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Rural Minnesotans Ready for Unprecedented Broadband Investment

Broadband champions gather at statewide conference to organize for anticipated federal funding Grand Rapids, MINN – “This is a game changer,” said United States Senator Amy Klobuchar about the pending federal infrastructure bill which includes $65 billion in broadband funding. Klobuchar joined more than 100 rural Minnesota broadband champions at the Building on Broadband: Inspiring …

Arrowhead Leaders Champion New Ways to Connect through Broadband Grants

Grand Rapids, MINN (Oct 13, 2021) – People living in Northeast Minnesota will have new opportunities to connect and strengthen their communities with the help of eight Arrowhead Intelligent Region (AIR) initiative grants. Nearly a half million dollars have been granted this year through the AIR program to propel community aspirations around digital access and …

Indigenous Peoples Day 2021

Indigenous Peoples Day, October 11 this year, recognizes Native people across the United States, including in Minnesota and our local area. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the 11 native nations in Minnesota.

Video: Talking about Native Nations

This video from Native Governance Center, launched this week, offers straightforward guidance on ways to talk about Native Nations, Native lands and Native people. They also have a brief online guide if you’d like to learn more.

Blandin Foundation trustees award $4.1 million in grants 

Grand Rapids, MN (July 2, 2021) — Blandin Foundation trustees approved $4.1 million in grants at their June meeting, including several to strengthen Itasca area communities as they begin to build forward from crisis-level action during the COVID-19 pandemic, toward stronger, regenerative futures.  Two-year grants to 26 nonprofits to fund general operations are part of the Foundation’s longstanding commitment to work that helps Itasca area residents meet their basic needs. Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, …

Clip: Nurturing rural women’s leadership

“When we think of revitalizing small communities with dwindling and aging populations, it will rely on having more women in leadership … who can represent the changing needs of their communities,” said Kate Stower, a graduate student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her innovative internship helps create space for more rural MN women …

Arrowhead Regional Leaders Collaborate on Broadband Projects

Grand Rapids, MINN – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, local leaders throughout Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region (Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis Counties) came together to assess their communities’ strengths and challenges in building and sustaining broadband-powered economies. Based on what they learned, seven projects emerged and will be supported through …

Grants at work: rural places tap the arts to re-energize community solution-building

Communities across Minnesota, and the nation, are turning to Springboard for the Arts to weave the power art, and the expertise of artists, into community planning and decision-making. Arts engage people differently, and can create space for experiences and ideas that fit community needs. Daily Yonder profiles Springboard’s work and ways arts are being used …

Grants at work: pop-up libraries and digital literacy labs

Libraries Without Borders US is gearing up for a new approach to bridging the digital divide: take technologies to the people of rural Minnesota. They’ve leveraged Blandin Foundation and other funds to create mobile, traveling libraries and labs so people in Nobles and Itasca counties can learn about high-speed internet equipment, and the kinds information …

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