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Otto Bremer Trust awards more than $500K in grants to SE MN organizations

SAINT PAUL — The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $500,000 in grants and program-related investments as part of its most recent grant-making cycle.

The total is part of roughly $10 million the OBT awarded to organizations throughout the state.

“Our commitment to organizations in the region is reflected in the breadth and depth of investments OBT made in this grant-making cycle,” said Daniel Reardon, co-CEO and trustee of OBT.

The Woodcarvers Club look over each other’s work and talk during a get-together at the Mower County Senior Center. Herald file photo

The Otto Bremer Trust, based in St. Paul, is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $700 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin.

Organizations in southeastern Minnesota that received OBT grants are:

• The Center Clinic, Inc., Dodge Center – $100,000 for support of a new facility to provide medical care for uninsured individuals and families in rural southeastern Minnesota.

• Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota Inc., doing business as The Reading Center, Rochester – $75,000 for general operations to support youth with dyslexia.

• Exercisabilities, Inc., Rochester – $74,742 for general operations and capital improvements to provide specialized physical activity and health promotion programs for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.

• Family Service Rochester, Inc., Rochester – $30,000 to increase operational efficiencies among nonprofits by developing shared service models.

• Hiawatha Homes Foundation, Rochester – $50,000 for technology upgrades and enhancements to support individuals with disabilities in their homes and community.

• Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center, doing business as Farmamerica, Waseca – $29,550 to provide education and hands-on experiences for junior high students to explore career opportunities in agriculture.

• Mower County Seniors, Inc., Austin – $50,000 for general operations to support and serve seniors in Mower County.

• Southeast Service Cooperative, Rochester – $100,000 to support a job shadowing program that provides career exploration and improved career pathways for high school students in southeastern Minnesota.