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Ten communities selected for Blandin Leadership Programs

June 20, 2017

Grand Rapids, Minn. (June 20, 2017) – 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 2018. Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP) Residents of Albert Lea, Alexandria, Benson/KMS (Kerkohoven, Murdoch, Sunberg), Dawson-Madison, Chisago Lakes area, East Range area (Aurora, … Continued

Blandin Foundation Education Grants awarded to 365 local students

June 6, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Blandin Foundation recently shared with 365 Itasca area students that they have been awarded grants of up to $4,500 for their education after high school, putting higher education better within financial reach. The total amount awarded for 2017-18 is $1,025,100 to students from 11 area schools. “Students from our area schools … Continued

Bovey Coleraine area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

April 13, 2017

Grand Rapids, Minn. — Twenty-three residents of the Bovey Coleraine area returned April 7 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 … Continued

Park Rapids area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

April 4, 2017

  Grand Rapids, Minn. — Twenty-four residents of the Park Rapids area returned March 31 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 … Continued

Blandin Foundation awards $1.9 million in grants

March 31, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – During their recent spring meeting, Blandin Foundation trustees awarded grants that strengthen rural Minnesota communities, including 26 grants totaling $1.2 million for a range of efforts of Grand Rapids and Itasca County area leaders. “Communities that reach their fullest potential are those that work for all residents,” said Dr. Kathleen Annette, … Continued

Lanesboro area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

March 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lanesboro area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat Grand Rapids, Minn. — Twenty-four residents of the Lanesboro area returned March 17 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. … Continued

Fergus Falls area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

March 17, 2017

Grand Rapids, Minn. — Twenty-four residents of the Fergus Falls area returned March 3 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 … Continued

Jenkins joins Blandin Foundation in key finance role

February 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GRAND RAPIDS, MINN. – Following a statewide search, Grand Rapids native Chris Jenkins, CPA, has been selected to join Blandin Foundation as director of finance and treasurer, effective later in March.  In this role, Jenkins will be responsible for Blandin Foundation’s overall financial management and serve as a member of the organization’s … Continued