Donations

Kraus-Anderson job sites came together to give back to local holiday programming for kids in  their communities.
Kraus-Anderson job sites came together to give back to local holiday programming for kids in  their communities.

  • Kraus-Anderson job sites came together to give back to local holiday programming for kids in their communities. With COVID-19 restrictions limiting employee engagement events, Kraus-Anderson responded by benefitting families and children during this holiday season in the communities they are working in. Kraus-Anderson has job sites in Baudette, Bemidji, Duluth, Roseau, and Virginia and has been working with the United Way of Bemidji Area to connect with and donate to holiday gift programs in each of those communities.

Learning notes

Claire Sweatt
Claire Sweatt

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  • Claire Sweatt, a senior in Two Harbors High School, was honored as a recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from the Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) at its annual meeting on Nov. 21 virtually. Claire is the daughter of Kevin Sweatt and Kelly Sweatt of Two Harbors. Claire is involved in Student Council, DECA, World Culture Club, Rotary, Blood Drive, NHS, RYLA Leadership Camp and SALF leadership Camp. She plans to focus her schooling on education or psychiatry.

The MAT scholarship is awarded to five students each year. It is open to all juniors attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial high school or a home study program.

This year students wrote an essay on the subject of ‘Township Day,’ the theme of the Minnesota Association of Township’s 2020 Annual Conference. Students were asked “The second Tuesday in March is Township Day. Every year each township holds their annual meeting. This meeting is often described as the ‘people’s meeting.’ There are rights and authorities given to the electors at that meeting, but those rights and authorities are limited: So, if you were an elector, how would you proceed with getting an action to happen and which one or more of the rights and authorities would you use and why?” The essays also needed to show a student’s knowledge and understanding of township government. Along with the essay, students were required to send a letter of recommendation as well as a commitment to get additional education at a college, university, or vocational school. This year’s winning essays appear on the MAT website.

The 2021 question will be released to schools in December 2020, and this year’s essays and next years’ applications will also be available on the MAT website, mntownships.org.