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Otto Bremer Trust awards 151 grants and program-related investments totaling $8.6 million
SAINT PAUL, December 2, 2020 — The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $8,609,747 in grants as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.
“With this latest round of grants, we are reminded of the critical need that communities and individuals across the region continue to have as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its health and economic impacts,” said Charlotte Johnson, Co-CEO and Trustee, Otto Bremer Trust.
The Otto Bremer Trust is a bank holding company and a private charitable trust based in Saint Paul, Minn., that works at the intersection of finance and philanthropy. Created in 1944 by Otto Bremer, it is today one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations and is committed to supporting a better quality of life for residents of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. OBT is the majority owner of Bremer Financial Corporation, a regional financial services company, and manages a diversified investment portfolio. Since its founding, OBT has invested more than $805 million in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Visit ottobremer.org for more information, including a list of grants and program-related investments.
Western North Dakota
AID, Inc., Mandan, ND, $65,000. For general operations to provide emergency assistance and counseling for low-income residents of Morton and Burleigh Counties.
Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation, Bismarck, ND, $30,000. To provide counseling and follow-up services for cancer survivors in North Dakota.
Bismarck State College Foundation, Bismarck, ND, $80,000. To train diagnostic medical sonographers in North Dakota.
Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND, $45,000. For general operations to provide statewide program services, technical assistance, and outreach to support children and families dealing with abuse.
Community Action Program Region VII, Inc., Bismarck, ND, $75,000. To reduce child hunger by providing supplemental meals to students on weekends and extended school breaks.
Enhancing & Strengthening North Dakota Nonprofits & Communities, Minot, ND, $75,000. For general operations to provide nonprofit and rural community capacity building activities and technical assistance in North Dakota.
Full STEAM Ahead, Minot, ND, $30,000. For general operations to support youth development and enrichment activities for children in the Minot area.
Good Samaritan Hospital Association, Rugby, ND, $45,000. To refurbish the main elevator at Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, North Dakota.
Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People, Inc., Bismarck, ND, $55,000. For general operations to provide emergency housing and food in the Missouri Valley region.
Native American Development Center, Bismarck, ND, $65,000. To implement a homeless prevention project with case management, housing counseling, and workforce services for Native Americans transitioning into metro areas in North Dakota.
North Dakota Community Foundation, Bismarck, ND, $35,000. To elevate awareness and deeper understanding of human trafficking through inclusion of victims in anti-trafficking prevention education and training programs delivered to law enforcement, health care, and the hospitality industry.
Sanford Bismarck, Bismarck, ND, $100,000. To equip experienced EMTs with specialized training in primary and preventive care through home visits, case management, and referrals reducing ER visits, readmissions, and increased compliance with medical plans and clinic visits.
Women and Technology dba Center for Technology and Business, Bismarck, ND, $65,000. For general operations to support entrepreneurs and develop women business leaders throughout North Dakota.
Red River Region
Abused Persons Outreach Center, Inc., Valley City, ND, $25,000. For general operations to provide comprehensive direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to survivors of child abuse.
Anishinabe Legal Services, Cass Lake, MN, $75,000. For general operations to provide civil legal services and legal educational outreach throughout rural Anishinabe Reservations in Minnesota.
Crookston Area Seniors Association, Inc., Crookston, MN, $21,164. To provide affordable nutritional meals to senior citizens in Crookston, Minnesota.
Education Foundation for the Valley City Public Schools, Valley City, ND, $20,000. To provide behavioral health services to K-12 students attending Valley City Public Schools.
Fargo Union Mission, Inc., Fargo, ND, $95,000. For general operations to provide shelter, basic needs, and programming to help move homeless men toward self-sufficiency.
Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resources Management and Sustainability, Tuttle, ND, $45,000. For general operations to grow sustainable agricultural enterprises, strengthen local food systems, and create thriving North Dakotan communities.
Impact Foundation, Fargo, ND, $95,000. To provide school-aged youth with healthy, safe, and alcohol- and drug-free enrichment activities in the Casselton area.
Legal Services of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND, $115,000. For general operations to provide civil legal services and lead a medical-legal collaboration in North Dakota.
Mind Shift, Moorhead, MN, $30,000. For general operations to provide training, coaching, and employment opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum to achieve economic independence in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN, $75,000. To purchase equipment for a simulation lab that will enable nursing students to develop the clinical judgment skills required to pass the next-generation National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses.
New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment, Fargo, ND, $40,000. To provide mentoring opportunities for youth in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Northlands Rescue Mission, Grand Forks, ND, $50,000. To provide intensive case management to shelter clients, ongoing support to clients entering housing, and for staff well-being.
Red River Valley Community Action, Grand Forks, ND, $54,715. To facilitate the salvaging and redistribution of perishable, non-perishable, and prepared food to low-income individuals and families in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and the surrounding area.
Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation, Valley City, ND, $20,000. To support workforce development and training in Barnes County, North Dakota.
South East Education Cooperative, Fargo, ND, $82,000. To improve reading and math achievement for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade children in North Dakota.
United Way of Cass-Clay, Inc., Fargo, ND, $70,000. To coordinate, align and leverage services for low-income individuals seeking living wage employment.
The Village Family Service Center, Fargo, ND, $48,400. To implementing new technology in the adoption program and development department.
Central and Northern Minnesota
Avivo, Minneapolis, MN, $75,000. To help underserved populations build skills to succeed in postsecondary education, securing employment, and increasing their earning potential.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota, St. Cloud, MN, $65,000. For general operations to support one-to-one mentoring relationships for youth in five central Minnesota counties.
The Brainerd Baxter Youth Center, Brainerd, MN, $30,000. For general operations to support at-risk youth as they gather, grow, and develop into engaged community members.
Bridges of Hope, Brainerd, MN, $40,000. For general operations to provide basic needs and wraparound support to low-income residents in Crow Wing County, Minnesota.
Community Care N Share Cafe, Emily, MN, $5,000. For general operations to provide meals to low-income residents in Emily, Minnesota, and the surrounding area.
Evergreen Youth & Family Services, Inc., Bemidji, MN, $100,000. For general operations to provide safety net services for youth in crisis in northern Minnesota.
Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota, Bemidji, MN, $80,000. For general operations to provide a multidisciplinary response for children dealing with abuse and their families.
Helping Hands Outreach, Holdingford, MN, $33,000. For general operations to provide support services that enable seniors to remain in their homes.
Initiative Foundation, Little Falls, MN, $100,000. To support the Nonprofit Development and Enterprise Academy programs, serving nonprofit leaders and low-income and minority entrepreneurs across central Minnesota.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, $100,000. To provide housing, financial assistance, and case management to vulnerable families in central Minnesota, with the goal that they have safe, stable homes and the opportunity to thrive in the community.
Northwoods Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Bemidji, MN, $50,000. To enhance support services for the elderly, disabled, and their families through expanded education, caregiver support, respite care, and in-home health in underserved areas of Lake of the Woods County, Red Lake, Leech Lake, and White Earth Nations.
Riverview Church, Pine River, MN, $25,000. To provide personal development and community service opportunities to youth in Pine River.
Tri-County Action Program, Inc., Waite Park, MN, $55,000. To provide affordable personal transportation solutions and financial education to low-income families.
Western and South-Central Minnesota
Advance Opportunities, Marshall, MN, $22,555. To provide online socialization, life enrichment, and employment support for people with disabilities in southwest Minnesota.
Camphill Village Minnesota, Inc., Sauk Centre, MN, $45,000. For general operations and capital support to serve adults with disabilities in Minnesota.
Connections Ministry, Mankato, MN, $50,000. For general operations to provide low-barrier shelter to people experiencing homelessness in Mankato.
Family Promise of Kandiyohi County, Inc., Willmar, MN, $28,500. For general operations to provide shelter and wrap-around support to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Willmar.
Independent School District 413, Marshall, MN, $25,000. To develop online classes in multiple languages for adult students to learn English, employment skills, and computer competency in southwest Minnesota.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, $25,000. To provide short-term care for children whose caregivers are experiencing a family or personal crisis in the Mankato area.
Mankato Area Foundation, Mankato, MN, $76,500. For general operations to increase staff capacity to respond to current needs and sustain long-term community impact in the Mankato area.
Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, Minneapolis, MN, $75,000. To provide legal assistance that supports self-sufficiency for low-income immigrants and refugees in west-central Minnesota.
Productive Alternatives, Inc., Fergus Falls, MN, $150,000. To better meet the needs of persons with disabilities by creating a regional vocational and day services center in Alexandria.
Rock County Opportunities, Luverne, MN, $26,213. To provide online socialization, life enrichment, and employment support for people with disabilities in southwest Minnesota.
West Central Minnesota Educational Television Company, Inc., Granite Falls, MN, $50,000. To create a digital-first public affairs program to provide real-time content on issues and opportunities that affect people in rural western Minnesota.
Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
826 MSP, Minneapolis, MN, $40,000. For general operations to provide out-of-school time academic support, writing enrichment, and summer youth development opportunities in the Twin Cities.
Ascension Place, Minneapolis, MN, $60,000. To provide emergency and supportive services for homeless women and their families in Minneapolis.
Asian Women United of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, $60,000. For general operations to provide emergency shelter and community-based advocacy to women experiencing domestic violence using culturally specific approaches.
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, Saint Paul, MN, $60,000. For general operations to create and maintain affordable and supportive housing in the Twin Cities.
Build Wealth MN, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, $60,000. For general operations to provide financial education and coaching to help families become economically self-sufficient and build assets.
Camp Fire Minnesota, Saint Louis Park, MN, $80,000. For general operations to build youth leaders through culturally relevant, nature-based, out-of-school time programs in the Twin Cities.
Cars for Neighbors, Inc., Blaine, MN, $20,000. For general operations to provide assistance to economically disadvantaged individuals in Anoka County in need of vehicle repair and maintenance.
Casa de Esperanza, St. Paul, MN, $75,000. For general operations to support prevention and intervention within Latinx communities to end sexual violence in Minnesota.
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos En Lucha, Minneapolis, MN, $65,000. For general operations to improve working conditions, acquire fair wages, and provide leadership among low-wage workers.
Citizens League, Saint Paul, MN, $25,000. To provide college students of color paid internships with organizations that foster civic engagement.
Energy CENTS Coalition, Saint Paul, MN, $30,000. For general operations to hire a new executive director.
Exodus Financial Services, Saint Paul, MN, $25,000. For general operations to help Minnesotans break free from payday loan debt through interest-free refinancing.
Family Housing Fund, Minneapolis, MN, $50,000. To provide assistance to households facing eviction or substandard rental housing through a court-based collaborative in Anoka, Ramsey, and Washington Counties.
The Family Partnership, Minneapolis, MN, $65,000. For general operations to provide services to low-income families in the Twin Cities.
Family Promise in Anoka County, Ramsey, MN, $40,000. For general operations to help families experiencing homelessness achieve housing independence through case management, shelter, meals, and hospitality in Anoka County.
Friends of the Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN, $27,500. To support the Hennepin County Library’s community outreach and learning programs.
Girls Are Powerful Foundation, St. Paul, MN, $10,000. For general operations to provide youth-centered programming that empowers young women.
Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic, Saint Paul, MN, $60,000. For general operations to provide culturally responsive mental health services to the most vulnerable in the Twin Cities and train the next generation of mental health providers.
Helen Keller International, New York, NY, $20,000. To provide comprehensive, free eye health services and prescription glasses to low-income communities in the Twin Cities.
Hennepin Health Foundation, Minneapolis, MN, $80,000. To address patient food insecurity by implementing a new food support approach that builds long-term relationships with community-based food resources.
HOPE 4 Youth, Inc., Coon Rapids, MN, $55,000. For general operations to provide transitional housing, drop-in, and supportive services for youth experiencing homelessness in the northwestern suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area.
Independent School District 625, Saint Paul, MN, $80,000. To build a comprehensive college and career support system for high school students in Saint Paul Public Schools.
Intercongregation Communities Association, Minnetonka, MN, $85,000. For general operations to provide food, housing assistance, case management, and employment services to people in the western Twin Cities.
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, Saint Paul, MN, $55,000. For general operations to address family homelessness, basic needs, youth development, and volunteer engagement within the Greater St. Paul area.
Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area, Saint Paul, MN, $75,000. To provide essential services, programming, and support to help seniors, children, and adults with disabilities remain healthy, independent, and connected to the community.
Jewish Family Service of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, MN, $105,000. For general operations to strengthen social service programs focused on economic stability, mental health, and self-reliance for seniors and low-income individuals.
Judicare of Anoka County, Inc., Blaine, MN, $45,000. For general operations to address the legal needs of low-income individuals and families in Anoka County.
Kaposia, Inc., Little Canada, MN, $35,000. For general operations to provide employment and supportive services for adults with disabilities in the Twin Cities.
Latino Economic Development Center, Saint Paul, MN, $85,000. For general operations to provide business development, lending, and workforce development programs for Latinx immigrants in Minnesota, including businesses recovery from disasters in 2020.
Legal Rights Center, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, $80,000. For general operations to reduce the harms of disparate and excessive criminalization through a range of programming that prevents harm, restores relationships, and educates communities.
Mental Health Resources, Inc., Saint Paul, MN, $40,000. To support the Seward Community Support Program to be able to continue to provide services to people with serious and persistent mental illness in the drop-in center.
Metro Deaf School, Inc., Saint Paul, MN, $60,000. To help deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing children aged birth to 2 years and their families learn literacy skills.
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Minneapolis, MN, $75,000. For general operations to provide culturally grounded, multi-service programming for urban American Indians.
MoveFwd, Inc., Hopkins, MN, $55,000. For general operations to provide counseling, case management, outreach, drop-in, and transitional housing services to youth in the western suburbs of Hennepin County.
NeighborWorks Home Partners, St Paul, MN, $60,000. For general operations to increase homeownership opportunities and provide additional support for current homeowners.
Normandale Community College Foundation, Bloomington, MN, $10,000. To address economic barriers to educational success by eliminating food and hygiene insecurities for students.
Oasis for Youth, Bloomington, MN, $60,000. For general operations to provide outreach, case management, and drop-in center support services for youth experiencing homelessness in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area.
Open Arms of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, $80,000. For general operations to decrease food insecurity among vulnerable low-income Minnesotans living with serious illness, and to improve nutrition and promote better health outcomes.
Open Hands Foundation, Excelsior, MN, $20,000. To provide emergency overnight shelter and crisis intervention for youth.
PCs for People, Saint Paul, MN, $80,000. For general operations to provide low-cost computers, affordable internet service, and digital literacy programs for low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations.
People Reaching Out to Other People, Eden Prairie, MN, $50,000. For general operations to provide hunger prevention programs and wraparound services to assist individuals and families towards stability in the southwest metro.
People Serving People Charities, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, $65,000. For general operations to provide a comprehensive approach to alleviating and preventing family homelessness.
Perspectives, Inc., Saint Louis Park, MN, $75,000. For general operations to provide supportive housing and quality early childhood and youth development programs for families exiting homelessness and to build additional programming space.
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Minneapolis, MN, $50,000. To support the Family Engagement and Resource Center, which will provide early childhood options, employment, job training, financial literacy, and network opportunities for families in north Minneapolis.
PRG, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, $40,000. For general operations to provide homeownership advising, education, and opportunities.
Rebuilding Together – Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, $65,000. For general operations to provide critical repair and accessibility modifications needed for low-income families in the Twin Cities to live in safe and healthy homes.
Saint Paul College, Saint Paul, MN, $103,500. To address the need for increased mental health services and educational programming for students at St. Paul College.
The Saint Paul Foundation, Saint Paul, MN, $25,000. To increase economic vitality for people of color and indigenous populations on the east side of Saint Paul.
St. Paul Urban Tennis Program, Saint Paul, MN, $30,000. To provide life skills, leadership training, and employment for youth in St. Paul.
Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, $50,000. To support the STEM programming at the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center (KAYSC) for middle and high school youth and post-secondary young adults.
Southside Community Health Services, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, $85,000. For general operations to ensure access to affordable health care for underserved and uninsured individuals and families in south Minneapolis.
Tasks Unlimited, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, $50,000. To reduce barriers for adults with serious mental illness to access vocational services integrated with housing and mental health supports.
Tennis & Education, Inc., Fort Snelling, MN, $30,000. To provide an opportunity for under-represented youth to be active and develop social and emotional skills through tennis.
Urban Homeworks, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, $100,000. For general operations to provide affordable housing, economic opportunities, and community connections in the Twin Cities.
Voyageur Outward Bound School, Saint Paul, MN, $60,000. To support low-income Twin Cities youth as they grow their strength of character, leadership abilities, and social-emotional development.
Way to Grow, Minneapolis, MN, $85,000. To provide intensive, high-quality home visiting services to isolated, high-needs families in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, and Brooklyn Center.
West Bank Business Association, Minneapolis, MN, $15,000. To provide direct technical assistance to small, independently owned businesses in the west bank neighborhood of Minneapolis.
West Side Community Health Services, Inc. dba Minnesota Community Care, Saint Paul, MN, $120,000. For general operations to provide primary health care services to medically underserved communities in the Twin Cities.
Boy Scouts of America, Rochester, MN, $45,000. For general operations to provide scouting and youth development programming and experiences.
Community and Economic Development Associates, Chatfield, MN, $145,000. For general operations to provide community capacity building for economic regeneration, revitalization, and economic sustainability of rural communities.
The Diversity Council, Rochester, MN, $20,000. For general operations to advance inclusion and participation of minority residents in economic, civic, and social systems.
Elder Network, Rochester, MN, $60,000. For general operations to provide care for seniors and their caregivers in Olmsted and Winona Counties.
Free Clinic of Steele County, Owatonna, MN, $20,000. For general operations to provide medical and dental care for underserved residents of Steele County.
Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties, Winona, MN, $60,000. To provide critical home repairs for low-income and elderly homeowners in Winona and Fillmore Counties.
Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County, Red Wing, MN, $35,000. For general operations to provide social services, navigation, and referral for Hispanic residents in Goodhue County.
Land Stewardship Project, Lewiston, MN, $75,000. To train beginning farmers, establish support networks, and increase the financial capacity and sustainability of family farmers.
Minnesota Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Minneapolis, MN, $60,000. To provide outreach, education, and advocacy to protect the civil liberties of immigrants and refugees throughout Minnesota.
Owatonna Healthy Seniors Program, Owatonna, MN, $45,000. For general operations to provide volunteer support services for seniors aged 65 and older in Steele County to keep them living well in their own homes.
Project FINE, Inc., Winona, MN, $55,000. For general operations to provide services, educational programs, and assistance for New Americans in Winona County.
Seasons Hospice, Rochester, MN, $70,000. To provide grief education, services, and support.
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Owatonna, MN, $100,000. To enhance and improve the quality of early childhood professionals with training, technical assistance, and high-quality professional development.
Winona ORC Industries, Inc., Winona, MN, $50,000. To provide virtual job coaching to maintain employment for individuals with disabilities.
Aptiv, Inc., La Crosse, WI, $80,000. For capital support to develop an accessible adult family home that will support high-need individuals with disabilities in the La Crosse area.
The Bridge to Hope, Menomonie, WI, $60,000. For general operations to serve victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
The Community Table, Inc., Eau Claire, WI, $40,000. For general operations to serve nutritious meals in a safe, welcoming environment and to connect economically disadvantaged individuals with resources.
Holmen Area Community Center Inc, Onalaska, WI, $100,000. For capital support of a community center that will provide services and programs to people of all ages.
Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County, Inc., Ellsworth, WI, $8,000. For general operations to reduce hunger and provide access to healthy foods.
La Crosse Area Family YMCA, La Crosse, WI, $80,000. For general operations to support programs and activities to strengthen the mind, body, and overall well-being of the community.
Legacy Community Center, Chippewa Falls, WI, $15,000. For general operations to provide free basic needs programs and referral services to the residents of Chippewa County.
Northwoods Women, Inc., Ashland, WI, $150,000. For capital support and general operations to expand prevention, crisis intervention, and other services for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Recreation and Fitness Resources, Inc., Bayfield, WI, $25,700. For general operations to sustain and create affordable programs and events that enhance health and promote active lifestyles.
St. Croix Valley Foundation, Hudson, WI, $50,000. For technical upgrades that will improve efficiency, security, and access for foundation staff, affiliates, donors, and grantees.
St. Croix Valley Restorative Services, Inc., River Falls, WI, $20,000. For general operations to provide restorative justice services in western Wisconsin.
The Salvation Army, New Richmond, WI, $65,000. For general operations to serve homeless individuals and families in St. Croix, Burnett, and Polk Counties.
Vernon Economic Development Association, Inc., Viroqua, WI, $82,000. For general operations to increase access to local food in the La Crosse region.
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, Inc., Fitchburg, WI, $75,000. To help stabilize child care in western Wisconsin by building the capacity of the Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network.
Ann Bancroft Foundation, Saint Paul, MN, MN, $45,000. For general operations to empower Minnesota girls through grants and programming.
Arc Minnesota, Inc., Saint Paul, MN, $60,000. For general operations to provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Elder Voice Family Advocates, Bloomington, MN, $25,000. For general operations to support and ensure safety for long-term care facility residents, family members, and staff.
Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, $60,000. For general operations to elevate the capacity of programs, systems, and policies to strengthen youth-mentoring relationships in Minnesota and the region.
Minnesota CIT Officers Association, Inc., Woodbury, MN, $50,000. For general operations to train first responders to safely and compassionately de-escalate crisis situations when encountering people living with mental illness.
Minnesota Council of Churches, Minneapolis, MN, $60,000. To support the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition to strengthen an interfaith network of volunteers working for social justice, poverty solutions, and interfaith relations.
Minnesota Diversified Industries, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, $75,000. To support increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Itasca County, Minnesota.
OutFront Minnesota Community Services, Minneapolis, MN, $50,000. For general operations to provide leadership opportunities, civic engagement, and direct and legal support for LGBTQ Minnesotans.
Page Education Foundation, Minneapolis, MN, $115,000. For general operations and scholarships for students of color attending post-secondary institutions in Minnesota.
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, $15,000. To provide technical assistance and community networking to Minnesota’s rural communities as they revitalize their Main Street business districts.
St. David’s Center, Minnetonka, MN, $15,000. To facilitate cross-sector relationships and promote best practices for high-quality early childhood home visiting programs across Minnesota.