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Northern Minnesota leader named Blandin Foundation President and CEO

May 8, 2020

Tuleah Palmer has decades of experience leading impactful, complex nonprofits and programs GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (May 8, 2020)—Trustees of Blandin Foundation have selected Tuleah S. Palmer of Cass Lake, Minn., as the foundation’s next president and CEO following a national search. Palmer currently serves as executive director of Northwest Indian Community Development Center in Bemidji, …

This week’s broadband webinars

April 20, 2020

This week’s offerings in our five-week webinar series Creating Successful Broadband Infrastructure Projects. April 21 – Feasibility Studies: Presentation and discussion of the key elements of broadband feasibility study design, implementation, and use; including tips on selecting a consultant   Details and registration here April 23 – Federal and State Broadband Finance Programs: An overview of …

Today at 9 a.m.: Broadband mapping webinar

April 14, 2020

This morning from 9 – 10 a.m., join Diane Wells of MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Office of Broadband Development for a discussion of broadband mapping tools and their role in depicting broadband service across Minnesota, and Glenn Fishbine of Geospatial Engineering and Optimizing on GIS capabilities for broadband planning. Free, but …

Blandin Foundation names Bahr director of leadership

March 30, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.  – Dr. Malissa Bahr has been selected by Blandin Foundation as its Director of Leadership, effective immediately, following the retirement of Dr. Valerie Shangreaux.  A resident of Grand Rapids, Minn., Dr. Bahr has been part of the Foundation’s community leadership training team for the past 20 years, most recently as its senior …

Blandin Foundation repurposes $1 million in investments to build new loan funds for Itasca area small businesses

March 27, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (March 27, 2020) – At a special meeting of Blandin Foundation’s board executive committee, trustees voted to quickly establish two $500,000 funds to support Itasca County area small businesses, one for working capital and one a relief fund. “Small businesses are at the cornerstone of vibrant communities,” said Dr. Kathleen Annette, Blandin …

MN Disaster Recovery Fund accepting applications

March 25, 2020

Foundations across the state have formed a new coronavirus disaster recovery fund to support community needs across Minnesota. Rural organizations are eligible to apply. How to apply

Five communities selected for Blandin Foundation Broadband Communities Program

March 11, 2020

Blandin Foundation announced today that it has selected five rural Minnesota communities for intensive, two-year partnerships with the Foundation to advance local broadband initiatives. Otter Tail County, Chisago Lakes, Le Sueur County, Red Lake Nation, and White Earth Nation were all successful in their bids to become Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC). “High-speed Internet access – …

Blandin Foundation welcomes three new trustees

March 4, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (Mar. 3, 2020) – Three Minnesotans have joined Blandin Foundation’s board of trustees, filling positions of three who completed terms of service in December.  Blandin Foundation’s 12-member board are Minnesota-based community leaders who provide strategic leadership and governance, fiduciary and financial oversight for the foundation. They serve up to 12 years and …