Your Wednesday News Brief: June 27

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

MINNEAPOLIS MN – The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has awarded 19 multi-year grants and two planning grants totaling $300,000 to nonprofit organizations through its girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together) Fund. The grant period is June 15, 2018, to June 14, 2019. This is the second-year renewal of a multi-year grant from girlsBEST. Multi-year grants will be renewed for up to three years, based on an annual grant review and approval of progress towards goals. Planning grants are limited to one year. Some local groups who received grants are: Bagosendaan in Mahnomen received $14,000 to support talking circles in the White Earth area that will teach financial literacy through book and learning materials. Peacemakers Resources in Bemidji received $18,000 to support the Girls Lead on the Go program, which includes community-based leadership development to build community and advocate for change.

BEMIDJI MN – Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF), announces that Ashley Johnson has been promoted to Senior Development Officer, and has been assigned to serve NMF funds located in Beltrami County. Mic McCrory has been hired as a Development Officer to serve NMF funds located in Hubbard, Mahnomen, Roseau, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, and east Polk counties. These organizational changes are a result of Lisa Peterson’s retirement from her role as senior development officer on June 2, 2018. Their responsibilities include helping to advance NMF’s mission by articulating the critical role of private philanthropy to the Foundation and the many opportunities for voluntary support in the life of the institution.

ST. PAUL MN – A team of Beltrami County 4-H’ers took home top honors in the fourth annual Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture competition. The “Future Generation” team of Theresa Gustafson, Lily Krona and Haley Mouser earned first place for their research and curriculum design on promoting and understanding genetically modified organisms through youth education. Each member received a $1,000 college scholarship. They were also award the “Inspiration Award” and 2nd Place in Community Engagement. Go to the Minnesota 4-H Facebook page and view the video “Do you know GMO?” for a sample of their project.

ST. PAUL MN – Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of David Johnson of Bemidji to the Council on Disability, effective July 1st. Johnson is replacing Timothy Boyer. Johnson’s term expires in January 2021.

DETROIT LAKES MN – The Becker County Sheriff’s Office is asking the Minnesota B-C-A to investigate the conduct of Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd.  Chief Todd has apologized for placing his hand on the neck of a 12-year-old boy at a baseball game.  Todd said in a statement that he thought the boy was trying to steal his bicycle.  Some witnesses alleged that Todd was yelling at the boy and choked him.  Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk says he sees it as a misunderstanding and Chief Todd will remain on the job while state investigators look into his conduct.




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