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June Newsletter


Housing is a recurring theme in this update. First, work in Agassiz Townhomes has really picked up in intensity. We are meeting biweekly with representatives from Minnesota Housing to update them on the progress we are making on the closing checklist. The project should be out for bid sometime in the 2nd half of July. I would like to thank Maureen Hams from Tri-Valley and Chris Flood from Three Rivers Community Action. Their work has kept us on track for a fast closing. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation has been convening a group of housing-related entities for just over a year now. As Tri-Valley currently seems to qualify, I have been trying to attend the meetings when I can. The group met in June to study a manufactured home purchasing model along with discussions on repurposing a commercial structure for housing in Fosston. I found the manufactured home concept to hold promise for creating quality housing quickly in a given area. While I don’t see a direct role at this point for Tri-Valley in providing manufactured housing to communities, I definitely know where to send referrals. If you happen to know of a community struggling with a shortage of affordable, workforce housing you can certainly give me a call. My last update related to housing is that Tri-Valley had the opportunity to partner with the Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives to bring Ben Winchester from Minnesota Extension back up to Crookston and Thief River Falls. If you recall, we had Ben up in the area in February and had a great response. In addition to sharing his research on “brain gain” in our rural areas, Ben added research he has done on housing to the presentations. While the audience in both cities was smaller in June vs. February, I think the information was well-received and will lead to action across our region. Lastly, I want to be sure all readers know that Randy Nordin retired as the Executive Director of Northwest Community Action at the end of June. Randy was a great guy to work with and will be missed. On the bright side, our Northwest Cluster of CAP Agencies met in Badger in June and had the opportunity to meet Randy’s successor, Tim Anacabe. It was during that meeting that I had a blow-your-mind moment. As I had filled in for Denny at times for a few years prior to his retirement, we figured out that I am now the longest tenured regular attendee of NW Cluster meetings. Wow.

In This Issue:

In This Issue:

* CEO News and Notes * Ben Winchester Back by Popular Demand * Tri-Valley Hosts SNAP and MNsure Info Booths * Senior Programs at Healthy & Fit Fair * Breckenridge Hosts Father Involvement Event * Try It! Commuter Challenge

* Senior Programs at Elder Abuse Summit * Elysian Center Parent Meeting * Grandma Deloryce Earns OSPY Award * Upcoming Events * Child Care Needed * Farm to Head Start * Tr-Valley Board of Directors

Tri-Valley Hosts SNAP and MNsure Booth

Ben Winchester Back By Popular Demand The Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. hosted Ben Winchester who is back by popular demand! He spoke in Thief River Falls on Tuesday, June 13 and in Crookston, on Wednesday, June 28 in Kiehle Auditorium on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. These presentations were a free-of-charge community event and had great turnout!

(Crookston Times) Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. will host a MNsure and SNAP informational booth in Crookston, Ada, and Warren this month, starting June 12 in Crookston. The purpose of the booths is to encourage those that have questions about MNsure or SNAP a chance to ask those questions and get answers and to learn more about the programs. The Crookston booth will be set up on Monday from 1-3 p.m. at the Crookston Public Library. The Ada booth will be set up on Thursday, June 15 from 1-3 p.m. at the Ada Library (107 4th Ave. E). The Warren booth will be set up on Wednesday, June 28 from 1-3 p.m. at the Godel Memorial Library (314 E. Johnson Ave.). ‒ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Outreach (SNAP): For more than 40 years, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has served as the foundation of America’s national nutrition safety net. It is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger and offers a powerful tool to improve nutrition among low-income people. ‒ MNsure: MNsure is a one-stop health insurance marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses will be able to get quality health coverage at a fair price. MNsure will empower more than 1 million Minnesotans to compare, choose, and get help finding health care coverage. It will facilitate enrollment in public and private health insurance, determine eligibility for premium tax credits and allow Minnesotans to shop and compare between health care coverage options. For more information on MNsure or SNAP, contact Nancy Ramon, Tri-Valley Community Assistance program coordinator, at 1-800-201-3475.

Senior Programs Attend Healthy & Fit Fair Tri-Valley Senior Programs participated in the Healthy & Fit Fair held at the VFW Arena in East Grand Forks, MN on Tuesday, May 23. Jeanette Larson (Senior Programs Manager) shared information on Tri-Valley’s Foster Grandparent and Caring Companion Programs.

Breckenridge Center Hosts Father Involvement Event The Breckenridge center held a father involvement event on Friday, June 23. The center had a great turnout and the participants enjoyed painting birdhouse together!

Senior Programs Attends 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Summit On June 8, Tri-Valley’s Senior Programs had a booth at the 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Summit in Moorhead, MN. Information on the Foster Grandparent Program and Caring Companion Program was available and handed out to the individuals attending. There were very informative sessions on Guardianships and Trusts, Veterans needs and how communities are helping in these situations, how some lottery scams have affected a Fargo family and then the last presentation was on how the U.S. Attorney’s Office along with the FBI successfully investigated and prosecuted and international lottery scam originating out of Harvey, ND by a group of Jamaican scammers that led to the indictment of 30 individuals and over $5.8 million in stolen money.

Elysian Center Parent Meeting The Elysian center held a Parent Meeting on Tuesday, June 20th. They learned about Immigration and Policy Council from Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS), Motivation Education & Training, Inc. (MET, Inc.), Labor and Industry, and Monticello Recruiter & Family Advocates (RFA's). They truly appreciated the Monticello RFA's helping. The winner of the Parent Meeting raffle was Mireya Salinas!

Grandma Deloryce Earns OSPY Award (Crookston Times) The Crookston School District held their annual OSPY (Outstanding Service to Pirate Youth) Awards Thursday at Crookston High School and plenty of faculty and staff walked away with hardware. Twelve members of the district were recognized for 20+ years of service, one for being a new retiree, plus three coaches/ advisors, two community helpers, four teachers and a group of support staff were awarded for their outstanding service. ‒ Community Award - Deloryce Bertils Congratulations to Tri-Valley Foster Grandparent Grandma Deloryce! She has been a Foster Grandparent for 22 years!

Upcoming Calendar Items: * July 5-9 - Polk County Fair (Fertile, MN) * July 5-9 - Kittson County Fair (Hallock, MN) * July 10 - Financial Literacy Training (Crookston, MN) * July 12-16 - Pennington County Fair (Thief River Falls, MN) * July 18-21 - Roseau County Fair (Roseau, MN) * July 19-23 - Marshall County Fair (Warren, MN) * July 29 - MSHS/MSEHS Policy Council

Farm to Head Start Jami Nunn, Food and Nutrition Specialist at Tri-Valley has been partnering with the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy to implement Farm to Head Start in Tri-Valley Opportunity Councils Head Start centers. Farm to Head Start works to connect early child care and education settings to local food producers with the objectives of serving locally-grown, healthy foods to young children, providing related nutrition education, and improving child nutrition. Farm to Head Start activities can increase children’s willingness to try new foods and help them become familiar with local foods they will see in school. Implementation started on June 5th where a focused produce item is incorporated into the menu every two weeks. Centers that implement the Farm to Head Start Curriculum will learn about the focused vegetable/fruit the beginning of the week, then it will be presented in the menu in varies different cooking methods. The pilot center implementing IATPs curriculum is St. Cloud. All other centers are encouraged to reach out to local farmers and incorporate curriculum revolving around farming and gardening. Week of June 5 & 12: Asparagus Week of June 19 & 26: Snap Peas & Snow Peas Week of July 3: Strawberries Week of July 10 & 17: Squash Week of July 24 & 31: Green Beans

Children in the classroom eating lunch featuring the main dish of Chicken Chop Suey featuring snow peas the vegetable of the week. Also included in the menu was corn, brown rice, honeydew, and milk.

Glencoe Migrant and Seasonal Head Start preschoolers learning how to plant pepper plants by Food and Nutrition Specialist, Jami Nunn.

St Cloud Migrant and Seasonal Head Start raised garden.

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

Sarah Kjono Low-Income Sector Norman County

Gary Willhite

John Gerszewski

Public Official Sector Polk County

Low-Income Sector Polk County

Marvin Gunderson

Lee Ann Hall

Domita Mack

Greg Burris

Public Official Sector Norman County

Public Official Sector Marshall County

Low-Income Sector Marshall County

Public Official Sector Norman County

Dr. Linda Neuerburg Private Sector Polk County

Stephanie Vonesh

Dale Svaren

Low-Income Sector Polk County

Private Sector Norman County

Not Pictured: Lynn Monk, Low-Income Sector, Norman County

The mission of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is to provide opportunities to improve the quality of life for people and communities.

June newsletter 2017  

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