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Ten communities selected for Blandin Leadership Programs

May 15, 2018

Grand Rapids, Minn. (May 15, 2018) – As part of its commitment to strengthening rural communities, Blandin Foundation has named 10 communities where it is making available Blandin Leadership Program training in 2019. Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP) Residents of Aitkin, Blackduck-Kelliher-Northome, Fairmont, Faribault, Glencoe, Lake City, Planview and Quad Cities (Eveleth, Gilbert, Mt. Iron, … Continued

Now open: Blandin Broadband Community applications

May 10, 2018

We’re seeking four new communities to join the next cohort of Blandin Broadband Communities. If your community is eager to improve broadband access and use — check out this information! Applications due May 31.

Alexandria area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

May 1, 2018

Grand Rapids, Minn. — Twenty-six residents of the Alexandria area returned April 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 … Continued

Lac Qui Parle area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

April 17, 2018

Grand Rapids, Minn. (April 17, 2018) — Twenty-three residents of the Lac Qui Parle area returned April 13 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 … Continued

Winona area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

March 22, 2018

Grand Rapids, Minn. (March 22, 2018) — Twenty-four residents of the Winona area returned March 16 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 … Continued

East Range area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

February 27, 2018

Grand Rapids, Minn. (February 27, 2018) — Twenty-one residents of the Aurora, Biwabik, Hoyt Lakes and Town of White areas returned February 16 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 … Continued

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