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Albert Lea area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

Grand Rapids, Minn. (October 23, 2018) — Twenty-three residents of the Albert Lea area returned October 12 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 leadership training for more than 7,000 community leaders from nearly 500 rural Minnesota communities since it began in 1985.  This is the fifth time the community has participated in the BCLP leadership program.

Local residents participating in this training were:

Heather Benda, DeeAnn Berglund, Patricia Dahl, David Doppelhammer, Melissa Doppelhammer, Richard Finley, Jerry Gabrielatos, Beau Hartman, Lana Howe, Rhonda Jordal, Holly Karsjens, Shane Koepke, Brad Kramer, Belinda Krysan, Benjamin Lares, Abby Leach, Leonel Lopez-Ortiz, Chris Lowe, Daphney Maras, Charlie Newell,  Ehsannah Paw, Wah Paw and Julia Thompson.

The goal of the Blandin Community Leadership Program is to develop and train a broad base of local leaders to build healthy communities. Topics covered during the retreat included: identifying and describing community issues and opportunities through the lens of the 9 dimensions of a healthy community, effective interpersonal communication, building social capital, appreciating personality differences, managing interpersonal conflict, understanding community power, mobilizing community resources, and goal setting.

“A healthy community depends on leadership engagement of community members,” said Kathy Annette, president and CEO of Blandin Foundation. “The leadership demonstrated by these participants reflects their commitment to their community, as well as to the region and to rural Minnesota.”

BCLP training programs are funded entirely by the Blandin Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area.



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Participants in BCLP training October 8-12 included:

Back Row: (left to right)– Benjamin Lares, Beau Hartman, Richard Finley, Charlie Newell, Brad Kramer, Chris Lowe, Abby Leach, and Shane Koepke

Middle Row: (left to right)– Tyler Zabriskie (Trainer), Julia Thompson, David Doppelhammer, Leonel Lopez-Ortiz, Patricia Dahl, Lana Howe, Holly Karsjens, Jerry Gabrielatos, Wah Paw, and Phyllis Braxton (Trainer)

Front Row: (left to right)– Ehsannah Paw, Melissa Doppelhammer, Rhonda Jordal, DeeAnn Berglund, Belinda Krysan, Heather Benda, Daphney Maras, and Julie Steiff (Trainer)


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