PIERSON, Iowa (KTIV) – For more than 24 years, the Missouri River Historical Development has distributed more than $38 million to organizations in Woodbury County.
Missouri River Historical Development, or MRHD, is a non-profit organization that holds the license for gaming in Woodbury County.
The money used from the grants comes from an agreement between MHRD and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which allows Hard Rock to run a gaming operation in Woodbury County using MRHD’s gaming license.
MRHD has awarded more than 650 grants to various organizations in their nearly 25 years of existence.
The grants help organizations with community improvements, education, and health and human services.
For many communities, the grants from MRHD make a huge difference in the quality of life in cities, both big and small.
“If you look there aren’t too many organizations around that we haven’t helped somehow,” said Dakin Schultz, President of MHRD.
American Legion Post 291, in Pierson, Iowa was one of the recipients of a grant. The grant totaled $15,000 and was used to improve their WWI Memorial.
“It was in remembrance of all those who served from the Pierson area, and surrounding towns in WWI, and we had 3 individuals who paid the ultimate price in that conflict,” said Chris Weinreich, President of American Legion Post 291.
Weinreich says the project was something they had hoped for, for many years, but never had the resources to get it started.
He says while the community raised some money for the project it wasn’t near what they needed.
“It was really wonderful to get that grant, we met all the criteria and we were very pleased to get that grant, it enabled us to complete the project,” said Weinreich.
The president of MRHD says its a rewarding feeling knowing they have impacted many lives along the way.
“So the Pierson project, I went to the celebration, it was a Saturday and they had a lot of people in that gym to celebrate the WWI memorial, beautiful area, we are so excited to be able to help those types of projects,” said Shultz.
Schultz adds that MRHD’s overall goal is plain and simple: To improve the quality of life of Woodbury County residents.