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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault receives a fourth seed deposit from SSE


Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Decorah, Iowa - Seed Savers Exchange, Inc., a leading non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds, has announced that a fourth deposit of 271 heirloom seed varieties has been made into the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway.

President and Executive Director John Torgrimson confirmed that Seed Savers Exchange has sent a total of 1,660 open pollinated varieties to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault since it opened in February 2008.

While Seed Savers' share represents only a small portion of the more than 600,000 total deposits at Svalbard, the organization's contribution is unique because the heirloom varieties are mostly seeds conserved by amateur home gardeners. Here is a small sampling of the 2011 deposit: Lettuce 424, "Virkler," an heirloom dating to the mid 19th century, originally from the Alsace Lorraine region of France; Tomato 2402, "Antique Roman," reported to be an old Italian paste tomato, unique because of its polymorphic fruit, donated to SSE by John Swenson; and Squash 3039, "Yokohama," introduced in the United States around the 1860's.

Seed Savers Exchange maintains its collection of thousands of heirloom and open pollinated varieties at its Heritage Farm near Decorah, Iowa, and in addition to Svalbard, has backup storage at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation at the USDA in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Torgrimson emphasized that the deposits made by SSE at Ft. Collins, as well as at Svalbard, remain the property of Seed Savers Exchange and cannot be distributed to third parties.

"It is reassuring to know that all of these varieties are being backed up for safekeeping," Torgrimson says. "Seed banks are one of the great ways to safeguard seeds; the other is through participatory preservation, where gardeners grow and save their own seeds." Members of the Seed Savers Exchange can gain access to the same seeds deposited in Svalbard through the annual 500-page Yearbook that is distributed to SSE's 13,000 members. The 2011 Yearbook- listing 13,876 unique varieties- serves as a networking tool linking members in sharing varieties with one another. Over the past 36 years, members have shared hundreds of thousands of varieties.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault functions like the ultimate safety deposit box for biodiversity and global food supply preservation, storing duplicate collections of seeds on behalf of gene banks from around the world. The Svalbard Global Seed Vau .....
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AgStar Fund for Rural America awards County Fair Grants

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to announce it recently awarded $41,700 in grants for its County Fair Facility Upgrade Grant Program. This year, AgStar awarded grants up to $2,50 ..... 
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Davids achieves membership in Million Dollar Round Table

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism have enabled Gregory Davids of Preston, MN, to achieve membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table - The premier association of financial professionals. Davids is a 5-year MDRT memb ..... 
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Winona Health physicians and associate providers caring for patients at Rushford Clinic

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Several healthcare providers from Winona Health are providing care at Rushford Clinic as Winona Health actively works to recruit a full-time provider for Rushford Clinic.

"We recognize the need for a full-time healthcare provider at Rushford ..... 
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Ellis hired as the director for the Harmony Chamber of Commerce

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements



The Harmony Chamber of Commerce has been operating without a director for many years, but that changed recently when Emily Ellis was hired for the job.

Ellis lived in Macedonia for eight years, but returned to Harmony last June with ..... 
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New name for the National Trout Learning Center

Fri, Apr 15th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Thursday, April 14, 2011, marked the opening of the second season of the National Trout Learning Center (NTLC) in Preston, MN. Taking into account the advice of marketing professionals, the NTLC will become the National Trout Center, NTC. The shorte ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation seeks new AmeriCorps Partners

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

(March 23)-Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is announcing the start of the new AmeriCorps year to begin in August 2011. SMIF is seeking both early childhood community partner sites and AmeriCorps LEAP (Learning Early Achieves Potentia ..... 
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The Olmsted County Journal will come to life

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements



Many of you may have already heard about our upcoming adventure. Last week, KTTC contacted me with a request for an exclusive interview. I didn't realize this situation was significant enough to be considered an "exclusive."

But, OK, ..... 
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AgStar's Fund for Rural America Announces 2011 Grant Recipients

Tue, Mar 22nd, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements





MANKATO, Minn. (March 21, 2011) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to announce its 2011 grant recipients. This year, AgStar received a record number of grants. Overa ..... 
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