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  • 2023 Honorary Head Start Hero – Laurie Coleman
  • New Grand Forks home aims to support youth who may be homeless in transitioning from foster care
    Ernie’s Place, started in a UND policy class, will open in the new year and fill a gap in Grand Forks organizers say is not being filled. By Matthew Voigt / Grand Forks Herald / EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is part of an ongoing series about homelessness in Grand Forks. GRAND FORKS — A new Grand

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  • Volunteer Drivers with Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Fill Vital Need
    (Article courtesy of Minnesota Community Action Partnership) Tri-Valley Opportunity Council’s Rural Transportation Collaborative (RTC) is a division of the agency’s public transportation department. The RTC office is located in Crookston. RTC is a partnership program that coordinates volunteer drivers to transport those who have no other means of transportation or cannot drive. Volunteer drivers donate

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  • Tri-Valley Head Start employees attended the Zero to Three Learn Conference 
    With over 2,000 participants, 12 Tri-Valley Head Start employees attended the Zero to Three Learn Conference on September 19 – 20. Employees included teachers, education supervisors, and an early childhood coach. Two of the twelve employees had been awarded a scholarship from Zero to Three to attend the conference. The conference was a research-based resource for advocates and policymakers on

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  • Joyce Tangen Hired as Director of Head Start, Child, and Family Programs at Tri-Valley
    (Crookston, Minn.)- Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. CEO, Jason Carlson, announced today that Joyce Tangen has been hired as the director of Tri-Valley’s Head Start, Child, and Family Programs. She will begin her duties as the new director on October 23. “Now that the search process is complete, I look forward to getting Joyce acquainted with

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  • Tri-Valley “On the Go” Will Visit Area Communities to Learn about Needs and Strengths
    (Crookston, Minn.)- Tri-Valley staff will be “On the Go” in October to conduct community forums in Warren, East Grand Forks, and Ada. In the past, community forums have been held in a set location in the community. With a desire to engage more community members, and to learn more about needs and strengths to specific

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  • Local agencies receive more than $25 million in federal grants for public transit systems in greater Minnesota
    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Four Minnesota transit agencies and one city recently received more than $25.8 million in grant awards for public transit systems in greater Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today. The federal discretionary funds via the current Low- and No-Emission grant opportunities are going to the following cities and agencies: “These

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  • May is Older Americans Month
    Established in 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM is a time for us to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of older Americans, highlight important trends, and strengthen our commitment to honoring our older citizens. This year’s theme, Aging Unbound, offers an opportunity to

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  • Tri-Valley Administrative Office to Move to the Fournet Building on Tuesday, April 4
    (Crookston, Minn.)- Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. plans to move its Administrative Office (AO) to the Fournet Building in Crookston on Tuesday, April 4. Tri-Valley AO is currently at 102. N. Broadway. As of April 4, the new address of Tri-Valley AO will be 107 N. Broadway, Suite 200. Tri-Valley will occupy the second floor of

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  • Mellesmoen Earns Her “Supporting Early Social Emotional Development (SESED) Credential
    Nancy Mellesmoen (Early Childhood Coach) has completed all required coursework to earn the “Supporting Early Social Emotional Development” (SESED) credential, from the Reflective Center at CEED, University of Minnesota.  Being deeply rooted in attachment theory, this credential brings the science of development, the brain, relationships and stress biology as tools of integration.  These tools are

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  • Lee-Rokala, Moore, Rangel and Rutland Elected to National CACFP Sponsors Association Board of Directors
    Jami Lee-Rokala of Crookston, Minnesota; Melissa Moore of Baltimore, Maryland; Gabriela Rangel of Tuscon, Arizona and Annetta Rutland of Cincinnati, Ohio have been elected to serve a three-year term on the National CACFP Sponsors Association Executive Board of Directors. All bring a great depth of experience in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

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  • Tri-Valley Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Center Opens in Bethel
    (Bethel, Minn.)- Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc’s Head Start, Child, and Family Programs is excited to announce the opening of a Migrant and Seasonal Head Start center in Bethel, Minn. The center began services on Monday, September 12, 2022 and is located at 23820 Dewey St. NW. Staff are currently enrolling children and families. To learn

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  • Tri-Valley Staff Recognized at MinnCAP Annual Training Conference
    Tri-Valley Opportunity Council. Inc. staff attended the 2022 Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP) Annual Training Conference held on July 26-28 at the Willmar Conference Center in Willmar, MN.  The theme for the conference was:  “Recover. Resiliency. Response. Renew in 2022.”  Staff took part  in legislative general sessions, listened to speakers on various topics, and attended

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  • Tri-Valley Child Nutrition Services Manager, Jami Rokala, serves as the testifier for Rep. Lippert’s HF 4120 Farm to School & Early Care bill
    Tri-Valley Child Nutrition Services Manager, Jami Rokala, served as the testifier for Rep. Lippert’s HF 4120 Farm to School & Early Care bill and testified virtually in front of the House Agriculture Committee  on March 21.  The bill had tremendous support and was referred to the Early Childhood Committee where Rokala also testified on March 29.

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  • National Nutrition Month “Celebrating a World of Flavors”
    Spotlighting Guadalupe Ramos-Aguilar and Abigail Galvan for submitting the first video to celebrate National Nutrition Month “Celebrating a World of Flavors”. Their parents, Fancisco and Aurora, submitted this video of a traditional dessert prepared during Lent in their state of Mexico. The dessert is called Torrejas and is simple to cook! Great job to the

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  • Tri-Valley’s Title I Migrant Education Services team volunteers at Every Meal in Roseville.
    The Title I Migrant Education Services team volunteered at Every Meal in Roseville. They helped to package 2,538 bags which is 9,728 meals for Minnesotan children that live with food insecurity. Every Meal works to fight hunger in our community by filling gaps in food access that children face during the weekends, summers and extended

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  • Mobile clinics bring vaccines to workers in rural communities
    Mon, 09/27/2021 – 13:36 (U of M story link) The Tri-Valley Opportunity Council has been serving the migrant farmworker community for 40 years and, in partnership with the Mobile Health Initiative at the University of Minnesota, offers mobile health clinics in rural areas. These areas are home to hardworking migrants and immigrants whose contributions to the agricultural industry and

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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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