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Lanesboro Area Community Foundation takes next steps


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Approximately 30 people were in attendance at the initial meeting for the Lanesboro Area Community Foundation on Monday, January 26. The initial meeting was an open informational meeting, during which Alissa Blaha of the Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) conducted a presentation on what the function of a community foundation is, how it can benefit communities, the steps in establishing a foundation, and how the Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation can support developing and active community foundations.

Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation is the fiscal host for 24 community foundations in the region. According to Blaha, SMIF acts as the fiscal agent of community foundations, providing the legal infrastructure. SMIF helps community foundations get started by providing training for board members, helping foundations write mission statements and objectives, and assisting with other developmental activities. Not only does SMIF help community foundations get established, they also work with community foundations throughout their existence, managing IRS reporting, processing gifts and donations, and providing technical assistance for fundraising, communication, grant making, and other processes.

Though SMIF can do much to support community foundations, Blaha stresses that it is the community itself that really drives the entire process, saying, “we are here to help and support the community, and we mold trainings to meet where a group is at and help them progress”. She says that the community is in charge of contacting SMIF if they are interested in the community foundation process, and she can act as a guide, but she never makes decisions for the community itself. That is the role of the community and the foundation’s board of directors.

As an employee of the Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Blaha’s role is to assist communities who have and are in the process of building community foundations for the betterment of their area. Blaha reports that the Lanesboro Area initial meeting had one of the best turnouts she’s ever seen, at least double of what she typically sees during her initial informational presentations. She was impressed by the Lanesboro area’s “very engaged community”, saying, “There was a lot of discussion, which is fantastic”.

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Lanesboro seeks to build community foundation, hosting informational meeting

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

LuAnn Wilcox, who works at Idle Time Recreation Services, moved to the Lanesboro area about a year ago. She soon noticed that nearby communities such as Harmony, Preston, and Rushford had community foundations to help provide funding for local proj ..... 
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A lifelong investment in Lanesboro

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Michael Hayner Lanesboro, Minn. is known for many things. Lanesboro has an abundance of clear trout streams, bike paths, beautiful bluffs, and more countryside to explore than many other places.These attractions bring tourists from around the na ..... 
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30th Buffalo Bill Days a success

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The city of Lanesboro had something for everyone during the 30th annual Buffalo Bill Days which was held August 1, 2, and 3, 2014. Officially beginning the celebration with the opening of the Beer & Brat tent on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. people ..... 
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Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging under new ownership

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Dan and Melanie Ritter have set their “sites” on a new adventure with the purchase of Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging located between Lanesboro, and Whalan. After owning and operating several businesses in the past the couple decided in was ..... 
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Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

A new business in Lanesboro is creating a lot of excitement in town as an old building gets a new (old) look. The proprietors of Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn will have a meet-and-greet during the Buffalo Bill Days celebration coming up August 1, 2, ..... 
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Bakkes selected as grand marshals

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Duane and Angel Bakke of Lanesboro, Minn. have been chosen as the Grand Marshals for the 2014 Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro and look forward to the annual celebration which will include the couple riding in the Buffalo Bill Days parade on Sunday, A ..... 
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30th Annual Buffalo Bill Days coming soon

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro, Minn. is fast approaching and this year’s celebration is a special one being that this year marks the 30th year that Lanesboro has hosted the celebration. The reason behind the name of the event is due to the fact ..... 
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Father’s Day fun at Lanesboro’s Art in the Park

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Father’s Day in this area of Minnesota is also synonymous with another important date on the calendar which is Lanesboro’s Art in the Park event. For those who may have a difficult time finding dad that gift that you thought he may actually use ..... 
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