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Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Tim Penny, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Recently, our Foundation (Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation) held its annual community luncheon in Spring Valley. Each year, we do this type of community visit to celebrate our accomplishments and to spend time visiting with our local partners.

We chose Spring Valley because of our many community partners in both early childhood education and entrepreneur development. We also have numerous grant partners both in Spring Valley and other Fillmore County cities--many of whom joined us at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery.

As part of the luncheon, we heard from a few community members. One of our SMIF board members, Sue Kolling, Senior Vice President of Cash Management at Home Federal Savings Bank in Rochester and board president for the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation (SVACF), reported on a matching grant opportunity. This grant allowed Kingsland School students to attend a prestigious science, technology, engineering, and math academic camp--The Gateway Academy--free of charge. The success of this grant has drawn an anonymous donor to support the program for the next two years.

During the past year, SVACF also participated in a friendly rivalry with neighboring Preston Area Community Foundation during Give to the Max Day. Both were successful in raising funds for their respective foundations. Naturally, we enjoy hearing these stories of successful grant and fundraising projects--and we are excited to see Spring Valley Area Community Foundation demonstrate such strong support for broader community needs.

At lunch, we also heard from David Phillips, owner and publisher of the Bluff Country Newspaper Group. He talked about the SMIF grant that Spring Valley EDA received--”Communities of a Lifetime”--in which five businesses participated in succession planning. David participated in the grant which helped support his own business succession planning for the newspaper. As an outgrowth of that project, Fillmore County EDA applied for another SMIF grant that is supporting business succession planning for the entire county. We know that succession planning is critical for small communities in our region--to keep the downtown vibrant and local businesses operating. We appreciate the efforts of the Spring Valley EDA and Fillmore County EDA in making succession planning a priority for their community and county.

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Guest Commentary: Pipeline a safe source

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest, Spring Valley I have read several letters against the Keystone XL pipeline. I am having trouble seeing why we should not build it. Some of the arguments make it sound like this is something new and we don’t understand the technol ..... 
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Musical Comedy, “Paint Your Wagon” coming

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

“Got a Dream Boy, got a song, paint your wagon and come along! “So says a well-known song from the musical comedy, Paint Your Wagon. With music by Lerner and Lowe, the show debuted on Broadway in 1951 and will hit the stage as part of the 40th A ..... 
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