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Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,505,000
Fund Source

Pheasants Forever (PF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will cooperate to permanently restore and protect approximately 1397.31 acres as Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) in western and southern Minnesota. All lands acquired through this grant proposal will be owned and managed by the Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Recipient
Department of Natural Resources
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,833,000
Fund Source

With these funds we were able to restore, protect, and enhance 24,611 acres of native and restored grassland in Minnesota. Much of this work was done through the DNR Roving Crews, a new program funded with these dollars that has significantly increased the state's habitat management capabilities. In addition to these enhancement activities we were able to enroll acres in the DNR's Native Prairie Bank Easement Program as well as acquire acres for the SNA program.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,416,000
Fund Source

Accomplishments of the appropriation include: i) protection of 3.9 miles of shoreline; ii) modification of 4 lake outlet structures to allow fish passage, benefiting 1,264 acres; iii) enhanced river and stream functions at 15 sites, benefiting over 17 river miles; and iv) enhance 4.5 miles of shoreline habitat on publicly-owned lakeshore.

Recipient
DNR - Fisheries & Wildlife
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,505,000
Fund Source

Ducks Unlimited and Minnesota DNR Section of Wildlife completed 26 project affecting 7,603 acres, including three wetland restoration projects restoring 97 acres, 18 shallow lake enhancement projects enhancing 7,154 wetland acres, and five fee-title land acquisition projects protecting 352 acres.

Recipient
Farmers, Rural Landowners, and Agricultural Supply Businesses
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,500,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,500,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,500,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,000,000
Fund Source

The AgBMP Loan Program provides needed funding for local implementation of clean water practices at an extremely low cost, is unique in its structure and is not duplicated by any other source of funding.The AgBMP loan program provides 3% loans through local lenders to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses.

Recipient
Willmar Area Arts Council
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,500
2011 Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!
Recipient
Willmar Design Center
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,400
The Kaffe-Café-Kahwa Project.
Recipient
New London Music Group
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,625
New London Music Festival.
Recipient
Joshua Weinberg
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300
He will take flute lessons with a private instructor.
Recipient
Connor Wiederich
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300
He will take piano lessons with a private instructor.
Recipient
Minnesota Over Sixty Band
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,200
They will perform in parades and concerts in 20 rural Minnesota cities.
Recipient
Sakatah Arts Experience
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,340
They will sponsor their 2nd annual festival featuring dance, folk, music, visual art and crafts.
Recipient
Arts and Heritage Center Montgomery AKA Arts and Heritage Center of Montgomery
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,800
They will sponsor art exhibits, two performances, and provide stipends for the bookkeeper and website developer.
Recipient
Curtain Call Theatre
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,500
They will present their summer theater production at Hilltop Hall in Montgomery, MN.
Recipient
Le Center Elementary
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,600
They will provide visual, theatrical, musical and cultural arts activities for grades K-6 during the 2010-2011 school year.
Recipient
Austyn Menk
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300
He will take piano lessons with a private instructor.
Recipient
Selena Wiederich
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300
She will take piano lessons with a private instructor.
Recipient
Marissa Manteufel
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300
She will attend lessons with her instructor through the Mankato Figure Skating Club.
Recipient
West Central Connection Barbershop Chorus
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$965
Youth in Harmony Residency.
Recipient
New Prague Community Education
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Funding for a Community Read of Willa Cather’s My Antonia March 6-9 in preparation for Illusion Theater’s performance of the play on March 13 at New Prague High School.
Recipient
Willmar Community Theatre, Inc. AKA The Barn Theatre
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$15,000
Purchase/Install New Heating and Cooling System.
Recipient
Barr Engineering Company
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$18,020
Fund Source

This project will develop a Final TMDL report and Implementation Plan for the Bluff Creek Watershed.  The main outcomes of this project are the development of a Final TMDL Report approved by MPCA and EPA and a Final Implementation Plan approved by MPCA. 

Recipient
Barr Engineering Company
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$34,339
Fund Source

This Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) project will develop a TMDL Report and Implementation Plan defining the sources contributing to the impairments and outlining the steps necessary to bring Bluff Creek back to meeting water quality standards.

Recipient
Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District, Darren Newville, District Manager, darren.newville@mn.nacdnet.net (218) 631-3195 ext. 3
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$14,338
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$14,337
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,500
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,500
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$76,724
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$33,852
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$114,991
Fund Source

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has signed a Joint Powers Agreement with Wadena County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Recipient
USDA-NASS, Douglas Hartwig, Director (651) 201-6030
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$58,826
Fund Source

The MDA partnered with the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) and University of Minnesota researchers to collect information about fertilizer use and farm management. Surveys were conducted over the phone. NASS staff are highly skilled at obtaining critical information over the phone with minimal time and burden on the producer.In 2011, the survey focused on the southeast region of Minnesota. The survey was designed to gather information about nitrogen fertilizer rates, timing of nitrogen application and use of nitrogen inhibitors.

Recipient
Chippewa County
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$286,113
Fund Source

This project will complete a comprehensive and sustainable Major Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies report for the Chippewa River, its tributary streams, and the many lakes in the Chippewa River watershed that is understandable and adoptable by local units of government and residents.

Recipient
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$242,075
Fund Source

The nine member Counties and Soil and Water Conservation Districts of the Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance (GBERBA) will be able to enhance our effectiveness to provide elevated levels of technical assistance, education and outreach in the areas of urban stormwater, wellhead protection, nutrient management, conservation agronomy, drainage and agricultural best management practices to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Blue Earth, Le Sueur and Watonwan River Watersheds.

Recipient
Metropolitan Council/Environmental Financial Group Inc.
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,785
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,754
Fund Source

On behalf of the Metropolitan Council, Environmental Financial Group Inc. generated a matrix of water conservation programs with detailed information about the costs and benefits of the programs. Tools were also developed to allow users to calculate potential water savings, estimate program implementation costs, and test the effects of various water conservation programs and rate structures.

Recipient
Minnesota State University-Mankato
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$17,949
Fund Source

This project will quantify and qualify the effectiveness of herbicide treatments and native plant re-establishment at Duck Lake through systematic vegetative surveys pre and post herbicide application and following mid-summer die-off of curly-leaf pondweed. The data and analysis will ultimately be used in the development of TMDLs, implementation and protection strategies for other lakes in the Middle Minnesota Major Watershed.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Administration
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$35,420
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,314

Per Minnesota Laws, 2009, Chapter 172, Article 4, Section 2, Subd. 5, "Funds in this subdivision are appropriated to the commissioner of the Department of Administration for grants to the named organizations for the purposes specified in this subdivision. Up to one percent of funds may be used by the Department of Administration for grants administration. Grants made to public television or radio organizations are subject to Minnesota Statutes, sections 129D.18 and 129D.19."

Recipient
U of MN
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$359,000

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Kandiyohi County Historical Society
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$58,034

To broaden public access to Kandiyohi County history through a marker system and accompanying guide brochure.

Recipient
City of Atwater
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$65,485
To provide structural repair and fire protection to the Hotel Atwater, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for use as a municipal building.
Recipient
RESPEC
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$96,618
Fund Source

This project will support construction of three watershed framework models built using the Hydrologic Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF). These executable models will simulate hydrology at the subbasin scale. An HSPF model will be built for each of three major watersheds: the Crow River/North Fork Crow River, the South Fork Crow River, and the Sauk River.

Recipient
RESPEC
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$149,677
Fund Source

This project will finalize HSPF watershed model construction and complete the calibration/validation process for the following three watersheds: North Fork Crow River, South Fork Crow River, and Sauk River.

Recipient
Le Sueur County Historical Society
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,500
To hire a qualified HVAC engineer to prepare planning documents for a future project to improve environmental conditions for the Elysian School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Recipient
RESPEC
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$214,963
Fund Source

This project will complete spatial and temporal revisions of 6 Hydrologic Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) models, the recalibration and validation of 7 watershed HSPF models, and the revision of the drainage network and point source representation of the Pomme de Terre HSPF model.

Recipient
Paul Benson
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500
Attend Summer Music Camp.
Recipient
Berett Steffen
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500
Jazz Style Violin Workshop.
Recipient
Willmar Design Center
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,500

The Willmar Design Center hired Gemini Associates to write a grant application to the National Register to nominate the Lakeland Hotel to the National Register of Historic Places. The nomination was completed, submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office and was determined to meet the documentation requirements for a National Register Registration Form and for the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Registration.