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R5DC Announces 2022 Annual Award Winners & Annual Report

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

Pictured in Photos from Left to Right: Top Left | Outstanding Business Partner of the Year Upsala Senior Living. R5DC Chairperson John Benson, Amy Jo Matros, Tim Matros, Deanna Thompson, Tracy LeBlanc, and Rollie Johnson, R5DC Commissioner and Mayor of Upsala. Top Right | R5DC Chair John Benson, Jason Polovick ,Outstanding Business Partner of the Year Central Todd County Care Center. Bottom Left | Exceptional Regional Partner of the Year Minnesota Farmers Union. Julie Anderholm, Small Business Development Center; Stu Lourey and Gary Wertish, Minnesota Farmers Union; Dave Endicott, Central Lakes College; Carol Anderson, Community Development of Morrison County, Mark Johnson, Central Lakes College; John Benson, Region Five Development Commission; Quinn Swanson, Happy Dancing Turtle. Bottom Right | Exceptional Service Provider of the Year Schlenner Wenner & Co. Ashley Meagher, R5DC Chairperson John Benson, Jon Archer, Riann Harpster, and Zach Scegura.

Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) announced their 2022 Annual Award Winners and honored awardees at an event held at Roundhouse Brewery Union Station in Nisswa, MN on Thursday, December 9th. Music was provided by the Pillager Chamber Singers.

R5DC selected Schlenner Wenner & Co as the recipient of the 2022 Exceptional Service Provider of the Year for exceptional services and authentic relationships that support R5DC’s mission. Minnesota Farmers Union was chosen as 2022 Exceptional Regional Partner of the Year for exhibiting real collaboration through the Mobile Meat Slaughtering project in partnership with multiple allies including Cass County, Community Development of Morrison County, Happy Dancing Turtle, Central Lakes College, the Small Business Development Center, Agriculture Utilization Research Institute, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. In support of the agricultural economy, and alongside others, the North Central Economic Development Association (NCEDA), the private sector led lending arm of R5DC, assisted the Minnesota Farmers Union project with access to capital to make this important project a reality.

Central Todd County Care Center and Upsala Senior Living were selected as 2022 Outstanding Business Partner of the Year. Central Todd County Care Center, located in Clarissa, Minnesota, Central Todd County Care Center Inc is a private non-profit corporation consisting of a 45 bed Skilled Nursing Facility with 16 Assisted living Apartments and eight Independent Senior Apartments. Upsala Senior Living is a 20-bed licensed assisted living community serving area residents with a newly constructed building, opening its doors, and welcoming their first residents in August 2022.

R5DC recognizes the amazing work of all these organizations and strongly applauds them for their positive community impact. Commissioners David A. Anderson (10 years) and Rosemary Franzen (15 years) received R5DC service awards, along with Cory Pettit (5 years) with NCEDA.

R5DC also released its Annual Report, highlighting regional impacts from fiscal year 2022. To review the report: visit


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