Top 3 Vibrant Communities | February 22 – 26
February 26, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
1) Backus: In an effort to bring education back to a small-town school building, four community members are starting up a thrift store to supplement tuition costs. With a dual purpose of helping area students attend a newly-formed Christian school and keeping more money local, 100 percent of Threads for Ed profit will go to the school.
2) Wadena: Local businesses, health organizations, broadband and energy service providers will come together next month for the “What the Tech Expo,” held at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Wadena. Through a Blandin Foundation broadband grant, students in the Network Administration and Security program will “have the opportunity to talk with experts and gain hands-on experience in how technology can be used to help improve their daily lives.”
“Rural Minnesota has struggled with finding sufficient employees in the IT industry,” said Janet Johnson, an instructor in M State’s Network Administration and Security program. “This event and equipment will help not only promote use of the latest technologies, but also promote IT careers and provide the latest equipment to a program that is helping address this workforce shortage.”
3) Silver Bay: Lined up in perfect order, more than 160 Silver Bay community members ranging from 5 to 85 served themselves heaping portions of stroganoff, pizza, salad, and — most importantly — community. In an act to bring community together after nearly 500 mining jobs were lost in the town of 1,800, six churches have organized three community dinners open to anyone and everyone who want to attend.
“It’s awesome,” Wally Crabtree said. “Having this in place really helps people cope and not feel all alone…This is happening because people care about others in the community.”
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