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Where do you see your community today? And more importantly, where do you imagine your community tomorrow? At Blandin Foundation, we see a world of possibilities within your answers, and we are committed to the hard work ahead in realizing all that potential.
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Legacy and Leadership: An Itasca Story
Itasca area community leaders demonstrate their passion and commitment to making the region a vibrant part of rural Minnesota.
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Have you seen an act of community leadership recently? Nominate the Itasca area individual or group for an award!
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Itasca area students: get $1,000 to $4,500 each year for education and training after high school. Based on need. Apply by May 1.
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Top Three Vibrant Communities | May 23 â€“ 27
1.) Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe: An easy way to spot vibrancy in a community comes in the form of renewable energy. And that’s just what is coming to the people of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. This will be the FIRST community solar installation on tribal lands in the entire COUNTRY and will surely become […]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | May 16 â€“ 20
1. Virginia: Birthplace of the organization known as “Iron Range Makerspace”, Virginia’s community college helped spring up an area asset. While the concept of a “makerspace” is a growing trend worldwide, Andrew Hanegmon is attempting to apply it locally. IRM is in the business of providing local entrepreneurs access to space, tools and community. What originally began as a senior project for […]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | May 9 â€“ 13
1. Remer: What do Bigfoot and rural education have in common? Well now they have just a little bit—thanks to Marc Ruyak. When the Remer school district failed to pass a referendum, Marc feared for the future of his small town. He saw a golden opportunity to attract tourists from all over, and it came in […]