A donation that was matched by the Land O’Lakes Foundation was given to the Mille Lacs County Dirt Devils Pulling Club who are geared towards helping kids learn about mechanics and engineering by building garden pulling tractors. Their focus is based on old fashioned whole family fun where parents can participate with their children and make many great memories.
The club was founded in 2012 with just 3 families and 10 tractors, now it has grown to 30 tractors with 12 participating families. The kids learn about maintaining engines and how a little elbow grease can make a winning tractor. The Pulling Club has also partnered with 4-H to make it a more well-rounded project based group and now have a place to show off their tractors during the County Fair!
With donated funds from Federated and Land O'Lakes the Isanti County 4-H Club has purchased a large animal scale which will support the Swine, Sheep and Beef project livestock programs. This is a very important item because it is used throughout the year at events like beef weigh-ins, clinics and County Fair animal weigh-ins. Because of our donation they are now able to have one scale versus finding members to lend them one. JC Olson Isanti 4-H Coordinator, said "This is truly appreciated and an item that will be of great value to Isanti County 4-H for many many years to come."
With a Federated donation and a matching donation from Land O’Lakes we are helping to sponsor a Chisago County 4-H series of educational and hands on youth workshops focused on a variety of 4-H animal science and livestock projects.
Workshops include; Chick Day - a workshops and information on our feathered friends, Beekeeping Workshops, youth workshop on beekeeping and learn about other pollinators, The Wise Rabbit Panel, panel discussions focusing on raising and caring for these furry friends and Horse Day workshops and information on our equine companions!
Through the generous financial support from Federated Co-ops, Inc., with matching funds from the Land O’Lakes, Inc. Foundation, Kanabec County 4-H has received a donation to expand our current programming opportunities and to challenge a team of youth to participate in the Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge.
The Minnesota Science of Agriculture program challenges youth to explore and develop science-based solutions to agricultural problems they have identified in their local communities. 4-Hers work on teams of 3-4 youth (grades 6 and up) with the help of local mentors and specialists to learn about local problems and design their solution. They then present their project at regional and state events to be evaluated and judged. The top three teams in the state will be awarded college scholarships that range from $1,000 to $500 per team member. Youth will also have a chance to connect with representatives from the University and the agribusiness community, who are eager to meet the next generation of leaders in agriculture and STEM.
Federated Co-ops CEO, Mike McMahon, met with Rick Peterson of the Ogilvie/Mora Chapter of Pheasants Forever to offer a donation to their organization. The donation, which was matched by the Land O'Lakes Foundation, will be used for their youth education program No Child Left Indoors and their summer youth campership program. During Pheasants Forever's summer camp program they have sent youths to the Upland Bird Camp were they spend a week learning about environmental issues, wildlife habitat, and a wealth of outdoor related activities.
Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 10 – 20 provided by the Boy Scouts of America. The program provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields. Explorers get hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for them. They develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in their selected career fields, and get to know other youth with your same interests and aspirations.
Exploring is the first step in identifying career possibilities while having fun in an exciting and informal environment.
The Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scouts of America currently operates four Explorer Posts and is looking to grow the program to more communities and career fields to help address the shortage of qualified employees in the workforce. Funds from Federated Co-ops and the Land O’ Lakes Foundation will help make that possible.
Federated Co-ops CEO, Mike McMahon, with Paul Ravenburg of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Osceola Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Tim Stelter of Federated Co-ops with its January Customer Service of the Month Award. Chamber members, ambassadors and Miss Osceola royalty gave Stelter the award Friday, January 22 at the Osceola Country Store. "It's really a team effort and the attitude of everyone up here" said Stelter of customer service at the store, noting his thanks to the Chamber for the recognition.
Craig Gustafson, our Eastern Agronomy Division Manager, presented a donation of almost $1000 to the Osceola Medical Center. The focus of this year’s donation was for women’s health. Our donation and the Gala proceeds will support equipment needs at the Osceola Medical Center for heart care and digital mammography. Cardiac equipment will be purchased for the emergency department, hospital and cardiac rehab department plus they will update software for their digital mammography unit. Our gift will support the health of our community. Sue says, “Thank you for your generosity!”.
Donnie Miller and Corey Nelson of Federated Co-ops presented Gary Zgatowicz of Cuyuna Range Food Shelf in Crosby a donation from Federated Co-ops along with a matching donation from the Land O’Lakes Foundation’s Feeding our Community Program 2015.
Bob Virnig of Federated Co-ops presented Bernadette Stangl of Pierz Area Food Shelf a donation from Federated Co-ops along with a matching donation from the Land O’Lakes Foundation’s Feeding our Community Program 2015.
Scott Kemen of Federated Co-ops presented Dawn Berglund of Family Pathways Food Shelf in Sandstone a donation from Federated Co-ops along with a matching donation from the Land O’Lakes Foundation’s Feeding our Community Program 2015.
Ron Peterson, Mark Tucker and Paul Korhonen of Federated Co-ops presented Michelle Miller of Two Harbors Area Food Shelf a donation from Federated Co-ops along with a matching donation from the Land O’Lakes Foundation’s Feeding our Community Program 2015.
Corey Nelson of Federated Co-ops presented Dawn Blonigen of Milaca Area Pantry a donation from Federated Co-ops along with a matching donation from the Land O’Lakes Foundation’s Feeding our Community Program 2015.
Gene Stuevens of Federated Co-ops presented Jean Skomoroh of Annandale Food Shelf a donation from Federated Co-ops along with a matching donation from the Land O’Lakes Foundation’s Feeding our Community Program 2015
Pine City Minnesota’s local food shelf Pine Community Food Shelf received a donation from Federated Co-ops along with a matching donation from the Land O’Lakes Foundation’s Feeding our Community Program.
This is a photo of the used senior citizens bus purchased by Princeton Rotary in partnership with a donation from Land O’Lakes and Federated Co-ops Inc., Princeton Minnesota. Thank you on behalf of the seniors at Elim Homes Princeton.
Justin Martini and Wyatt Line select a free dino snack tray, courtesy of Premiere Theatres, on Monday as part of an annual outing for first-graders from Churchhill and Washington Elementary schools, as well as all of the special education students (kindergarten through 12) in Cloquet Public Schools. The event is courtesy of Federated Co-ops, Inc., Land O’ Lakes, Inc. and a private donor who wishes to remain anonymous. After everyone was settled in the theater, Bruce Munter of Federated Co-ops presented special education teacher and event organizer Deb Roach with two $400 checks from each company while Premiere staff members Alexis Woods, Marissa Manty and Taylor Stowell looked on.
My name is Kyle Burton and I am a Deputy Sheriff with the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office. I have served you as a Mille Lacs County Deputy Sheriff for 6 years and it has been my career goal to be a K9 handler. The Sheriff's Office had to put our K9 "Tracker" down in 2010 due to health reasons. K9 Tracker had many years of dedicated service to all residents of Mille Lacs County. Since then, there has been a great void within the Law Enforcement Community in Mille Lacs County because no other agencies in our county have K9 units. We have been calling other counties to come over into Mille Lacs County with a K9 to assist us in locating narcotics and fleeing suspects. However, the communities that these other agencies serve take first priority and often times they are not available to come into Mille Lacs County to assist us.
I worked with former K9 Deputy Terry Boltjes for many years while he had Tracker and assisted him in training of the dog. I personally witnessed the benefits of having a K9 and saw K9 Tracker locate and apprehend many suspects. Sheriff Lindgren realizes the tremendous resource that a K9 is to Mille Lacs County and has decided to replace our K9 unit. Sheriff Lindgren has appointed me to be the new K9 handler. I now have the task of raising money in the form of donations. Your donations will go towards the purchase of a new dog and sending the K9 and I to an intense 10 week training course. Once trained and certified, the K9 will be able to locate and detect illegal narcotics as well as locate and apprehend fleeing suspects. It will also be utilized to assist law enforcement and search and rescue in locating lost persons and children.