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Bemidji, MN - Change is underway at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) as Marty Sieve, vice president for programs has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2016. Sieve began working for NMF as a grants officer in 1991. Ten years later, he was promoted to his current position. Much of NMF's nearly 30-year history has occurred during his tenure.

"My work has been very rewarding because of what we have been able to accomplish in partnership with friends and other like-minded organizations," said Sieve. "It's no exaggeration to say that the effectiveness of NMF depends entirely on all the people we know and work with all across northwest Minnesota."

Sieve has been particularly instrumental in strategic planning for NMF and in convening the regional group of senior executives, IMPACT 20/20, which aligns member resources around a collective vision for the economy of northwest Minnesota. His work with the IDEA Competition over the past eight years is also notable.

"Marty has been an integral part of the fabric of our region for more than 20 years," said President, Nancy Vyskocil. "He has shepherded the development of many strategic initiatives that define the Foundation and his legacy will continue to benefit NMF and the region for years to come."

Upon retirement Sieve plans to pursue his interest in the outdoors. Some of his favorite places in northwest Minnesota are the farmlands of the Red River Valley, the woods and meadows of the Aspen Parklands, and the wetlands of the eastern forests. He and his wife, Colleen Shannon, also plan to spend time in other locations, including the Sand Hills of Nebraska.

A search for Sieve's replacement is underway. For more information about the job posting, please visit and click on NMF News.

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public, charitable foundation serving 12 counties of Northwest Minnesota by investing resources, creating opportunities and promoting philanthropy.


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