Cottonwood County Rebuilding Day Was a Big Success!

Thank you to everyone who came together to make our first annual Cottonwood County Rebuilding Day a success! Together with our volunteers and sponsors, we provided repairs and accessibility modifications for three homeowners in need on September 24th in Mountain Lake.

Shout out to our incredible sponsors, including Odell Wind Farm Community Fund, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Hanson Plumbing, Owatonna Groundsmasters, Inc, Maynards Food Center, Mountain Lake Fire Department, Nickel Construction, Mountain Lake Automotive, Mountain Lake Lions, Sanford Health, and Juniper.

We would also like to send a very special thank you to our Cottonwood County Rebuilding Day committee who raised funding for these projects, recruited volunteers, and organized the projects!

Check out the great coverage of our Cottonwood County Rebuilding Day HERE.

Cottonwood County Rebuilding Day!

Mark your calendars for our first ever Cottonwood County Rebuilding Day, which will be held on September 24th from 8 am until 4 pm in Mountain Lake!

Please join us for this community event by volunteering as part of our repair crews working to repair homes for our neighbors who need a helping hand.

To volunteer to be a part of this working celebration or to support this effort with a donation, call 507-200-2015 or email

Southwest Minnesota Rebuilding Day Committees Are Hard at Work!

Our Rebuilding Day Committees in Cottonwood, Jackson, and Nobles Counties are hard at work planning their first Rebuilding Days! 

These committees play a critical role in our work in Cottonwood, Jackson, and Nobles Counties, including conducting homeowner outreach, identifying and qualifying projects, recruiting volunteers, and securing the resources needed to complete these projects.

Nobles County Rebuilding Day Committee

  • Mike P. Kuhle, City of Worthington, Mayor
  • Jorge Lopez, JJ Lopez Enterprises, CEO/President
  • Jim Mahoney, Security State Bank, Loan Officer
  • Terry Morrison, Retired
  • Dana Oberloh, Ag Loan Officer
  • Glenn Thuringer, Director of Business Development – Chitosan
  • Paul Woll, Retired

Cottonwood County Rebuilding Day Committee

  • Rob Anderson, City of Mountain Lake, Economic Development/Chamber Director
  • Shar & Jerry Ebbers, Teacher Sub/Retired
  • Chad Eken, Fulda Area Credit Union, Windom Market President
  • Sharlett Glidden, Southwest Council for Independent Living (SWCIL), Independent Living Specialist
  • Gary Hildebrandt, Retired Teacher
  • Linda Kintzi
  • Maria Stumpf, Southwest Crisis Center, Cottonwood/Jackson County Coordinator

Jackson County Rebuilding Day Committee (still being formed)

  • Luke Ewald
  • Stacy Grube, City of Heron Lake, Clerk/Treasurer
  • Helen Mekosch, Jackson Senior Center, Coordinator

Each of these members brings unique perspective, expertise, and understanding of community needs and assets to our Rebuilding Day Committees. 

Here’s what some of the Rebuilding Day Committee members have to say about their involvement with these committees: 

Cottonwood County Rebuilding Day Committee member Rob Anderson said: “I originally got involved because I attended an informational meeting in Windom and I could immediately see that there is a need in Mountain Lake, and the Rebuilding Together model would be a huge benefit to qualified homeowners in my community.  When I was asked to join the Cottonwood County committee I immediately agreed to help get it going here and benefit residents in need, helping to improve their quality of life.  Right now, our committee is focused on encouraging homeowners to apply to the Home Repair or Safe at Home programs for our Cottonwood County Rebuilding Together Day on Saturday, September 24th.   My role with the committee is marketing.  We have included information on Rebuilding Together in the March Mountain Lake Utilities newsletter distributed to over 900 homeowners, and distributed several applications here at Mountain Lake City Hall.”

Nobles County Rebuilding Day Committee member Mike Kuhle said: “Thank you for reaching out! I was extremely excited to hear that Rebuilding Together Minnesota was coming to Southwest Minnesota and Worthington. We have a large amount of older residents that live in their homes and want to stay there. They are a proud group of individuals and want their properties looking good. But due to declining health or financial issues, they simply can’t keep up. These are valuable residents of our communities and deserve the help of volunteers and RTMN!  Thank you RTMN, you are doing very valuable work for our communities.”      

If you are interested in joining one of our Rebuilding Day Committees or learning more about how you can support our work in Southwest Minnesota, please reach out to Southwest Minnesota Program Manager Galen Kauffman at

It’s National Rebuilding Month!

Did you know that April is National Rebuilding Month?  Nearly 40,000 volunteers will serve in more than 1,600 rebuild projects led by Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country this month.

Throughout April, Rebuilding Together affiliates and volunteers will serve veterans, older adults, low-income families with children and victims of disaster by providing them with a variety of critical home repairs, including: flooring repairs and replacement, weatherization repairs, roof and handrail replacements, accessibility modifications, painting, landscaping and other major home rehabilitations. The repairs are provided free of charge to the homeowners who, often faced with diminishing resources, must choose food and medicine over critical home repairs — choices that, over time, can lead to crumbling foundations, dangerously sagging roofs and windows and doors that can’t be securely shut.

In our community, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities is hosting several home repair projects and a nonprofit facility improvement project during National Rebuilding Month. We are proud to be part of this nationwide effort to improve the homes and lives of those in need during National Rebuilding Month!