Minnesota Housing, Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority (CHEDA), the City of Crookston, and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc., announced today that the Minnesota Housing board has approved the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit application for Agassiz Townhomes in Crookston. Agassiz Townhomes will serve Crookston’s lower income workforce, addressing a need of many employers and allowing more workers to live in the community. more »
Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. Foster Grandparent Program held its annual recognition luncheon at the Crookston Eagles Club on Wednesday, October 5. Heidi Simmons, Senior Programs Director began the event by welcoming the Foster Grandparents and guests to the banquet. Jason Carlson, Tri-Valley’s CEO then thanked all of the volunteers for the difference they are making in the lives of others in our communities. more »
Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. staff attended the Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP) Annual Training Conference held on September 20-22 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minn. Staff took part in a Legislative General Session, listened to speakers on various topics, and took part in several 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 Cindy Pic (Transportation Programs Director) was honored for her 25 years of work with Tri-Valley in Crookston.
(A short bio on Cindy from the event): Cindy started working at Tri-Valley as the Program Manager for Child Care Resource & Referral serving northeast North Dakota. She then directed the Community Services Division of the corporation. Cindy is currently the director of the Transportation Division. A major highlight of Cindy’s work is how the Flood of 1997 impacted the child care community throughout the service area. Tri-Valley received several million dollars in grants to build the child care infrastructure in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. She is also very proud of the growth the Transportation Programs have seen in recent years. This is because of the staff working together and believing in the motto of “people helping people.”
(News Release Courtesy of the Federal Transit Administration)
ASHEVILLE, NC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers today announced three Administrator’s Awards for Outstanding Public Transportation Service in Rural Public Transportation. The announcement was made at the 22nd National Rural and Intercity Bus Conference in Asheville, NC.
“The Obama Administration is proud to partner with public transportation services that provide a lifeline for many people in America’s rural communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “By enhancing mobility and increasing access to employment, these unsung heroes of transportation have done an exceptional job of connecting rural residents to ladders of opportunity.” more »
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ST. PAUL, Minn.—As final 2017 individual market health insurance rates are released by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, MNsure is encouraging Minnesotans to learn about important cost-saving opportunities available only through the state’s online health insurance marketplace.
The cost savings comes in the form of an advanced premium tax credit. These federal tax credits act like instant discounts, reducing the monthly out-of-pocket cost a Minnesotan pays for their health insurance coverage. An individual earning up to $47,520 a year or a family of four earning up to $97,200 a year could qualify. Additional income thresholds are available on the MNsure website.
By Deb Moldaschel, Editor / Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch
Kurk Kramer, Sleepy Eye EDA Coordinator, said that the shortage of child care options in Sleepy Eye was an issue that came up at the EDA’s planning meeting in January of 2015.
“We have a planning meeting each year and the EDA members bring up issues of importance to the community,” said Kramer. “Some might be issues they or their business has experienced; some are issues that citizens have asked them about.” In 2015 the issue of a child care shortage was one of the issues identified.
“A committee of a couple EDA members was formed and we started looking into the issue and possible solutions,” said Kramer. “In May of 2015, we started discussions with the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council to determine if the building where they operate the migrant and seasonal head start program would be appropriate as a child care center.”
Tri-Valley Receives $128,000 Otto Bremer Trust Grant for Agassiz Townhomes Project and Two Year Pilot ProjectPosted by Mitch on July 7, 2016 11:04 AM in Administration
Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. has received an Otto Bremer Trust Grant of more than $128,000 for the Agassiz Townhome project and a two year housing pilot project. Agassiz Townhomes will serve Crookston’s lower income workforce, addressing a need of many employers and allowing more workers to live in the community.
The Otto Bremer Trust Grant for the project consists of two direct grants and a $35,000 one-to-one match. The goal was to leverage local employer contributions and coordinate with other public funds to enhance the ability to address housing needs in our area. The goal was met with $17,500 provided by local employers and $17,500 provided by the Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority (CHEDA). The additional grant dollars will be used to fund a two year pilot project primarily in East Grand Forks that will assist landlords and New Americans in creating successful housing relationships.
“We at Bremer Bank are very proud when our major stockholder, Otto Bremer Trust, provides grants in our trade area,” says Jim Snyder, Crookston Bremer Bank President and Market Manager. “The Otto Bremer Trust welcomes opportunities consistent with Tri-Valley’s Mission, and Bremer Bank’s Vision, to improve the quality of life for people and strengthen the communities we serve,” Snyder adds.
SMIF on 06/23/2016
OWATONNA, Minn., June 23, 2016 – Representatives from early childhood organizations gathered at the office of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) in Owatonna today to celebrate 14 years of the BookStart program and 26 new BookStart awardees.
This year, SMIF awarded 10,000 books with a total value of $172,650 in partnership with Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services. Together, the organizations have placed approximately 89,000 books into the homes of children across southern Minnesota. The goal is that every child has a book of his or her own at home to read or be read to by family members, which promotes a life-long love for reading.
Studies consistently show that reading at a young age drastically improves a child’s educational trajectory. Not only does reading aloud help children acquire early language skills, it fosters curiosity and memory and helps children develop positive associations with reading.
By Hannah Black on Jul 3, 2016 at 8:14 p.m. (Grand Forks Herald)
CROOKSTON, Minn.—Eight Brooks siblings gathered with family at Highland Park on Sunday afternoon, marking the second time in three decades they had been together at the same time.
The siblings called the event the Brooks Family Reunion—around 50 family members attended. But they also surprised their mother, Lois, with an early 80th birthday celebration that included gifts and a cake.
Lois Brooks of Crookston was surprised to see her eight children and so much of her family in one place.
“It’s pretty overwhelming,” she said, smiling.
Lois is a foster grandmother at Tri-Valley Head Start, where she looks after children younger than 15 months. She has almost 70 grandchildren and great-grandchildren of her own, but her family is normally scattered across the country. But that changed Sunday, as her children and many of her relatives talked, laughed and shared a meal.