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Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 17 – 21

1. Lowry: Zach Johnson, a young farmer from Lowry, Minnesota, started the MN Millennial Farmer YouTube channel to “set straight some misconceptions about farming for people who weren’t familiar with agriculture.” One year later, he probably couldn’t have forecast that his YouTube channel would connect him to two brothers who farm near Sao Paulo, Brazil. Earlier […]



Minnesotans react to legislative conversations about Internet technologies

As rural Minnesota’s communities work for solutions to unique opportunities and challenges — in healthcare, economy, education and public life — it’s easy to see how quality broadband is at the foundation of all of them. Starting up again this week, legislators will re-engage in a number of conversations about the state’s Internet access that […]



Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 10 – 14

1) Chatfield: Library patrons in Chatfield stepped up in a big way when presented with a food challenge per week to secure enough for resources for the local backpack food program. Collecting 417 pounds of food and $545 in monetary donations, local leaders are calling the effort a success! “I think the challenges made people stop and […]



Minnesota newspapers feature Blandin Foundation CEO commentary on broadband needs

In a series of region-specific commentaries on the need for better broadband in rural Minnesota, Blandin Foundation President Dr. Kathleen Annette congratulates the hard work so many communities have done to bring high-speed Internet to their communities. With nearly all of the state’s un- and underserved areas in rural communities, though, she urges leaders to […]



Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 3 – 7

Lake Park/Audubon: Competing against schools double, triple and even ten times their size, Lake Park-Audubon High School whooped a cry of victory last week as they won Best Newscast during the 2017 Upper Midwest Regional Student Emmy Awards. Healthy local journalism is key to a vibrant community. Congratulations to these students for their quality work […]

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