Vibrant. Rural. Community.
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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Rural Pulse 2016
How are rural Minnesotans experiencing their communities? What are their priorities? Rural Pulse survey results sheds light on these questions…
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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 March 1.
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Welcoming applications for 2017 community leadership training sessions
10 years. 70-plus communities. Hundreds of solutions for communities to get and use broadband.
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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The 2016 grant list is out!
Story (re)tellers: Reservation leaders take a fresh look at self, community to boost resiliency
On a recent afternoon, about 65 people from reservation communities in northeast Minnesota came together to celebrate the commencement of the 25th cohort to complete the Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program. In recognition of this milestone number, a drum was invited to join the celebration and honor the graduates. BRCLP is more than just a [â€¦]
Blandin leadership alum applies learning to community challenge
Itâ€™s great to see the ways alumni of our Blandin Community Leadership programs utilize their learned to tackle community opportunities and challenges. In a recent column, Dana Melius, a 1998 BCLP graduate from Sibley County, used a key principle from training to understand and talk about an issue in his community. â€œIâ€™m not taking sides [â€¦]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | February 13-17
1)Willmar: Community optimism is soaring in Willmar as the town continues to see development, expansion and new construction. Full story at West Central TribuneÂ 2) Redwood, Renville counties: Leaders from the Minnesota River Valley corridor gathered to develop a master plan to expand recreational opportunities in the area. Full story at West Central Tribune 3) [â€¦]