Food shelves receive money from Swipe Out Hunger

Merchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” Facebook giveaway has concluded with donations of $500 to The Open Door Pantry and Randolph Food Shelf and $1,000 to 360 Communities, which came in third place.

This is the first year 360 Communities has claimed one of the top three spots in the seven-year history of Swipe Out Hunger. This year, the top three donations were awarded based on the total number of votes for Hastings Family Service ($2,500), the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse ($1,500) and 360 Communities ($1,000). The 10 other local food shelves that participated each received a $500 donation.

More than 3,400 votes were cast in this year’s giveaway. 360 Communities received a total of 480 votes from Aug. 1-8.

The Food Shelves were nominated by Merchants Bank locations. There were a number of locations that nominated the same organization.

This year the bank donated five cents each time a Merchants Bank credit/debit card was used and $100 for every checking or savings account opened from Aug. 1-8 for a total of $10,000. In its seven-year history, Swipe Out Hunger has donated more than $70,000 to support local food shelf programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 21 branches in southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. Headquartered in Winona, the bank has more than $1.76 billion in assets and was founded in 1875.

Omar’s Tires and Auto joins U-Haul Dealer Network

Omar’s Tires and Auto has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Burnsville community.

Omar’s Tires and Auto at 14053 Grand Ave. will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.

U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 offers a more secure way to pick up and return a truck. Since 2017, U-Haul Live Verify technology has allowed customers to conduct transactions entirely on their smartphones at any hour – day or night. There are no membership fees. People can ceate an online account at to start skipping the lines and stop worrying about store hours.

Normal business hours are 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 612-284-6349 or visiting

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