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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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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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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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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€¦]
Rural Minnesota early ed specialists say flexible funding is important
Last month, hundreds of children and youth champions gathered to discuss policy decisions that would impact our stateâ€™s littlest learners to career-bound youth. In an editorial over the weekend, Star Tribune staff echoed the sentiment of many at the gathering with their headline, â€śUse Minnesotaâ€™s full toolbox to expand early education.â€ť Why is it important [â€¦]
Redwood area, Lower Sioux: Building cultural bridges to strengthen a divided community
â€śFor generations in the Redwood area, two very distinct world views have existed in the people who call it home.â€ť â€” Troy Krause, Redwood Falls Gazette Last month, residents of the Lower Sioux and Redwood area communities came together to talk, listen and plan for a brighter future â€” one where collaboration and mutual respect [â€¦]