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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 projects, but Lanesboro did not. As a resident, she began initiating conversation about this issue. “I’m sure there are people out there who would be interested in donating to help out the community,” she says. “We’re looking to have donors and projects that benefit the whole community in one way or another.”

A community foundation is a nonprofit organization that exists in order to create a better future for the entire community by attracting, trusteeing, and distributing assets within a community. They act as a sort of nonprofit “bank account” for the community, providing an opportunity to gather contributions and assist donors in exploring their options. They manage the finances according to donor purposes, and distribute available funding through grant making. In this manner, charity and available funding can be channeled toward initiatives and projects in the area, ensuring local money stays in the local community. Donations made to the community foundation would be tax-deductible. Since the foundation is community-based, it is also able to tailor the giving or redirect funds as community needs change, or to match local interests and tax planning needs.

Wilcox personally got in touch with the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). SMIF serves 20 counties in southern Minnesota, through donations and collaboration. Some of the SMIF services include providing loans to businesses that create and support jobs; awarding early childhood and community grants to schools, governments, and nonprofit organizations; building partnerships that lead to collaboration; supporting and managing local community foundations; and helping give back to local communities. SMIF assists community foundations in particular by serving as the legal entity 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and fiscal agent; providing oversight of fund development, investment, and grant-making activities; providing start-up and ongoing organizational development and fundraising support and tools; complying with all relevant state and federal charitable giving rules and regulations; managing documentation and filing, certified audits and liability protection; and providing ethical and fiduciary responsibili .....
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Poet Michael Lee in Lanesboro for residency; Public event on Sunday, January 18, 4 p.m.

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

From Minneapolis, poet Michael Lee is in Lanesboro as Artist in Residence as Lanesboro Arts’ 40th residency artist since the program was begun in 2001. While in Lanesboro January 5-19, 2015, Michael will be working on writing and editing for his f ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show opens January 10

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing work by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 10 fro ..... 
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Levy confusion cleared up at Lanesboro Schools

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Several people showed up at the Lanesboro school board meeting on December 18 with concerns about property taxes. Residents of Lanesboro recently learned their property taxes would be increasing due an increase in the levy. Superintendent Jeff Bo ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Secret Santa

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

By Alexis Jorgensen Lanesboro is a truly unique community with a very fun atmosphere year round. Many people are aware of Lanesboro’s various town festivities such as Buffalo Bill Days, Rhubarb Fest, and Art in the Park, but the activities that ..... 
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Arlowe Gerald Rexford

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Arlowe Gerald Rexford, 84, of Lanesboro, died peacefully Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Park Lane Estates in Preston. Arlowe was born March 9, 1930 to William and Alice (Johnson) Rexford in Preston. He attended school in Lanesboro and went to wor ..... 
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“For the Birds” will feature Kevin Kling - St. Mane Theatre on Wednesday, Dec 10

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Lanesboro Arts is thrilled to host Kevin Kling in a top-notch production here in Lanesboro on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. The show is called “For the Birds”, featuring Zeitgeist (percussi ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts awarded 2014 Bush Prize for community innovation

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN - December 2, 2014 – Lanesboro Arts has won a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation from the Bush Foundation. The prestigious prize was awarded to ten organizations in a three-state region that have demonstrated a strong commitmen ..... 
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Lanesboro school board hears audit report

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro School Board with the audit report at their meeting on November 20. Ristau found no major financial issues when doing the report, and said the district is still going strong. There were some problems wit ..... 
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