RUSC Kinship Mentoring of Morris received a $30,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), the OBT said in a news release. The trust has awarded $10,036,807 in grants and program-related investments as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle. More than $1 million in grants were awarded in western and central Minnesota. RUSC will use the grant to provide mentoring opportunities for children, youth, and families in the Stevens County area, the release said.

Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan have announced the appointment of a Morris woman to the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators. Amanda Johnson will serve a four-year term on the Board, whose mission is to promote the public’s interest in quality care and effective services for residents of nursing facilities by ensuring that licensed administrators are qualified to perform their administrative duties. Johnson is vice president of clinical operations for Tealwood Senior Living.

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Jerry Wulf, Morris of Minnesota, the BIF Pioneer Award June 20 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Brookings, South Dakota.

The award recognizes individuals who have made lasting contributions to the improvement of beef cattle, honoring those who have had a major role in acceptance of performance reporting and documentation as the primary means to make genetic change in beef cattle. An industry leader in the development of expected progeny differences (EPDs) and indexes, Wulf has contributed a tremendous amount of data toward the development of the first docility EPD in the beef industry at the North American Limousin Foundation. They were some of the first to collect large quantities of feed efficiency data and worked closely with staff at NALF to produce an across-breed feed efficiency index for in-house selection and customer information.

Thirty-three area organizations shared $13,800 in grants from Runestone Electric Association’s Operation Round Up. REA’s members can allow their bills to be rounded up to the next dollar with the average yearly contribution of $6. Area organizations that recently were selected to receive funds include Glacial Hills Elementary ($300), RUSC Kinship Mentoring ($300), Friends of Glacial Lakes State Park ($250), and Elk Lake Beach ($300). Runestone Electric Association Touchstone Energy Cooperative® serves over 14,000 accounts in the rural areas of Douglas, Pope, Grant, Stevens, Ottertail, Stearns, and Todd counties.