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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”.

There were questions about how a community foundation is different from other nonprofit organizations, to .....
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Eulah Arlene Kingsbury

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Eulah Arlene Kingsbury, 89, of Lanesboro, died February 8, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester, Saint Mary’s Campus. Eulah was born June 3, 1925, in Peterson, to Andrew and Elvira (Edwardson) Ferden. She attended Diamond Creek Country ..... 
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Area residents will ‘drop a line’ in Lanesboro

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro All

It is once again time for area residents, friends, and families to bundle up and gather together on the frozen Bass Pond in Lanesboro, Minn. The tournament, now in its seventh year, will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m ..... 
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Downtown parking an issue for Lanesboro

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Parking in the downtown area has been a problem in Lanesboro for a long time. During the summer months when tourist season is in full swing, many people park downtown and head out on the trail for the day. The bass pond parking lot is a good place f ..... 
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Dale Overland

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Dale Overland Dale Overland, 88, a longtime member of the Lanesboro community, passed away January 31, 2015 at Park View Home in Woodville, Wisc. Dale was born August 5, 1926 in Lanesboro to Melvin and Ida (Johnson) Overland. When he was five ..... 
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Roy A. Musselman

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Roy Musselman, age 69, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015 at his home in Missoula Mont. He was born on July 29, 1945. As a young boy, Roy lived with his family in Glenwood Minn., until the family moved to Lanesboro in 1962. He graduated fr ..... 
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Historic Lanesboro building has new owners

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro All

A change is coming to the main street of Lanesboro, Minn. and it is an exciting change. On December 15, 2014, Paul and Louanne Hamann purchased the building which has housed the Parkway Pub for many years. The building, located at 109 Parkway ..... 
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School is in for adults looking to build their River Roots Skills

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Progress Edition

The Board of Directors of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, a private non-profit center seven miles north of Lanesboro, began planning for a series of adult education classes a few years ago, modeling the structure after those of the Nort ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about Tex-Mex trip

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Dave Rodgers and three high school students, Cassie Rued, Leah Ruen, and Alyssa Gathje, were at the Lanesboro School Board meeting to talk about the recent Tex-Mex trip. Dave Rodgers was a chaperone on the last trip two years ago. This time he was ..... 
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