MacKenzie Dohmann opened the doors to Pink Apron Bakery in November, just in time for the sweet season of holiday treats. Southwest Initiative Foundation’s Microenterprise Loan Program provided working capital for the startup, which specializes in breads, bagels and unique cookies and confections.
Happy holidays! We are grateful for our partners, supporters and community members today and throughout the year. Together, we’re building a stronger southwest Minnesota where all kids, families, businesses and communities can thrive. Southwest Minnesota artist Deb Meyer of Madison created this beautiful watercolor portrait of her own home after a fresh coat of snow on a chilly winter day.
Maynard and Deb Meyer have called Madison home for more than 40 years. Together, they’ve made a big impact on their small town. Maynard is a founding board member of the Madison Community Foundation, and Deb is the artist for the 2023 Southwest Initiative Foundation holiday card.
Amy Brustuen with Southwest Initiative Foundation contacted crisis line staff to discuss what happens when a person calls, texts or chats. Crisis lines serve as a lifeline for those navigating challenging times, providing a safe space for expression, validation and support. By understanding what to expect when calling a crisis line, we can empower ourselves and others to seek the assistance.
Kristine (Kris) Shelstad of Madison saw the need for a multipurpose space in her community. She was chosen as a 2022-2023 Initiators Fellow, which provided her with funding and technical assistance to bring her social enterprise to life. The Madison Mercantile, known locally as “The Merc,” now houses a coffee shop, stage for live music, multiple business offices, space for community meetings and gatherings, youth hang out space, woodworking shop and more.
Marissa Brown of Lamberton recently graduated from the first Growing Local: Emerging Leaders cohort. Marissa is inspired by the creativity, kindness and camaraderie of her neighbors; she applied to the program to develop her leadership skills to help her community thrive.