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Benson, Kerkhoven, Murdock, Sunburg area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

February 15, 2018

Grand Rapids, Minn. (February 15, 2018) — Twenty-four residents of the Benson, Kerkhoven, Murdock and Sunburg (KMS) areas returned February 2 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 … Continued

Blandin Foundation Education Grant deadline is March 1

February 12, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (February 9, 2018) –Blandin Foundation’s applications for need-based education grants are available and being accepted until March 1. Up to $1 million will be granted to Itasca County area students pursuing school after high school during the 2018-2019 school year. Grants are available to local students who will or have graduated from … Continued

Vibrant voices: rural leaders in Redwood Falls

February 2, 2018

Engaged. Networked. Passionate. Just three of many ways to describe rural Minnesota community leaders. We recently sat down with three leaders from Redwood Falls to find out what fuels their work. We think the insights from Brianna and Anne, and from Cindy, will renew your spark for making a difference in your community. And you … Continued

Blandin Foundation awards $4 million in grants

December 21, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (Dec. 21, 2017) – During their winter meeting Dec. 14 and 15, Blandin Foundation trustees approved grants that strengthen rural Minnesota communities, including 50 grants totaling $2.6 million for a range of efforts of Grand Rapids and Itasca County area leaders. Given heightened attention to the local economy and jobs, several ongoing … Continued

Long Prairie area residents complete Blandin Foundation leadership training

December 20, 2017

Grand Rapids, Minn. (December 20, 2017) — More than 20 Long Prairie 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 … Continued

Lower Sioux, Mille Lacs, Prairie Island, Shakopee, and Upper Sioux Area area residents complete Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program

November 15, 2017

Grand Rapids, Minn. (November 15, 2017) — Twenty-six residents of the Lower Sioux, Mille Lacs, Prairie Island, Shakopee, and Upper Sioux Area reservation communities completed a five-day leadership retreat November 3. 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 … Continued

Daniel Lemm named Blandin Foundation finance director

November 8, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MINN.  (Nov. 7, 2017) – Daniel Lemm will join the Blandin Foundation senior leadership team as Director of Finance beginning Nov. 13.  In this role, Lemm will be responsible for Blandin Foundation’s overall financial management. “Blandin Foundation has a strong history of excellent financial management, and we welcome Daniel to Grand Rapids and … Continued

Minnesota leading the way to bring broadband to rural communities through collaboration

November 1, 2017

BRAINERD, Minn. (Oct. 31, 2017) – “The number-one threat to community and economic development in the 21st Century is the digital divide,“ said technology researcher and development expert Roberto Gallardo last week at the Border to Border Broadband Conference, co-hosted by Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development. “Rural communities can take a … Continued

Measuring Impact of Broadband in 5 Rural MN Communities

October 26, 2017

Blandin Foundation commissioned Ann Treacy of Treacy Information Services and Bill Coleman of Community Technology Advisors to look at five counties well served with broadband – Beltrami County, Crow Wing County, Goodhue County, Lake County, and Sibley County. The purpose of these case studies is to determine the value of that broadband based on impact … Continued

Education Grant applications now available

October 18, 2017

For Immediate Release GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (October 18, 2017) –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 2018-19 school year The grants provide $1,000 to $4,500 per student. Applications are now … Continued