After the tax levy to keep the Kanabec History Center open failed, the center is looking at what comes next to keep the community resource open.
According to their website, most of the funding for the center had come from donations through wills, and unfortunately, they have not been receiving a lot of those large monetary donations like in the past.
The levy would have provided the organization with $30,000 a year, costing most residents an additional $2-$4.
The Kanabec History Center levy may reappear on a ballot in the future, but until then, the Kanabec History Center is looking to save costs where they can to stretch out their remaining funds.
"We're really, really trying to get volunteer staff," said Office Assistant and Promotional Manager Julia Gams. "Volunteers are crucial to this operation. We will never turn a volunteer away. If we could get an all-volunteer staff to run the History Center, that would be incredible."
The center is asking for community support primarily through donations.
"This is a really important time of year, especially with our operations slowing down a bit with the winter," Gams told WCMP.
Currently, GiveMN is running its annual donation event from now until November 19, which is Give to the Max Day. The Kanabec History Center has a page set up through that platform for those looking to support and keep the center open.