Big Money Donation from a Local Giver Submitted: 04/01/2013
MERRILL - A million-dollar fundraising campaign needs more than just $5 donations to work. How about $100,000? That's how much Merrill's largest private employer donated to the historical society. Church Mutual's donation will help with the creation of the new Merrill History and Culture Center.

The company is a major part of Merrill's history. It's operated in the city since 1897. "It was kind of an easy thought process, and something that we felt as a corporate citizen, we needed to step up and make a contribution," says Church Mutual President and CEO Mike Ravn. The new Center will cost $1.25 million. The construction and renovation includes part of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Church Mutual has another connection - they also used to insure that church.

Story By: Ben Meyer

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