McGregor Park Board, Mar-Mac Police among UMGC grant recipients

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The McGregor Park Board received $23,000 toward Turner Park improvements. Pictured (left to right) are McGregor City Administrator Lynette Sander, Turner Park Committee Member Janet Hallberg, UMGC Board President Norm Lincoln and McGregor Park Board President Maria Brummel. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

The Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District received $2,000 to purchase Motorola two-way portable radios. Pictured are Mar-Mac Police Chief Jason Bogdonovich (left) and UMGC Board Member Jay Farmer.

The Clayton County Development Group (CCDG) received $15,000 toward its “Relax, Enjoy, Experience Northeast Iowa” tourism efforts. Pictured are Beth Regan, Tom Finley and Darla Kelchen, all with CCDG, and UMGC Treasurer Harold Brooks.

The Clayton County Agricultural Society received $10,000 toward public health and safety renovations at the fairgrounds. Pictured with UMGC Board Member Dan Lane (right) are society representatives Julie Fuelling and Jessica Henkes.

The Clayton County Food Shelf received $5,000 toward its emergency food supply. Pictured with UMGC Board Member Brandi Backes (center) are Food Shelf representatives Linda Kuehl, Daniel Burke, Utoni Ruff and Sherri Stoffel.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation (UMGC) held its annual awards banquet at Lady Luck Casino’s Lone Wolf Bar Oct. 26, presenting $106,054.36 to area organizations.

UMGC is the non-profit license holder for the Lady Luck Casino, and is paid a 50-cent admission tax from the casino for each passenger who enters the gaming floor. This revenue provides the funding UMGC needs to make grants available to qualified non-profit organizations. Since 1995, explained executive director Sindee Gohde, UMGC has awarded over $5 million to area non-profits, benefitting education, public health and safety, economic development and tourism, community betterment and volunteer groups, social welfare, parks and recreation, and historic preservation.

“This is our 21st year, and hopefully we can continue [to award grants] for a significant period of time,” said UMGC Board President Norm Lincoln. He noted that, by 2019, UMGC will receive more money to go toward grant awards, and encouraged those in attendance to “think of big things, because we’re going to be able to fund great things in Clayton County.”

Among this year’s recipients were the McGregor Park Board, which received $23,000 toward Turner Park improvements, and the Mar-Mac Unified Law Enforcement District, which received $2,000 toward the purchase of Motorola two-way portable radios. Other recipients included:

Volga EMS—$15,000 toward the replacement of a response vehicle.

Clayton County Development Group—$15,000 toward its “Relax, Enjoy, Experience Northeast Iowa” tourism efforts.

Clayton County Agricultural Society—$10,000 toward public health and safety renovations at the fairgrounds.

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation—$7,500 toward the Clayton County Crisis Fund.

VCTC, Inc.—$14,154.36 toward spray foam insulation/sealant.

Clayton County Food Shelf—$5,000 toward the emergency food supply.

Northeast Iowa Farm and Antique Association—$2,000 toward handicap parking and paving.

Garber Fire Department—$5,000 toward a fire and rescue UTV purchase.

Larrabee School Foundation—$7,400 toward the Larrabee School Project.

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