Top Three Vibrant Communities | May 23 – 27
May 26, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
1.) Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe: An easy way to spot vibrancy in a community comes in the form of renewable energy. And that’s just what is coming to the people of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. This will be the FIRST community solar installation on tribal lands in the entire COUNTRY and will surely become a model for bringing affordable energy to areas that need it most. This innovative approach to addressing poverty, while preserving our state’s natural resources, will keep dollars circulating in the local economy and provide relief to families who are currently stretched thin. Two thumbs way, way up to all of the organizations and individuals who are making this happen.
2.) Grand Marais: Are you looking for office space? When 20+ community members said, “Yes!” at a public meeting a few months ago, Bob Pranis and several members of the Cook County Broadband commission sprung into action. The “Office Outpost” is a new business center with 11 work stations, a conference room, a professional printer, a coffee bar and a video conference room. The space is wired with high-speed internet and ideal for vacationers, local entrepreneurs or just individuals in need of a quiet, well-equipped area to get things done.
“The first year we will collect data and see if there is a real business here,” said Pranis. “If there is, maybe someone in the private sector will want to buy the equipment and run it. This is the perfect location, right across from the co-op, a short walk to the lake, it’s centrally located. I think it’s a great spot!”
3.) Detroit Lakes: The sun shone brightly on the over 400 attendees of the 19th annual “Festival of Birds”. Along with the picture-perfect birding conditions, a special presentation was given to nearly 200 middle school students to educate them about birds and their habitat. There were experts who spoke about owls and other raptors, conservation and even the comeback of the trumpeter swan. The festival exposed both new and old generations to the importance and beauty of our feathery friends and in all, 176 different species of birds were sighted or heard.
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