Otto Bremer Trust awards $9.8 million for 140 initiatives.

    The Crookston Firefighters Association is the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust that will be toward the purchase of a new fire engine in the community.

    The grant to the CFA is part of a round of grant funding announced by the Otto Bremer Trust that extends to 140 projects in central and northern Minnesota and the Red River region totaling $9.8 million.

    “We’re inspired by the breadth and diversity of programs in which the Otto Bremer Trust is making investments,” said Daniel C. Reardon, co-CEO and trustee, OBT. “From access to housing, food, health, and wellness services, to helping with job skills development, vocational opportunities, and literacy programs, we’re proud to be supporting dozens of organizations that are having a positive impact in communities across the Upper Midwest.”

    The Otto Bremer Trust, based in St. Paul, Minn., is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $650 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Visit