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Richardson Foundation donates $15,000 to North Shore Recreational Project

Collaborative effort in area
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Graham Smith (Crop Input Manager), Tracy Glessing (Area Marketing Rep), Raeanne Denomie (Senior Sales Agronomist), Chris Bartram (Director of Operations), Bonnie Hilts (Committee Co-Chair), Scott Comfort (Committee Co-Chair), Wendy Parish (Grain Merchant)

NORTH SHORE - Richardson Foundation has donated $15,000 to help with the development of recreational activities at North Shore Fishing Lake.

The Hamlet of North Shore is proactively working to revitalize recreational activity at North Shore, for residents and visitors, of all ages.  In 2020, a project was initiated that is a collaborative effort between the Kuroki Community Club Co-operative Association Limited, RM of Sasman, Resort Hamlet of North Shore Fishing Lake and North Shore Recreation and Tourism.

“Richardson Foundation continues to donate to the communities we operate in, and where our customer base and employees live,” states Chris Bartram, Director of Operation for Richardson Pioneer in Wadena.  “Since 2011, Richardson Foundation has donated over $370,000 to fundraising groups in the Wadena trading area.”

The Hamlet fully supports the committee that has volunteered to lead the development of the recreational and tourism project at North Shore.  During the summer of 2021, funds were raised and work started on the development of a multi-purpose sport court, beach volleyball court, picnic area and ball diamond.  Fundraising efforts continue, and more work needs to be done to complete the overall project, which includes a full ball diamond, summer kitchen, walking path, volleyball court, sport court, beer gardens and picnic area on approximately 10 acres of greenspace owned by the Kuroki Community Club.

"Support from organizations like Richardson Pioneer is greatly appreciated and this donation goes a long way to ensure that recreation will be a strong part of the North Shore community for years to come," noted Bonnie Hilts, Hamlet Board Member.

The development of these projects will provide residents and visitors with enhanced community spirit, health, wellness and exercise.  The collaboration will develop a strong community partnership to be shared and be positive for all.

The funds from Richardson Foundation will be directed specifically to the ball diamond.