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Owatonna Foundation Receives Donation from Concepts and Designs, Inc.

The Owatonna Foundation recently received a $2000.00 donation from Concepts and Designs, Inc. (CDI). CDI is a locally developed and grown company started in the home of Tom and Sue Peterson as a computer aided drafting business. In 1991 the business was incorporated as Concepts and Designs, Inc. (CDI). Currently, the company builds industrial and commercial HVAC equipment specializing in Desiccant Dehumidification. “In honor of my father, Vern White, who loved the Owatonna community, we are proud to support the Owatonna Foundation. We appreciate everything the Owatonna Foundation does to better our community so companies like ours can grow.” said Susan Peterson.

“We’re so appreciative of this donation from CDI. It is wonderful to see the Peterson’s entrepreneurial spirit and their success that is so much a part of Owatonna’s legacy of locally grown businesses. Their personal commitment, and the commitment of their staff to making Owatonna a better place for all of us is what keeps the Foundation’s mission of improving the quality of life for present and future generations by supporting Owatonna projects that focus on community, education, the arts and recreation a reality for all of us.” said Foundation Executive Coordinator, Laura Resler.

The Owatonna Foundation, now in its 58th year of serving the Owatonna community, provides “brick and mortar” grants in Owatonna and its environs in four areas: Recreation, Education, Arts, and Community projects. The Foundation also provides both traditional and non-traditional scholarships for 2 year colleges and technical schools.

The Foundation was established in 1957 with the goal of improving the quality of life for present and future generations of Owatonna residents. Since then, the Owatonna Foundation has committed more than $11.5 million dollars in grants and scholarships to local organizations and students. For more information about the Owatonna Foundation, please visit our website at:, or call our office at 455-2995.

Pictured left to right: CDI staff: Kay Burr, Nick Ramirez, Lynn Limberg, Dean Borgstahl, Susan Peterson, Tom Peterson, Daniel Peterson, Caitlin Needham, Danny Malecha, and Kathie Engbard along with Foundation Trustees: Betsy Lindgren, Sharon West, and Dale Gandrud.


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