To lift up local community leadership in rural Minnesota, every Friday Blandin Foundation will post the Top 3 Vibrant Communities based on timely news coverage and reader submissions. If you have a vibrant story to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Trout Lake Township
Strong community leadership met opportunity this week as Trout Lake Township announced the activation of its newly constructed Gigabit Internet network built by Paul Bunyan. “The issue came up at a township meeting and residents kept pushing for it,” said Trout Lake Supervisor Jeanne Newstrom in Wednesday’s Grand Rapids Herald Review.
2. Cass County
New research out of the University of Minnesota Extension shows that 80 percent of second homeowners in Cass County intend to move there, with 25 percent considering opening up a new business. This information will help the county as they make choices about how to position their communities as vibrant, viable places to live.
3. Big Stone County
Folks in Big Stone County are gearing up for some positive technology changes coming their way. They recently received a $3.92 million Border-to-Border Broadband state grant to lay fiber optic cable to 1,072 sites in the county and are also a Blandin Broadband Community, looking to focus on opportunities for IT professionals to network and how to better use online media to market itself as a vibrant community.