News Release
Release No.STELPRD4009294
NAYTAHWAUSH, Nov 16, 2010 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer visited the Naytahwaush Community Foundation today to officially award a $33,000 grant to install a kitchen and make roof repairs at the foundation’s Learning Center in Mahnomen County.

“The Naytahwaush Foundation is doing amazing work in Mahnomen County, and this grant will help them make an even bigger impact,” Landkamer said. “The new kitchen will help deliver healthy meals and encourage healthy eating for area children. The roof repairs ensure that the facility will remain a safe place to deliver valuable services in the region.”

The Learning Center opened its doors in June of 2009. The center provides early childhood programs, dental care, family activities, adult basic education courses, conference space and W.I.C. programming. In addition to the new kitchen and roof funded by Rural Development, The Learning Center will use funding from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation to add a computer lab, a community classroom with a Smartboard, college courses and community education courses.

“Receiving this grant award from Rural Development will be such a great opportunity for us to increase our offerings at The Learning Center and maintain our facility,” said Lisa Handley, director of TLC. “Not only will we be able to provide healthy, fresh cooked meals for our children in our programming, but we will also be able to host cooking classes that will help our families to take these skills home with them.

Over the last 10 years, Rural Development has invested over $1.1 million in community facilities and infrastructure projects in Mahnomen County. Throughout all of Minnesota, Rural Development has invested almost $2 billion since 2008.

In addition to essential community facilities, Rural Development also finances water and wastewater treatment systems, single- and multi-family housing, renewable energy, community infrastructure, high-speed Internet and business loans.

For more information on Rural Development programs, visit, or call the local office in Detroit Lakes at (218) 847-9392, ext. 4.