Top 3 Vibrant Communities | January 18 – 22
January 22, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
1) Virginia: Members of the Virginia boy’s high school hockey team are taking time out of practicing power plays to try their hand at power ballads. In support of the No More Campaign, an effort to stop domestic violence, the team will make several lip syncing videos to call more attention to domestic violence across the country. Videos will appear at nomore.org.
“This is a phenomenal thing to do — not only is it great to do in support of the ‘NO MORE,’ but I think it’s kind of a nice team bonding experience for our guys. They get to do something together, they band together for a cause,” said Reed Larson, head coach for the Blue Devils.
2) Albert Lea: Two finalists remain in this year’s Albert Lea “Idea Splash,” an event created for residents to brainstorm ways to better their community. The two standing ideas include a Cell-Fi Walking Tour of historical buildings and a proposed dog park. Teams will present their ideas next week to the community in hopes of receiving a $20,000 grant to make their idea a reality.
3) Detroit Lakes and surrounding area: “Eat your veggies,” is something every young child hears multiple times per day. Can you blame them if they’re stuck with the same canned green beans day in and day out? Thanks to a new initiative called Farm to Child Care, that’s not the case in the Detroit Lakes area. Twenty child care programs throughout Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties signed up to work with Bluebird Gardens in Fergus Falls to bring new, and different, vegetables for their kids to try. The result was yummy! Many of the providers are now planning gardens with the kids for the next growing season.
“We tried lots of very new things — everything from cucumbers to cabbage and turnips and kale,” said Rotter. “We made turnip fries, kale chips, coleslaw…things I might not have thought to try otherwise, because we has those choices in front of us.”
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