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Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing resourceful, inclusive communities.

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Aligning our resources toward a sustainable, equitable future for rural Minnesota

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To meet the changing needs of small school districts, superintendents harness community school strategies

July 21, 2022

Deer River Schools was featured as a successful example of a Full Services Community School in this Brookings article. A few years ago, we lifted up the work of local leaders to create a community hub within their school to support the whole student, above and beyond their academic needs. Read the blog here.

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Riverfest Creates Community, Celebrates “Home”

September 13, 2022

You know that feeling you get when you walk through your front door after a long while gone? That instantaneous action, and reaction, of filling your lungs with air that is uniquely yours that smells, tastes and wraps around you in a way that cheers, “You’re home!” That was the feeling bursting from the hearts…


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January 1 - December 31

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January 1 - December 31

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