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News release: Blandin Foundation grant to homeless coalition helps secure major federal funding to reduce homelessness in NE Minnesota

Today the Blandin Foundation helped announce a significant grant from the Housing and Urban Development Office (HUD) to a coalition of local homeless organizations, Northeast Continuum of Care (NE CoC), to develop new housing units and opportunities and better serve the housing needs of the region. Blandin helped the local coalition secure the $352,280 federal …

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News Release: Blandin Foundation Scholarship deadline is March 1

Largest scholarship budget in Blandin Foundation history of $1.5 million aims to build strong future rural workforce GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (Feb 17, 2023) – Applications for Blandin Foundation scholarships are being accepted until March 1, 2023. The scholarships provide Itasca area students $1,000 to $5,000 or more per student for the 2023-2024 school year. Students …

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News Release: Blandin Foundation names four new trustees

Blake, Charwood, Marinucci and Scrivner to help the Foundation improve rural Minnesota outcomes  in three priority areas  GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (February 13, 2023) – Four northern Minnesotans have been selected to join the Blandin Foundation’s board of trustees starting in January 2023. Their personal knowledge of rural communities and their professional expertise will move the …

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News Release: MN North College receives $3 million Blandin Foundation grant to build the region’s workforce skills, resources and capacity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MINNESEOTA NORTH COLLEGE RECEIVES $3M BLANDIN FOUNDATION GRANT TO TRANSFORM NE MINN BY BUILDING REGIONAL SKILLS, RESOURCES AND CAPACITY AspireNORTH takes aim at the region’s labor challenges with student-centered programs, a holistic approach and improved access for underserved students and workers GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (Feb. 7, 2023) –  Minnesota North College (Minnesota …

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News Clip: Broadband Grant awarded to Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe was one of two Tribes to receive a Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program grant from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, to bring high-speed internet to more than 4,300 homes on the Leech Lake Reservation. Read more here

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Watch: Grand Marais featured on Crafts in America

PBS’s Crafts in America focuses on the ways woodcrafts enrich and support the economy and social fabric of Grand Marais, and keep wealth in the community. Catch it December 16 on your local PBS station. “The new roles Hedstrom Lumber plays in this community include providing economic diversity to the area to counterbalance the strong …

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News Clip: Broadband rolls farther into the Iron Range

Business North takes a deep look into the past, present and future of broadband access on the Iron Range. It took lots of hard work from leaders across geographies and sectors to bring home the benefits of broadband. “Fast, reliable broadband is tied to every facet of community life and is vital for rural places …

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ReVive Virginia receives $20,000 Blandin grant

As part of Round 1 Rural Leadership Boost Grant awards, ReVive Virginia will “create a series of events as a means to restore community cohesion negatively affected by the pandemic and promote a sense of community for those who may feel disconnected by working remotely or those who chose to leave the workplace.” Read the …

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