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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 Tribune  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) […]



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 state’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, “Use Minnesota’s full toolbox to expand early education.” Why is it important […]



Redwood area, Lower Sioux: Building cultural bridges to strengthen a divided community

“For generations in the Redwood area, two very distinct world views have existed in the people who call it home.” — 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 — one where collaboration and mutual respect […]



Iron Range Broadband Communities invite residents to help shape broadband projects

Winter brings out the bear in us all. With subzero temperatures and roads better suited to bobsleds than Buicks, Minnesotans tend to hibernate, rarely leaving their caves unless it is necessary for survival. Well, Iron Range community leaders are calling on you to wake up! They need your input and ideas to improve Internet access […]



Blending economic classes in rural Minnesota boosts youth upward mobility

We often say if you’ve been to one small town, you’ve been to one small town. Each rural community is unique, with its own gems, challenges and culture. If you’ve ever lived in a small town, though, you most likely have heard a sentence like, “Oh, I know her. She’s my niece’s third grade teacher turned […]

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