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SMIF brings people together


Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Sue Kolling, SMIF board member, speaks on the subject of how SMIF helps community foundations succeed. Photo by Jason Sethre

By Jason Sethre

On Thursday, April 18, at the prestigious and award-winning Four Daughters Winery and Vineyard located on the outskirts of Spring Valley, Minn. Tim Penny and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) staff hosted an event with a total of 80 attendees from all throughout the region.

In spite of another Minnesota day mixed with rain, sleet, and snow, business people near and far gathered to show their support for what SMIF brings to the table – collaboration.

Following a first class meal fit for a Journal Real Bites review, presented by the fine staff of Four Daughters Winery and Vineyard, Tim Penny addressed the crowd.

Now in its 26th year, serving 20 counties in Southern Minnesota, Tim Penny, President and CEO of SMIF, talked about how the organization has grown because of all of the communities working together. There are 23 community foundations established in Southern Minnesota with the supporting services of SMIF; five organizations are prevalent in Fillmore County: Harmony Area Community Foundation, Mabel Community Foundation, Preston Area Community Foundation, Rushford Community Foundation, and Spring Valley Area Community Foundation.

Following Penny’s welcome to the crowd, Sue Kolling of the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation shared her story of how SMIF has helped their organization work through the details of establishing the foundation. From legal support to tax-related questions, SMIF has helped all 23 community foundations come to life and establish best practices for residual success.

David Phillips, long-time publisher of the Spring Valley Tribune, spoke on behalf of the Spring Valley EDA Grant that offered an opportunity for succession planning for his company. The Older Workers Leading Success (OWLS) program provided an opportunity for David Phillips to involve an outside consultant to provide expert analysis of his business and what his succession planning options could look like in the future.

Holly Kanengeiter, speaking on the Fillmore County Early Childhood Initiative, talked about how fortunate the school districts in Fillmore County were to have support from area community foundations and SMIF.

Following Kanengeiter’s presentation of all of the good things happening in participating schools, attendees were asked to conduct round table discussions with SMIF board members present at each ta .....
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A & W: The Hot Rod of Restaurants

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Jason Sethre The Spring Valley A & W Drive-in is rich with history tied to food, fun, and hot rods dating back to 1956 when the original owners Roger and Marge Simpson brought this restaurant to life in the small rural farming community. Back ..... 
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Almanzo Bike Race coming to Spring Valley

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Jade Sexton Chris Skogen of Rochester has been riding a bike since he was a kid, and as he grew into adulthood, he rode his bike in many races. In 2007, he decided to start something unique of his own. “I wanted a different way to race,” ..... 
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Spring Valley business owners making themselves at home

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

In January 2013 the Spring Valley Inn & Suites began operating under new ownership. The new owners are Munish and Raj Kaushal. Munish and his wife Raj have two boys, Aryan, age 4, and Arav, age 3. Munish stated they like the Spring Valley area ..... 
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Kingsland will be featured in EDTECH Magazine

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The Kingsland School Board met Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland conference room with a full agenda. All members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. All consent agenda items were approved including February ..... 
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Spring Valley Bakery is a staple

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

At the age of twelve, Peter Haack, of Spring Valley, Minn., like all children, wanted a bicycle. He asked his Father, Daryl, if he could get one. Daryl, who owned the Spring Valley Bakery at the time, told Peter he could work at the bakery to earn ..... 
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True Value to re-open in Spring Valley

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

A year and a half after a fire destroyed the basement and did major damage to the main floor of the True Value Hardware store building in Spring Valley, Minn., work has begun on a new True Value Hardware store that is being built in a different loca ..... 
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Miken Sports products prize in local fundraising contest

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Exclusive sports products from Miken Sports in Caledonia is the prize for an upcoming challenge between two area Community Foundations. The Spring Valley Community Foundation has challenged the Preston Area Community Foundation to see who can have t ..... 
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Spring Valley discusses pool-related issues

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Gary Peterson “The Spring Valley Swimming Pool has a leak and is losing 7,000 gallons a day through the bottom of the pool.” Park Director John Fenske brought the problem to the City Council on Monday night. He said that he will probably ..... 
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