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Jul 19 18

Office Closed

by Melissa

Our office will be closed the afternoon of Tuesday, July 24th for our annual meeting/tour that will begin at 12:30pm in Clarkfield. Our staff will be back in the office on Wednesday morning.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Jun 26 18

2018 June Newsletter

by Melissa

Lac qui Parle County Master Plan

The Lac qui Parle County Park just completed their master plan as part of the process of pursuing regional park designation through Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission. Achieving regional designation shows the park meets a very high standard for natural-resource-based outdoor recreation and is part of a regional system across Greater Minnesota. It also makes the park eligible for the Regional Parks and Trails Legacy Funding Program where an estimated 8 million dollars will be available annually.

The UMVRDC and the landscape architect firm, Damon Farber, worked with the park board to create the master plan that was adopted in the spring of 2018. The plan identifies the first phase of projects the park board hopes to implement including the west entrance road, a bridge, and the park loop trail on the west side of the park. Phase II includes the trailhead on the west side of the park, with a bathroom/shower building, parking, and lighting. Phase III includes more trail system improvements and additions.

Memorial Park in Granite Falls

The UMVRDC continues to assist the City of Granite Falls with improvements to Memorial Park, which was designated a regional park by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission in 2016. The city is currently working on the construction of Phase I, which includes building a new shower house, improvements on the main park picnic shelter, and reworking the entrance to the park to make safety improvements. The request of $595,613 was funded in the spring of 2017 and this project was implemented in the fall of 2017.
Phase II focuses improvements on the south side of the park. It will develop the RV campground closer to the new shower house, and turn the existing campground into a nature-based playground area. It will restore the ecological landscape on the south side of the park, improve the overlook trail and add signage to the entire park. The city received $732,261 to complete this phase, and is now working through the paperwork and environmental review.
Funding for both of these phases came from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission. The UMVRDC helped with the funding requests, environmental review and master planning process. The UMVRDC will be assisting with the next phase funding request due July 2018.

Maynard Area History Museum Now on the National Register

The UMVRDC has been assisting the City of Maynard with their Historic Maynard State Bank Building. The UMVRDC wrote and implemented a grant for the building to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was completed in the spring of 2018. Registering the building on the National Register will enable the Maynard History Museum to take advantage of other grants and resources from the Minnesota Historical Society.

Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway
Corridor Management Plan

The Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway just completed an update to the Corridor Management Plan. The byway runs 287 miles from Browns Valley to Belle Plaine along the Minnesota River, and the byway designated corridor includes ten miles on each side of the river.
This corridor management plan is a blueprint to guide the organizing, marketing and interpretive development of the corridor. It defines the most important steps needed to protect the character and resources along the byway. The goal of this plan is to create a balance between preservation and promotion in a manner that maintains the integrity and value of the Byway’s intrinsic qualities, and enhances the livability in the Minnesota River Communities. This plan is a comprehensive outline of these intrinsic qualities which will help planning efforts preserve what is important in the valley.
The plan can be viewed at This update was funded by the Federal Highway Administration.

Center for Small Town
Summer Students

The UMVRDC is excited to once again partner with the University of Minnesota Extension’s Center for Small Towns Program this summer. Two students have been chosen to help continue collecting images, interviews, and content of the region. The new imagery can be accessed through Dropbox and downloaded to utilize on websites and/or marketing materials. The UMVRDC is grateful for the continued partnership with the University to help capture the region!

View Case Studies

Revolving Loan Fund

Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home utilized RLF dollars to purchase equipment and furnishings for their new location in Granite Falls, MN. The $69,720 loan closed in March and was part of a $710,000 financing package that will retain five full time jobs along with creation of a part time job.
The UMVRDC’s RLF has available funding for new and expanding businesses throughout our five-county region. The RLF continues to provide competitive terms within a financing package to allow for sustained creation and retention of jobs. As a gap financing agency, the UMVRDC partners with private financial institutions and other gap financers to complete these projects.

 Arts Meander Brochures

Hot off the press are the 2018 Meander Art Crawl brochures! The cover art this year was created by Dale and Jo Pederson, honoring our 15th year of visiting Artisan Studios.

The brochures will be available online at the Meander website. You can also receive brochures by contacting the UMVRDC office at 320.289.1981.

2018 Meander: October 5, 6, & 7 2018

Regional Childcare Case Studies
Finding child care in the Upper Minnesota Valley Region, is a growing challenge.  Statewide, professionals are coining this concern as an actual crisis.  In response to the increased need of child care options, the UMVRDC has documented case studies to provide examples of regional child care facilities. Child care is considered an economic driver in our rural communities and these studies can provide guidance as to how individuals, communities, employers, etc. have rolled up their sleeves to meet the needs of our local families.  
UMVRDC Welcomes Two New Board Members

Carrie Bendix
Carrie Bendix, Executive Director with the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, has over 15 years of nonprofit management experience, including 12 years in workforce development. Carrie currently serves on the following boards: Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development, Southwest Minnesota Chief Elected Office WIOA, and Technology and Trades on the Prairie. 

Carrie is a resident of Yellow Medicine County.
Dawn Regnier
Dawn Regnier, Dean of Career & Workplace Solutions, has been with Minnesota West Community & Technical College since 2006. Prior to that she was with St. Cloud State University for 18 years. Dawn currently serves on the Southwest MN Workforce Council and the Yellow Medicine County Extension Committee. She has also been involved with the Yellow Medicine County 4H, the Forum of Executive Women, and active her in church.
Dawn resides on a farm near Canby with her husband and they have two grown children. She is passionate about agriculture, family and the communities we serve.
Mark Your Calendars!

June 26: RDC Board of Commissioners Meeting @6:30pm

Appleton Civic Center

July 4: Office Closed in observance of Independence Day

July 24: RDC Board of Commissioners Annual Meeting
Details in progress

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Jun 19 18

Grants Available to Help More People Hunt and Fish

by Melissa

Groups aiming to get more people to hunt and fish have until 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, to apply for grants that are available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The grants are a response to an ongoing issue: While anglers still cast lines and hunters head to deer camp each year, the percentage of Minnesotans who hunt or fish is shrinking.
Awards will range from $5,000 to $49,999 with a total amount of $150,000 available. Projects in this round of grants must be completed in Minnesota and be finished by Dec. 31, 2019.
The DNR gives priority to programs for new and diverse audiences and those with an ongoing impact rather than one-time events. Types of activities could include fishing and hunting educational programs, clinics, workshops, and camps, and funding for fishing and hunting equipment and transportation. More information is available at

May 24 18

Downtown Staircase Project Call for Artist RFQ

by Melissa

Downtown Staircase Project
Call for Artist Request for Qualifications (RFQ) 2018

The Montevideo Arts Project (M.A.P.), in partnership with the City of Montevideo, seeks an artist interested in working with us in the planning stage of designing a public art project utilizing some of the staircases in downtown Montevideo.

Opportunity and project description:
There are three sets of staircases in downtown Montevideo that provide an opportunity for public art. It also provides an opportunity for exercise and working with partners such as Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), a group that encourages activity and health. This project may utilize one, two or three of these staircases.

We are looking for an artist to work with us on the planning stage of this project and complete the following:

  1. Complete a project proposal to do a public art project in the downtown area in Montevideo utilizing the staircases.
  2. Work with MAP to set goals for the project that includes feedback from partners such SHIP and the city of Montevideo.
  3. Include community engagement in the project proposal.
  4. Research and fully describe the maintenance and longevity of this potential project.

Click here to view full RFQ requirements

May 16 18

Memorial Day-Office Closed

by Melissa

Our office will be closed on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.  We will be back in the office at 8am Tuesday morning.

Have a safe & happy holiday.