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AgStar fund doubles grant program for Emergency Services Teams in rural MN and WI


Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Mankato, Minn. (October 8, 2012) – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently announced $127,835 in grants to 94 communities through the Emergency Response Equipment Grant Program. Due to the great need and large volume of applications, the AgStar Fund doubled the amount of departments served and increased the budget for this program by twenty five percent.

According to John Monson, Chair of AgStar’s Fund Board of Trustees, “Rural communities are being asked to do more with less, even when it comes to emergency services. This is our biggest investment in the program to date and we saw an incredible need this year. Many of the grant requests we received were for fundamental equipment and supplies. We see deserving volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance departments struggling; that’s why we at AgStar felt compelled to do more.”

Grants for up to $2,500 are awarded for funding equipment for volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance squads in AgStar’s 69-county service area. Since the Fund’s inception in 2001, AgStar has awarded nearly $567,274 to fire departments, ambulance teams and rescue squads in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

With a record number of grants awarded this year, following are a few examples of what the AgStar grant dollars will support. The Barnum Volunteer Fire Department in Carlton County, MN will replace communication equipment and a rig that was lost in the flooding this past summer. The Bear Lake Haugen Fire Department in Barron County, WI was supported with a grant to fund grain bin rescue equipment. With a free mutual aid agreement in Barron County, no department has the grain bin rescue equipment, making rescues difficult or even impossible. Finally the Watertown Fire Department in Carver County, MN will use their funds to replace a damaged hose that was discovered earlier in the year during their annual hose testing.

“AgStar also encourages other organizations interested in providing funding to local EMS team to contact their local department to learn more about how to help,” suggested Monson. “It’s obvious to us from the increased number of grant requests we receive that many departments are looking for support to meet basic needs to keep these communities safe.”

The Minnesota departments receiving grants this year include: Annandale Fire Department, Askov Fire and Rescue, Balsam Volunteer F .....
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Food for Life

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Lazy Cooking The weather has finally cooled off, and although I am relieved to not be sweltering in humidity anymore, now I get to complain about how cold I am. It gets dark earlier, which sets a signal in our brains that it’s time to hibernate. ..... 
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Free car seat and booster seat check event

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Extra seat belt enforcement activities will be taking place from October 12-26. The Minnesota Primary Seat Belt law requires drivers and all passengers to be buckled up or in the correct child restraint or booster seat. Children in Minnesota must ri ..... 
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Harmony blood drive exceeds goal by 3

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The Harmony blood drive held on September 25, 2012, exceeded its goal of 61 by collecting 64 units. There were 65 donors presenting, of which seven were first-time donors. In addition to exceeding our goal, the following milestones were reached by ..... 
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Donated blood saves lives of transplant patients

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

This October during National Liver Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages people across the country to focus on liver health. Recently, two patients at a hospital served by the Red Cross Mid-America Blood Services Division underwent liv ..... 
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Healthy you should avoid the flu!

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months receive a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it becomes available. It is especially important for you to receive vaccination if you have asthma, ..... 
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Give blood during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Help the American Red Cross meet the needs of patients by donating blood during September – National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell anemia is a disease which affects 70, 000 people in the United States, most of them of African descent, b ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony September 25

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Ty ..... 
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Out of the Darkness Walk- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Rochester, MN – In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide ..... 
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