2013-02-07 / Top News

Voller donates Monsanto check to HDC

By Verda Seeklander


Hazelton farmer Bev Voller is presented with a check from Troy Sayler of Monsanto which she donated to the Hazelton Development Corporation. Hazelton farmer Bev Voller is presented with a check from Troy Sayler of Monsanto which she donated to the Hazelton Development Corporation. The Hazelton Development Corporation’s annual meeting was held last week Tuesday at the Hazelton Coffee Shop following a supper served by volunteer Arlene Davis.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation made to HDC president Bev Voller by the Monsanto Fund. The award was presented by Troy Sayler of Bismarck who has been with Monsanto for 13 years.

Voller was selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund which gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Voller presented the check to the Hazelton Development Corporation. The funds will be used to help pay taxes and upcoming payments on Prairie Village Mall.

Sayler said more than 60,000 farmers in 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states signed up for the opportunity to win the $2,500 donation. He said there are a lot of these types of programs available that people just don’t take the time to enter. Eligible counties are basically the corn, soybeans and canola growing counties in the state, Sayler said. He complimented the community as a whole on the “great job” it does in promoting the community.

Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society and to help them positively impact their communities. The program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural America. Voller and her husband, Tom, farm north of Hazelton.

Monsanto also has a “Grow Rural Education” program where schools can receive up to $25,000. Last year the Wishek School system received a check for $10,000 as runner-up in that contest.

This year alone, the Monsanto Fund will invest over $5 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties suffering from the historic drought.

Voller showed a film she had created for a presentation she had made in Grand Forks. The film, titled “This is my Town” was a “Before and After” of where the town was several years ago before the development program kicked in as compared to today and the new businesses and buildings, including the mall and Activities For Learning, that replaced structures—some that were probably as old as the town itself (1903). Voller noted that 2013 was the 10-year-anniversary of the mall.

HDC Bookkeeper Arlene Davis gave the financial report. One area of the mall is not occupied. That is available for vehicle and other storage until such time as a business locates there. Other occupants are Main St. Market, Coffee Shop, Midwest Armor, Tammy’s Styling Salon and Shear Brilliance Salon and Day Spa.

Several fundraisers will be held in the near future. Family Bingo will be held in the Coffee Shop each Sunday evening for eight weeks beginning Feb. 3. A Valentine’s Supper will be served.

A pinochle tournament is tentatively planned for March 10, and the spring salad luncheon will be held April 20.

President Voller reported that some HDC property located next to South Central Grain has been gifted to the grain company.

“I’ve never had so much trouble trying to give something away,” she announced.

Several business reports were presented. A report was given on the Hazelton Newsletter status. City commissioner Virginia McClure said plans for a big Constitution Day Celebration in Hazelton on Sept. 21 are coming along. The city web page is being developed, and repair to damage on the outside of the mall will be taken care of in the spring.

Election of officers was held. Officers are as follows: President Bev Voller, Vice President Russ Schick, Secretary Loreli Dykema, Treasurer Don Davis, Bookkeeper Arlene Davis and board members Susan Gimbel, Dean Weiss andAngela Benz.

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