Tricounty News

Fighting cancer, 500 miles

Nick Keller to Ride the Valentine 500 and the Second Annual Ride for CancerW-Picture-for-News-Article-Feb-2014

Though he is not looking to beat the total miles ridden in a 60-day period, Nick Keller will once again be taking on the challenge to ride 500 miles in a single day. That day is Valentine’s Day and has been dubbed the “Valentine 500”. A group of volunteers joins Nick to face the challenge of riding their sleds at least 500 miles that day in honor of those who have succumbed or are battling the disease. The event is sponsored by the Keller Family Community Foundation, a non-profit organization, spear-headed by Keller family members, which was founded when Nick first attempted and then broke the world record for snowmobiling the most miles in a 60-day period. Nick will be riding the Valentine 500 on Feb. 13, 2014, in Michigan, as the trails afford him the best opportunity to ride the full 500 miles. Nick and his riders are accepting pledges of donations to the Foundation for this ride. The Keller Family Community Fund is a 501-3c status organization.

 

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Holy Cross Breakfast Jan. 26

The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Jan. 26. The menu is omelets, Knaus sausage, pancakes, hash browns, coffee cake, juice, milk, and coffee. Gluten-free options are available.

Cost for adults is $7, for children is $5, and kids younger than 5 eat for free.

‘Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters’

This January marks the 13th annual National Mentoring Month, and Thursday, Jan. 16, has been nationally proclaimed “Thank a Mentor Day.”  Mentoring programs throughout the state are celebrating the difference mentors can make in the lives of young people with the message Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters.

In Central Minnesota, more than 200 Foster Grandparents are a part of this effort, serving in schools, Head Starts, and other local non-profits. The senior volunteers of the Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent Program provide meaningful, supportive relationships for children with special needs that enrich the lives of all involved. In 2013, these Foster Grandparents invested more than 155,000 hours into the children of our local communities.

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’Tis the season for charitable contributions

Give back, reduce your tax burden

Along with an avalanche of catalogues and Holiday greetings from family and friends, you may also find your mailbox inundated with donation requests from charitable organizations.

This is the time of year nonprofit organizations ramp up their efforts to raise money before the end of the year. It’s also a great time for taxpayers to donate to charity and receive a tax break in return.

Year-end charitable contributions are a win-win situation for both taxpayers and charities, according to the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). Remember to follow smart practices for giving to make sure organizations receive your gift in time and you receive the appropriate tax credit.

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Jan. 26: Holy Cross Breakfast

The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Jan. 26. The menu is omelets, Knaus sausage, pancakes, hash browns, coffee cake, juice, milk, and coffee. Gluten-free options are available.

Cost for adults is $7, for children is $5, and kids younger than 5 eat for free.