Mower County- A Coordinated Collaborative Response to Domestic Violence
This Committee is the result of intentional planning, engaging individual members, developing a common vision and shared philosophy of centralizing the safety of adult victims and their children, providing comprehensive services and coordinating a response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and child abuse. Members of the Mower County Collaborative Response team have conducted local and national trainings on Effective Collaboration based upon this group’s success.
A needs assessment survey was conducted and results indicated a significant need for safe exchange and visitation services for victims and children of domestic violence and included countless incidents of domestic assault, intimidation, threats of abduction and other forms of violence within families served that never made it into the public record. Additional findings included the concern of victims over the response of the system to their calls for help in post-separation crisis, the threat of child abduction and on-going harassment and intimidation during exchanges.
Twin Cities Cheap
The past 3 years we have seen how the financial world will sacrifice the "little guy" at all costs to make their own profits. The small businesses (in the Twin Cities and nationwide) are especially vulnerable to the fluctuations of the economy and have been gravely hurt. Twin Cities Cheap (www.TwinCitiesCheap.com) has been developed in an effort to combat the unfair advertising climate where the "big box" large businesses and financial organizations overshadow our small business community. We understand that many small businesses also have small budgets for advertising. Twin Cities Cheap is for the ethical or socially-conscious small businesses who directly benefit their local economy and those who seek to invest in them. All funds have gone into and will continue to grow our site which helps shine the spotlight on our wonderful small business community.
The Business & Entrepreneurial Services Center is an entity to educate and empower entrepreneurs in the lakes region of Minnesota. The Detroit Lakes campus is the only post-secondary education institution located in Becker County and primarily serves the Tri-County area of Becker, Mahnomen, and Hubbard counties. M State recognizes the need for economic development and revitalization in the tri-county area and we believe the key to moving people out of poverty is education. To this end, we are developing education opportunities in entrepreneurship that complete the bridge of education to employment. The tri-county average of persons 25 and older who are high school graduates slightly lags behind the state average while the tri-county average of persons 25 years old and older who hold a bachelor’s degrees or higher is significantly lower – a difference of 40% lower than the State average, (US Census Bureau, 2007).