Top 3 Vibrant Communities | July 13 – 17
July 17, 2015 by Blandin Foundation
- Albert Lea: Water plays a huge role in Minnesota summers. From diving into a clear blue lake to launching a wiggly water balloon, kids relish in a variety of aqua activities. This summer, more than 75 students from Austin, Albert Lea, Southland, Lyle and Hayfield are getting their feet wet in a new way. Attending the first-ever Project E3, kids spanning grades four to six are learning about water conservation and pollution.
“It’s a fun program learning about stuff that you can do to change the world,” said student attendee Aluel Deng.
- Austin: After years of work and planning, the Mower County Veterans Memorial Committee hit a major goal, selling 1,056 pavers that make up a memorial on the lawn of the Mower County Government Center.
“I honestly believed it was going to be an impossible take…It’s quite a success story,” said Norm Hecimovich, president of the Veterans memorial Committee.
- West Central Minnesota: “Manufacturing is a big deal,” writes West Central Initiative economic development planner Greg Wager. In a Morris Sun Tribune editorial this week, Wager reviews the impact manufacturing has had on the region.
“Manufacturing accounts for 14 percent of all jobs in the region with an average annual wage of $46,000.”
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