Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 10 – 14
April 14, 2017 by Blandin Foundation
1) Chatfield: Library patrons in Chatfield stepped up in a big way when presented with a food challenge per week to secure enough for resources for the local backpack food program. Collecting 417 pounds of food and $545 in monetary donations, local leaders are calling the effort a success!
“I think the challenges made people stop and notice. It’s with pride that I live in a community that cares about the needs of our children.” — Denise Pagel, coordinator of the Chatfield Weekend Backpack Food Program
2) Gilman: When wildfires ripped through hundreds of acres of central U.S. farmland in March, rural volunteers from across the country leapt into action. In Minnesota, 14 residents of Gilman traveled 873 miles to deliver hay and relief supplies to ranchers in Ashland, Kansas. Along for the ride was 13-year-old aspiring farmer Bryce Talberg. Upon meeting Harry Walker, a rancher who’s fields and livestock were impacted by the fires, Bryce presented him an envelope containing $265, money he had earned over two years by milking cows.
“Because they lost everything and they needed it more than I did.” — Bryce Talberg on his motivation for donating his money.
3) Brainerd: Area manufacturers came together in Brainerd this week to plan toward collective action on workforce recruitment. Companies are collaborating on a number of fronting including improved branding.
“No one in that sector [small- to mid-size manufacturers] is able to individually access this kind of training without collaboration…Anytime we can do things together, it makes us a regionally stronger area to draw workforce.” — Tim Walker, Pequot Tool and Manufacturing
Visit Blandin Foundation
Receive Outposts E-News
Sign up to receive stories about innovation and leadership in rural Minnesota.