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Bremer helps celebrate nonprofit successes

Call it a celebration of building a healthier community.

The Otto Bremer Foundation invited area nonprofit organizations to a special morning meeting on Friday.

The purpose of the breakfast gathering was to tell the positive stories of what the nonprofits have accomplished thanks to financial support from the Bremer Foundation and others.

According to New Richmond Market Manager Heather McAbee, the Bremer organization is celebrating 10 years of service to the St. Croix County region.

In that time, more than $3.5 million has been distributed to nonprofit groups through the affiliated Bremer Foundation to help them in their work.

"We want to celebrate the great work that's being done in our community," she said.

Bremer Bank is owned by the Otto Bremer Foundation and the company's employees. About 92 percent of dividends from the banks are paid to the foundation, which in turn invests back in local communities.

McAbee applauded the groups and their volunteers for the passion they bring to their efforts and for their commitment to making the region a better place to live and raise a family.

Representatives from many of those nonprofit organizations were given a chance to tell the crowd briefly about their efforts and how the Bremer grant funds helped them achieve their goals.

Among those sharing their stories were Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, New Richmond Area Community Foundation, Salvation Army, St. Croix Valley Foundation and Family Resource Center.

Each of representatives from the nonprofit groups thanked Bremer for the ongoing support of the programs.