Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 4 – 8
April 8, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
1.Ada: Nothing like a little lutefisk to welcome a new leader into a community! After testing out a number of local customs (like ice fishing, combining, raising chickens), New Jersey transplant and new Ada City Administrator James Leiman is here to stay. He’s bringing a set of fresh leadership skills to the table that’s spurring vibrancy in the form of filled storefronts, quicker City response time, and lower utility bills.
“The fact that you can trust your neighbors is an immense attribute,” [Leiman] said. “We just kind of were looking for a place where we can call home and we thing we found it.”
Read how the community of Ada is infusing new ideas to advance the health of their community in Inforum.
2. Bena: After a long, hard journey, champions of the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School rejoiced at this week’s announcement of $12 million in federal money that will go towards building a new school. The school, “a drafty pole barn with broken plumbing, a bat infestation and a structure so weak that students were forced to leave if wind gusts topped 40 miles per hour,” houses about 200 K-12 students that learn in their native language, Ojibwemowin.
“Our kids will finally have a safe environment to learn and grow,” Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Chairwoman Carri Jones said in a statement. “Years of hard work have paid off and I’m incredibly proud and excited there will soon be a new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School.”
Read the full story at the Star Tribune.
3. Kasson-Mantorville: Two weeks ago we featured fifth graders from Chatfield who were developing apps for their community through the Technovation program. This week we’re recognizing two eighth grade students from Kasson-Mantorville who, after participating in the Technovation program, were selected to present their app to President Obama. Mayo Free Time is an app the duo created to help patients find their way around the clinic and city and chat with other visitors.
Read the full story at the Rochester Post Bulletin.
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