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Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council receives statewide recognition for effective use of legacy funds


Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

WILLMAR, Minn. – Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts recognized the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council on Thursday at Arts Advocacy Day for the impact the organization is having statewide utilizing funds provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

In 2008, the voters of Minnesota overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which added 3/8 of 1 percent to the state’s sales tax, and dedicated the revenue to projects that would help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy. 

Since the legacy amendment was voted into existence, Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts have traveled around the state highlighting the places in the state where the funds are best being put to use to serve the intent of the amendment. Be it with cleaner lakes, expanded trails or public art projects, every resident of Minnesota has benefited from the program. 

The Minnesota State Arts Board and each of the 11 Regional Arts Councils will get “Legacy Partners” awards for effective and extensive use of public panels to make grant decisions. Between them, the 12 agencies worked with 768 people providing more than 34,000 volunteer hours of expertise on the best use of arts state dollars. These volunteers bring expertise in the arts and nonprofit management.

“Other agencies should look to the Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils on how to effectively use public input in decision making,” said Sheila Smith. “While no process is perfect, their work takes place in transparent, open meetings and has resulted in great impact in arts access statewide.”

“For the past few years, our organizations have been singling out communities that have done a good job of utilizing Legacy funds, and this year, we decided to include the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils and some other organizations as a nod to the tremendous work they are each doing,” said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota.

Robin Pearson, Director of the Council, said, “SEMAC happily accepts this award on behalf of our dedicated volunteers who give so freely of their time to ensure the integrity of public funding.”

This year, the organizations have also chosen to single out Ducks Unlimited, The Minnesota Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, The Three Rivers Park District and a number of municipalities for .....
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Becky's Food Tales - Longer Days Require Quick Cooking

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

The days are growing longer, and I am having no trouble at all filling up those extra daylight hours. Yard work, spring cleaning, part time jobs, taking walks, meetings, appointments, clubs and more! Gone are the endless and empty days of winter, and ..... 
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Danny Joseph Ellis

By Peyton Bergey

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Danny Joseph Ellis, of Eyota, Minn., died April 1, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Danny was born September 22, 1951 to Fred and Helen Ellis. He graduated from Chatfield High School in 1969. He joined the Army in 1969 and did a tou ..... 
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Elmer John Sass

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Elmer John Sass, 84, died Friday, April 4, 2014 at his home in rural Chatfield, Minn. Elmer was born October 6, 1929 to Lawrence & Odelia (Wallerich) Sass in Wabasha County. He was baptized at Albany Catholic Church.On October 17, 1953 he married Ma ..... 
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Marvin Vernon Jonsgaard

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Marvin Vernon Jonsgaard, 83, of Peterson, Minn., died Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Marvin was born August 30, 1930 to Harry and Agnes (Bailey) Jonsgaard in rural Winona County. He served in army during the Korean War from 1951-1953 and upon his return he ..... 
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Lyle Russell Rud

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Lyle Russell Rud, 78, of Stewartville, Minn., died April 5, 2014 from complications of cancer, at the Spring Valley Care Center, where he had been a resident since January. Lyle was born April 27, 1935 in Stewartville, to Clarence & Thelma (Molde) R ..... 
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Emma Janice (Simonson) Winch

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Emma Janice (Simonson) Winch memorial service is scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at Union Prairie Lutheran Church with Pastor Paul Thompson officiating. Inurnment immediately after service with luncheon to follow. Memorials to Un ..... 
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Vyra M. Masters

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

Vyra M. Masters, age 99, of Canton, Minn., died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea, Minn. Vyra Mae Dawley was born at the family home a few miles southwest of Burr Oak, Iowa on December 14, 1914 to Charles and Cordeli ..... 
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M. Eugene Jones

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

M. Eugene (Gene) Jones, 85, died at his home farm near Lime Springs, Iowa on March 27, 2014 after several years of declining health. Memorial services were held March 30 at the Lime Springs Community Center with Dr. Donna Ihns and Pastor Melanie Gree ..... 
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