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Cheryl Adams, UPM Blandin Paper Mill

Cheryl Adams Forest Ecologist – UPM Blandin Paper Mill As the frontrunner of the new forest industry, UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. We reshape markets through cost leadership, change readiness and leading innovation. We create value from renewable and recyclable materials by combining our …

Clip: 2020 Census Needs Funder Support to Ensure Rural Inclusion

Funders, both large and small, can support rural Census work to ensure a fair and accurate count.  Blandin Foundation Communications Director Allison Ahcan and Allen Smart, project director at Campbell University’s Office of Rural Philanthropic Analysis, offer ways for philanthropy to get involved in “the most important upcoming policy moment” for rural communities in this …

Dave Chura, Minnesota Logger Education Program

Dave Chura Executive Director – Minnesota Logger Education Program Program Administrator – Minnesota Master Logger Certification The Minnesota Logger Education Program (MLEP) was established in 1995 to assist logging business owners in meeting ever-changing demands of their profession. MLEP provides assistance to Minnesota’s logging community through educational programming. This objective is accomplished by partnering with numerous groups to …

Dave Zumeta, Minnesota Forest Resources Council

Dave Zumeta Executive Director – Minnesota Forest Resources Council Minnesota forests are managed with primary consideration given to long-term ecosystem integrity and sustaining healthy economies and human communities. Forest resource policy and management decisions are based on credible science, community values, and broad-based citizen involvement. The public understands and appreciates Minnesota’s forest resources and is …

Documents establishing the Foundation and Residuary Trust

Charles K. Blandin established the purpose, scope and governance of Charles K. Blandin Foundation over a nearly 20-year period. His business acumen, progressive vision and commitment to the Grand Rapids area laid the groundwork upon which Blandin Foundation has grown and adapted, and today stands with rural Minnesota communities — especially those in the Itasca …

Education Grant voice: Anne McKeig

From Federal Dam to the state bench  As a teen, Anne McKeig set her sights on practicing law. Her focus, determination and willingness to tackle new challenges propelled her career path – the early stages of which included a Blandin Foundation Education Grant –  to one of the highest destinations: becoming the first Native American …

Education Grant voice: Dennis Prosen

Plants and polymerase: points along the path of a science career   Dennis Prosen’s curiosity has cultivated a rewarding, varied biotech career. His roots in Coleraine – and a Blandin Foundation scholarship – gave him the strong start he needed, and a way to nurture future generations of learners.   The Blandin scholarship inspired me …

Education Grant voice: Jane Bramlett

A lifetime tending to health   Like many Itasca area teens, Jane Levens had a vision for her future. Go to school. Get a job. Get a life. The Grand Rapids High School senior’s vision was brought within reach when she was awarded a Blandin Foundation scholarship in 1971. Her vision, and the funds, propelled …