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Otto Bremer Trust Grant to Support Center for Small Towns

CST Director Roger Rose speaking to a crowd
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
June 11, 2018

The University of Minnesota Morris Center for Small Towns (CST) has been awarded an operating support grant for 2018-2019 by the Otto Bremer Trust. This award will help further CST's work with small towns and community groups across Minnesota.

"Otto Bremer Trust has been a consistent supporter of CST's work in greater Minnesota, and we deeply appreciate their financial assistance to strengthen our ongoing work connecting rural communities with the University, and to expand our work into new and promising areas," said CST Director Roger Rose. "The grant also will allow CST to collaborate more deeply with the programs carried out by our campus Offices of Community Engagement and Sustainability."

"This investment in strengthening our outreach mission will not only benefit the Center for Small Towns, but also help Morris to contribute to the future of greater Minnesota," adds Chancellor Michelle Behr. "We very much appreciate and are thankful for the opportunity to intensify our work around regional resiliency."

CST provides research, education, and program support to Minnesota communities of fewer than 5,000. Through its core program, Connecting Students and Communities, CST supports dozens of communities each year by matching students and faculty who provide marketing, survey, research, and other skills with local governments and nonprofits who need help with projects that may be out of reach because of small staffs, limited funds, or other needs. In turn, students get professional work experience and see firsthand what makes greater Minnesota a great place to live and work.

About the Otto Bremer Trust

The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), based in St. Paul, Minn., is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $600 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Visit

Pictured: CST Director Roger Rose at a CST event earlier this year.