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ST. PAUL — The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $9,830,155 in grants as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle, including four worth a total of $175,00 to area agencies.

“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 following La Crosse area agencies received grants:

  • Aptiv of La Crosse, $70,000 to enhance transportation options to increase access to community and service opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, $35,000 to support Franciscan Hospitality House, a daytime drop-in center for homeless men and women in La Crosse.
  • New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers of La Crosse, $35,000 for general operations to assist victims and families who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and/or human trafficking.
  • Scenic Bluffs Health Center Inc. of Cashton, $35,000 to provide capital support for a project to provide dental care to wheelchair-bound and bariatric patients.

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. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $650 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin.

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