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Ready. Set. Census.

January 19, 2020

Census Day is April 1. Find tools you can start using today to make sure each person in your community gets counted: 2020censusruralmn.org.

Blandin seeks new CEO

November 19, 2019

Our search for a new President and CEO is underway. Learn more about the position, and share with leaders passionate about rural Minnesota.

Bois Forte, Fond du Lac and Grand Portage residents complete Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program

November 13, 2019

Grand Rapids, Minn.  — Twenty-four residents of the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac and Grand Portage reservation communities completed a five-day leadership retreat November 8. 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 follow-up workshops. A program of …

Education Grant applications now available

October 31, 2019

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 2020-21 school year The grants provide $1,000 to $4,500 per student. Applications are now available, and are accepted through …

Fairmont area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

October 30, 2019

Grand Rapids, Minn. — Twenty-three residents of the Fairmont areas returned October 25 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, BCLP has provided experiential …

Innovation: Putting Broadband to Work

October 8, 2019

Our annual broadband conference — the 15th! — is underway. A gathering of rural broadband community leaders to share ideas on how broadband makes their community more vibrant and connected. Track with all the activities! Conference overview and agenda 2019 Courageous Leader Awards On Facebook

Faribault area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

October 3, 2019

Grand Rapids, Minn. — Twenty-four residents of the Faribault areas returned September 27 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, BCLP has provided experiential …

Clip: St. Peter leadership program addressing underrepresentation

August 5, 2019

By Brian Arola, The Free Press With an eye on changing demographics, a leadership program launching in September aims to train St. Peter’s next generation of leaders. The Blandin Foundation chose St. Peter for a grant to fund the Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities program for 34 residents. Participants, about half being from underrepresented demographics, …

Op-ed: The time is now for courageous action

July 26, 2019

Blandin Foundation has been standing alongside and investing in rural Minnesota leaders and communities for 78 years.  Over time, we have come to know this to be true: communities cannot be strong, healthy and vibrant unless they are working for, and safe for, all peoples. Is your community? Minnesota residents are facing changes and pressures …

Itasca-area communities selected for Blandin Foundation initiative

July 18, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Blandin Foundation announced today that it has accepted applications from the communities of Bovey and Northome to participate in Growing Communities, an intensive, 18-month visioning and action planning initiative through University of Minnesota Extension. “These communities each have demonstrated high levels of engagement and a commitment to work across sectors and …