In response to the coronavirus pandemic, multiple local businesses are sharing the good things that others have done at their business, or are making their own good news at the business through giveaways and discounts.

Lakeshirts starts making face masks

Lakeshirts started using some of their embroidery machines to make face masks for area hospitals, clinics and nursing homes early last week, according to a statement by Mark Fritz and Mike Hutchinson. There's a small number of employees working on the masks, following Gov. Tim Walz's order on social distancing and only critical employees working, the statement said.

Some fitness centers offer classes online

Many fitness centers are now offering video classes online:

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LongWeekend T-shirt funds go back to local businesses

Long Weekend Sportswear in Perham created a T-shirt design that supports local bars and restaurants. The shirts have the word "HOME," an acronym for Helping Our Minnesota Economy, in large letters with the shape of Minnesota next to it.

LongWeekend Sportswear is giving the funds from the shirts sold back to the local restaurant of each customer's choice. The customers will also get a $10 gift card to that business. (Courtesy photo)
LongWeekend Sportswear is giving the funds from the shirts sold back to the local restaurant of each customer's choice. The customers will also get a $10 gift card to that business. (Courtesy photo)

The proceeds from each shirt go to the bar or restaurant of the customer's choosing, and customers will receive a $10 gift card to that location, according to the website. Customers can choose from:

  • The Cactus
  • 1894
  • Brew Ales and Eats
  • Disgruntled Brewing
  • Spanky's Stone Hearth
  • Billy's Corner Bar
  • Skal Bar & Grill
  • Bleacher's Sports Bar
  • Hub 41
  • Brygge
  • Hillbillies Vittles & Brew
  • Brewtus Brickhouse

The store will stay open until Sunday, April 12, with shirts delivered the week of April 27. To purchase a shirt, go to

The Nines gives discounts and giveaways

Several local businesses have been supported by promotions at The Nines, The Nines Kids and Lit Decor & Gift. Owner Lauren Zima kept her online store open

  • to buy a meal to any local restaurant (Patti Ziebell won, and chose Spanky's Stone Hearth);
  • to offer discounts and gift cards to health care professionals,
  • and to sponsor a gift card giveaway and salon credit (Jana Davis won the gift card and credit to ADAE Salon).

For more information go to The Nines Facebook page at

Dollar General gives health care workers 10% discount

All medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guardsmen can now receive a 10% discount at Dollar General locations on qualifying purchases. The individuals just need to show their employment badge or ID at stores to receive the discount, according to a news release.

The discount will be available until Thursday, April 30. After that, the business plans to evaluate if the discount should be extended, based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The discount follows Dollar General designating the first hour it's open to senior customers only, and closing stores an hour early to give more time for cleaning and stocking, according to a previous Tribune article.

Locals donate funds, gift cards for meat bundles at Lakes Processing

Lakes Processing's emergency meat bundles, usually priced at $150, were lowered in price on March 18 due to an anonymous individual donating extra funds to help others, according to a Facebook post. On March 23, another Facebook post shared that a different anonymous individual donated Hub 41 gift cards to go with the emergency meat bundles.

Lakes Processing's emergency meat bundles cost $150. (Courtesy photo)
Lakes Processing's emergency meat bundles cost $150. (Courtesy photo)

Brygge sells $50 gift cards for $25 each per donors request

A local person bought five $50 gift cards at Brygge, giving them back to the business so they could sell them to five others for $25 each, according to a Facebook post. The business is taking entries for the gift cards on Facebook by customers sharing their favorite board game. The five winners were announced the morning of Wednesday, April 1. Brygge's Facebook page is