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Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing, vibrant, resilient, rural communities.
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!
Apply for an education grant
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 | June 13 â€“ 17
1.) Kenyon: When it comes to small town vibrancy sometimes it’s the little things. Kenyon is a Southeastern Minnesota city with a total area of 2.3 square miles and 1800 residents. One of the most rewarding aspects about living small town rural is the tight-knit sense of togetherness that people have for one another. Nobody exemplifies this spirit more […]
Top Three Vibrant Communities | June 6 â€“ 10
1.) Staples: Telemedicine has growing possibilities as the expansion of broadband continues. This is especially true for rural areas and people who may have to travel many miles for certain medical attention. That’s why Lakewood Health System in Staples is hoping to continue their efforts funding telemedicine. Of course, this move requires high speed internet to […]
Top Three Vibrant Communities | May 30 â€“ June 3
1.) Greenway: The end of the school year is a hectic time. Students are antsy. Teachers are exhausted. Summer break is calling. But in the midst of all this, the Greenway school district decided it was worthwhile to add another challenge—but in the form of health and wellness. “Greenway Grows!” is a school garden now entering […]