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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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Recent Blandin Foundation Grants Support Community Work in Small Towns and Townships

Grand Rapids, MINN. – Blandin Foundation Board of Trustees approved $3.6 million in grants at its December meeting, including a suite of projects that support community-identified priorities in small communities and townships across Itasca County. Eighteen projects in communities from S-Lake to Keewatin, Bigfork to Blackberry Township received funding totaling $1.72 million to support projects …

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Fond du Lac’s high-speed internet boosts community during pandemic

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance profiled the work of Fond du Lac Band community leaders to bring high-speed internet to homes and businesses and community spaces on the reservation — a necessity for work and home life during the pandemic. Check out more about Fond du Lac’s broadband …

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Give to the Max Day 2021

November brings many special and memorable times to Minnesota – Give to the Max Day is one of them! Created right here in Minnesota in 2009, GTMD (as it’s known) is a terrific opportunity to show your appreciation and generosity to organizations that matter to you. Large or small, in town or in the country, …

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National Rural Health Day

Good health is important to having a good life, for yourself and in your community. Today – National Rural Health Day – take a few moments to consider your personal health, and learn more about health and health care in rural communities, and celebrate ordinary folks all across America making a difference in the health …

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Rural newspaper documentary debuts Nov. 15

Newspapers are part of a rural community’s lifeblood. “Storm Lake” a new documentary about a Pulitzer-Prize winning paper in Storm Lake, Iowa, debuts today, and shows the many ways a paper informs, connects and supports a community. Read a review by the Daily Yonder and check your local public television listings for the Independent Lens …

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