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Keynote: The power of community partnerships

May 6, 2019

Blandin Foundation CEO Kathy Annette keynote address to the 54th U.S. Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium, May 6, 2019.   Thank you for your kind words, Rear Admiral Taylor. Distinguished guests. Welcome to Minnesota! Home of 10,000 lakes, 11 tribal nations, a strong educational system including University of Minnesota, Minnesota state system and …

Blackduck, Kelliher, Northome area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

April 23, 2019

Grand Rapids, Minn. (April 23, 2019) — Twenty-three residents of the Blackduck, Kelliher and Northome areas returned April 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 …

Aitkin area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

April 5, 2019

Grand Rapids, Minn. (April 4, 2019) — Twenty-four residents of the Aitkin area returned March 29 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 …

2019 Rural Pulse raises voices of Minnesotans

April 3, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (April 3, 2019) — Opinions and perceptions of Minnesotans are as varied as the landscape, according to the Rural Pulse 2019 survey of more than 1,560 residents just released by the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Foundation. Jobs that pay a living wage, access to affordable healthcare and childcare, and concerns about opioid and …

Five join Blandin Foundation Broadband Strategy Board

March 28, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Five leaders working to advance broadband access and use in rural Minnesota communities have accepted invitations to join the Blandin Foundation Broadband Initiative Strategy Board. This board oversees and advises the Blandin Community Broadband Program (BCBP), a grantmaking and community capacity building program. Jim Weikum has been the executive director of …

Quad Cities area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

March 20, 2019

Grand Rapids, Minn. — Twenty-four residents of the Quad Cities area returned March 15 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 …

Plainview area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

March 4, 2019

Grand Rapids, Minn. (March 4, 2019) — Twenty-four residents of the Plainview area returned March 1 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 …

Glencoe area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

February 22, 2019

Grand Rapids, Minn. (February 22, 2019) — Twenty-four residents of the Glencoe area returned February 15 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 …

Clip: Rural communities, including Red Wing, recognized for championing broadband

February 20, 2019

Today Daily Yonder spotlights nine rural communities across the U.S. that have made broadband innovation a key part of their vision for a vibrant future. Among them, Red Wing and its Red Wing Ignite initiative. You can learn more about Red Wing Ignite on our Blandin on Broadband blog. To see ways we’ve supported the …

Lake City area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

February 8, 2019

Grand Rapids, Minn. (February 8, 2019) — Twenty-three residents of the Lake City area returned February 1 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, …