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.
Blandin Foundation - Expanded opportunity. Resilient economies. Vibrant. Rural. Community.
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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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!
Blending economic classes in rural Minnesota boosts youth upward mobility
We often say if youâ€™ve been to one small town, youâ€™ve been to one small town. Each rural community is unique, with its own gems, challenges and culture. If youâ€™ve ever lived in a small town, though, you most likely have heard a sentence like,Â â€œOh, I know her. Sheâ€™s my nieceâ€™s third grade teacher turned [â€¦]
Rural Minnesotaâ€™s bright spots tell a story of revitalization, not ruin
Rural Pulse 2016 uncovered a number of issues rural Minnesotans considered critical to the vibrancy of their community. But economy, educational opportunities and healthcare arenâ€™t the biggest issues facing rural Minnesota, said Kelly Asche, program coordinator of the Center for Small Towns. â€œThese problems are symptoms of an underlying ailment: â€˜the negative, mistaken narrative that [â€¦]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | November 14 â€“ 18
1. Hill City:Â for tapping local farmers to provide fresh food for school lunches. Full story at Aitkin Independent AgeÂ 2. Rushford:Â for creating a community Thanksgiving tradition, for those who may not otherwise celebrate, by providing good food and company. Full story at Tri-County Record 3. Chatfield:Â for city leadersâ€™ collaborative efforts to restore a treasured fishing [â€¦]