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  • Tri-Valley Staff Recognized at MinnCAP Virtual Annual Staff Conference
    Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. staff attended the Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP) Virtual Annual Training Conference held at the end of October. Staff took part in legislative general sessions, listened to speakers on various topics, and took part in several educational breakout sessions. In conjunction with the annual training conference, several awards and recognitions were

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  • Little Free Library Grand Opening
    The Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Le Center Administrative Offices, held a grand opening for their new Little Free Library (Charter # 127722)on Monday, October 18th. The Little Free Library was stocked full of books from donations from Hindi’s Libraries and First Book! Many people also stopped by to donate books, as well as pick out a book or

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  • Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Little Free Library
    Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front-yard book exchanges number more than 100,000 around the world in over 100 countries — from Italy to Brazil to Japan. Now, a new Little Free Library at 200 East Bowler Street, Le Center will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create

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  • Catch T.H.E. Bus to the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion on Friday, September 3
    Tri-Valley Transportation Programs is offering a convenient way to get to the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, Minn. on Friday, September 3. T.H.E. Bus will be giving rides to the event for only $10 round trip. T.H.E. Bus will arrive in Rollag at 10 am and depart at 4 pm. Reserve your ride

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  • Federal Mask Requirement Extended for Public Transportation
    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the face mask requirement for all transportation networks, including public transportation, through January 18, 2022. TSA’s initial face mask requirement went into effect on February 1, 2021 with an expiration date of May 11, 2021 and was then extended through September 13, 2021. While this announcement extends the date

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  • Kristen Waechter Earns Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) Certification
    On Monday, June 28, Kristen Waechter (Program Operations Manager) was recognized by Minnesota Community Action Partnership as part of the 2021 class of Certified Community Action Professionals (CCAP). The CCAP designation is a nationally recognized credential earned from the Community Action Partnership in Washington, D.C. She is a staff member with Head Start, Child and

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  • Community Action Month proclaimed in Minnesota, and Crookston
    Article and photos courtesy of Mike Christopherson and the Crookston Times. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has proclaimed May “Community Action Month.” At this week’s Crookston City Council meeting, Mayor Dale Stainbrook followed suit, declaring Community Action Month in Crookston and presenting the proclamation to Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. CEO Jason Carlson. In Minnesota, Community Action

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  • Gov. Walz proclaims May ‘Community Action Month’ as the network of 24 Minnesota Agencies and 11 MN Tribal Nations celebrates 57 years of innovative poverty solutions and service
    (ST. PAUL, MINN. – May 6, 2021) – In Minnesota, Community Action Agencies have worked tirelessly over the past year to meet some of the most pressing needs caused by COVID-19, including providing rental, mortgage and utility assistance, food delivery and socially-distanced food distribution events, and broadband and technology support to name a few. The

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  • Federal Mask Requirement Extended for Public Transportation
    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the face mask requirement for all transportation networks, including public transportation, through September 13, 2021. TSA’s initial face mask requirement went into effect on February 1, 2021 with an expiration date of May 11, 2021. While this announcement extends the date of enforcement, all other aspects of the requirement

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  • Morrison and Sundeen receive Data Literacy Credential
    On April 21st, 2021 Tara Morrison, Program Design Manager, and Tracey Sundeen, Assistant Director of Program Operations, were recognized at the National Head Start Association Scholarships and Awards Event for obtaining their Data Literacy Credential.  The Data Literacy Credential is offered through the National Head Start Association in partnership with Acorn Evaluation.  It is a

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  • Minnesota Housing launches online ‘RentHelpMN’ application, to provide rental assistance for people impacted by COVID-19
    On April 20th Minnesota Housing launched the COVID-19 emergency rental assistance online application through RentHelpMN.org. About 30 local community-based organizations are working with Minnesota Housing to assist people with their applications, including some Community Action Agencies. “COVID-19 did not create the housing crisis in Minnesota, but it did exacerbate it. This program will help keep

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  • Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Community Forum Information Now Online
    For the safety of our community members and partners, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council will not hold in-person community forums in 2021. Rather, the agency has placed the community forum information on its website at www.tvoc.org. Community members and agency partners in West Marshall, West Polk, and Norman Counties are asked to visit the Tri-Valley website, read

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  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation brings in 3 new board members
    BEMIDJI — The Northwest Minnesota Foundation has added three new members to its Board of Directors.According to a release, the new additions include: •             Kaitlyn Grenier, a Bemidji resident and co-director of the Native American nonprofit organization Manidoo Ogitigaan.•             Jason Carlson, a resident of McIntosh and the CEO of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council.•             Crookston resident Kristi

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  • Governor Walz Proclaims Thursday, March 18, 2021 as Transit Driver Appreciation Day
    Thursday, March 18, 2021 has been proclaimed, “Transit Driver Appreciation Day” by Governor Tim Walz. It’s a day to show appreciation and respect for bus and train operators across the state of Minnesota. Bus and train operators are serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing an essential service to those who must use

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  • MNsure’s special enrollment period begins today (Feb. 16) and runs through Monday, May 17
    Coverage starts the first of the month after plan selection ST. PAUL, Minn.—Starting today, Minnesotans can begin enrolling into private health insurance plans through MNsure’s COVID-19 special enrollment period. Any uninsured Minnesotan, or those not currently enrolled in a plan through MNsure, will have until Monday, May 17, to enroll into coverage. This includes Minnesotans

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  • MNsure Announces Special Enrollment Period
    February 3, 2021 | Brokers, Navigators and CACs Beginning Tuesday, February 16, MNsure will open a three-month special enrollment period to help any Minnesotan not currently enrolled through MNsure secure health insurance coverage. This announcement follows the nationwide special enrollment period established by President Biden for those states who use healthcare.gov, the federally run health

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  • Tri-Valley Senior Programs Set to Re-launch Foster Grandparent Program in Eastern North Dakota
    Tri-Valley Senior Programs is excited to announce the hiring of Penny Millspaugh, a Grand Forks resident, as program manager for the Foster Grandparent Program in Eastern North Dakota.  “Re-launching this vital program while we are still in the midst of a pandemic may not be easy, but it is important for both our seniors and

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  • Insulin Safety Net Program helps Minnesotans access affordable insulin
    Interested individuals should visit MNinsulin.org to see if they qualify ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Insulin Safety Net Program was created to help Minnesotans who face difficulty affording their insulin.  The program is made up of two parts. The urgent need program and the continuing need program. 1. The urgent need program – eligible Minnesotans can receive a 30-day supply

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  • Governor Walz proclaims Thursday, December 10 “Get Covered Day 2021”
    US Senator Tina Smith and Lt. Gov Flanagan join advocates in urging Minnesotans to get covered ST. PAUL, Minn.—In an effort to highlight the importance of meaningful access to health care and to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tim Walz, has proclaimed Thursday, December 10, “Get Covered Day 2021” in Minnesota, which coincides with “Get Covered

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  • Deadline to Apply for the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program is Monday, December 7 at 11:59 p.m.
    The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program provides housing assistance payments to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners. The program is designed to cover expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities or other housing-related expenses that were incurred after March 1, 2020 and are past due.Individuals and families interested in

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  • A sole purpose: High school group holds shoe-boot drive
    Courtesy of mnsouthnews.com (Montgomery Messenger) A high school group is making a difference for local people who’ve been hit hardest during the pandemic. The TCU Chapter of the National Honor Society recently held a “Shoe-Boot Drive” asking people to donate gently-used shoes or boots to TCU High School. Allie Schley, NHS Secretary, and Nikaija Young,

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  • MNsure counseling sessions to be held in Halstad
    CROOKSTON, Minn.— Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. in collaboration with Northern Dental Access Center in Halstad, Minn. will be offering MNsure Counseling sessions on several dates this fall and winter. These sessions are free and open to the public. Counseling dates (subject to change due to weather):October 14, 18November 4, 12, 18, 25December 2, 8, 16

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  • Stay healthy by keeping up with preventive care appointments
    All health plans sold through MNsure cover these services at no cost to youST. PAUL, Minn.—MNsure is reminding Minnesotans that all plans sold through MNsure.org cover preventive care services and chronic disease management at no cost to you (even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible). Preventive care can include screenings, check-ups and patient counseling

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  • What is the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program?
    The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program provides housing assistance payments to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners. Local administrators will review applications from individuals and families requesting assistance, verify eligibility, and process payments for eligible expenses on behalf of households. Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is one of the

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  • Mark your calendar: MNsure’s open enrollment period runs from November 1 through December 22, 2020
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesotans will be able to enroll in comprehensive health insurance during MNsure’s eighth open enrollment period, which will run from Sunday, November 1, 2020, through Tuesday, December 22, 2020. All plans selected during this time will have a January 1, 2021, effective date. Minnesota’s enrollment period will be seven days longer than the

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  • Vokaty and Morrison Earn Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) Certification
    On Wednesday, July 24, Lindsay Vokaty (Program Operations Manager) and Tara Morrison (Program Design Manager) were recognized by Minnesota Community Action Partnership as part of the 2020 class of Certified Community Action Professionals (CCAP). The CCAP designation is a nationally recognized credential earned from the Community Action Partnership in Washington, D.C. Both are staff members

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  • CONSUMER ALERT: How to find MNsure online and make sure you’re buying comprehensive coverage
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—Searching for MNsure on the internet can yield misleading results. If you search for MNsure, you may see ads and websites that appear to be the official MNsure website but are not. Some of these sites collect your contact information and either bombard you with phone calls or try to sell you sub-standard

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  • Tri-Valley in Partnership with MNsure Offers Insulin Assistance Program
    On April 15th, 2020, Governor Tim Walz signed into law the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act which created the Minnesota Insulin Safety Net Program. The overall program, which begins July 1, allows eligible individuals to apply for an “urgent need” supply (30-days) of insulin with a valid prescription (the Urgent Need Insulin Safety Net Program). These

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  • Human Services launches new benefits for school children
    Contact:For media inquiries onlyKatie BauerCommunications651-431-3833Katie.Bauer@state.mn.us Those on free and reduced-price meal program to receive additional SNAP benefits To ensure 350,000 Minnesota school children who qualify for the federal free and reduced-price meal program have access to healthy food, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education and Code for

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  • Tri-Valley’s Melody Hedden Recognized as a Head Start Hero from the Minnesota Head Start Association
    The Minnesota Head Start Association (MHSA) recently honored Melody Hedden (Assistant Director of Program Services) as a Minnesota Head Start Hero (Head Start alumni who became involved in their local community and made a difference). Hedden was recognized at the Minnesota Head Start Heroes Ceremony held at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul

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