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The Web celebrates 25th birthday. Is rural invited to the party?
In one week, the World Wide Web will turn 25, and boy does it have a lot to celebrate! From 1995 – 2014, the number of Americans who use the internet has shot up from 14 to 87 percent. That’s huge! In recognition of the Web’s 25th birthday, Pew Research Internet Project released a new [...]
Cultivating young rural leaders
More than 10,000 rural Minnesota middle and high schoolers are celebrating National FFA Week this week, with activities that range from meeting with government officials to hosting community meals and the Jackson County area’s annual barnyard for kids. FFA may be more familiar by its former name – Future Farmers of America – but FFA’s [...]
Pipestone Businesses Stand Behind Community Leaders
When Pipestone community leaders rallied together to apply for the Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP), one thing stood in their way – 318 miles of pavement. “When we talked about the expense of it because of the distance (BCLP retreats are held in Grand Rapids, Minn.), we weren’t sure if we could pull it off,” [...]
A fresh angle: rural newspapers redefine their role in community
The Editors & Publishers Program was founded in 2005 and modeled after the Blandin Community Leadership Program. It is a program of the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation, supported in part through Blandin Foundation grants. More than 65 editor-publisher teams have gone through the program and have emerged with a deeper understanding of how to build social [...]
Grants director Sonja Merrild takes part in event to raise money for hunger relief
Dancing taste buds and a singing server – this year’s Second Harvest North Central Food Bank Chef’s Gala surprised all the senses. The annual benefit to raise money for hunger relief in northern Minnesota featured our own Sonja Merrild as a celebrity server. As part of the event’s entertainment, celebrity servers were auctioned off to [...]