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Many gave to the max in 2016


Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s Give to the Max Day is an annual event held statewide on November 17 that focuses on supporting local non-profit organizations in your community. It was evident again this year, it’s eighth year, how much Give to the Max day means to residents in the area and the importance of the work the foundations do.

Sue Kolling, President of the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation (SVACF) in Spring Valley, Minn., and board member of SMIF, would like to give a big shout out to their donors, saying, “We raised almost $19,000 on November 17,” which is amazing!

The money raised this year by the SVACF will be used to support the State Veterans Home in Spring Valley, states Kolling, as the foundation has committed $25,000 towards this.

“We see the ability to attract the State Veterans Home to our community as a huge economic driver for our community, our school and area residents,” says Kolling, adding, “we felt the Foundation should take a leadership role in supporting this project and show our commitment and the community’s commitment to this project” that will be of great importance to the area.

In the event the veterans home is not approved in Spring Valley, the funds will be used according to the vision, mission and purpose of the foundation, which is “Striving to build a dynamic community by encouraging generosity, promoting civic engagement and providing the opportunity to enhance the quality of life by creating community partnerships,” says Kolling.

The money SVACF raised last year was dispersed throughout the community, according to Kolling. Recipients included the Wykoff Veterans Memorial, the Little Husker 1k kids run, Missoula Children’s Theatre for Kingsland school, St. Johns and homeschool children; Music in the Park, Gateway Academy - STEM Summer School, the annual banquet, a summer reading program, and the Spring Valley Historical Society.

The Chosen Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) is an active group whose funds are managed by the Rochester Area Foundation. The mission of the CVCF is “The Chosen Valley Community Foundation will be well known for its efforts to inspire, sustain and enhance the quality of life for the Chatfield community’s residents, from the youngest to the oldest. The Foundation will achieve this goal by facilitating, supporting and acting as a catalyst for community growth as it .....
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Chronic Wasting Disease identified in Fillmore County

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Sixteen years after being first identified in captive Minnesota elk herds and five years after the state’s only case involving a wild herd, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been identified in Fillmore County. Two bucks were harvested approximatel ..... 
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Bierman is Fillmore County’s ‘Piano Man’

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Jonathan Bierman, the owner of Bierman’s Piano Service, grew up outside of Lanesboro and recently moved to Preston. He and his three siblings were homeschooled by their parents. Jonathan also played sports with Chatfield Public School and baseba ..... 
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Lanesboro sailor continues 74 years of Seabee tradition

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

GULFPORT, MS - “We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the “Seabees,” for the past 74 years. Today, Lanesboro, Minn., native and a 2010 Lanesboro High School graduate Petty Officer 3rd Clas ..... 
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Family-owned bank celebrates 160 years in business

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in All Features

“All we have to sell is service.” Charles Johnson Sr. made that statement the motto of the Root River State Bank in Chatfield and today, his son, Charles Johnson Jr. carries on his father’s legacy. It’s been 160 years since the Root ..... 
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Chatfield Fire Department designs new engine

Mon, Nov 14th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

The members of the Chatfield Fire Department in Chatfield, Minn., have many reasons to be proud each and every day, and with the new fire truck they designed now in service, there is one more reason added to the list. The Chatfield Fire Department ..... 
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How to show appreciation for military personnel

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Military personnel are unsung heroes whose sacrifices for their country make it possible for hundreds of millions of people to enjoy freedoms that many people across the globe do not have. In recognition of those sacrifices, many people want to show ..... 
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American flag etiquette

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in All Features

The American flag symbolizes many things to many people. While the American flag is proudly displayed in millions of buildings and homes across the United States year-round, it tends to draw special attention each summer, when Americans celebrate th ..... 
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American Legion winter coat and food shelf drive

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Chatfield American Legion and Auxiliary will be holding its annual winter coat drive and food shelf donations plea on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Chatfield Methodist Church Hall. We will be looking for good, clean jacket ..... 
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