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  • Efforts aim to help victims of Minn. Green Valley Fire

  • Several efforts are underway in Menahga to help victims of the Green Valley Fire, including a large fundraiser July 20.
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  • Several efforts are underway in Menahga to help victims of the Green Valley Fire, including a large fundraiser July 20.
    The Green Valley Fire Relief group handles donations of clothes and other material items to help families. The group is at Redeemer Lutheran Church and led by Brad Livingston.
    People should call (701) 793-5271 or email bradliving@hotmail.com before they donate to make sure there are families in need of the items.
    The Green Valley Fire Relief Fund Board also meets at Redeemer Lutheran Church. This board represents the Green Valley Fire Relief Fund account at Menahga First National Bank.
    The board is going through the paperwork to become fully recognized and work with Mahube-Otwa Community Partnership and First National Bank in Menahga to help those affected by the fire with monetary help.
    Currently, the fund board can only help those families who have lost their homes. Once the paperwork process is completed, they will be offering help to anyone who owns property that was affected by the fire. People looking to receive these funds must complete an application, which will be available from the group.
    People can donate to this fund at First National Bank in Menahga. For information on how to help or get help through this fund, contact Livingston at (701) 793-5271 or email menahgacares@ gmail.com.
    The Menahga Cares Family Fun Day fundraiser will be Saturday, July 20, at Menahga School.
    The event will be from 4 to 8 p.m. and features a silent auction. A Jared Allen signed jersey and four tickets to a Vikings game donated by Dorset Storage Center and Northway Insurance and a new charbroil grill donated by Anderson Homes in Sebeka are already listed on the auction.
    If people are interested in donating to the silent auction, they can drop off items at the Menahga High School administration office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or Northway Insurance in Park Rapids during the same time.
    The event will also feature an “Almost Talent Show.” Anyone who would like to be involved in the talent show can email menahgacares@gmail.com.
    There will be a kids fair, face painting booth and plenty of food.
    “The purpose of the July 20 event is to celebrate the togetherness of our community when it mattered most,” Menahga Cares organizers say. “We’ll be thanking fire departments and raising money for victims but we’ll also be enjoying our neighbors because we all genuinely care about each other and it really showed during the fire.”
    All proceeds will go to the Green Valley Fire Relief Fund and then to people who had property directly affected by the fire.
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