Kevin Kouba of Otter Tail Power presented a check for $2,500 to Milbank Community Transit and Co-Bank matched that amount, for a total of $5,000. “We thank Otter Tail and Co-Bank for their generous donation,” stated Bill Tostenson, driver for Community Transit. “We are near $30,000 and close to being able to start shopping for a new van.” The goal is to raise enough money to cover the purchase of the van and money to maintain it.
Milbank Community Transit is a non-profit organization that owns and operates vehicles and two buses to transport the elderly, handicapped, veterans, low income residents, and children in Grant County. They will replace their 2002 van, which has accumulated 190,000 miles, with a rear-loading wheelchair van.
In 2015, Milbank Community Transit gave 33,000 one-way rides covering 52,989 miles and burned 6,301 gallons of fuel. The drivers worked 6,651 hours throughout the year.
Drivers for Milbank Community Transit include Tostenson, Charles Layher, Jerry Poppen, Mike Copeland, Mike Hofman, Doug Fraasch and Mark Frickson. Leone Poel is the office manager.
Kevin Kouba of OTP presents a check to fund the new transit van to Charles Layher, Mike Copeland, Leone Poel, and Bill Tostenson.