Top 3 Vibrant Communities | February 1 – 5
February 5, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
1) Crosby: Over the next three years, a third of Crosby-Ironton School District teachers are set to retire. During a time of low interest by new teachers in rural districts, school leadership knew they couldn’t sit idle. Instead, the district is meeting young teachers where they’re at through a new recruitment campaign. Personal outreach, a promotional video and brochure are the first steps they’ve taken to show new teachers that while a small-town might not have the bustling type of activity they crave, they will find much more meaningful opportunities to engage.
2) Fergus Falls: WCCO’s Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer travel to Fergus Falls to visit a number of local gems, starting with Lake Alice — a favorite recreational area that just re-opened for ice skating the first time in years after the local Kiwanis group rose the lake level and added a shelter. They also make stops at the Kirkbride Building, Union Pizza and Brewing, and Mabel Murphy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.
3) Crookston: A parent can only read a children’s book so many times before the wonder and excitement drains, replaced by an auto-piloted voice. Without easy access to a variety of books, though, this is often the case. A new initiative in Crookston is hoping to rekindle that special connection made between a child and an adult through the sharing of a new book — many times over. The Little House of Books, organized and executed by a number of local leaders, will now be available for all who visit the Crookston Event Center.
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