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FEDA talks industry training courses

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Economic Development Authority met Monday night and approved its new board slate and discussed updates on Whitetail Ridge and Iowa Lakes.

FEDA board members Mike Wubbena and Sara Gerhard received updated roles in the FEDA Board. Gerhard became the President of the FEDA Board and Wubbena became the Vice-President. Chantill Kahler-Royer remained the Secretary and Treasurer.

Paul Determan from REMAX Total Realty gave an update on Whitetail Ridge. There are lots available to purchase and there have been a few inquiries on different lots. The development is getting attention, but so far the inquiries have not gone any further. The FEDA Board decided to keep the prices the same on those lots and continue to look for ways to sell those lots.

Iowa Lakes Community College is in the process of teaming up with the city of Fairmont to bring various industry training sessions to the Southern Minnesota Educational Campus. The training sessions include an OSHA 10-Hour Industry, an OSHA 30-Hour General Industry, a PIT (Forklift) Train the Trainer, and an ARC Flash.

The OSHA 10-Hour Industry would be an introductory safety class that explores standards and best practices for entry-level workers. The OSHA 30-Hour General Industry is a training course that is a comprehensive safety program designed for employees with supervisory duties. The program provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues, including an extensive list of potential hazards, safety procedures, and administrative responsibilities.

The PIT (Forklift) Train the Trainer are sessions to prepare participants to provide forklift training to their organization’s employees and helps with record-keeping and standards compliance. ARC Flash is electrical safety and compliance training. All courses would be held at the SMEC if this were to go through.

The next FEDA meeting will be on July 12 at 3:30 p.m.

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