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Farm Rescue accepting apps for spring planting help

JAMESTOWN – Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting and harvesting assistance free of charge to farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, is now accepting planting applications from farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana. Farm Rescue assisted 50 farm families in 2013 and plans to assist a similar number of families as available funding and volunteer staffing allows.

“Now is the time for farmers to apply for planting assistance. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by April 1,” said Bill Gross, founder and president. “Friends and neighbors may also anonymously refer a family that is in need of assistance since some families are hesitant to ask for assistance themselves.”

Farm Rescue will also introduce a “Sponsor-A-Volunteer” program, which will provide an avenue for potential donors to help further the nonprofit organization’s mission of assisting farm families who have experienced unexpected crises. By making a donation via check or Farm Rescue’s website, anyone can contribute to the important work of the good-hearted, compassionate volunteers.

“We are requesting people to consider helping us offset some volunteer costs, which in turn will allow Farm Rescue to mobilize more volunteers,” said Gross. “By sponsoring a volunteer, you are helping us assist more farm families who have experienced major injury, illness or natural disaster.”

Farm Rescue was founded in 2006 and has helped more than 250 families since its inception.

Applications for the 2014 planting season can be obtained at 252-2017 or ( Sponsor-A-Volunteer donations may be mailed to Farm Rescue, P.O. Box 1100, Jamestown, ND 58402.

Kohl’s accepting Kohl’s Cares scholarship apps

Kohl’s is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Kohl’s recognizes kids ages 6 to 18 who have made a positive impact on their community through volunteerism.

Nominations will be accepted now through March 14 at (

Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and nearly 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward higher education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for higher education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.