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Menomonie Rotary awards $500 grant to Town of Colfax for Felland Park

MENOMONIE —  The Rotary Club of Menomonie has awarded $5,000 in grants, including a $500 grant to the Town of Colfax for improving handicapped accessibility at Felland park.

According to a news release, the Rotary Club awarded $5,000 in grants at the February 21 meeting to eight local nonprofit organizations as part of the 2018 foundation grant cycle.

The $500 was awarded to the Town of Colfax “to promote accessibility and enjoyment of the well-used Felland Park by the Red Cedar River for area citizens with physical challenges. To help individuals using wheelchairs, an ADA adapted picnic table and park grill will be purchased and installed by township staff.”

Here are the other grants awarded by the Rotary Club of Menomonie:

• $1,000 to Boys & Girls Club of the Chippewa Valley — Menomonie Center to support setting up a “Junior Chef” initiative within its “Healthy Habits” program in which children will learn about and prepare healthy food on a weekly basis. The curriculum teaches participants quick, inexpensive, easy and healthy recipes using a mixture of fresh, frozen and canned foods.

• $750 to Chippewa Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America to help cover the costs of printing Scouting for Food door hangers. Conducted each spring, Scouts leave food collection notices, amounting to 10,000 in Dunn County, on neighborhood doors and return the following week to pick up food items which are taken to area food pantries.

• $600 to the Dunn County Genealogical Society for binding loose copies of the Dunn County News from January of 2011 through December of 2013 into hardbound book form. Doing so will preserve recent history, prevent deterioration, damage or loss, and will make perusing those editions of the newspaper easier for the public.

• $1,000 to the League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley to assist individuals in the voter registration process both online and by paper application. Funds will primarily be used to purchase two Chromebook tablets, a printer and supplies. The goal is to meet with voters in a variety of locations throughout Dunn County.

• $350 to the Family Resource Center, Inc. to fund one of three monthly “Parent Cafe” events. To be held at River Heights Elementary School, each 90-minute cafe features a communal meal, followed by parent and child activities and ends with a topic-focused discussion for parents while children play with child care staff.

• $500 to Dunn County Crimestoppers to purchase media material to educate the public and increase awareness of Dunn County Crimestoppers. Overseen by a volunteer board of community members, the program consists of a 24-hour phone line, website and Facebook page to receive anonymous tips to local law enforcement agencies.

• $400 (of $606 requested) to Menomonie Community Gardens to fund a composting program. In addition to the purchase of a compost barrel, gardeners will learn about the process of hot composting from a Master Gardener in support of the group’s mission statement to create a place for sustainable agriculture, to enhance community bonds through gardening education and to foster stewardship of the land.