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Good news for Aitkin Habitat for Humanity

As winter moves in, Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity moves on to a new project and successfully wraps up its 2011 home.

The Sarah Smith family moved into the new home in McGregor in late September 2011 and the home was dedicated on Oct. 2, 2011, in honor of World Habitat Day.

Bremer grant

Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity received a $5,000 grant from the Bremer foundation. It will be used to update technology and to develop a fundraising plan.

Mille Lacs Energy and Energy Star

Mille Lacs Energy added to the success of the McGregor project by donating an off-peak water heating and awarding a $500 rebate for green building.

Due to its energy-efficient building techniques, Aitkin Habitat will receive a grant from Habitat for Humanity International. The construction committee is pleased that it passed the Energy Star audit with a rating of 73. The lower the score the better and a home must score at 99 or below to pass the audit.

Hammerin’ the Highway

Roger and Louise Danielson presented Executive Director Ann Schwartz and Board Treasurer Roxy Wigton with a $3,333 check from the proceeds of the Hammerin’ the Highway motorcycle ride.

Local businesses also contributed prizes to the event. More volunteers are needed for the next ride, to be held in Aitkin the third week of Sept. 2012. More motorcyclists are also needed to make the ride a continued success.

As falling leaves give way to snow, Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity is busy planning to acquire property; do home repair projects in 2012 and build a new home 2013.