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Open Arms: St. Peter forms nonprofit to advocate for diversity

St. Peter leaders are finding ways to connect across differences to create community. In an effort that started during the community’s time in the Blandin leadership program, Leaders in Ethnically Diverse Communities, local champions have kept up the momentum, creating a nonprofit (St. Peter Good Neighbor Diversity Council) dedicated to creating a “caring, supportive, and …

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Blandin Foundation awards $4.8 million in grants

Grand Rapids, MINN. (June 29, 2022) – Blandin Foundation Board of Trustees approved nearly $4.8 million in grants at its June meeting for work that will strengthen the area’s future workforce and make topics rural communities care about better heard and more visible.     An array of grants this round lift local organizations working to …

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Clip: What it means to recognize Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a national holiday celebrating and commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. While it’s been over 150 years since June 19, 1865, the day the last of the enslaved people were freed, the impacts of the unjust treatment of African Americans are seen in our communities today. We all have a …

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Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities project takes root in St. Peter

Giving youth the power to bring to life their own ideas, Grass and Roots Outdoors is a new program in St. Peter that grew out of an idea sparked during the community’s time in the Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities program. “There are lots of kids who don’t have access to things, so how do …

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Article: Closing Minnesota’s Digital Divide

We’ve been working with rural communities for nearly 20 years to realize the vision of “everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable, world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.” The pandemic shined a spotlight on the importance working toward this vision and …

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Learn: Red Wing continues to build robust tech economy

For more than a decade, community leaders in Red Wing have been making a tech-based economy a reality. School, health care and business leaders have worked together to plan, fund and create infrastructure networks and tools residents can use to weave online solutions into their daily lives, including creating Red Wing Ignite, a local tech-focused …

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Clip: Spurring relocation in NE MN

Telework has spiked during the pandemic. As more people move their work life online, where they live becomes even more a matter of choice. This Business North article spotlights initiatives across northeastern Minnesota to lift up the region’s great quality of life, and shore up key infrastructure like high-speed internet, to draw more residents to …

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Blandin Foundation Scholarship applications available

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Applications for Blandin Foundation’s scholarships are available and being accepted until May 1. The scholarships provide Itasca area students $1,000 to $5,000 per student for the 2022-2023 school year. Students may reapply each year, until they are age 25 or have earned up to a bachelor’s degree. The scholarship program is …

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