Top 3 Vibrant Communities | March 7 – 11
March 11, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
1) Blackduck: What better way to pump up students for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests than a little whip and nae nae? If you are asking yourself what in the world that means, you probably don’t live with a teenager! Teachers and staff at Blackduck High School stared in their own music video parody of Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) to send out some special messages of support, along with test-taking tips, as they prepare for the tests in April. Great job!
2) Houston: Have you ever been to Houston, MN? If you haven’t, it’s quite a “hoot.” Home to the International Festival of Owls, hundreds of people from across the world flock to this tiny town of 979 to eat owl-themed food, build owl nest boxes, engage in owl crafts, call in wild owls at night, and attend an awards ceremony recognizing individual and group efforts to make the world a better place for owls. It’s quite the event! The Festival was just held last week.
For the full story, check out The Caledonia Argus.
3) Milan: What’s the ticket to running a thriving small-town grocery store? For Bergen’s Prairie Market in Milan, MN, it’s an eclectic mix of frozen octopus, lutefisk and farm-fresh eggs. No, it’s not the food alone that sets it apart, but rather the personalized approach taken to serve customers. The town of 369 people is filled with a diverse mix of Micronesians, Scandinavians, and Hispanics — all who have specific cultural tastes. Keeping cultural favorites stocked, the store also features many local products that keep customers coming back for more!
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