January 2022 Newsletter


Larissa Rasmussen

With a new year comes new opportunities…and the one I am most excited about in 2022 is the opportunity to plan an in-person conference! Mark your calendars for October 19-21, 2022 and join us at Madden’s in Gull Lake. We are so excited to be able to come together with our MFWCAA members in-person this year!

A new year also means a new Minnesota Financial Worker and Case Aide Association membership season! MFWCAA membership runs from January 1 – December 31 each year. Please consider renewing your membership right away. Not only does early membership guide us in planning for regional or remote trainings and conference numbers, but also gains your eligibility for the early bird prize drawing! Membership registrations will all be done online this year at www.mfwcaa.org. For more information, check out Benjamin’s registration information in this newsletter.

Scholarship applications open for 2022 on January 1st. Eligible students can apply on our website, or by filling out the attached paper form. Please be sure they are complete and legible, if handwritten. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2022. These scholarships have previously been funded by the basket sales and games at our fall in-person conferences. Since we haven’t had an in-person conference for two years now, we have used other funds to continue awarding these scholarships. However, our scholarship committee encourages everyone to put your thinking caps on early and start planning a basket to donate for the 2022 conference! If you have any questions on how, who or what in regards to bringing or donating to baskets for conference, please reach out to your region representative!

The board welcomes a new Region 5 representative, Tracy Dullinger from Todd County!

On a personal note, back in April 2020 when Version 4 of the Covid Q&A Guide was released, my coworkers and I placed “guesses” as to how many versions of this guide there would be. The highest guess was Version 19. Who knew we would now be on Version 31 and still updating and following these guides! Pat yourself on the back for keeping up with all the changes that these last couple of years have thrown at us and for showing up every day to do your best work for the people of Minnesota.

I am very thankful to have creative, innovative and hard-working board members on my team again this year! We are always available for questions, comments and feedback, either by contacting your region representative directly, or emailing us at mfwcaa@gmail.com.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022!

Larissa Rasmussen

Katie Hanson from Benton County is the winner of the 2021 Financial Worker/Case Aide of the year!

Congratulations Katie!

We would like to say a special congratulations to all the
incredible workers out there who were nominated!

Amber Asplund – Beltrami County
Autumn Glassing – Mille Lacs County
Ashley Yang – Hennepin County
Lori Feldmeier – Houston County
Kerry Walsh – Hennepin County
Melissa Flores – Hennepin County
Stacey Dunham – Hennepin County
Sue Hartwick – Winona County
Sheri Tjernagel – Kandiyohi County
Quality Improvement Team – Hennepin County
All MN Financial workers and case aides 

If you know of someone deserving of this award, nominate them today!  Nominations must submitted by 7-31-22. Contact Dana Wenisch at dana.wenisch@kcmn.us with any questions. 


Winners of the “Struggle Bus” Socks

Tiffiny Drewes – Beltrami
Teryl Waughtal – Clearwater
Lisa Peterson – Washington
Agne Smith – Cook
Michelle Belland – Washington
Willow Matteson – Aitkin
Amanda Johnson – Carver
Rachel Henry – Hennepin
Erin Pieper – Mille Lacs
Teresa Page – MNPrairie Alliance
Beth Seed – Kittson
Deb Ruesgen – Winona
Kelly Sayler – Big Stone
Karen Fraser – Le Sueur
Sandra Heibult – Watonwan
Maria Gutierrez – MNPrairie Alliance
Jodi Hormann – Traverse
Cassie Shea – Kandiyohi

Make sure you check out our scholarships! Apply online now! 

  • Applications must be postmarked or submitted by 2-28-22or the application will be disqualified.

  • The related member’s 2022 MFWCAA membership dues must be paid by 2-28-22 or the application will be disqualified.
  • Make sure to fill out the application completely.
  • Remember to include two letters of recommendation. One from a non-related adult and one from a non
    related teacher, instructor or employer. Your letters of recommendation must be on letterhead. 

Early Bird Registration

Get your membership dues paid early and your name will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift card if your membership dues are postmarked by 02/28/2022! 

Register Online Now!

Please contact your Region Representative or anyone on the board for more information. Email us atmfwcaa@gmail.com!

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