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Sumner saves senior meals program in Grygla

BEMIDJI -- A program administered by Lutheran Social Services to provide meals to senior citizens out of the Lions Club/Community Center in Grygla was dropped for 2014.

Commissioner Tim Sumner became aware the three-meal a week service contract came to an end on Jan. 1.

“The citizens of Grygla would like to put in an out of cycle request of $4,000 to help them get by,” Sumner explained.

Citizens in the Grygla area made arrangements with a local cafe to provide the space and meals and requested the counties of Marshall and Beltrami provide a $1 per meal subsidy to keep the program running. Funds provided by each county will be used for senior residents of that county.

Commissioners approved allocating $4,000 in Consolidated Conservation (Con-Con) funds to to subsidize senior meals in Grygla.

Sumner also expressed concerns about funding the Community Center in the next grant cycle.

“They’re charging the senior citizens rent, but at the same time they get approved for Con-Con money so they use that for their upkeep,” Sumner said. “Why charge the senior citizens if you’re already getting $10,000 for upkeep?”

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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