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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 looking to become “Shovel Ready”

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

By Gary Peterson What does it take to make Spring Valley attractive to companies that are home grown or looking to move into the city? At the City Council meeting some eye opening thoughts came from Kevin Kelleher of the State of Minnesota certi ..... 
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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 presented with Patriot Award

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

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board held their monthly meeting on April 15, 2013 in the Kingsland conference room. All members were present with the exception of Troy Asher. Also present was Superintendent McDonald. In the first order of ..... 
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Letter about Erding commentary

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Your article is right on Jeff; too bad that Yvonne didn’t do a little history reading before she wrote. Her opinions on history and gun control are not factual. Yes, Hitler & Stalin were dictators but what made them Dictators? ..... 
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Kenneth D. Barcel

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Kenneth D. Barcel, D.C., age 81, of Spring Valley, Minn., passed on to be with the Lord Jesus Christ Thursday, April 4, 2013, at his home after a long battle with cancer. Ken was born in Minneapolis, Minn., May 22, 1931, the only child of William ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Aiden Levi Rowe

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Social Scenes

Aiden Levi Rowe Holli and Matthew Rowe of Spring Valley, MN are proud to announce the birth of their son, Aiden Levi. Aiden was born on March 19, 2013. He weighed 8 lb. and was 22 inches long. Grandparents are Geff and Nancy Dornink of Fountain, ..... 
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