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January Newsletter


Updates this month include a couple of administrative updates and updates on three community projects Tri-Valley is involved with. First, the transition to the Bremer/Empower retirement is complete with the lifting of the blackout period. Plan participants are again able to rebalance assets, reallocate contributions, change deferrals, etc. We will be working with our contacts at Bremer to determine good times for group meetings with staff this spring and summer. If you have individual questions about your investments, please contact HR. You will be placed into contact with someone from Bremer who can assist you and provide advice. Please don’t hesitate to utilize that service. The accessibility promised by Bremer is a big reason the board placed Tri-Valley’s retirement services with Bremer. Last year, Tri-Valley was out for bid on auto, property, liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Due to an irregularity in the RFP process, the Tri-Valley Board of Directors decided to renew with our incumbent agent, Otis-Magie, and rebid our insurance business again this year. To address the irregularity, the board will only be accepting a bid from Otis-Magie and Vaaler Insurance. Vaaler will only be able to present a quote from a company called GuideOne. Vaaler and GuideOne made a presentation to the board during the January board meeting. Otis-Magie will speak to the board in February. The board will make its decisions on the proposals presented in March. Now for some community updates. Tri-Valley was able to arrange for a visit in January from Chris Flood, the consultant who has been helping Tri-Valley with the Agassiz Townhomes project. Chris and I were able to present an update to representatives from the Crookston City Council, Crookston Housing and Economic Development board, and Tri-Valley board. It was nice to share information about our December meeting at Minnesota Housing and also update all of the partners on how we expect to strengthen our application for the next round of tax credits. Chris is well-versed in tax credits beyond the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program so we used the occasion of his visit to also present to developers interested in preserving downtown Crookston buildings. Chris gave an overview on historic tax credits, New Market tax credits, and LIHTC. The purpose of the meeting was to hopefully generate some thought amongst local developers and get members of the group to explore avenues beyond traditional financing to judge the feasibility of projects. Lastly, the exploration of developing a food hub in our area continues. We still have no idea as to whether or not a food hub is feasible in NW Minnesota. We are still working on financing that study. We do know that there is a group interested in local food issues in the Bemidji area and we expect to meet with individuals from that group soon to see how we can work together. Stay tuned.

In This Issue:

* CEO News and Notes * Rivera Earns CDA * Volunteers Change Lives * Monticello Snow Adventure

In This Issue:

* Upcoming February Events * Senior Volunteers Make a Difference * Derry Earns CDA * Bloggers Wanted

Monticello Snow Adventure

The Toddler 2 room at the Monticello Center took advantage of the beautiful Minnesota winter day. The children and the teachers spent some time in the fresh, fluffy snow and had a great time sledding!

Rivera Earns Her CDA

Congratulations to Indira Rivera from the Elysian Center for completing her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). Great job!

Upcoming February Calendar Items: *Feb. 8 - Head Start / Early Head Start Policy Council meeting

Volunteers change lives!

Thank you Foster Grandparents and Caring Companions. To learn more about Tri-Valley Senior Programs please call 1-800-584-7020!

* Feb. 9 - Tri-Valley Board of Directors meeting * Feb. 2, 9, 16, 22 - Financial Literacy Class. Polk County Social Service Building (East Grand Forks, MN) 6 - 8 pm. Call Nancy Ramon at 218-773-5326 to register.

Tri-Valley Senior Volunteers Make a Difference Now that the holidays are over and the winter doldrums are starting to give way to more pleasant weather, are you looking to get more active or find something meaningful to do? If you answered yes, look into volunteering with Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.’s Senior Programs. Tri-Valley’s Senior Programs consists of the Caring Companion Program and the Foster Grandparent Program. The Caring Companion Program consists of companions who are 50 years or older. They help other seniors by visiting with them, taking them to appointments, helping with errands and groceries, playing cards or games, having coffee with them and being a friend to them. Caring Companions can make a difference in the quality of life for a lonely senior. The Foster Grandparent Program consists of volunteers who are 55 years or older. They volunteer in schools, Head Starts, Developmental Achievement Centers, non-profit day cares and juvenile centers under the supervision of a teacher or childcare professional. They assist children with activities in which they need assistance and mentor children and youth. Have you considered the benefits of volunteering? Here are a few of many: * Volunteering is good for your mind and body. Your role as a volunteer can give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals. * Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy and it is especially beneficial in older adults. Mortality rate is lower among volunteers and volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease. * Volunteering can make you happy. Helping others kindles happiness. Research has shown that the good feelings you experience when helping others may be just as important to your health as exercise and a healthy diet. But it’s the smile from a child or thankful person that shows you’re really making a difference in someone’s life. And that’s the greatest feeling in the world. Tri-Valley has Caring Companion and Foster Grandparent opportunities throughout Northwest Minnesota. For more information on how to become a Foster Grandparent, Caring Companion or how to receive Caring Companion Services call Heidi, Jeanette, Jean, Jessica, or Marley at 1-800584-7020.

Derry Earns Her CDA

Congratulations to Jenn Derry, Winnebago Center Manager, on completing her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). Great job Jenn!

Bloggers Wanted!

If you are interested in writing an occasional blog article for the Tri-Valley blog page, please email Mitch at

Did You Know?... * You can receive more information on Tri-Valley’s programs and services by calling 218-281-5832 or 800-584-7020. * You can keep up with Tri-Valley news on the TVOC website at www.tvoc. org, on Facebook at and on Twitter at @TriValley_TVOC. * Everyone can receive the Tri-Valley Newsletter. If you know of anyone who would like a copy please have them contact Mitch Bakken at 218-281-5832 or Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. (TVOC) is a community action agency headquartered in Crookston, MN. It is our Mission to provide opportunities to individuals and communities in order to improve the quality of our lives. In existence since 1965, TVOC provides services in 84 counties in Minnesota and Northeast North Dakota. For more information on services offered by TVOC please call 218-281-5832 or 800-584-7020. This information is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities. Contact us at 1-800-5847020 or by calling the Telecommunication Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-627-3529. Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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