Our View: St. Peter’s Business Assistance Program Shines | Editorials

Kudos to the town of Saint-Pierre and its businesses for what clearly appears to be a successful business assistance program in the midst of the pandemic.

The city, like others in the region, has created a local fund-based business assistance program that provides grants and loans to businesses, with some loans being interest-free and with minimal loan repayments.

Help went to a birthing center, bars, restaurants, hair salons, public gathering places and fitness centers. A Somali grocery store, a vital business for the Somali community, also received a loan that kept it going.

Megan Willette, owner of a 24-hour laundromat, was able to consolidate her business with the loan and add an important security camera to help her customers feel safe.

Her business was vandalized and she was the victim of a workplace crime. Security cameras will now add another layer of security.

Business assistance programs run by cities and counties can be more useful than larger state and federal programs because small governments can get help faster and with less paperwork.

St. Peter can be proud of its downtown area, which officials say has maintained an occupancy rate of almost 100%. We are sure the aid has helped this cause.

Bury the CO2

Well done for advancing the CO2 capture and storage plans.

The idea of ​​burying carbon dioxide has long been a goal to slow climate change until the country and the world succeed in creating enough energy efficiency and renewable energy to adequately reduce CO2 emissions. .

Now, an Iowa company is hoping to develop a $ 2 billion project that would collect and liquefy carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in the Midwest and direct it to North Dakota to be buried deep underground.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Summit Carbon Solutions hopes the project will be operational by 2024. A federal tax credit supporting such underground storage would bolster this ambitious and expensive endeavor.

It has long been questioned whether CO2 could be safely and permanently sealed underground, preventing it from escaping into the atmosphere. Scientists have said in recent years that if sealed in certain rock formations, the process is doable.

It’s an intriguing idea that could save us more time to make the big changes needed to tackle climate change.

Vaccine cooperation

Well done to pharmaceutical giant Merck, which will partner with its main rival Johnson & Johnson to produce J & J’s coronavirus vaccine.

Big Pharma receives a lot of criticism, and much of it is deserved.

Again, credit where it is due on the vaccine, starting with the technical realization of developing several vaccines in less than a year from the emergence of the virus. Now that J&J is struggling to ramp up production of its newly approved single-dose vaccine, Merck will devote some of its resources to manufacturing a rival’s product.

The Biden administration played a role in this regard; he invokes the Defense Production Act to facilitate Merck’s participation. It’s a move the Trump administration foolishly resisted at the start of the pandemic, when supplies were scarce.

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Congratulations to the blood donors

Great appreciation is due to those who took the time Monday to donate blood to the American Red Cross. Thanks to your donations, we were able to collect 78 units of blood.

Without the support of all the volunteers, this blood drive would not have been a success. We are grateful to each of you.

We are grateful to Pastor Carl Bruiher and the staff of the First Lutheran Church for using their facilities and to members of the American Legion for distributing our posters throughout the city and to the businesses who displayed these posters.

The need for blood is critical, especially now, and our donors in the Sweat region can be very proud.

Kay King Blood Drive Co-Chairs and Linda Endres

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