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February Newsletter


February started with an event that created a buzz in many of our communities that is still present. Tri-Valley had the distinct pleasure of assisting the Northwest Council of Collaboratives in hosting two symposia. The speakers for the events were Christopher Ingraham and Ben Winchester. Chris Ingraham is the Washington Post reporter who wrote an article about a study that suggested Red Lake County was, by different metrics, a bad place to live. Well, he was invited to visit the county and ended up moving to Red Lake Falls. He has quite the story. Ben Winchester is a researcher with Minnesota Extension. He has done extensive work on the “brain gain” happening in rural Minnesota. He can show through data that many long held beliefs about the fate of small towns are simply not true. He is an excellent speaker and really made attendees think. The Council of Collaboratives is now working on how to keep the great conversations going in our region. Tri-Valley’s Board of Directors has formed a Building Committee to study our headquarters building. We are currently gathering information about our deferred maintenance situation from consultants. The committee will study that information with the goal of making recommendations to the full board as to what we need to do to ensure Tri-Valley Administrative Office staff has safe, accessible, productive space in which to work for the foreseeable future. Tri-Valley’s audit will be the week of March 6th. Please be responsive to any requests for information. Once our audit is complete, our Fiscal folks will be able to allow staff to begin running reports out of Abila. This will be a process and not something that will happen overnight. Until everyone is able to run their own reports you will have to ask for help. I appreciate coworkers being sensitive to the workload in Fiscal lately but if you need some information, please don’t be shy! All involved understand that our work must continue despite a challenging software migration.

In This Issue:

In This Issue:

* CEO News and Notes * Foster Grandparent In-Service * Upcoming March Events * EGF Build and Grow Event * MNsure

* Head Start at Frozen Feat 5K * March is National Nutrition Month * Congratulations Monticello and St. Cloud * Rewriting the Rural Narrative * Tri-Valley Board of Directors

Foster Grandparent In-Service The February 3, 2017 Foster Grandparent in-service meeting had a presentation in the morning session by the Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force. The presenters were from the US Border Patrol and the Crookston Police Department. They gave a very informative talk on the different types of drugs, what they look like, how many addictions are started, and effects of addictions on families. The afternoon speakers were Frieda Larson and Lisa Johnson who tag teamed on a presentation about Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). They had information on some possible causes, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and what we can do to help ourselves and others who may be struggling with Depression and SAD. They ended their presentation with a couple of brain games for each of the volunteers to do.

East Grand Forks Hosts Build and Grow Event On Thursday, February 9th, the East Grand Forks Head Start Center and Lowe's Home Improvement of Grand Forks hosted a Build and Grow event. Head Start families came and were able to choose a wood project to complete for each child. It was a fun night that involved the whole family!

Upcoming March Calendar Items: * March 7 - Financial Literacy Training * March 14 - Financial Literacy Training * March 14 - Tri-Valley Board Meeting * March 20 - HS / EHS Policy Council Meeting * March 21 - Financial Literacy Training * March 28 - Financial Literacy Training

For more information call Nancy Ramon at 1-800-820-7263

Head Start at Frozen Feat 5K A pair of sunglasses from Tri-Valley's Head Start, Child & Family Programs took part in the 10th Annual Frozen Feat 5K held in Grand Forks, ND. The purple and black sunglasses showcasing the Tri-Valley Head Start, Child & Family Programs logo were easily the most fashionable shades at the event!

March is National Nutrition Month Get more details about this year's theme, events you can host, ways you can celebrate and more: www.eatright. org/resources/national-nutrition-month

Congratulations Monticello and St. Cloud David Barrera, Paul Diaz, and all of the Monticello Head Start staff celebrated the Management by Objective report results, from February 22nd. The staff has been working hard and needed sweet treats to celebrate this great achievement. Staff have enrolled 20 Migrant Seasonal Head Start children and Pregnant Women in the last two months! Congratulations to Monticello and St. Cloud centers and specialists for their hard work in continuing to enroll children and provide quality services!

‘Rural narrative’ can’t get hung up on population loss By Jess Bengtson (Crookston Daily Times)

The Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Inc. hosted "Rewriting the Rural Narrative: 'The 'Brain Gain' of Rural America" Wednesday at the Crookston Inn & Convention Center featuring University of Minnesota Extension Research Fellow Ben Winchester and Washington Post writer Chris Ingraham who moved to Red Lake Falls after penning an article about the "absolute worst place to live in America." Ingraham said immediately after the August 2015 story broke about Red Lake County being the "absolute worst place to live in America" (based on U.S. Department of Agriculture data showing the prevalence of physical characteristics ranking each county from high to low), he started receiving "hate tweets"; even one from Minnesota Senator Al Franken. "I've written about places before and never heard a peep from anyone living there," Ingraham explained. "I got hate mail from all over the Midwest when I wrote about Red Lake County." "Then an email from Jason Brumwell came that said, 'Dear Mr. Ingraham: I would like to cordially and officially invite you to our county'," he added. "The first thing I did was Google Jason to make sure he wasn't a cult leader and then I brought it to my editor who thought it was a good idea. A week or so later, I was on a plane to Grand Forks and coming to visit." "I often think about that drive through the countryside when I kept stopping and looking at the scenery," Ingraham continued. "It was so quiet." He said when he arrived at the Red Lake County Courthouse to meet Brumwell, he was greeted by about 50 television cameras, dozens of people and a marching band. "It was clear the folks in town put a lot of thought to my visit," Ingraham boasted. Later, after Ingraham had returned home, he couldn't stop thinking about Red Lake County. He wondered what it would be like to live in a place like that; where people "do stuff for kids" like hold fundraisers to get snow shoes for their school. Soon, Ingraham said he pitched the idea to his wife and they went from living in an expensive 900 square foot row house in Baltimore to buying a house in Red Lake Falls. "I'm a reporter and 99 percent of my work is done on my phone and computer," he stated. "We eventually got to the point that it would be economically responsible to move there and so we did." "If you're commuting 15 hours a week for your job, what does that do to your productivity?" Ingraham added. "There is a desire to get back to small towns and rural life." Ingraham closed his presentation saying that he and his wife were expecting another child and that "it's true what people say you do in Minnesota in the cold weather to pass the time." BEN WINCHESTER People often lament a "brain drain" in rural Minnesota after high school students leave their small towns for college, but it's found that there is also a migration to these same towns with 30-49 year-old adults and their young children. This, says U of M Extension Research Fellow Ben Winchester, is a brain gain. "High school kids are still going to want to get out no matter where they are," Winchester explained. "It happens everywhere, not just small towns." Winchester said many young people end up coming back to their communities to take on leadership roles and that people want "quality of life." He says rural cities may concentrate too much on population change, but that the actual numbers show fluctuation within the age groups. Winchester also mentioned that it's very common to see an influx of people who work from home like book editors and engineers, and it's difficult to get them on the radar because they're not "working for someone. "The average American moves approximately 12 times in their lifetime and more people are choosing rural places," he continued. "Newcomers will look at three to five towns or communities when deciding where to live. They like to explore different towns and they're not necessarily looking for a one-stop shop. "The bottom line is people want to live and move here for what you are today," Winchester added.

Tri-Valley Board of Directors 2017

LeRoy Vonasek

Mark Kroulik

Shawna Peterson

Don Diedrich

Chairperson Public Official Sector Marshall County

Vice Chairperson Private Sector Marshall County

Secretary Private Sector Marshall County

Treasurer Public Official Sector Polk County

Dr. Jodi Boerger-Wilder Private Sector Polk County

Gary Willhite

John Gerszewski

Public Official Sector Polk County

Low-Income Sector Polk County

Dr. Linda Neuerburg Private Sector Polk County

Dale Svaren

Sarah Kjono

Private Sector Norman County

Low-Income Sector Norman County

Marvin Gunderson

Lee Ann Hall

Domita Mack

Lana Glover

Greg Burris

Public Official Sector Norman County

Public Official Sector Norman County

Public Official Sector Marshall County

Low-Income Sector Marshall County

Low-Income Sector Marshall County

Not Pictured: Marsha Melting-Ogard, Low-Income Sector, Norman County

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February newsletter 2017  

Tri-Valley February Newsletter

February newsletter 2017  

Tri-Valley February Newsletter