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Representatives of non-profit organizations receiving funds from Shop on State, from left, front, Cheryl Huebner, Stacyville Nursing Home; Chelsea Ewen, Mitchell County Environmental Foundation; Jennifer Flaa, Bridges Mentoring Program; Rose Minnis, Wee Saints Daycare; Ashley Luebbert, Stacyville Kids Care; Beth Blumberg, Cedar River Complex; Kathy Falk, St. Ansgar Chamber; Ashley DeMaris, St. Ansgar Community Chamber; Darlene Seidel, Riceville Community Club; and Kelly Brown, SODA; middle, Ed Parcel, Betty McCarthy, Mitchell County Substance Abuse Coalition; Syd Heimer, Osage Public Library; Lacey Waller, Bridges Mentoring Program;Beth LeVan, Stacyville Public Library; Thomasine Conger, Riceville School Library; Aimee Krebsbach, Faith Home Assisted Living; Jessica Marzen, Mitchell County Economic Development; and Betsy Morse, First Freedom; back, Steve Christensen, Carpenter Community Center; Greg Adams, Lincoln Elementary School, Osage; Marsha Kuntz, Nissen Public Library; Shelley Parks, Osage Community Daycare; Carolyn Neis, Mitchell County Care Facility; Carla Faught, Faith Lutheran Home; Keith Anderson, city of Carpenter; Zack Carlson, St. Ansgar Community Schools choir; Lance Schutjer, St. Ansgar Police Department and Mitchell County Emergency Management; Jeff Kirkpatrick, Osage Community Schools band; Mark Campbell, Osage Middle School;  standing above right, Kate Waitek, Evergreen Senior Living; Carol Anderson and Cindy Tolliver, Cedar River Complex. Not pictured: Jim Cross, Riceville High School Speech Department.

OSAGE | Shop on State made 36 awards in its fall grant cycle, the largest number ever awarded.

The grants totaled $49,160.05 for non-profit recipients throughout Mitchell County.

To date, the donation-based thrift store has awarded a total of $226,470.30 since opening in May 2009. The success of the venture prompted a move to a larger facility – to Washington School – in October 2013. The wealth of furniture donations recently allowed volunteers to expand into yet another room at the school.

Those interested in donating items should do so during regular business hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Saturdays of the month. Donations should be brought to the east door. Shoppers should use the south door.

Donations should include clean clothing, household items in working order, seasonal items and books.

Chris Fannin is manager, who operates the shop under the direction of a five-member board. Members are Sister Millie Leuenberger, OFS, Stacyville, president; Mark Fisk, Osage, secretary; Betty Borchardt, Riceville, treasurer; Gary Gilbert, and Holly Schwarck, St. Ansgar.

Grant awards:

Cedar River Complex, AED, $1,500; Carpenter Community Center, center renovation, $1,000; city of Carpenter, street lights with LED fixtures, $2,000; Evergreen Senior Living, Tranquility Garden landscaping, $1,250; Faith Lutheran Home campus, NuStep for physical therapy, $2,000; Faith Home Assisted Living, flag pole, flag and landscaping, $301; First Freedom, Inc., library lighting, $2,000; Lincoln Elementary School, adjustable basketball standard and backboard, $1,679; and Mitchell County Care Facility, activity department, $1,662.05; and,

Mitchell County Economic Development, Home Base Iowa, $2,000; Mitchell County Emergency Management, Force Science Training for law enforcement, $2,000; Mitchell County Environmental Foundation, Jay N. “Ding” Darling display, $300; Mitchell County Food Bank, stock shelves, $2,000; Mitchell County Substance Abuse Coalition, Prime For Life, $1,000; Nissen Public Library, building project, $2,000; North Iowa Community Action Bridges Mentoring, appreciation dinner, $500; Osage Community Daycare, cots and cribs, $910; and

Osage High School Band, trip to Orlando, Fla., $2,000; Osage Middle School, Classroom Connection tablet, $430; Osage Public Library, portable public address system, $300; Riceville Community Center, AED, $1,800; Riceville Community Club, welcome sign, $2,000; Riceville Community Daycare, educational equipment and materials, $2,000; Riceville Community School District, Lego League team, $904; Riceville High School Speech Department, Des Moines trip, “In Search of Fine Arts,” $940; Riceville Community Schools, Students Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol (SODA), $1,000; and,

Riceville Community School Library, novels for struggling readers, $560; Stacyville Community Nursing Home, new furnace, $2,000; Stacyville Community Nursing Home, therapy room renovation, $1,614; Stacyville Kids Care, changing table, $600; Stacyville Public Library, children’s program supplies, $435; St. Ansgar Chamber of Commerce, shell art and identification, $500; St. Ansgar Community Chamber, Bike Share, $2,000; St. Ansgar High School Choir, score for Masterwork-Sunrise Mass, $1,975; St. Ansgar Police Department, speed trailer, $2,000; and Wee Saints Daycare, toddler table, cribs, changing table, $2,000.

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