Cultural Heritage Tourism Workshops

  Regional workshops are available on how to develop partnerships around cultural heritage tourism. Get some good ideas and network with others in your community and region.  These workshops are geared towards staff and volunteers from community arts organizations, art studios/galleries, history museums, heritage festivals, lodging businesses, visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce and other tourism marketing organizations. […]

Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council Call for Funding Requests

The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (L-SOHC) is calling for funding requests to be considered by the council for recommendation to the 2010 Minnesota Legislature.  An estimated $55 million dollars from the Outdoor Heritage Fund becomes available July 1, 2010.  Requests must protect, restore, or enhance prairies, wetlands, forests and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife.  […]

Key Youth Board Receives Alliance Award

Wed. Sept. 9th members of the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key) board received a Lt. Governor Red Wagon Group Award in recognition of their community leadership in establishing local govt. election debates. Sophomore, Masie Ebert, Junior, Audrey Hamann and senior, Josh Wood were accompanied by Union of Youth staffer Amy Merritt. The awards recognize […]

President talks to students

On Tuesday, September 8, President Barack Obama will address school children across the country on the importance of education. It will be broadcast live 1:00 p.m. eastern standard time on the White House website. All are invited to watch. Classrooms are encouraged to tune in and to select from a series of activities that the […]


Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is one of six Minnesota regional foundations established by the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation and regional citizens in 1986. Leaders in each region establish priorities and work plans. Initiatives are funded by regional donors and The McKnight Foundation. SMIF is looking for applications that are focused on one of the following two […]

LESSARD-SAMS COUNCIL Invites Public Input to the Outdoor Heritage Fund

Minnesota’s Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund was created by the Minnesota legislature to receive 33 percent of the sales tax revenues resulting from the constitutional amendment passed by the voters in the November 2008 election. In the month of August the Lessard-Sams Council held a series of planning meeting throughout the state. The results of are […]

New Laws for August 1, 2009

On August 1st, several new laws passed during the 2009 legislative session went into effect. I want to provide you with some of the highlights. Consumer Protection – Cell phone customers will no longer be held liable for charges resulting from unauthorized use of their cell phone as long as the wireless provider has been […]


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has several grant programs for water quality. New funding from the Clean Water portion of the Constitutional amendment is also available. MPCA has issued the notice for these grants. Information is available at their website; applications are due by September 18, 2009. This is the information at the home […]