Catch T.H.E. Bus to the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion on Friday, August 30

Posted by Mitch on August 13, 2019 4:00 PM in Uncategorized

(Crookston, Minn.)- Tri-Valley Transportation
Programs is offering a convenient way to get to the Western Minnesota Steam
Threshers Reunion in Rollag, Minn. on Friday, August 30. 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 by noon on August 28. Due
to the great interest in this event, there will only be one pickup location per
town. Please call 1-800-201-3432 for more information including town pickups
and times.

To learn more about the Western Minnesota Steam
Threshers Reunion please visit

T.H.E. Bus is a curb to curb service and provides public transportation services
to the general public in eight Minnesota counties, Polk, Red Lake, Norman,
Marshall, Kittson, Pennington, Mahnomen, and Clearwater. Buses run through
these counties on various days with various destinations. Our public transit
buses are available with no age limits or income guidelines.

The Board of the Minnesota Community Action Partnership announces that they have hired William B. Grant as Executive Director of the Partnership effective August 19, 2019.

Posted by Mitch on August 8, 2019 4:22 PM in Uncategorized

(St. Paul, Minn.)- We thank Arnie Anderson for his 12 years of leadership at MinnCAP. Please join us in wishing Arnie well as he moves into semi-retirement.

“We are
fortunate to have someone with Bill’s experience with Community Action join
MinnCAP in a leadership role,” said Lori Schultz, MinnCAP Board Chair. “Bill
brings a broad experience working with diverse stakeholders statewide,
extensive involvement working with the legislature, and a comprehensive firsthand
understanding of the impact of Community Action.  His engaging and curious leadership style,
skill with relationship building, and deep leadership capabilities in
operations and administration are what Minnesota’s Community Action network
needs at this time.”

Minnesota Community Action Partnership is made up of 24 private, nonprofit
Community Action Agencies serving all 87 counties. Community Action Agencies
offer the last local line of defense for families in need.

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Workshop to be Offered in Thief River Falls and Crookston

Posted by Mitch on August 6, 2019 1:30 PM in Uncategorized

An interactive workshop presented by PACER and entitled “How Parents Can Effectively Communicate with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team” will be offered in Thief River Falls and Crookston on Monday, August 12. The Thief River Falls workshop will be held at Northland Community and Technical College from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. The Crookston workshop will be held at the Tri-Valley Transportation facility from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. For more information on PACER or to register for either workshop, visit

About the interactive

  • Are you effective when advocating for your
    child at IEP meetings?
  • Are you able to ask
    clarifying questions or speak up if you disagree with what the school is

This interactive workshop will help parents
build effective communication skills with their child’s IEP team.

workshop is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of

If an ASL
interpreter is needed, call 952-838-1338.

Sundeen and Hedden Earn Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) Certification

Posted by Mitch on July 31, 2019 4:15 PM in Uncategorized

On Wednesday, July 24,
Tracey Sundeen (Assistant Director of Head Start Operations) and Melody Hedden
(Head Start Family and Community Services Manager) were recognized as part of
the 2019 class of Certified Community Action Professionals (CCAP). The event
took place at the Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP) Annual
Training Conference in Duluth, Minn.

CCAP certification is a rigorous process. Candidates must complete a candidate
data form, develop an executive skills portfolio, and pass a four-hour written
exam. Benefits of achieving the CCAP certification include earning recognition
for accomplishments in the field, recognition for the standard of
professionalism in Community Action, enhances the credentials of Community
Action staff at the agency, and can provide an edge in competing for public and
private grant funds.

The CCAP certification is
designed for current and emerging managers or leaders in the community action profession.
To achieve certification, employment in either a community action agency (CAA),
a delegate agency or sub-grantee of a CAA, a CSBG eligible entity, a state or
regional association office, or a state community services program office is

Whited Receives Years of Service Recognition from MinnCAP

Posted by Mitch on July 30, 2019 3:05 PM in Uncategorized
(Photo L-R): Francie Mathes (Office of Economic Opportunity), Sandy Whited, Arnie Anderson (MinnCAP Executive Director).

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. staff attended the Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP) Annual Training Conference held on July 22 – 25 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Duluth, Minn. 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, 25 Year Honorees were recognized for their dedicated service and commitment to Community Action. Tri-Valley’s Sandy Whited (Danube Head Start Center Manager) was honored for her 25 years of work with Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs and Community Action.

(A short bio on Sandy from the event):Sandy has worked for Tri-Valley since 1995.  She started in the Bird Island Center and worked as Relief Teacher, Preschool Teacher, and Toddler Teacher.  Then she worked as Assistant Center Manager and helped with moving the center to Danube.  Over the years she has been a Mentor Teacher, Transportation Lead, and Education Supervisor.  This year marked her first year as Center Manager.  She has seen so many families grow and learn and has now begun to serve the next generation’s children.

Tri-Valley will be “On The Go” this summer

Posted by Mitch on July 3, 2019 2:43 PM in Uncategorized

Area community members interested in learning more about Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. and the programs offered at the community action agency will have an opportunity to do just that this summer.

in Crookston will host a series of “Tri-Valley on the Go” events in area
communities. Staff will travel on T.H.E. Bus and set up an informational booth
at designated locations in several communities including Warren, Argyle,
Hallock, Ada, Mahnomen, Fertile, Roseau, Warroad, Brooks, Oklee, and Red Lake

first event in the series will be held on Thursday, July 18 in Warren (Senior
Center), Argyle (Senior Center), and Hallock (Senior Center) and will last
approximately one hour in each location. The schedule for the 18th
is Warren (9:30 am – 10:30 am), Argyle (11:15 am – 12:15 pm), and Hallock (1:30
pm – 2:30 pm).

more information on “Tri-Valley on the Go” or to have Tri-Valley staff and
T.H.E. Bus visit your community, please call 800-584-7020.

Tri-Valley’s Summer Food Service Program open now through August 23 with free meals for all children

Posted by Mitch on June 5, 2019 3:12 PM in Uncategorized

By Crookston Times

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Meals will be provided to all
children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race,
color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no
discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided on a
first come, first service basis at the following site, times and dates/days of
the summer as follows:

Tri-Valley Crookston Head Start –
1407 Erskine St. Crookston, MN 56716

Monday-Friday June 3, 2019 through
August 23, 2019

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Lunch: 10:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

20,000 children’s books awarded through SMIF’s Early Childhood Literacy Program

Posted by Mitch on May 20, 2019 10:04 AM in Uncategorized

Allison Miller, Owatonna People’s
Press, May 16, 2019

OWATONNA — Southern Minnesota
Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently awarded 20,000 children’s books valued at
$363,400 to 49 organizations through its Early Childhood Literacy Grant
Program. This grant supports early literacy efforts that enhance school readiness
for children birth to age five by providing children with books.

The books were awarded in
partnership with Capstone and ABDO, Mankato-based publishers of children’s
books and digital products and services. In 2002, Capstone helped launch the
BookStart program, working with SMIF to distribute thousands of books to
children in the region over a period of 15 years. In 2018, the Early Childhood
Literacy Grant was formed as a new collaborative effort between SMIF and the
two publishers to put even more books into the hands of children birth to age
five. SMIF has previously partnered with both companies on collectively
distributing more than 100,000 books across the region through grants and

“Learning to read is a foundational
milestone in a child’s life and incredibly important in setting up their future
success,” said Christie Skilbred, Capstone Corporate Giving Manager. “Capstone
is honored to support early literacy efforts in the region by providing books
for the Early Childhood Literacy Grant recipients. We want to congratulate all
of the grant recipients this year and thank them for the important work their
doing to support early literacy in their community. Helping kids succeed by
making learning fun is at the heart of what we do. Through our continued
partnership with Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, we are able to reach
and help more children in our communities succeed together.”

The following organizations were
awarded Early Childhood Literacy Grants because they provide outstanding early
literacy opportunities for young children and their families:

• Amboy Public Library

• Brown County Public Health

• Byron Public Schools

• Cannon Falls Area Schools

• Dodge County Public Health

• Families First of Minnesota,

• Faribault Public Schools

• Fillmore Central Public Schools,

• Freeborn County Public Health

• Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Public

• Human Services of Faribault and
Martin Counties

• Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools

• Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools

• Kingsland Public Schools, Spring

• Kiwanis International MN-DAK

• La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools

• Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial
Public Schools

• Lanesboro Public Library

• Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools

• Minnesota Valley Action Council

• New Prague Area Early Childhood

• New
Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Public Schools

• New Ulm Public Schools

• Northfield Public Schools

• Pine Island Public Schools

• Riverway Learning Community,

• Rochester Area Family YMCA

• Rochester Public Schools

• Rushford-Peterson Public Schools

• St. Anne’s School, Le Sueur

• St. Charles Public Schools

• St. Matthew Community Preschool,
Saint Charles

• SEMCAC Head Start

• Sleepy Eye Public Schools

• Southern Minnesota Education

• Spring Grove Public Schools

• Steele County Public Health

• Stewartville Public Schools

• The Reading Center, Rochester

• Three Rivers Community Action
Incorporated, Northfield

• Thrive Child Care and Family
Resource Center, Rochester

• Tri-City United Public Schools, Le

• Triton Public Schools, Dodge

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Elgin

• Waseca County Public Health

• Waterville-Elysian-Morristown
Public Schools

• Watonwan County Human
Services/Public Health

• Wells Public Library

• Youth First, Fairmont

“By reading to children, they are
exposed to so many wonderful things – imagination, creating, thinking and
painting a picture of the story in their mind,” said Rae Jean Hansen, Vice
President of Early Childhood at SMIF. “The nurturing and one-on-one attention
during reading encourages children to form a positive association with books
and reading.”

Award recipients will be able to
choose from a selection of titles donated by the publishing companies,
including bilingual and early childhood appropriate books. The organizations
will incorporate the books into their programs and events where young children
will receive books to take home and keep.

Crookston Public Schools/United Way of Crookston/Tri-Valley/USDA – Eat United returns this summer

Posted by Mitch on May 2, 2019 3:05 PM in Uncategorized

Crookston Daily Times

Free meal sites will be Wildwood Park and Highland Park near Jim Karn Field

The Eat United Summer Food Service Program will be running
for its fifth year during the summer of 2019 at Crookston’s Wildwood
Park and Highland Park Complex.

Free meals are offered to all kids ages 0-18 Monday-Thursday from June 10 to August 8.

Anyone 19 years and older can purchase a meal for $4, too.

Crookston Public Schools, along with the USDA, United Way of Crookston,
and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. will provide free summer
lunches to all youth in the community on a first come, first serve

Meals will be served Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Monday, June 10.

The meal sites will be closed the week of July 4 and the last day of the program will be August 8.

The program will run in two locations: Wildwood Park on Myrtle Street
in the Woods Addition and Highland Park Complex near Jim Karn Field
under the Lion’s Shelter.

There will be free bus service offered by Tri-Valley’s T.H.E. Bus by calling 281-0700.

There is no registration, sign-up or paperwork to receive a free meal. Everyone is welcome.

Tri-Valley’s Jami Lee awarded scholarship to attend National Child Nutrition Conference

Posted by Mitch on April 22, 2019 8:27 AM in Uncategorized


Times Report

Posted Apr 19, 2019 at 11:32 AM

It takes place April 23-26 in Chicago

The National CACFP Sponsors Association has awarded 15
scholarships to the National Child Nutrition Conference to be held in
Chicago, Illinois from April 23-26.

There were over 1,800
submissions and all of the applicants’ passion and commitment to the
children and adults they serve was evident and moving.

National Child Nutrition Conference Midwest Sponsor Scholarship was
awarded to Jami Lee of Tri Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. in
Crookston. Showing a strong dedication to continual improvement through
professional development, Lee will join over 1,700 members of the child
nutrition community for an incredible few days of training, networking,
and learning opportunities.

About the National CACFP Sponsors Association

Since 1986, the
National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) is the leading national
organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care
Food Program (CACFP). We provide education and support to thousands of
members in the CACFP community and to sponsors of all sizes from across
the country. We strive to improve communication between families, care
givers, sponsors, and their supervising government agencies.

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