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Volume 3, Issue 1: January 2022 | New Leaders

Cretsinger and Winnett Join MSCR Board

We are thrilled to announce the addition of two new members to the Main Street Coon Rapids Board of Directors -- Kennedi Cretsinger and Tory Winnett. 

“Kennedi and Tory will be great assets to our leadership team, and we are thrilled to have them on board,” said MSCR Executive Director Katie Mason.  “They both have great financial skills and come with a lot of fresh ideas.”

Cretsinger graduated from Lenox High School in 2012 and Iowa State University in 2015 with an emphasis in finance. She works for Farm Credit Services of America as a loan closer and alongside her husband, Ethan, on their farm southwest of Coon Rapids where she says, “we manage a diversified family farming operation where we raise kids, crops and cattle.” The couple have two children: Liam (age 5) and Palmer Kate (age 2).

“I am involved with MSCR because as a parent and community member I find it my responsibility to leave the community better than I found it. I appreciate the history of Coon Rapids and can see the positivity and vision MSCR has on our community’s future. We are fortunate to be a part of the Main Street Iowa Program,” Cretsinger explained.

Winnett, a Jefferson native, is a loan processor specialist and compliance assistant at Iowa Savings Bank. She graduated from Green County High School in 2016 and earned her degree in agricultural business from Iowa State University in 2019. She lives with her husband, Spencer, on an acreage west of Coon Rapids.

“I knew I wanted to get more involved in Coon Rapids ever since I moved here,” said Winnett who is on the MSCR promotions team as well. “I saw all the great things MSCR is doing to improve businesses and create fun events for the town and wanted to do my part. Especially since I am going to raise my family here and why not aid in making a great future for them as well as the people of Coon Rapids.”

Cretsinger and Winnett join eight other board members: President Joe Stitz, Natasha Adams, Steve Houp, Elizabeth Larscheid, Charlie Nixon, Bryan Spangler, Julie Winnett and Quinn Wurzer.

“I’d also like to extend a thank you to Mary Kennedy for her service to MSCR,” said Mason. “We appreciate the time and contributions she gave to the program.”

Kennedy’s term on the board expired at the end of December. She was involved in the Main Street application process in 2019 and then served on the board from its inception in August 2019 until December 2021. Kennedy was also the board secretary and contributed to the design team.

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Design

The purpose is to encourage the improvement of the Main Street District's physical appearance. Click here to see their list of plans for 2022. The chair of this committee is Gayla McCool.


Planter Task Force.
The planters on Main Street have been switched out twice since our last newsletter. Beautiful fall decorations with pumpkins, gourds, and grasses adorned the pots in October and November. A big thank you to the Coon Rapids Street Department – Kevin Reis and Mike Rudolph – for growing the pumpkins and gourds. And also to Larry Miesner who donated gourds.

The day after Thanksgiving, the planters were decked out for the winter and Christmas seasons. Using white birch logs, twisty branches, greenery, pine cones, shiny ornaments and beautiful bows to match, the decorators got everything in shape before the big Christmas in a Small Town celebration.

Also, CRMU and the Street Departments set up the lighted trees in the boulevard. A new attraction this year were the grapevine globes, donated by Doug Carpenter. Several community members donated shepherd’s hooks on which to hang the globes, making a nice, bright addition to the boulevard.

Volunteer Opportunities. We can always use more help and ideas. If you would like to help clean up, decorate, make plans for the future of our Main Street or have any skills you’d like to lend, we more than welcome your help.

To volunteer for design projects, click here to email Gayla McCool.

Economic Vitality

The purpose is to strengthen and broaden the economic base of the Main Street District. Click here to see their list of plans for 2022. The chair of this committee is Joe Stitz.


Shop Local, Eat Local, Get Rewarded.
Thanks to the support of numerous businesses and the Coon Rapids Development Group, we gave away $3,500 in Coon Bucks to 70 individuals who spent money in Coon Rapids between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our volunteers, dressed in elf hats, randomly appeared at retailers and restaurants over a four week period handing out $50 in Coon Bucks to people found spending money in Coon Rapids. The shop local reward program thanks those who shop in Coon Rapids and puts money back into the local economy.

Wrapping up 2021 and looking ahead.  As the year came to a close, the Economic Vitality Committee worked hard to finish the year off with a bang. We are still working on our Market Studies and Strategies project. We have selected three strategies for the next three-plus years which will shape our program as a whole and determine many of the projects we will be tackling. The strategies include increasing downtown housing, creating a healthy business climate and improving the physical appearance and infrastructure of downtown. Exactly how that will happen will be released by the end of this quarter as we roll out the results of our Market Study and Strategies to our businesses as well as the community.

We have also  finalized our action plan for the next three years and plan to break into task forces to complete our many projects. Some of the projects that will remain on our agenda will be our Christmas in July promotion, ribbon cuttings and first-dollar presentations for new businesses, business succession and business retention and recruitment. Also, we will work to get businesses together for important and helpful training to strengthen and build on their success.   Click here to see their list of plans for 2022.

To volunteer for economic vitality, events click here to email Joe Stitz.

Organization

The purpose is to establish a strong Main Street organization that utilizes a growing number of participants in the implementation and funding of the program. Click here to see their list of plans for 2021. The chairs of this committee are Quinn Wurzer and Elizabeth Larscheid.


VIP Recognition.
The two greatest things you can give to MSCR is time and money. To show our appreciation, we sent gifts of gratitude to all 165 volunteers around Labor Day. Then in October we hosted a VIP award reception for any business or individual who donated more than $500 to our program over the last three years. Click here to review the list of honorees. Thank you to everyone who provides their time, talents or financial resources to MSCR. You are investing in the future of Coon Rapids.

Newsletter. This newsletter is put together four times a year in order to keep the community in the loop as to what Main Street Coon Rapids is doing and what we have accomplished as an organization. There are a lot of projects you were probably not aware of being organized by Main Street Coon Rapids, so it's a great way to mention everything that has been done through this program.

Website. Our Main Street Coon Rapids website remains up-to-date and running thanks to Katie Mason. She does an excellent job with keeping it updated with accurate information and is a great resource if you are looking for volunteer opportunities! Click here to view our website.

Volunteer Job Description Database. We have a database full of volunteer job descriptions, so if you are interested in volunteering at all but you are unsure of what you would like to do to help click here to review the options or please contact Katie Mason, and she will be able to help you find a volunteer job that fits your skills or passions. We have needs for all types of volunteers all throughout the year.

Student Volunteer Program and Scholarship. Coon Rapids-Bayard students are an important part of our community, and we believe they have the potential to make very valuable contributions to our area. MSCR benefits from having students participate in our projects, during both the planning and execution processes.  They are our future, and we welcome their ideas and participation. We’d like to partner with students, offering them a variety of ways to volunteer with the MSCR program that generate volunteer hours that can be applied towards the CR-B Silver Cord Program. In addition, we’ll award two $250 scholarships to those who volunteer with MSCR.

To volunteer for organization team projects, click here to email Liz Larscheid or click here to email Quinn Wurzer.

Promotion

The purpose is to market the downtown district by establishing a unified image and implementing a variety of activities. Click here to see their list of plans for 2022. The chair for this committee is Natasha Adams.


Treats on the Streets. The streets of Coon Rapids were once again filled with over 350 adorable trick-or-treaters as over 40 local businesses handed out treats during Treats on the Streets October 30. Mayor Anthofer led the eager children through the archway as Parade Marshall. Thank you to all who partake in this wonderful family-fun event! We can't wait for next year!


Christmas in a Small Town.
Christmas in a Small Town proved once again to be something straight from a Hallmark movie! Main Street was a very busy, exciting place to be on December 4. Live reindeer and Santa and Mrs. Claus were there to greet the children. Our Main Street shops and local vendors provided fun activities for kids as well as wonderful shopping experiences for everyone on the gift list. Throughout Main Street were several photo opps for families. Trinity Lutheran Youth Group set up their popular putt-putt golf while down the street children could enjoy a live reading of "The Night Before Christmas." The Legion hosted a delicious community meal where diners enjoyed light music by our own, talented CR-B students. Local restaurants were buzzing with lots of guests enjoying wonderful food and drinks. The night ended with another amazing Lighted Christmas Parade with a "Wonka Christmas" theme and live music by The Pale Moons. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this special day possible by volunteering their time or making financial donations. 

 

Upcoming events

  • Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 9
  • Main Street Block Party: Sunday, May 29

To volunteer for promotions events, click here to email Natasha Adams.

Main Street Stats...

Main Street Coon Rapids completes monthly reports to Main Street Iowa regarding volunteerism, building projects and investment dollars in the district. Since our inception August 2019 we have tracked 6,064 volunteer hours from nearly 200 people, $472,00 of private investment, 10 buildings sold, 13 building projects completed and we became a Main Street America Certified community.
Our mission is to create a thriving downtown by nurturing business growth and improvement through increased community involvement and inclusion while being mindful of the past and focusing on the future.

MSCR Board of Directors: Joe Stitz, President, Bryan Spangler, Vice President, Kennedi Cretsinger, Secretary, Julie Winnett,Treasurer, Natasha Adams, Steve Houp, Elizabeth Larscheid, Charlie Nixon, Tory Winnett and Quinn Wurzer
Katie Mason, Executive Director

Contact Information:
406 Main Street, Coon Rapids, IA 50058
(712) 999-GROW
GrowCoonRapids@gmail.com
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