Detroit Mountain is hiring staff going into the winter recreation season on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 at the mountain.

Many positions — such as lift operators, snow making crew, training staff and other guest services positions — are available. Applicants are encouraged to attend the job fair in-person or apply on the Detroit Mountain website.

The job fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.

Employees at Detroit Mountain enjoy a variety of perks during ski season, including: a free season pass, free lessons, discounted meals and merchandise discounts.

Winter hiring event at Detroit Mountain on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 2021. (screenshot)
Winter hiring event at Detroit Mountain on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 2021. (screenshot)

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DEED highlights rural Minnesota workforce shortages in new report

According to a new report issued by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, rural areas of the state are experiencing a record number of job vacancies during a time when the number of individuals participating in the workforce is either slowing or declining.

The report states the average number of job vacancies in the state is the highest DEED has ever recorded since it began tracking the data in 2001.

The rural employment problem is only expected to worsen in the coming years, the report said, due to the higher percentage of older workers in those workforces compared to the Twin Cities metro area. Additionally, there are not enough younger workers in many rural areas of the state to replace the older generation of employees.

Employers are using different tactics to attract workers to fill these open positions, the report said. Increased wages and benefits, decreasing educational requirements and experience needed along with offering paid, on-the-job training are all tools being used to attract new applicants.

According to DEED, the average wage for open positions in northwest Minnesota is $14.62 per hour, compared to the Twin Cities, where wages for similar open positions average $17.12 per hour.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture offers sustainability grants; applications due Dec. 9

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will be awarding up to $250,000 in grants to businesses related to energy efficient, environmentally beneficial and sustainable agricultural techniques and systems.

Each applicant can request up to $50,000 for a project, but any request over $25,000 must include a provision for matching funds in order to be considered.

Each project is required to be in service for two to three years, depending on the project. Additionally, grant recipients must be prepared to share the results of their projects with others. Projects will also be published in the department's Greenbook newsletter.

Past projects receiving funding included: Exploring farm diversification, cover crops and crop rotation, conservation tillage, input reduction strategies, and alternative energies such as wind, methane, and biomass, according to the department.

Applications can be submitted through the department's online portal, which can be found through it's website.

The Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) program will accept applications until Thursday, Dec. 9.