Now that summer is coming to a close, it’s time to start looking forward to the upcoming events for the fall months. This Thursday, September 8th we have our last Show ‘n Shine Car Cruise for the year. We look forward to everyone coming out for one more night! Many organizations will be selling food and local businesses running specials! Between the great food, DJ playing classic tunes, and the fascinating cars, it is guaranteed to be a good time! Then next on the calendar is our Fall Area-Wide Rummage Sales on Saturday, September 24th. This is a great time to either sell those kids clothes that don’t fit anymore, or find some deals on some new ones! We also are looking for vendors for the farmer’s market! If you know anyone, have them give me a call at 354-2479.