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Recent Blandin Foundation grants support community work on poverty, learning, healthy lifestyles

March 25, 2022

Grand Rapids, MINN. (March 25, 2022) – Blandin Foundation Board of Trustees approved nearly $1.2 million in grants at its March meeting. A $620,045 grant to KOOTASCA Community Action, paid over the course of two years, will support staff as they reflect on and adjust their strategies and programs to better meet the needs of…

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Gearing up for federal broadband funding? Your county profile can help

April 27, 2022

Reposted from the Blandin on Broadband blog By Ann Treacy, Treacy Information Services Minnesota is looking at an unprecedented amount of money coming in (from State and Federal funds) to support deployment of better broadband. Today, policymakers and government agencies are processing how to spend that money but opportunity is around the corner. So what…


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Due to COVID restrictions we have temporarily suspended our face-to-face training. New online training opportunities are currently under development. Please stay tuned for upcoming offerings.

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January 1 - December 31

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January 1 - December 31

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