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February 15, 2016

Altura State Bank to merge with Plainview bank

Altura State Bank has signed a deal to merge with the People State Bank of Plainview.

"We are pleased to announce the combination of these two quality banks," said Dick Zabel, board chairman of Peoples State Bank. "Our banks are both family owned and share a similar culture and approach for customers and employees."

LogoThe merger is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016.

Altura has one branch at 411 Main Street NW in Altura. The bank was founded by the Kramer family in 1910. It now has more than $50 million in assets. That branch will operate under the name of Peoples State Bank.

"The merger will provide our customers with more products and services, while maintaining the small community banking experience they have come to expect," said President and CEO Peter Kramer of Altura State Bank.

0logoPeoples State Bank of Plainview has approximately $200 million in assets and five branches, in Plainview, Elgin and Millville in Minnesota, as well as Boyceville and Menomonie in Wisconsin.

The combined bank, operating as Peoples State Bank of Plainview, expects to have assets of more than $250 million

"We welcome Altura State Bank employees and look forward to working with them as partners in serving the Altura customers," Plainview CEO and President Gary Timm.

Timm took over as president of the bank in January 2014. He took over from Zabel, who became the chairman or the board.


September 10, 2014

Workers at Lakeside Foods to lose jobs when Hormel ends contract

PLAINVIEW — About half of the year-round workers at Lakeside Foods workers learned last week that their jobs at Plainview's largest employer will be ending soon, as Austin's Hormel Foods pulls its contract with the plant.

4965162612_d023537c6b_oWhile the Manitowoc, Wis.-based Lakeside isn't releasing the number of jobs being cut, insiders are estimating that between 75 and 90 workers will lose their jobs when Hormel Foods pulls its production contract at the 650,000-square-foot plant.

Lakeside executives have previously said the Plainview plant employs about 80 full-time people, plus about 85 others that work solely on the Hormel contract. The Hormel contract with Lakeside to produce its Top Shelf products was a year-round contract.

Hormel says it plans to move that production to other facilities by late fall.

“This was a difficult decision to make, but moving the operations to other facilities within our company will provide greater production, purchasing and distribution efficiencies," said Donald J. Temperley, Hormel's vice president of Grocery Products operations, in a message this morning.

When the plant is packing seasonal vegetables, Lakeside's employment swells to a temporary peak of about 270 workers, who work 60 to 70 hours a week to get the fresh vegetables canned and frozen.

Plainview Economic Development Director Judith O. Jordan said when the community's largest employer loses such a major contract and needs to cut positions, it's a serious situation.

"We are all concerned about how this impacts Plainview. We hope Lakeside will be able to identify a new co-packer to work with to replace the Hormel production," she said.

The Lakeside Foods facility in Plainview is just one of eleven food processing plant in the Lakeside system. The Plainview facility is also one of six distribution facilities.

April 02, 2010

Lakeside Foods to cut jobs

Here's a snippet of a piece by P-B colleague Elliott Mann in today's edition:

PlvwPlt Approximately 30 Lakeside Food employees in Plainview will lose their jobs by May, said a spokesperson for Lakeside.

The employees were notified Thursday. The action comes in the 127-employee Contract Operations Division.

Lakeside said it will continue to employ in excess of 100 hourly and salaried contract personnel on its first shift, which produces a variety of branded and private label food products.

March 18, 2008

The Hangar is gone

I swung by the Rochester Airport this foggy and slushy morning to check up on Andy Chafoulias' bar and grill project.
It looks like 331 is cooking along. The Hangar sign is down making room for big numbers to go up.

From the amount of construction trucks and guys going in and out, I'd guess it is on track for the March 31 opening.

I'll keep an eye on things out there.

February 09, 2008

Supper club re-opens in Plainview

Look for some action in Plainview this Valentine’s Day. That’s Thursday, if you don’t know it.

Dorothy and Orrin “Puddin” Haugen plan to re-open the restaurant at the Plainview Golf Course as The Hill Supper Club and Lounge.

“We’ll have steak, shrimp, ribs, broasted chicken … pretty down-home stuff,” says Dorothy Haugen.

They have been remodeling what used to be Finne’s Golf View, which has been closed for a while. The Haugens also own WDs Bar and Grill in Mazeppa.

The plan is to have about 15 to 20 employees to staff the club, which can seat about 200.

“I’ve heard a lot of buzz about it. People are happy to see it come back,” she said.

So why call it The Hill?

“A lot of people in Plainview already call it The Hill. So we decided we’ll just call it The Hill,” Haugen said.

July 30, 2007

HBC on the move

Here's a little bit more on the Hiawatha Broadband Communications Inc. dividend. Actually, this is just a portion of a story I have set for print Tuesday. Three Fastenal founders including Bob Kierlin are on the board. Another Fastenal founder, Rochester Athletic Club owner Jack Remick, also is in involved. This is includes the Olmsted County/ Rochester specfic questions:

HBC offers high speed Internet, local and long distance telephone, cable television, and video production services in Winona, St. Charles, and Wabasha. It also offers dial-up Internet to Lewiston and surrounding communities.

The company is also building new networks in Lewiston, Stockton and Rollingstone this summer as a back-up fiber ring that runs near Plainview, Elgin, Dover, and Eyota.

“That sets up the potential to build networks in those communities,” Evans said.

Is HBC coming to Rochester?

“We’re inching closer and closer to Rochester,” he said with a laugh. “Seriously, we have made no decisions as to Rochester.”

HBC did conduct a broadband-over-powerlines study in Rochester in 2004 and 2005, though there are no plans to offer that service in Rochester or elsewhere.

September 05, 2006

A.W. Beadblasting +Plainview

A manufacturer of parts used in the semiconductor industry, A.W. Beadblasting, has moved to Plainview from St. Paul.

It is expected to bring 16 to 20 jobs to the area, according to the Plainview News. Its co-owners are Joyce Guertin and Art White.

It opened in August. It also has a site still in St. Paul along with one in Ireland.

We'll do more this one later.