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Rolle bolle tournament is July 28 in Ghent

The public is invited to the annual Minnesota COF supper and rolle bolle tournament. St. Eloi Ct. 1081 and the Minnesota State Court of the Catholic Order of Foresters are sponsoring the annual event Sunday, July 28, at the Ghent American Legion Hall, 107 N. Chapman St., Ghent, and Ghent Bolling Alleys.

The evening will begin with a hot turkey sandwich supper served from 5-6 p.m. at the Ghent American Legion Hall. A free will donation will be accepted.

Sign up for rolle bolle will be from 5-5:30 p.m. with bolling to start at approximately 6 p.m. Teams will be drawn from the hat, and the point system of scoring will be used. Trophies will be awarded. There is a $2 entry fee to bolle. All fees will be paid out in prizes. All levels of bolling experience are encouraged to come and play. If anyone wants to bolle, but doesn’t have a rolle bolle, call or email in advance so there are enough extra bolles available for everyone.

For any questions or to request rolle bolles for the day, contact Steve Hennen at 507-530-3516 or mshennen@frontiernet.net or Darla Timmerman at 507-829-0367 or bdtimmerman@mvtvwireless.com.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota Small Grants available and workshop offered

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota’s mission is to unite people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities. As part of its grant funding portfolio, UWSWMN has set aside funding for use during each fiscal year (July 1-June 30) to provide small grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in its service area. The intent of the Small Grants Program is to provide a small, one-time grant to support a new community project, programs or initiative that aligns with the UWSWMN Community Impact Priorities.

The Small Grants Program is an outreach of the Community Impact funding process awarded through United Way of Southwest Minnesota. The available amount of grant dollars each year is subject to change. This year $30,000 is available. Deadlines are Aug. 31 and Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

UWSWMN will hold a Small Grant specific workshop and demo the online grant platform. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. RSVPs are required for planning purposes by emailing unitedway@unitedwayswmn.org or by calling 507-929-2273. Workshops are free and will be at the United Way office located at 800 E. Main St., Marshall.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota Small Grants can be used for projects such as: program work including planning, training and/or development; organizational capacity building including strategic planning, governance and other types of organizational planning and/or development activities; community and/or human service work that includes volunteer participation or emerging or unmet needs; and/or to support innovative solutions to local issues.

Small Grant applications will be reviewed by a team of trained, local volunteers who will make recommendations regarding funding to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota board of directors. Funding guidelines, eligibility requirements and application materials can be found under the Our Impact Tab-Small Grants at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

Duluth officer rescues 2-year-old girl from runaway van

DULUTH (AP) — A Duluth police officer on his way to work has rescued a 2-year-old girl from a van that rolled down a hill and got stuck in trees.

Officer Todd Simmons came upon the crash late Thursday afternoon. A mother was removing her twin girls from the van after a trip to the aquarium when the van rolled away with one of the girls inside.

The van hit another vehicle, then got stuck in the trees below.

Simmons got the girl out of the van and called for medical help.

Duluth police Chief Mike Tusken wrote on Facebook that a “scary and potentially tragic incident” ended with only property damage and minor injury.

The girls’ mother, Megan Newman, told the Star Tribune her daughter Bella “came out with barely a scratch on her.”

Police shoot man in Woodbury after he tells 911 to kill him

WOODBURY (AP) — Police have shot and wounded a man in Woodbury after he reportedly called 911 saying he wanted police to kill him.

The Washington County sheriff’s office said the shooting happened about 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the St. Paul suburb.

According to a news release, the man called 911 Sunday morning and said he was “having homicidal feelings” and that he “wants to die” and repeatedly told dispatchers to “Come kill me.”

Authorities say officers arrived and found the man in the street, where he “took a shooting stance” directed toward the officers.

Police fired both lethal and non-lethal rounds and hit the man. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported he was taken to Regions Hospital and is in stable condition.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

St. Paul College placed on probation after president quits

ST. PAUL (AP) — St. Paul College’s accrediting agency has placed the school on probation.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported the Higher Learning Commission cited high turnover, underqualified instructors and faculty complaints about “a climate of fear and intimidation.”

Thursday’s probation notice referenced an April 19 letter signed by most full-time faculty members that said campus climate was an ongoing problem.

The probation comes two months after Rassoul Dastmozd announced he was retiring after eight years as the school’s president.

The college could be removed from probation in June 2021, following a comprehensive evaluation set to begin in December 2020.

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