Clarks Grove Fire Department receives donation

Published 9:08 pm Monday, August 14, 2017

The Clarks Grove Fire Department has received a $5,000 donation from Central Farm Service, a full-service agricultural cooperative, and CoBank, a cooperative bank serving vital industries throughout rural America.

Headquartered in Owatonna and Truman, CFS provides feed, grain, agronomy, energy and transportation products and services throughout southern Minnesota. CFS has been a member of the Clarks Grove community since 1984.

“This is a way to say thank you for the valuable service they provide and let them know that we appreciate the support they have given us and the Clarks Grove community,” said Craig Christenson, CFS regional operations manager.

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“I would like to thank CFS and CoBank for the donation to the fire department,” Clarks Grove Fire Chief Steven Thisius said. “The money will help us replace necessary equipment so that we may continue to serve the Clarks Grove community.”

Central Farm Service’s donation was matched by CoBank through its Sharing Success program. Sharing Success was established in 2012 to celebrate the International Year of the Cooperative. Since the program’s inception, CoBank and its customers have provided more than $25 million in support to charitable organizations across the nation.

“Sharing Success has had a broader and deeper impact than we ever imagined,” said Tom Halverson, CoBank’s president and chief executive officer. “We are delighted with the growing participation in the program by our customers, and deeply grateful to them for their assistance in identifying worthy charitable causes deserving of our support. We look forward to partnering with our customers once again this year and to sharing our success, in the best cooperative tradition.”