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Sounthern Minnesota initiative foundation awards $51,543 in grants


Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is pleased to announce that six programs in the 20-county region have received awards through its annual granting process for Home Visitation services. A total of $51,543 was awarded to enhance or expand existing Home Visitation Programs.

SMIF’s Home Visiting Grant Program is designed to support children’s social-emotional readiness. Grants for Home Visiting programs are available through SMIF’s Youth Trust Fund, an endowed fund started in 1998 by Founding Cornerstone contributors: IBM Corporation, Mayo Foundation, Red Wing Shoe Company, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Through home visiting programs, families that are expecting a child or have an infant voluntarily meet with a trained professional. The Home Visitor provides information about the child’s development, parenting support, and connects families to community resources. Measurable results of effective home visitation programs may include increased immunization rates, increased enrollment in early learning classes and fewer incidences of abuse and neglect.

The following home visiting program received grant awards:

•Exchange Club Center for Family Unity, Owatonna--$10,000

•Freeborn County Public Health-Healthy Families--$10,000

•Rice County Public Health Nursing Service--$10,000

•Waterville-Elysian-Morristown ECFE--$8,100

•Watonwan County Human Services/Public Health--$4,000

YWCA of Mankato--$9,443

“We want to make certain all children enter school fully encouraged, prepared, and supported for learning success,” notes Tim Penny, SMIF President/CEO. “A key ingredient of that goal is making certain children and their families are safe, healthy, and connected to community resources. One way to support families and meet the crucial needs of young children is through home visitation.”

As part of its strategy to invest in economic growth here in southern Minnesota, SMIF has supported early childhood efforts to make certain all children enter school fully encouraged, prepared, and supported for learning success. Over the past eight years, SMIF has invested $1 million annually for early childhood development initiatives. For more information about SMIF’s early childhood programs, contact Teri Steckelberg at teris@smifoundation.org or 507-455- .....
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Merchants Bank completes acquisition of Rushford and Lanesboro locations from Associated Bank

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank has taken ownership of the former Associated Bank locations in Rushford and Lanesboro, according to Merchants Financial Group, Inc. President & CEO Richard L. Mahoney. Transfer of ownership took place November 15, ..... 
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Merchants Bank completes acquisition of Rushford and Lanesboro locations from Associated Bank

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank has taken ownership of the former Associated Bank locations in Rushford and Lanesboro, according to Merchants Financial Group, Inc. President & CEO Richard L. Mahoney. Transfer of ownership took place November 15, ..... 
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AgStar financial services announces third quarter results

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

MANKATO, Minn. – AgStar Financial Services, a value-added financial services company owned by its client-stockholders, today reported earnings for third quarter ending September 30, 2013.The company reported net after-tax earnings of $35 million f ..... 
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Mayo Clinic announces appointments to DMC Economic Development Agency Board

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic announced the appointment of six members to the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Economic Development Agency (EDA) Board who will oversee the private economic development corporation authorized by state statute to pr ..... 
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County awarded funds

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

The Minnesota State Set-Aside Committee for the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program has recommended $3,758 be awarded to Fillmore County. The money is used to provide emergency food and shelter to people in need of them. The local board is made ..... 
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Root River Trail towns partnership to host regional Destination Medical Center (DMC)

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

Root River Trail Towns Partnership to Host Regional Destination Medical Center (DMC) informational gathering and conversation in Lanesboro, November 18. WHAT: Root River Trail Towns will host an informal social hour, presentation and discussion f ..... 
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Simply dial 2-1-1 get connected, get answers

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

(Below is an example of the type of call that is received at Great Rivers 2-1-1. It is not an actual call.) Holiday Assistance It’s difficult to think about the winter holidays while we are still enjoying the beautiful fall season. But now is ..... 
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Campaign to end hunger

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

It may come as a surprise to many people that that one in ten Minnesotans go hungry. That statistic is precisely why Jim Hoiness, owner of Rushford, Harmony, and Preston Foods, has chosen to participate in the Minnesota Grocers Association’s progr ..... 
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