MaxYield Cooperative Delivers $5,000 to the Shine of the Grotto of the Redemption

Left to right: Andy Mayland with the West Bend Grotto; Dakota Johnson, MaxYield client care leader; Chad Besch, MaxYield energy team leader.

WEST BEND, IA, August 5, 2021 — The Shine of the Grotto of the Redemption, found in West Bend, Iowa, has been honored as a source of pride by MaxYield Cooperative and Cenex®, the energy brand of CHS. As part of this award, the cooperative will donate $5,000 to the Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption.

The Shine of the Grotto of the Redemption was built in the 1960’s by a catholic priest to capture historical moments in the bible. This man-made religious shrine attracts viewers from all over the world and it is said to be the world’s most complete man-made collection of minerals, fossils, shells and petrification in a single place.

As part of the honor, the Shine of the Grotto of the Redemption received a $5,000 grant from MaxYield Cooperative. The organization will use the money to restore parts of the pilgrimage site.

“The Shine of the Grotto of the Redemption is one of the largest tourist attractions in Iowa,” said Dakota Johnson, client care leader at MaxYield Cooperative. “We’re proud to support an attraction that is part of West Bend’s history, and we’re excited that our donation will further fuel our community.” 

The grant was provided through an initiative that encourages Cenex dealers, retailers and distributors to share stories about what makes their local communities special. Now in its third year, the initiative has granted more than $300,000 to Cenex communities.   

“The Cenex brand is committed to supporting and celebrating what makes hometowns across America special,” said Mark Vanderlinde, communications manager at CHS. “We are proud of our Cenex dealers, like MaxYield, who play an active role in supporting their local organizations and the people in their community.”   

About Cenex   

Cenex, the energy brand of CHS, provides high-quality refined fuels through nearly 1,400 locally-owned convenience store locations across 19 states. Consumers depend on Cenex fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products to power homes, businesses and communities. CHS, Inc.(, which owns the Cenex brand, is a leading global agribusiness owned by American farmers across the United States with domestic and international operations including energy, agronomy, grain trading and food processing.   

About MaxYield Cooperative 

MaxYield Cooperative is a member-owned, diversified agricultural cooperative founded in 1915 and is headquartered in West Bend, IA. The cooperative has 25 locations and three Cenex convenience stores in Iowa. MaxYield also provides grain origination and accounting services for three Iowa feed mills. As a result of a recent membership vote, effective August 1 MaxYield Cooperative will become a part of NEW Cooperative, Inc. For more information, visit MaxYield or NEW online at and