Top 3 Vibrant Communities | July 10 – 14
July 14, 2017 by Blandin Foundation
1. Red Wing: Seeking the title of Minnesota’s top historic river town destination, Red Wing secured $4.4 million in state bonding to complete the second phase of their River Town Renaissance project. This includes a renovation of the Sheldon Theatre, park improvements and a new dock.
2. Pequot Lakes: While Paul Bunyan is rumored to be turning 180 this year, his fishing bobber is celebrating its 30th birthday. In 1987, the Pequot Lakes water tower needed repainting. Launching a completely innovative idea, local leaders involved the community in ideating and creating a new design and story for their tower to spur tourism. After selecting the winning bobber design by then fourth grader Nathan Burns, the “most ornate” water tower at the time was painted.
“Paul Bunyan’s fishing bobber — it just evolved,” Hoglund said. “It really became the symbol for Pequot Lakes.”
3. Fairbault: When leaders at the Buckham Memorial Library began their strategic planning process in 2014, they knew once completed it wasn’t going to sit on a shelf. The “living plan,” as Library Director Delane James calls it, ushered in a new mode of operating, one focused on changing the library’s learning landscape to be relevant for modern technology and preferences. The execution of the plan raised the number of library patrons and demand for more open hours and advanced training.
Visit Blandin Foundation
Receive Outposts E-News
Sign up to receive stories about innovation and leadership in rural Minnesota.