Featuring Our Own:
Tri-County Community Action:
Service Areas in Todd County
Long Prairie, Bertha, Browerville and Clarissa
1st Ave SE and 2nd St S
Website: Tri-County Community Action (click on red)
Jennifer Lopez, Jackie Lang, Nicole Swansen, Danette Ringwelski & Dorley
Tri-County Communtiy Action: Hidden Gem
A resource to the community
By Taylor Lunemann- Staff Writer for the Long Prairie Leader
(Thank you Taylor for writing this article!)
One of the best hidden gems in the area is sitting in plain sight in Long Prairie. Located at the corner of 1st Ave SE and 2nd St S, just west of the courthouse, sits Tri-County Community Action, a resource to the community that many people may not know about.
TCC has been around for over 50 years, and offers many other services to area residents. They cover the counties of Todd, Morrison, and Crow Wing.
One of their main services over the years has been their head start program, which runs from pre-natal to five years old. Services for early head start run from pre-natal to age three and consists of home visits once a week for an hour and a half for one child, and 30 minutes for each additional child. Jennifer Lopez, a home visit supervisor, explained the program is meant to help not only the child, but also educate the parents.
“We start doing things where we support the parents in their education of the child. We believe the parents are the first educators so we’re not only there to work directly with the child, but we’re there to show the parents how they can bond with the children and support their learning,” Lopez said. “We’re trying to build the family structure and support that growth.”
With early head start, parents are encouraged to be heavily involved, and TCC puts on many group activities.
“It’s a way for parents to socialize, and kids are also learning at the same time,” said Jeremiah Zahnow, Family Service Worker at TCC in Long Prairie. “A lot of the program is parent engagement and getting involved in their children’s learning.”
Parental feedback is also integral to the program, as TCC staff members work directly with families to help make changes to the program to help families get the services they need.
TCC offers both home and center based programs with the center based programs consisting of a classroom setting four half days per week. This program is for children age three until kindergarten. In Todd County, there are classrooms in Long Prairie, Browerville, Bertha, Staples, and Motley.
The program is a structured play environment and offers breakfast, lunch, and a snack. It offers an environment that supports the healthy growth and development of each child.
TCC is also in the process of working on a child care partnership program where state licensed providers in the county will go through professional development to be trained to provide the same kind of curriculum as the home and center visits. TCC would provide the training. “We are looking for providers in Todd County and Long Prairie that would like to partner with us,” Zahnow added.
While TCC tends to work with economically marginalized families, Zahnow strongly encourages anyone interested to apply they may still be able to get into the program.
“If you make more than what our income guidelines are, it doesn’t mean you’re not getting into head start,” he said. “We’re here to serve people and work with them.”
While head start is a large part of what TCC offers, there are many other services they provide. With tax season upon us, it’s worth noting that TCC offers free income tax preparation for qualified individuals and families which helps expedite the process of receiving refunds. All it requires is an appointment setup and a professional comes in and helps out with taxes for free.
Small business and transportation loans
TCC also offers small business and transportation loans. Whether it is for expanding a small business, or purchasing or repairing a vehicle, TCC has several loan programs with flexible terms for repayment.
Weatherization is another thing TCC offers as they can help out with a home’s efficiency by insulating sidewalls, attics, and making repairs to heating systems.
Zahnow encourages anyone to give TCC a call to see if there are any services they may be able to help with. The Little Falls office can be reached at 320-632-3691 and the Long Prairie office at 320-732-4023.
“They should always try because there might be something I may be able to help with,” Zahnow said of who should contact TCC. “There are resources in the community that I can put people in contact with and there are some programs we offer that I may be able to assist with.”
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Please contact me at (320) 732-2514.
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Thought for the Day
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Upcoming Chamber & Community Events
Preschool Story Time
Join us as we use our imagination with stories, flannel board stories, songs and crafts to build kindergarten readiness. We ask that an adult be present to assist their child(ren) with craft projects. For ages 3 to 6. Limit: 10.
Tuesdays, March 14 and April 11 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. at the LP Library.
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SNAP wants you healthy so by coming to gym at least once a week for the months of February, March and April you are able to enter in a drawing for $200.00 each time you visit the gym your name goes into the drawing.
Drawing held April 28th, 2017
Rainbow Rider Ride to Sauk Centre- EVERY THURSDAY
$10.00 round trip
Departure 10:30am from Long Prairie
Arrival 1:30pm back in Long Prairie
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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS @ 8' Bowling- EVERY FRIDAY
$10.00 all you can bowl from 8-11 pm
Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez to visit Long Prairie
March 29, 2017 @ 8:45am
Location: Long Prairie Grey Eagle Secondary School
Sponsored by: Long Prairie Packing Plant and Dreams United
Thank you to Central Lakes College English teacher Jeffery Johnson who has organized this event and who has been bringing renowned poets to central Minnesota for five years.
MORE INFO about the poet (click here)
Kindergarten Registration- LPGE Elem School
March 30, 4:30 or 6:30 pm
@ LPGE Elem School
Would you like to help with the mosaic project?
The mosaic will be made with the help of elementary and high school students, senior citizens and other local area community members. This mosaic is meant to bring many types of people in our community together to work on a collaborative project that will include over 200 area residents and that will beautify the Lake Charlotte beach building. Dates for creating the mosaic are now set in March and April.
All are welcome to participate in creating the mosaic.
Please join us at the Senior Citizens Center on Friday, March 31st & Friday, April 28th 2017 – 9:30am-11:30
...or at the Long Prairie Library on Saturday, April 8th & Saturday, April 29th 2017 – 10:00am-11:30am. Limit 10 at the library.
Preregistration is required at both locations. RSVP for the Senior Citizen Center at email@example.com or call Luan Thomas-Brunkhorst at the Chamber (320) 732-2514. For the library event, RSVP at the library or call (320) 732- 2332.
March 31st from 5pm-8pm @ Thunder Lodge
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Little League Sign-up & Tryouts
Tuesday, April 4th
LPGE Elementary School Lobby
Coffee in Clotho
April 5, 2017 6:30-9am
The first Friday of every month you can enjoy Coffee in Clotho at the United Methodist Church.
Craig & Molly Sanborn: Love Story
April 6, 2017 @ LPGE Secondary School 7-8pm
Centre Area Concert Association Concert –
FREE Tickets available at the Chamber office
The Final Concert of this season in Sauk Centre is: New Odyssey - 3 guys playing 30 instruments Friday, April 7th at 7:30 PM - Sauk Centre HS Auditorium
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Why did YOU visit YOUR library today? (passive program)
During National Library week, YOU will have a chance to tell us why YOU came to the library! Was it to meet a friend, to check out a movie, to apply for a job? We’d love to hear how YOU use YOUR library! We’ll have a display board you can write on. We’ll love to see what YOU have to share! For all ages. Monday, April 10 through Saturday, April 15 During library open hours
Hilltop- Community Update (see attachment)
Monday, April 10th, 2017
Eagle Bend Senior Center
129 Main St E, Eagle
Smart Driver Course
April 18 & 20, 2017 5:30- 9:30pm
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Senior Citizens Day Center, 50 3rd St N, Long Prairie
Long Prairie Lions Club Annual Pancake Breakfast
When: April 22, 2017 - 7:30-11 am
Where: Long Prairie VFW
Cost: FREE WILL OFFERING
*Additional details: Donations of hearing aids & glasses welcome. FREE Glucose screenings for anyone interested.
Amanda Farmer-Inspirational Author
Saturday, April 22
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Amanda Farmer grew up in a Mennonite family in Pennsylvania. Her memoir, “When You Leave this Farm: The Dream is Destroyed”, chronicles the challenges she faced when her family moved to Minnesota—challenges as a family, as farmers, and as Mennonites. Amanda’s second book, “No Longer a Child of Promise” shares the joys she found falling in love, leaving her family, and leaving the Mennonite church. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For adults and seniors. Limit 50. A Legacy event.
Earth Tones: Spring Concert- Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra
April 22, 2017 @ LPGE secondary school 7:30pm
Pregnancy Resource Center- Annual Fundraising Banquet
April 27, 2017 6:30pm @ St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel
April 29, 2017
Grand March 5:30pm
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Welcome New 2017 Chamber Members !
Todd County Veteran Services Office (February)
Red's Irish Pub (January)
Little Falls Radio Inc (January)
Jim's Auto Repair (January)
Menagerie Greens, Inc (January)
Dreams United/Sueños Unidos (January)
Alexandria Technical & Community College (January)
Central Lakes College (January)
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