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Blandin Foundation Education Grant deadline is March 1

January 27, 2021

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Applications for Blandin Foundation’s education grants are available and being accepted until March 1. The grants provide $1,000 to $5,000 per student for the 2021-2022 school year. Students may reapply each year, until they are age 25 or have earned up to a bachelor’s degree. Grants are available to local students…

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Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center advances sustainability in rural Minnesota

January 21, 2021

Colleen Foehrenbacher is the executive director at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center near Lanesboro, Minn. Eagle Bluff is an outdoor learning center that connects people with the earth and each other. Each year, their main program brings over 12,000 students for overnight trips involving hands-on learning and adventure experiences in nature.  Blandin Foundation has awarded…


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