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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 mndnr.gov/r3.

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.

May 16 18

Regional Childcare Case Studies

by Melissa

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 in order to meet the needs of our local families.

Please view the examples below, we are currently working on other regional examples that we will be sharing as well.

Clarkfield Tiny Sprouts Daycare on the Prairie

Montevideo Thunder Hawks

Benson Discovery Kids

May 11 18

Regional Childcare Case Studies

by Melissa

Every region of Minnesota currently has a shortfall between the number of children needing childcare and the number of childcare spaces available. Entrepreneurs and communities are working hard to fill the needs of families.

To help communities address childcare needs, we are currently creating a portfolio of case studies on childcare businesses to support people and organizations taking the lead on these efforts in and around our region. These case studies will provide organizers with ideas, contacts, and strategies to make their business the best it can be and help meet our regions serious need for childcare.

Check back, since the list will continue to grow as we complete more studies of childcare solutions from around our region.

Case Studies

Benson Discovery Kids

Clarkfield Tiny Sprouts Daycare on the Prairie

Montevideo Thunder Hawks