Top 3 Vibrant Communities | July 20 – 24
July 24, 2015 by Blandin Foundation
1. Skunk Hallow: MinnPost writer Ron Meador features one of rural’s greatest assets in his latest Earth Journal post — its people! Meador recounts his experience working with neighbors to take down a fallen tree in his driveway.
“Were I still living in southwest Minneapolis…I could walk to the store, bike or bus to work, until somebody came and cleared it.
But who would that somebody be? Was this the city’s problem to solve, or mine? How do you find the proper tradespeople for this job? How do you reach them on the weekend? How long will it take? How much should it cost? And so forth.
In Skunk Hollow, the big question for me was: What shape was the chainsaw in when I put it up last fall? And for Sallie: Can we find a neighbor to come over with a second saw?”
2. Grand Marais: Cook County community members came together on Thursday to break ground on a $24.5 million expansion and renovation of the Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center.
“What we want to do is to be able to meet as much as we can the needs of our population,” said Kimber Wraalstad, Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center administrator. “What we’re trying to do is to position the facility for the next 50 years.”
3. Redwood Falls: This week, Governor Dayton publicly announced the newest members of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband, including:
- Hannah Buckland, Leech Lake Tribal College
- Denise Dittrich, Minnesota School Boards Association
- Kevin Hansen, Thomson Reuters
- Shannon Heim, Dykema
- Neela Mollgaard, Red Wing Ignite
- Donald Niles, City of Wadena
- Andrew Schriner, CenturyLink
New members will meet with returning members, including Blandin Foundation’s Bernadine Joselyn, during Minnesota’s first rural broadband day on August 4 in Redwood Falls.
“As Minnesota looks to maintain a growing, competitive economy, and a high quality of life, we must continue to make progress to ensure that the state has access to broadband, from border to border. Rural Broadband Day is a great venue to highlight the progress that we’re making and look forward to the future of broadband,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, current Task Force chair and president and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association.
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