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Otto Bremer Trust awards grants to local organizations

The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $12,655,528 million in grants and program-related investments as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.

Four area groups received more than $100,000 in grants from the trust.

"This latest grant round was the largest dollar amount we have awarded in the history of the Otto Bremer Trust," said Daniel C. Reardon, co-CEO and trustee of the trust, in a news release. "Our investments in these impressive organizations highlight the breadth and depth of the work being done for positive change in communities across the Upper Midwest, and we are grateful for their success."

The Otto Bremer Trust, based in St. Paul, is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. The trust owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, the trust has invested more than $600 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Visit

For a complete list of grants awarded, review the full release on the organization's website.

Local organizations receiving grants were:

• Advocates Against Domestic Abuse, Aitkin, $30,000. For general operations to offer services and temporary shelter to victims of domestic violence in Aitkin County.

• The Brainerd Baxter Youth Center (The Shop), Brainerd, $30,000. For general operations to build youth assets and skills in at-risk and homeless youths in Brainerd.

• Cass County Economic Development Corporation, Walker, $25,000. For economic development and job creation in Cass County.

• Volunteer Attorney Program, Duluth, $30,000. For general operations to enhance the civil legal services currently available to low-income people in Aitkin, Crow Wing and Koochiching counties, and to start a new "Ask an Attorney" free legal advice clinic in Koochiching County.