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Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth Reservation residents complete Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program

November 26, 2018

Grand Rapids, Minn. (November 26, 2018) — Twenty-one residents of the Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth reservation communities returned November 9 from a five-day leadership retreat. This was the first segment of an intense seven-day training provided by the Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program (BRCLP). The team also will participate in three follow-up …

Four Iron Range communities selected for Blandin Foundation Broadband Communities Program

November 15, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (November 15, 2018) – Blandin Foundation announced today that it has selected four Iron Range entities for intensive, two-year partnerships with the Foundation to advance local broadband initiatives. East Range Joint Powers Board, Iron Range Tourism Bureau, Laurentian Chamber of Commerce and Tower Economic Development Authority all were successful in their bids …

Clip: Luverne teens drawing attention to poverty

November 12, 2018

Among the youngest participants in the Leaders Partnering to End Poverty program, three teens from Luverne have taken on a couple high–profile projects to raise awareness and share information about poverty in their community. More in this article from the Worthington Daily Globe.

Education Grant applications now available

November 9, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Itasca area students looking to fund education after high school are encouraged to apply for a Blandin Foundation Education Grant. Blandin Foundation trustees have set aside $975,000 for these grants for the 2019-20 school year The grants provide $1,000 to $4,500 per student. Applications are now available, and are accepted through …

Clip: MinnPost profiles KAXE

November 3, 2018

MinnPost recently shined a spotlight on the work of north-central Minnesota’s iconic radio provider, Northern Community Radio, as part of its series on economic vitality in Greater Minnesota. From its scrappy founding days, through the many changes that have faced rural media, the staff, board and communities have shaped and supported the important work of …

Clip: Almanac North talks child care shortage

November 1, 2018

Blandin Foundation grants director Sonja Merrild and Northland Foundation president Tony Sertich shared key findings from a newly released study on northeastern Minnesota’s child care shortage on Almanac North. You might be interested to know that: NE Minnesota tallies $8 million in lost wages each year due to a shortage of child care The region needs …

Clip: Rock County working to identify barriers, needs of poor

October 29, 2018

Folks in Luverne, in far southwest Minnesota, last week held the latest in an ongoing conversation about poverty in their community, as they design and claim a future that works for all in their community. The Worthington Globe covered the event, hosted by the #Luv1LuvAll initiative. #Luv1LuvAll began as the 2017 Leaders Partnering to End Poverty …

Albert Lea area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

October 23, 2018

Grand Rapids, Minn. (October 23, 2018) — Twenty-three residents of the Albert Lea area returned October 12 from a five-day leadership retreat, the first segment of an intense eight-day training provided by the Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP). The team also will participate in three follow-up workshops. A program of the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Foundation, …

Remarks: 2018 Moxie Award for Inspiring Giving

October 19, 2018

Remarks by Sonja Merrild, Blandin Foundation grants director, accepting the 2018 Moxie Award for Inspiring Giving, awarded by PFund Foundation.   Thank you, Charlene, thank you Tom, Alfred and the rest of PFund’s team.  This is such an honor and I’m both delighted and humbled to receive this award on behalf of the Blandin Foundation. …

Moorhead area residents complete Blandin Foundation leadership training

October 17, 2018

Grand Rapids, Minn. (October 17, 2018) — More than 25 Moorhead area residents took steps this fall to move the community toward being a place that works for all residents.   Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities (LEDC) develops the capacity of all community members in ethnically diverse communities to build inclusion. A program of Grand …