Bremer Foundation grant awards

Photos by Deb Gau

There was plenty of good news for Marshall area literacy on Friday, as representatives from the Otto Bremer Foundation presented a total of $172,000 in grants that will benefit the Marshall-Lyon County Library and adult literacy programs in southwest Minnesota. The Marshall-Lyon County Library Foundation received a $125,000 grant that will help provide furnishings and fixtures for the new children’s wing addition at the library.

The Literacy Volunteers of Southwest Minnesota also received a grant award of $47,100. Group representative Candace Thomas said the funds will help expand the Volunteers’ library outreach, technological literacy and family literacy programs, said. The group will also be fundraising to meet $15,000 in matching funds to go along with the grant.

Pictured are Cindy Verschaetse, Jeremy Gossen, Holly Martin-Huffman, Candace Thomas, Rick Herder, Al Kruse and Chad Drake. Pictured are Cindy Verschaetse, Holly Martin-Huffman, Al Kruse, Tom Runholt, Lori Vikesland Obler, Mark Goodenow, Jeff Cordes, Chad Drake and Jeremy Gossen. Cindy Verschaetse, Al Kruse, Chad Drake and Jeremy Gossen talked about the library children’s wing addition, while checking out a design concept for the project.