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Biz Buzz: State fair, business notes and Progress all on tap for Labor Day

This last weekend for the state fair could include a stop with a Brainerd lakes area connection. The extended Helmer family, who have the Fried Fruit on a Stick at the state fair, introduced queen green olives with fresh jalapenos with cream chee...

The extended Helmer family is back at the state fair with their concession stand for Fried Fruit-on-a-stick and fried olives. Submitted photo
The extended Helmer family is back at the state fair with their concession stand for Fried Fruit-on-a-stick and fried olives. Submitted photo

This last weekend for the state fair could include a stop with a Brainerd lakes area connection.

The extended Helmer family, who have the Fried Fruit on a Stick at the state fair, introduced queen green olives with fresh jalapenos with cream cheese for this season, saying they bring a combination of cheesy, salty, crunchy and spicy. The olives are served on a stick with dipping sauce.

The Helmers also continue to offer the item that got them through the gate with their Fried Fruit-on-a-stick, fruit smoothies and fruit cups with strawberries, pineapples, peaches, pears, bananas, apples, grapes, cherries and, of course, olive.

Their concession stand is next to the grandstand ramp in Carousel Park.

As a reminder, The Dispatch will continue to provide an outlet for these important community news briefs but on Sept. 10, the Dispatch is beginning a change.

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Moving forward, people will be able to submit their own business notes online and include photos for a small charge.

The Dispatch has always edited business notes submissions to fit for content, grammar and copy style. The online option will allow readers to submit the copy they want to include. Up to 7 inches of copy will be available for $25 with each additional inch of copy available for an additional $10 fee. The fee will cover the cost of printing. For items submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesdays, there will be a guarantee the submission will be printed in the following Sunday Business section, which is something that couldn't be done previously. As submissions are entered, they'll be posted individually online with their own headlines instead of being combined in a single list for that week.

A link on the Dispatch homepage will provide access to the business news submissions, where readers may include the text and submit photos.

We'll continue to run items such as upcoming events in our news coverage and features on area businesses and changes and trends in our communities.

We know this will be a change, but we hope it will be one that provides readers with more options to include the information they want to share with the community at a nominal cost and a quicker publication than the process currently allows.

To place a business note, go to the Business Briefs link on the Brainerd Dispatch homepage. Once there, create an account. With an account created, the page opens up to the business briefs where users will have options from a single brief with no photo, or one with a single photo up to five photos. The top buttons allow users to move through the progression from selecting the category, choosing package, entering the description, choosing a format and then confirming the order.

The site will be live beginning Tuesday. The deadline for submissions for the Sept. 10 paper will be 5 p.m. Wednesday. Contact us with any questions as we go through this transition. Stay tuned for more details.

Labor Day-on this long holiday weekend, the unofficial end of summer and celebration of the American work effort and ethic, we hope our readers will have safe travels and will spend some time with our Progress edition.

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The special section comes out in Monday's paper. It is many months in the making and takes a full team effort to create. We'll have videos, photo galleries and podcasts available from our homepage to provide multiple ways to experience these stories about entrepreneurs, trends and companies in the lakes area. The variety in our midst may surprise readers for the breadth and scope of all that goes on here amid the lakes and trees. And each year, we just scratch a bit of the surface.

Enjoy this long holiday weekend and thank you for supporting local journalism through your readership.

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