Another Successful Banquet

What a wonderful day and event! Thank you to everyone that made this day possible. There were more than 190 people in attendance to enjoy a very informative speaker, great entertainment, and a spectacular meal.

Our guest speaker this year was David Parker who works with Serve Minnesota, which is part of AmeriCorps. David is Vice President of Research and Development and works primarily with reading development. David had a great story about how the Kingsland Community greatly impacted his career choice.

“David discussed the impacts of extra reading and math support within our schools. He shared his insights of the way education and the expectations of our students has changed. As an educator myself, I thought his presentation was insightful for not only educators but parents, grandparents and community members alike. His passion and commitment has driven his research toward bettering our education system.” Regan Lonien

Thank you to all the individuals and businesses that contributed to our auction. Also, a thank you to Kelly Reiland with K’s Photography for all the pictures and Steven Blomgren and Kevin Grabau that contributed to our silent and live auction.


Generous donations lead to addition to SV trail

The Spring Valley trail will be getting a new addition thanks in part to the generosity of local foundations.

Last fall the Spring Valley City Council learned The Spring Valley Area Community Foundation (SVACF) was to receive a $10,000 matching grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) for exercise equipment.


Longtime area banker ready for next chapter

Sue Kolling’s drawing a blank and that’s fine with her.

“It really is like getting a book with blank pages…they’re yours to write. I plan to make retirement whatever I want it to be. How exciting is that?” posited Kolling, marking the end of her 47-year career at Home Federal Savings Bank.

“I originally thought about maybe retiring at the end of the year, maybe not, but I woke up one day and thought, ‘I want a summer.’ You know how they say that you’ll know when it’s time to retire? I decided that it was time because I’d never had a summer,” she elaborated.


Four founders step down from board

The Spring Valley Area Community Foundation (SVACF) bade farewell to four of its founding members during an early-morning meeting at the Spring Valley Public Library last Tuesday, Feb. 7. 

President Sue Kolling and fellow founders Rod Thompson, Mitch Lentz and Mark Reps attended their final meeting. The four were the last original board members to serve since the beginning of the foundation six years ago. They made way for new members Leah Stier, Wendy Thon, Dave Foster and Dave Phillips to pursue the organization’s vision and mission. Foster and Phillips were original board members, but had gone off the board when their terms had expired previously.


SVHS 1990 graduate to grace Kingsland Wall of Honor

Karice Bezdicek Stern, a 1990 graduate of Spring Valley High School who is now a physician in Madison, Wis., has been selected as the 2015 Kingsland Wall of Honor inductee.

Stern is the youngest honoree of the eight chosen so far. The purpose of the Wall of Honor is to demonstrate the foundation that public education has provided, linking the past to show the future that is possible for today’s students.


Community foundation creates Founders Club to help get started

The creation of a Founders Club is one of several projects initiated by the new Spring Valley Area Community Foundation.

The Founders Club is the first step to raise funds for the foundation's endowment fund, which will enable the foundation to distribute grants to viable projects in Spring Valley, Wykoff and Ostrander. Participants invest $1,000 to become a member of the Founders Club.

"The Founders Club is a great way for individuals to assist the SVACF in getting a start and invest in their communities to promote growth and success," said board member Dave Foster.


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