Stearns Bank N.A. in partnership with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation is excited to announce the Stearns Bank Community Challenge. Stearns Bank is offering up to $150,000 as a match for every dollar donated to three area food shelves this holiday season. Donations for the Stearns Bank Community Challenge need to be received by Dec. 31. Contributions should be sent directly to any of the following eligible food shelves to the attention of the “Stearns Bank Community Challenge.”
- Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 2390, St. Cloud, MN 56302 or online at www.ccstcloud.org.
- St. Cloud Salvation Army, 400 U.S. Highway 10 S, St. Cloud, MN 56304 or online at centralusa.salvationarmy.org/northern/StCloud.
- St. Joseph Community Food Shelf, P.O. Box 384, St. Joseph, MN 56374.
Stearns History Museum recently received a Historical & Cultural Heritage Program Large Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society for the care of three-dimensional collections. The project, Three-Dimensional Collections Evaluation & Clean-up, focuses on the inventoried collections database from 2016-present, which includes just more than 3,500 objects. Two temporary staff will be hired to assess these records, clean up the metadata and control language in the system, and take high quality photographs of each artifact. Once complete, the daily use of the collections database will be more efficient and the museum staff’s ability to locate and share information about the more than 30,000 artifacts in the collection will be more straightforward. The long-term goal is to allow the public greater access to the Stearns History Museum collection in an online format. The original digital inventory was completed in 2015 and this $120,342 evaluation project is the next step in that process. Work on the grant began Dec. 1 and will run through Dec. 1, 2023.