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Princeton Walmart raises money for Second Harvest Food Bank
Walmart has announced that its Princeton store joined with stores in Baxter and Grand Rapids to help raise a total of $32,332 for Second Harvest North Central Food Bank to help fight hunger in North Central Minnesota.
Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign encouraged people across the nation to take action against hunger and help families in need through simple acts of support online, in-store purchases and donations. Nationwide, the campaign raised more than $19.8 million to support Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks.
Working with Discover Card and five suppliers, Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, The Kraft Heinz Company and PepsiCo – the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign called on the public to take action and help fight hunger from April 17 – May 15, 2017 by sharing campaign messages via social media, donating to local Feeding America food banks in-store at the Walmart register or purchasing select products that triggered a donation.

SPIRE Wins Two Awards for Financial Literacy Outreach
SPIRE Credit Union has been honored with both the 2017 Youth and Adult Desjardins Financial Education Awards! The awards, sponsored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy.
The Youth Desjardins Award was received for SPIRE’s partnership with Elk River High School’s (ERHS) DECA class on the Future Finance Academy program. On day one, 96 ERHS students pre-tested on core financial concepts at an accuracy rate of 39%. On day four of the interactive financial course, the same students post-tested at an accuracy rate of 90.93%, a 190.93% increase! The DECA students went on to win third place in the state DECA competition, winning a trip to nationals in California.

Fairview Recognized for Excellence in Quality, Coordinated Care
Fairview Health Services has been named to the 2017 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “110 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to Know,” for the sixth year in a row. The list recognizes ACOs from across the country based on their excellence in quality, achievements in driving down cost and ability to grow and take on risk. Fairview has been named to this list every year since 2012, when it was first published by Becker’s Hospital Review. Fairview is one of only three ACOs in Minnesota to be named to the list this year.
Becker’s Hospital Review is the leading magazine for hospital business news and analysis for hospital and health system executives.