Horizon lends a helping hand in Rush City

By Jon Tatting

Horizon Milling in Rush City is big on community.

Horizon Milling with a match from Cargill awarded a $4,000 check to ServeMinnesota, which helps local children with their reading skills through the Minnesota Reading Corps Program. In front, from left: Julie Parent of Jacobson Elementary with Karin Abel and Janet Johnson of ServeMinnesota. In back are Jerry Schumacher, Mike Ginal, Sandy McCall and Dennis Pederson, all from Horizon. Photos by Jon Tatting

As in years past, the plant and many of its employees assisted with a number of community service projects on Monday, April 23. They helped with mulching at the Interstate 35 exit ramps, painted park equipment, cleaned and pulled weeds at the community center and picked up trash and even tires around Rush Creek.

A leading U.S. flour miller, Horizon and parent company Cargill also provide a financial boost to causes and groups that help local children read, feed the hungry, support the arts and more.

Rush City plant manager Mike Ginal led a special recognition Friday morning, April 27 at Horizon Milling on South Bremer Avenue. In attendance were Melody Tenhoff and Julie Parent from Jacobson Elementary, Pam Hagan of the Rush City Food Shelf and Janet Johnson and Karin Abel of ServeMinnesota.

Ginal, along with Sandy McCall, Dennis Pederson and Jerry Schumacher, also of Horizon, presented a check worth $5,000 to Hagan on behalf of the food shelf, and another in the amount of $4,000 to Johnson and Abel for ServeMinnesota and its Minnesota Reading Corps Program.

Pam Hagan (right) was pleasantly surprised when Horizon Milling plant manager Mike Ginal unveiled a check worth $5,000 to the Rush City Food Shelf. She is pictured with (from left) Mike Ginal snd Sandy McCall .

In addition, Horizon sent a matching contribution totaling $2,000 to Feed My Starving Children, while the Rush City High School All Night Grad Party and Pine Center for the Arts each received $500, and Jacobson Elementary PTO, $250.

“It’s an opportunity to recognize the organizations we work with and make contributions to,” said McCall of Horizon’s recognition event.

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