Jen Boon (l) and Brady Koehl (r) gave an update before the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on the Hancock Community Project. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The Hancock Community Group raising funds for the development of an event and day care center on the Main Street of Hancock gave an update Tuesday morning to the Stevens County Board of Commissioners during their regular board meeting at the Stevens County Courthouse. Jen Boon and Brady Koehl reported that they were still in the fundraising stage and getting publicity out via community events. And Boon shared this important development about a discussion the group had with Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, the bank that owns the property their proposal seeks to develop:

“We have also talked with MMCDC and we have a verbal agreement on the purchase of the lot,” said Boon. Commissioner Ron Staples said this was an important step.

Koehl also said they applied for 501(c)3 non-profit status about three months ago and are still awaiting word from the State as to the application’s status. The group has been collecting pledges, but did not give the board a dollar figure. The Hancock group itself has created a board of some 6-7 people from the community that meets twice a month. The Commissioners told the Hancock group to check regional agencies that have monies available for those wanting to open day cares in rural areas, and directed them to call West Central Initiative and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson’s office.


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