The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $12,855,616 in grants and program-related investments as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle. Three Fergus Falls-based businesses — Claire Ann Shover Nursery School, Lakeland Mental Health Center and Someplace Safe — received grants.

Claire Ann Shover Nursery School received $50,000 to assist with the construction of a new children’s museum, Otter Cove Children's Museum, in Fergus Falls. Lakeland Mental Health received $185,040 to provided peer support to assist idividuals with chemical and behavioral health issues. Someplace Safe received $137,130 to strengthen fundraising capacity to support programming for victims and survivors of crime.

“The Otto Bremer Trust is proud to continue investing in a broad range of programs and organizations that are making a positive impact in people’s lives across the region,” Brian Lipschultz, Co-CEO and trustee, OBT, said. “Partnering in this way is at the core of our continued long-term commitment to the Upper Midwest and exactly what Otto Bremer envisioned 75 years ago when he saw a need to help communities prosper.”

The Otto Bremer Trust is a bank holding company and a private charitable trust based in Saint Paul, that works at the intersection of finance and philanthropy. OBT is the 86% owner of Bremer Bank, a regional financial services company, and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. Since its founding, OBT has invested more than $700 million in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Visit

A list of grants awarded to organizations in western and south-central Minnesota is included below. For a complete list of grants awarded, review the full release on our website.


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