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Story (re)tellers: Reservation leaders take a fresh look at self, community to boost resiliency

On a recent afternoon, about 65 people from reservation communities in northeast Minnesota came together to celebrate the commencement of the 25th cohort to complete the Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program. In recognition of this milestone number, a drum was invited to join the celebration and honor the graduates. BRCLP is more than just a […]



Blandin leadership alum applies learning to community challenge

It’s great to see the ways alumni of our Blandin Community Leadership programs utilize their learned to tackle community opportunities and challenges. In a recent column, Dana Melius, a 1998 BCLP graduate from Sibley County, used a key principle from training to understand and talk about an issue in his community. “I’m not taking sides […]



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 […]

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