Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 27 – May 1
May 1, 2015 by Blandin Foundation
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.
- Cuyuna Lakes: In a presentation to the Aitkin Chamber of Commerce, two members from Cuyuna Lakes Trails Association provided a historical overview of community work around the local trails system and pointed to the future potential. “Cuyuna Lakes Trail could be a revenue-generating machine,” said Association member Aaron Hautala. “Trails are not a conduit from point A to point B. It’s the experience in between.” Full story at Aitkin Age
- Lucan: Brewing some of the wackiest, tastiest barley beverages out there, Dustin Brau, owner of Brau Brothers Brewing Company, is the epitome of a rural innovator. In his hometown of Lucan, population 220, Brau grew a small restaurant into a booming brew business. When asked why he chose to stay in his small town, he says,”We never seriously considered doing it anywhere else. Being rural was — and is — part of our identity.” Full story at The Growler
- Nobles County: Bankers, construction professionals, construction suppliers and elected officials gathered in Worthington this week to talk housing. Taking effect in the spring of 2014, the NHI Housing Construction Tax Abatement Program was created to “to encourage individual home builders as well as developers of new single-family, multi-family and rental homes to build in Nobles County.” Nobles County is not the only rural area dealing with housing shortages, but communities are coming together in creative ways to build bright futures. Full story at the Worthington Daily Globe
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