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Brain Gain bill would jump start rural workforce recruitment

April 6, 2016

Brain gain is getting its moment in the legislative spotlight.  Introduced by Rep. Deb Kiel, the “Greater Minnesota Brain Gain bill,” if passed, would create a “pilot grant program to provide grants to eligible organizations to identify and support local economic development initiatives in greater Minnesota designed to attract workers and new residents by marketing […]


The Birthplace of Brain Gain: Mitchell, S.D.

September 16, 2014

Sometimes innovation springs from the strangest places – like a palace housing over 275,000 ears of intricately designed corn. Mitchell, South Dakota is home to the nation’s only Corn Palace and as Northern Minnesota author Aaron Brown says in his recent Daily Yonder article, While some might only know Mitchell as a tourist trap on […]

Rural Minnesota’s ‘Brain Gain’: Our future rests not in whether we lose young people, but how we welcome them back

August 11, 2014

For a few years now, Blandin Foundation has been interested in the concept of brain gain and the promise it holds for the future of healthy rural communities. Recently, we were surprised when our broadband partners at Intelligent Community Forum published a book entitled Brain Gain that seemed to echo the brain gain research of […]

Brain gain in Itasca County

February 14, 2013

Awhile back, we posted on research by Ben Winchester on rural brain gain. This fall, we asked Ben to take a look at brain gain in Itasca County — his findings, and a summary of his most recent brain gain research, is in our At Home report. We then checked in with Lea Friesen, who […]

Beyond graduation – the rural brain gain

June 8, 2012

Graduation season is here – and along with it, the usual discussions of “brain drain:” rural youth leaving in droves for larger towns and cities for college and other post-secondary training. But research by Ben Winchester at the University of Minnesota Extension Service’s Center for Community Vitality suggests there’s another chapter to this story: Rural […]

University of Minnesota President Kaler: Rural communities can break the cycle of ‘brain drain’

August 1, 2017

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler penned an uplifting piece that ran in The Hill yesterday. It leaned on data from a recent Pew Charitable Trust report and U of M Extension research on brain gain to counteract the narrative that all rural places are dying. Across rural Minnesota, we’ve seen brain gain in action, […]

CategoriesEconomy, Rural

Rural Minnesota’s bright spots tell a story of revitalization, not ruin

December 5, 2016

Rural Pulse 2016 uncovered a number of issues rural Minnesotans considered critical to the vibrancy of their community. But economy, educational opportunities and healthcare aren’t the biggest issues facing rural Minnesota, said Kelly Asche, program coordinator of the Center for Small Towns. “These problems are symptoms of an underlying ailment: ‘the negative, mistaken narrative that […]

CategoriesMinnesota, Rural

Top 3 Vibrant Communities for March 9-13

March 13, 2015

To lift up local community leadership in rural Minnesota, every Friday Blandin Foundation will post the Top 3 Vibrant Communities based on timely news coverage and reader submissions. If you have a vibrant story to share, email ammcinerney@blandinfoundation.org. Morris: Held in Morris, MN, the Rural Arts and Culture Summit opened up for registration last week […]

A new year. A new day for vibrant communities.

January 8, 2015

It’s 2015 – a new year full of possibility and hope for our work together in building vibrant rural communities! It’s amazing to look back on the things we’ve done together in 2014. Together we’ve trained rural leaders, increased Internet use in families, schools and businesses across rural Minnesota and we’ve worked on projects that […]

Putting generational differences to work in rural Minnesota

September 15, 2014

Watergate. 9/11. JFK assassination. WWI. WWII. Y2K. What major events shaped the way you view the world? Chances are it depends when you were born. Similarly, the way you communicate was probably influenced by the technological advances that occurred as you were growing up. These influences, along with parenting trends, media, education, location, and general philosophy, shape […]

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