Shortly after the Main Street fire in Madelia on February 3, donations began pouring in from people and businesses who wanted to help the Madelia community recover from the devastation of the fire. Madelia Strong, Inc. was formed as a non-profit corporation to administer assistance to those directly affected by the fire. Madelia Strong is organized as a public charity and is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Board members of Madelia Strong consist of local business owners and members of the business community. The Board created programs to get funds into the hands of the fire victims who need it most.
Madelia Strong’s programs provide financial relief to employees of the affected businesses in the form of grants to replace some of their lost income and assist businesses by purchasing equipment that would help reestablish their operations. All of the affected businesses are operating out of temporary locations except for La Plaza Fiesta. Work is progressing to get the restaurant opened at the Madelia Golf Course clubhouse.
Clean-up of the disaster site began in early April, shortly after the fire marshal and insurance investigations were completed. All of the property owners are committed to rebuilding and are working with architects and engineers designing new buildings. Construction is expected to begin in June with the possibility of some businesses operating from their Main Street locations by the end of the year.
The outpouring of support has been overwhelming. More than $400,000 of donations has been received to date. All of the funds collected will be used to rebuild and provide assistance to the victims of the fire.
The total losses sustained by the property and business owners have yet to be determined, but will exceed the insurance coverage and donations received to date. If you would like to support our cause and help Madelia rebuild, you can make a tax deductible contribution to Madelia Strong, Inc. Please mail your contributions to Madelia Strong, PO Box 100, Madelia, MN 56062.