Rice County Fair New Arts and Heritage Open Class Building

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rice County Ag Society, Inc.
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
May 2013
Counties Affected
Project Overview

To construct the Arts and Cultural Celebration Center at the Rice County fairgrounds. This heated, year round and handicap accessible building with ADA bathrooms and presentation stage will be home to arts presentations by regional individuals and performances by county arts and theater organizations.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Pat Coleman: Acquisitions Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Sue Ellingsen: Former middle school band director at Blue Earth Area Public School. 2006 Blue Earth Area Teacher of the Year.
Jamey Flannery: Project Manager at Flannery Construction. Has full range of general contracting experience, from new construction to remodeling to improving historical structures.
Dan Grunhovd: Former president of the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs.
Ron Oleheiser: District 8 Representative of the Minnesota State Fair.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN, Article 4, Section 10
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of agriculture for grants to county agricultural societies to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage as embodied in its county fairs. The grants shall be in addition to the aid distributed to county agricultural societies under Minnesota Statutes, section 38.02. The commissioner shall award grants as follows: (2) $700,000 each year for a competitive Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program-County Fairs. The commissioner shall award grants for the development or enhancement of county fair facilities or other projects or programs that provide access to the arts, arts education, or agricultural, historical, and cultural heritage programs, including but not limited to agricultural education centers, arts buildings, and performance stages.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Recipient Board Members
Tom Hallet, Marcia Simon, Dennis Sammon, DuWayne Hohrman, Ron Parker, Diane Hohrman, John Dvorak, Dick Johnson, Kathy Cap, Charlene Wtzel, Wallace Wtzel, Bridget Pieper, Joe Kaderlick, Dennis Blackmer, Paul Cross, Kevin Wunderlich, Jake Gillen, Tim Hoover, PJ Duchene
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rice County Fair
Administered By
Administered by

625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155

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