Top Three Vibrant Communities | June 6 – 10
June 10, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
1.) Staples: Telemedicine has growing possibilities as the expansion of broadband continues. This is especially true for rural areas and people who may have to travel many miles for certain medical attention. That’s why Lakewood Health System in Staples is hoping to continue their efforts funding telemedicine. Of course, this move requires high speed internet to be readily available—something that many organizations and lawmakers are fighting hard for.
“We’re a low-income area, if we can save them ten pennies by not having to travel to St. Cloud or the cities … they want to be here, why not keep them here?” Grossman said. “It helps with the healing to be able to stay in their home environment.”
2.) Montevideo: Sometimes, a spike in vibrancy can happen pretty naturally and sharing a name makes for a very natural connection. Since 1905, the rural Minnesota town of Montevideo (population: 5,219) and its sister-city—Montevideo, Uruguay (population: 1.305 million)— have bonded over their shared name. Uruguayan national hero, José Artigas has had his own statue in downtown Montevideo, MN since July 10, 1949 and this weekend, the community will come together around the annual “Fiesta Days” celebration. The fiesta will feature a Uruguayan-style barbecue and pageant queens dressed in Uruguayan-style gowns. All of this culture and community spirit is assuredly a sign of vibrancy—but now the small, rural Montevideo and the humongous, metropolitan Montevideo, have a bit of humor to go along with their other “commonality”. It’s best to just watch this new South American cell phone ad for yourself…
Read the full story from the Star Tribune
3.) Eveleth: A much needed boost is coming to the Iron Range. Thanks to a deal between Cliffs Natural Resources and U.S. Steel Canada, United Taconite will open two months earlier than was originally expected. This is good news for the nearly 450 folks eager to get back to full capacity!
“The vast majority of the steel companies in North America are currently enjoying stronger order books, and their demand for high quality iron ore pellets from a reliable supplier is increasing,” said Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves through a release. “We are also very pleased to announce a higher sales guidance for 2016, thanks to this new business with U.S. Steel Canada, which came at a higher tonnage than we had previously anticipated. Most importantly, I am happy to bring our entire UTAC team back to work a lot earlier than previously announced last week.”
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